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Three pages: England History, England Historical Overview and English Historical Background all existed and were dups or were very similar.  I deleted the text in the English H B page, and basically switched the content between the England History and England H O pages.  The information on this Talk page below is also a dup.  BakerBH 22:47, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

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England, Historical Background

Effective family history research requires an understanding of the historical events that affected
your ancestors and record keeping. Learning about wars, local events, laws, migrations,
settlement patterns, and economic or religious trends may help you understand family
movements. These events may have led to the creation of records, such as settlement
certificates or military records, that mention your ancestors. Your family history research will be
more interesting if you learn about the events that shaped your ancestors' lives.
Historical Overview
Here is a list of some key dates and events in English history. Use the links to go directly to the
period you are most interested in.
• Early to 1600
• 1600 to 1700
• 1700 to 1800
• 1800 to Present
c. 480 Angles, Saxons, and Jutes arrived in England.
1066 Norman Conquest. William of Normandy (the Conqueror)
invaded and was crowned King of England.
1215 The Great Charter. Barons forced King John I to sign the Magna
1455-1485 Wars of the Roses. These ongoing wars involved mostly knights
pledged to lords or vassals. Few commoners were involved, and
few records were kept.
1531 Henry VIII recognized as head of the newly created Church of
England. All ties with the Pope and the church in Rome severed.
1536 England and Wales united politically.
1538 Thomas Cromwell ordered all parish ministers to keep records of
christenings, marriages, and burials. These records became
known as parish registers.
1559 From this date, various Acts of Parliament excluded Roman
Catholics from governmental offices and fined them for not
attending Church of England services.
1568 Some Puritans ordained their own ministers and tried
unsuccessfully to separate from the Church of England. The
Puritan movement split in two: becoming the Presbyterians and
the Separatists.
1580 Robert Browne, a separatist, and his followers became known
as Independents or Congregationalists.
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1598 Parish ministers were required to keep their registers on
parchment, and previous registers were copied onto parchment.
Parish ministers were also required to send copies of their
registers to the bishop of the diocese. These became known as
bishops' transcripts.
1606 A law required Roman Catholics to be baptised and married by
Church of England clergy and to be buried in the churchyard. A
fine was imposed for not complying. Many people obeyed
regarding burials, but Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages
continued in secret .
1612 The first General Baptist church was organized.
1620 A group of Congregationalists sailed on the Mayflower to the
New World.
1630 Puritans seeking church reform left for New England under the
leadership of John Winthrop.
1642-1660 Civil War took place in England. Charles I was executed in 1649.
Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of England. Bishop's
courts were abolished. Civil war caused political and religious
upheaval. Parish registers were poorly kept. Many other
changes affected record keeping.
1644 Presbyterian and Independent records began, but many of these
early records no longer exist.
1656 Society of Friends (Quaker) records began. These records are
unique among English religious records because they are so
1660 Charles II was restored as monarch, ending civil strife. Bishop's
courts were restored.
1665-1666 The Great Plague struck England. London and other larger cities
were hardest hit. This afftected record keeping. The Great Fire
of London followed the plague and destroyed many churches
and their registers.
1685 The migration of Huguenot refugees to England, mainly from
France, increased considerably .
1688-89 William of Orange from Holland was crowned King of England.
1695-1706 A tax was assessed on parish register entries. To avoid the tax,
some people did not register events.
1707 England and Wales united with Scotland to form the United
1733 English replaced Latin in official records.
1735 The Wesleyan Methodist group was started by John Wesley and
others. It didn't separate from the Church of England until about
1800. The earliest records date from about 1790.
1752 England adopted the new Gregorian calendar. The first day of
the year changed from 25 March (Lady's Day) to 1 January. See
Calendar Changes.
1754 Lord Hardwicke's Act outlawed marriage outside the Church of
England (except for Quakers and Jews) and required that
separate registers for marriages be kept. Common law
marriages were also outlawed.
1756-1762 The Seven Years War, called the French and Indian War in
North America, involved 120,000 British soldiers and began a
continuous series of army records.
1756-1765 The first English navigation canals appeared. The industrial
revolution began, and cities grew with the invention of the steam
engine and the spinning jenny.
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1775-1783 The American revolution occured. The British army had 135,000
men in North America when fighting broke out. Some men
remained in Canada after the war, but most returned to England.
Records of Loyalists and others who remained in Canada are
separate from other military records.
1778 Laws against Roman Catholics were repealed, and many priests
started to keep records.
1783-1794 The Stamp Duty Act again assessed a tax on parish register
entries. Only paupers were exempt, so many people were
recorded as paupers when they were not. Others did not have
their children baptized until after the act was repealed.
1800 Ireland became part of the United Kingdom.
1803-1815 The Napoleonic Wars occured. Numerous battles across Europe
involved 365,000 British soldiers and 300,000 seamen. These
battles included the Peninsular Wars in Portugal and Spain.
When the wars ended, the soldiers returned to Britain to find that
many traditional occupations had been eliminated by the
Industrial Revolution.
1812 The George Rose Act required Church of England christening,
marriage, and burial records to be kept in separate registers on
preprinted forms, starting 1 January 1813.
1830 The first railways appeared in England.
1834 Poor law unions took poor relief responsibilities away from
parishes. Workhouses were established.
1837 Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began on 1
July. However, events could still be recorded in parish registers.
Bishops' transcripts were kept less frequently.
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901.
First missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints began preaching in the Preston, Lancashire area.
1841 The first genealogically useful census was taken by the
1854-1856 225,000 troops were involved in the Crimean war (by the Black
1857 The Matrimonial Causes Act created divorce courts and made it
easier for unhappy couples to obtain a divorce.
1857-1858 The Indian Mutiny occured. Many of the troops discharged after
the Crimean War were recalled to quell the revolt in India.
1858 Principal Probate Registry began handling all English probates.
1877-1902 The Boer Wars occured. The first Anglo-Boer War led to South
African independence in 1881. The second Anglo-Boer War
(1899–1902) led to the unification of South Africa in 1910.
1882 Married women were given the right to use and dispose of their
own property.
1914– 1918 About 3 million English troops served in World War I. 750,000
1939–1945 Over 1 million British soldiers and civilians died in World War II.
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Historical Sources
The following are a few of the historical sources available at the Family History Library:
• British [or English] Historical Facts, by Chris Cook, et. al., in five volumes covering 1485-1900,
lists key dates, offices, and office holders in history.
• The Oxford History of England, in 15 volumes (FHL book 942 H3oh; films 874261-267), is
organized by period and covers from 100 B.C. to A.D. 1945.
• Record Sources For Local History, by Phillip Riden, explains governmental changes and how
they affect local and family history.
• Sources for English Local History, by W. B. Stephens, explains historical records and lists
sources with more detailed information.
• Chronicle of Britain: incorporating a chronicle of Ireland, edited by Henrietta Heald, is
arranged by year and gives information about major events in the British Isles from the Ice
Age to 1992.
Similar sources may be available at public and university libraries.
Local Histories
A local history describes the economy, prominent families, and the founding of churches,
hospitals, schools, and businesses in a specific area. Even if a local history does not mention
your ancestor, you may find important clues that suggest other records to search. Local histories
also provide background information about your family's lifestyle, community, and environment.
For many localities, there may be more than one history. There are hundreds of histories about
English parishes. The Family History Library has many histories, and they will be listed in the
Family History Library Catalog. Go to What to Do Next, select the catalog, and look for a specific
locality and the topic of History. Similar histories are often available at major public and university
libraries and archives.
Victoria County Histories is an important ongoing series of local histories for most counties. Each
entry includes general background and history from pre-Roman times and individual chapters on
industry, economy, and history. Pedigrees or histories of prominent individuals and occupants of
historic homes are often included. These histories are found in the Family History Library Catalog.
Go to What to Do Next, select the catalog, and look for a specific county and the topic of History.
Calendar Changes
The Gregorian calendar, the one commonly used today, is a correction of the Julian calendar,
which, because of miscalculated leap years, was 11 days behind the solar year by 1752.
England began using the new calendar in 1752. Eleven days were omitted to bring the calendar
in line with the solar year. The day after Wednesday, 2 September 1752, became Thursday, 14
September 1752.
Also at that time, the first day of the year changed to 1 January. Before 1752, the first day of the
year was 25 March.
Pre-1752 dates may be confusing. For example, the day after 24 March 1565 was 25 March
1566. Dates between 1 January and 24 March are often recorded using a technique called
double dating. An example of double dating is 16 February 1696/7.
For more information, see Handbook of Dates for Students of English History, by C. R. Cheney.