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Tracing Your Church of England Ancestors (ePub)

A Guide for Family and Local Historians

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By Stuart A. Raymond
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
File Size: 4.5 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781473890664
Published: 25th August 2017


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In his latest handbook on the records of the major Christian religions, Stuart Raymond focuses on the Church of England. He identifies the available sources, comments on their strengths and weaknesses and explains how to make the best use of them. The history of the Church of England is covered, from the Reformation in the mid-sixteenth century until the present day. Anyone who has a family connection with the Church of England or a special interest in the local history of the church will find his book to be a mine of practical information and an essential aid for their research. A sequence of short, accessible chapters gives an insight into the relevant records and demonstrates how much fascinating genealogical information can be gleaned from them. After providing a brief history of the Church of England, and a description of its organization, Stuart Raymond explores the wide range of records that researchers can consult. Among them are parish registers, bishops transcripts, marriage licences, churchwardens accounts, vestry minutes, church magazines, tithe records and the records of the ecclesiastical courts and Anglican charities and missions. A wealth of research material is available and this book is the perfect introduction to it.

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Who Do You Think You Are

Numerous bibliographic and web link references are included throughout the book, to take the researcher to more in-depth resources. Multiple indexes arranged by place, name and subject also simplify the location of material. This book is up to Mr. Raymond’s usual high standards of a practical, comprehensive, clearly written research guide. It is highly recommended.

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Milner Genealogy

A useful book which may give new ideas for finding information on our ancestors and their lives.

Essex Family History Society

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Family Tree, January 2018

The author identifies in this book the vast range of available research resources with his views on their strengths and weaknesses. This is a mine of practical and essential information to aid those with family connections to the Church or with an interest in the history of the Church in their locality.

Bristol & Avon Family History Society

Read it for: A comprehensive guide to the surprising variety of records generated by the Anglican church which can help family historians

Your Family History, December 2017

Whether you are undertaking a parish or family history, you'll find this easy-to-read guide by an expert UK genealogist and author a real aid in your research.

Family Tree, December 2017

To describe this book as wide-ranging would be an understatement. It covers a wealth of subjects embracing both laity and clergy. As there can be few, if any, family historians who don't have ancestors that were members of the Church of England, arguably this is a work for everyone... This book's strength is in the background and the understanding that is provides and it must be recommended for that alone.

WDYTYA? October, 2017 - reviewed by Paul Blake
 Stuart A. Raymond

About Stuart A. Raymond

Stuart Raymond has been studying local history for almost 50 years. He was formerly librarian of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, and assistant librarian at Deakin University. He has made many contributions to local history journals, and has written numerous handbooks for both local and family historians, for example, The Wills of Our AncestorsTracing your Ancestors Parish RecordsTracing Your Ancestors in County RecordsTracing Your Nonconformist AncestorsTracing Your Church of England AncestorsTracing Your Roman Catholic Ancestors, and Tracing your Poor Ancestors. His recent work, Stourton before Stourhead: A History of the Parish 1550-1750, demonstrates the uses to which the sources described in this book can be put.

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