The History of Parish Registers in England

William White's Directory


Also of the Registers of Scotland, Ireland, the East and West Indies, the Dissenters, and the Episcopal Chapels in and about London. With Observations on Bishops’ Transcripts,

Written in 1829 by JOHN SOUTHERDEN BURN.


This is an invaluable work for anyone who accesses the information preserved in parish registers and is an especially helpful inspiring guide to genealogists when faced with the inevitable ‘brick wall’.

The book comprises;

Chapter i. The origin of Parish Registers
Chapter ii. Acts of Parliament, Canons, etc
Chapter iii. The state of preservation of Parish Registers
Chapter iv. The titles of Parish Registers
Chapter v. Births and Baptisms
Chapter vi. Burials
Chapter vii. Marriages. – Sponsalia. – Clandestine Marriages and Lawless Churches
Chapter viii. The miscellaneous contents of Parish Registers
Chapter ix. The Bishops’ Transcripts
Chapter x. The Liber Status Animarum
Chapter xi. Registers in Scotland and Ireland
Chapter xii. Registers of Dissenters, Quakers, Roman Catholics, Jews, Ambassadors. – East and West Indies. – marriages abroad. – The General Register Office
Chapter xiii. Fees for searches and extracts
Chapter xiv. The utility of Parish Registers. – Monumental Inscriptions
Chapter xv. General observations and recommendations as to the preservation of the ancient registers
Appendix. The Geneva Register, 1556

JOHN SOUTHERDEN BURN is also the author of “The History of the Fleet Marriages,” and “The History of the Foreign Protestant refugees in England.”