25 October 2017
Every family historian with English roots will find ancestors who worshipped in the Church of England at some point. Here we take a look at Tracing Your Church of England Ancestors: A Guide for Family and Local Historians, Stuart A Raymond's latest handbook covering the useful genealogy records of the major Christian religions
Every researcher tracing English families will have Church of England ancestors in their trees at some point, so Stuart A Raymond’s informative guide to the essential records we need to consult is a very useful read.
Of enormous help to the reader, but perhaps beginner family and local historians in particular, is that the chapters are clearly signposted. Each covers a set of key records, from parish registers and probate, to other sources such as bishops’ transcripts, banns registers, marriage licences, irregular and clandestine marriages, baptismal certificates and monumental inscriptions, diocesan, chapter and provincial records, and much more.
There’s a wealth of leads within these pages for family historians delving beyond the usual records as well, into the realms of lesser-known ecclesiastical sources, as well as advice on tracing Anglican clergy, including Armed Forces chaplains and those who served overseas.
All of these records are placed in context, so in the early chapters we get a history of the Church of England and structure, and why the records we use were created, plus advice on using record offices, libraries and the internet, for those just starting out on their research.
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.
ISBN: 9781473890640. RRP £14.99, paperback, £10.79 Kindle. Pen & Sword Family History.
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