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Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
To learn more about parish registers, please see the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) England Parish Registers]''' page.=== Image Visibility ===
{{Image Visibility}}   ==What Can These Records Tell Me?==The following information may be found in these records:{{col-begin|width=auto}}{{col-break}}'''Baptism''' records include:
*Name of the child
*Date and place of baptism
*Gender
*Names of parents
{{col-break}}'''Marriage''' records include:
*Name of the bride and groom
*Date and place of marriage
*Fathers' names
*May include age and estimated birth year
{{col-break}}'''Burial''' records include:
*Name of the deceased
*Date and place of burial
*Age
*Estimated birth year
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==Collection Content==For additional details about these records and help using them see [[England Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
=== Coverage Tables ===
The coverage tables for this collection indicate the locations, types, and years of available records in this collection. Due to number of parishes included, the coverage information is presented according to the first letter of the name of the parish:
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, A (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with A]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, B (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with B]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, C (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with C]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, D-E (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with D-E]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, F (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with F]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, G-H (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with G-H]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, I-L (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with I-L]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, M-O (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with M-O]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, P (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with P]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, R (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with R]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage table, S (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with S]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, T-U (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with T-U]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, W-Y (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with W-Y]]
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
*Name of the person
*Date range for the record
Note: There are now 5.7 million searchable Sussex County christening, marriage and burial entries as of 13 Feb 2019: see Familysearch.org/search and type in the place box---"Sussex, England" Births/Baptisms; do same for Marriage and "Death".
=== Search the Index ===
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{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1465706 England, Sussex, parish registersParish Registers, 1538-1910]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
== What Do I Do Next? ==
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*If you find Save or print a baptism copy of the image or record, search for a birth recordif possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index*If Use the parents are listedinformation which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, look for the family in census records*If use a christening date to approximate a marriage date is found, look for the new family in census recordsor a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth*If Once you have found a christening or a burial church record is found, you may want to search for a birth and death recordin civil records (1837 and later)*If Use the age is listed on information you have found to find the burial record, estimate a birth yearperson and families in census records*Continue to search the index for people with the same surname to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives*Family . Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
*Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
*Search the records of nearby locations
**Kent and Surrey to the north
**Hampshire to the west
*Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
*Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
*Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
*The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
*When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
*Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
*Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided
*Sometimes a person was born out of wedlock ("illegitimate"), and may have been baptised under the mother's maiden or surname, so search under that name--if known.
*Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name=== Research Helps ===*Spelling was not standardized The following articles will help you in your research for much of the period of this collectionyour family in [[Sussex, so names were often spelled as recorders heard themEngland Genealogy|Sussex]]. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation*Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of search results[[GuidedResearch:Sussex|Sussex Guided Research]]*Search the records of nearby parishes. For this collection, nearby locations include the bordering counties of Hampshire, Surrey, and Kent[[England Record Finder]]*The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See [[England Nonconformist Church RecordsResearch Tips and Strategies]] for more information
== Citing This Collection ==
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
;Collection Citation:"England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910.” Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : accessed 2017. West Sussex County Record Office, Chichester.{{Collection_Published}}
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