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Church records are parish, chapel, or congregation registers created by church authorities. They contain baptisms or christenings, marriages, and burials. In these records you may find names and dates and places of births or christenings, marriages, and burials. In the absence of a birth date, use a christening or baptism date.
For further information, go to [[England Civil Registration|England Church Records]]. Also go to the Wiki pages for a county and for a parish of interest and the topic of Church Records.
==== 3. Census: Census ====
Probate records are court records dealing with the distribution of a person's estate after death. Before January 1858, Church of England courts had the responsibility to prove wills and other probate records. In these records you may find names and relationships. Probate records include wills, testaments, administrations (admons), inventories, codicils, act books, and bonds. 
For more information, go to [[England Probate Records|England Probate Records]]. Also go to the Wiki page for a county of interest and the topic of Probate Records.
==== 7. Probate Records, 1858 to Present: Probate records ====
Probate records are court records dealing with the distribution of a person's estate after death. Beginning in January 1858, government courts had the responsibility to prove wills and other probate records. In these records you may find names and relationships. <br>Probate records include wills, administrations (admons), and inventories. <br>
For more information, go to [[England Probate Records|England Probate Records]]. Also go to the Wiki page for the [[Principal_Probate_Registry|Principal Probate Registry]].
==== 8. Newspapers: Newspapers ====
Newspapers are published accounts of current events in a given area. Newspaper articles, notices, and community news items may provide information about births, marriages, and deaths. In these records you may find ages; dates and places of births, marriages, or deaths; and names of relatives. Large public or university libraries or libraries specializing in newspapers may help you locate the newspaper from your ancestor's area. <br>
For more information, go to [[England_NewspapersEngland Newspapers|England Newspapers]].
==== 9. Military Records: Military records ====
Military records include description books, soldiers' documents, regimental registers, returns of service, muster rolls and pay lists, continuous service engagement books, and chaplains' returns. You must know the regiment that your ancestor belonged to or the ship on which he served to find most military records. <br>
For more information, go to [[England_Military_RecordsEngland Military Records|England Military Records]].
==== 10. Occupational Records: Occupations ====
Occupational records provide information on a person's employment or training for a craft, trade, or profession. Knowing a person's occupation can distinguish him or her from other individuals with the same name. Occupational records may include name, age, residence, sometimes father's or widow's name, and other information about a person's life and family. Some types of occupational records are apprenticeship and freemen records; trade, guild, or livery records; and histories of occupations. <br>
For more information, go to [[England_OccupationsEngland Occupations|England Occupations]].
==== 11. Family History: Genealogy ====
The term family history describes a variety of records containing personal and family information gathered by researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include published family histories, pedigree charts, family group records, research notes on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. Family histories can be excellent sources of information that can save you valuable research time. Because these records are compiled from a variety of sources, the information must be carefully evaluated and verified for accuracy. Internet genealogy sites can be helpful in researching a specific family name. If your ancestor emigrated from another country, look for more information in his or her country of birth. <br>
For more information, go to [[England_GenealogyEngland Genealogy|England Genealogy]].
==== 12. Biography: Biography ====
A biography is a history of a person's life. A biography may provide an individual's date and place of death or burial, as well as other details. Look for biographies in biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias, society journals, periodicals, and in local histories. Some information in biographical sources may be inaccurate.&nbsp;<br>
For more information, go to [[England_BiographyEngland Biography|England Biography]].
==== 13. Voters Lists: Voting registers ====
Voting registers are lists of people who were qualified to vote. In these records you will find names and residences. Knowing where a person or family was at a certain time can give clues to death information.&nbsp;<br>
For more information, go to [[England_Voting_RegistersEngland Voting Registers|England Voting Registers]].
==== 14. City and Regional Directories: Directories ====
Directories are alphabetical lists of names and addresses. Annual directories are published by large cities, businesses, professional associations, churches, and organizations. They usually list only the head of a household and may give his occupation. A person being listed in directories in successive years can show when he or she came to or left a city, or died. Knowing an individual's address can help you search the census and other records of a large city. Some directories begin in the mid-1700's. City and countywide directories begin in the early to mid-1800's.&nbsp;<br>
For more information, go to [[England_DirectoriesEngland Directories|England Directories]].
==== 15. Tax Records: Taxation ====
Tax records are accounts of taxes levied by the government. In these records you may find names and residences. Tax records do not give birth dates or parentage but identify an individual's residence in a certain place and time. Knowing where a person or family was at a certain time can give clues to birth, marriage, and death information. These records include lay subsidies, apprenticeship taxes, land tax assessments, valuations, hearth taxes, poll taxes, window taxes, and others. <br>
For more information, go to [[England_TaxationEngland Taxation|England Taxation]].
==== 16. Poor Law Records: Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ====
Poor law records deal with the care of the poor. In these records you may find names, birth dates and places, marriage information, name of spouse, parents' names, death or burial information, and the parish where the family lived. Poor law records include churchwarden accounts, rate books, settlement certificates, removal orders, examinations, bastardy bonds, guardianship, and apprenticeship records. These records were created on a parish level before 1834 and on county and poor law union levels beginning in 1834.&nbsp;<br>
For more information, go to [[England_PoorhousesEngland Poorhouses,_Poor_LawPoor Law,_etcetc.|England Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc]].
==== 17. Court Records: Court records ====
Use court records after you have searched other records. Court records tend to be difficult to use because the handwriting is hard to read and they include unfamiliar legal terms. <br>
For more information, go to [[England_Court_RecordsEngland Court Records|England Court Records]].
==== 18. School and Alumni Records: Schools ====
School and alumni records are lists of individuals attending a school, college, or university. In these records you may find name, age, date and place of birth, residence, father's name and occupation, marriage information, and other biographical details. School records list teachers, students, and graduates. <br>
For more information, go to [[England_SchoolsEngland Schools|England Schools]].
==== 19. Marriage Certificate: Civil registration ====
Civil registration is the government registration of births, marriages, and deaths, beginning 1 July 1837. In these records you may find names, ages (which you can use to determine a year of birth), marital status, fathers' names and occupations, the occupations and residences of the bride and groom, and names of witnesses. You must purchase a copy of a marriage certificate to see the information in the original record. Civil registration marriage records cover most of the population and are indexed countrywide. Use the national index to identify and obtain a copy of a marriage certificate.<br>
For more information, go to [[England Civil Registration|England Civil Registration]].
==== 20. Quarter Sessions: Court records ====
Quarter sessions are records of a county criminal court held quarterly and presided over by a justice of the peace. In these records you may find names and ages, dates and places of death, names of spouses, residences, and more. Records of the quarter sessions may include: apprenticeship indentures, settlement examinations, removal orders, and criminal proceedings.&nbsp;
For further information, go to [[England Court Records|England Court Records]]. Also&nbsp;go to the Wiki page for a county of interest and the topic of Court Records.<br><br><br><br><br>&nbsp;<br>
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