England, Leicestershire and Rutland Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records

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[England, Leicestershire & Rutland Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]

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Record Description[edit | edit source]

This collection contains parish registers from Leicestershire and Rutland from 1538 to 1900. The records can contain name, birth date, marriage date, death date, birthplace, parents, etc. The records were captured at the Record Office for Leicestershire and Rutland Archive.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Baptism date
  • Child’s name
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence
  • Parents’ profession

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Marriage date
  • Bride and Groom’s names
  • Location of marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records may contain the following information:

  • Burial date
  • Deceased’s name
  • Deceased’s residence
  • Deceased’s profession

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

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When searching:
As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, family relationships,

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Name of County" category
⇒Select the "Name of Town, Parish/Church" category
⇒Select the "Event Type, Year Range, and Archive Reference Number" category which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

  • Note individuals listed as witnesses or godparents. Witnesses and godparents were often relatives.
  • Remember that a baptism date is not always the same as a birth date.
  • Remember that a burial date is not always the same as a death date.
  • If a religion practiced infant baptism, the baptism usually took place within a few days or weeks of the birth. However, individuals could also be baptized later in childhood or adulthood.
  • Be sure to record the bride’s maiden name.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Search the records of nearby counties and parishes.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.


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Don't overlook FHL Place England, Leicestershire items or FHL Keyword England, Leicestershire items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see England Archives and Libraries.

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

England and Wales History Links GENUKI

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

England Genealogy Rutland Genealogy Leicestershire Genealogy

How You Can Contribute[edit | edit source]

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Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

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