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| FS_URL_03 =[[Church of England Parish Registers]]
| FS_URL_04 =[[Kent Church Records]]
| FS_URL_05 = [[England Census]] | FS_URL_06 =[[England Civil Registration]
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Beginning in 1598, every parish priest of the Church of England was supposed to make a copy of his parish register and send it to send to the archdeacon or bishop every year. Termed either archdeacon’s or bishop’s transcripts, these copies were generally produced in the same form as a regular parish transcript. Many priests stopped producing these transcripts with the beginning of civil registration in 1837, but they did not fully disappear until after 1870.
As bishop’s transcripts generally contain more or less the same information as parish registers, they are an invaluable resource when parish records have been damaged, destroyed, or otherwise lost. However, because bishop's transcripts are, as their name implies, copies of the original records, they are more liable to contain errors than parish registers might be.
Most collections of bishops’ transcripts have been preserved, and their condition is relatively good considering the age of the records and their storage conditions over the centuries. Many collections have also been copied to microfilm or microfiche.
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==What Can These Records Tell Me? = Sample Images ===<gallery>Image:004990662 00015 Kent, BT Baptism, 1720.jpg|Pre-1812 Baptismal RecordImage:004990761 00136 Kent, BT Baptism, 1831.jpg|Post-1812 Baptismal RecordImage:004990662 00016 Kent, BT Marriage, 1720.jpg|Pre-1754 Marriage RecordImage:004990659 00156 Kent, BT Marriage, 1760.jpg|1754-1812 Marriage RecordImage:004990761 00153 Kent, BT Marriage, 1832.jpg|Post-1812 Marriage RecordImage:004990662 00006 Kent, BT Burial, 1716.jpg|Pre-1812 Burial RecordImage:004990761 00163 Kent, BT Burial, 1832.jpg|Post-1812 Burial Record</gallery>
== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
The following lists indicate potential information given in each type of record. It must be remembered that every record may not provide all the listed information, as the procedures for keeping parish records evolved considerably over the centuries after 1538. It must also be noted that individual parishes often developed record-keeping traditions unique to themselves.  
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==Collection Content==
 
=== Sample Images ===
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Image:004990662 00015 Kent, BT Baptism, 1720.jpg|Pre-1812 Baptismal Record
Image:004990761 00136 Kent, BT Baptism, 1831.jpg|Post-1812 Baptismal Record
Image:004990662 00016 Kent, BT Marriage, 1720.jpg|Pre-1754 Marriage Record
Image:004990659 00156 Kent, BT Marriage, 1760.jpg|1754-1812 Marriage Record
Image:004990761 00153 Kent, BT Marriage, 1832.jpg|Post-1812 Marriage Record
Image:004990662 00006 Kent, BT Burial, 1716.jpg|Pre-1812 Burial Record
Image:004990761 00163 Kent, BT Burial, 1832.jpg|Post-1812 Burial Record
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the following information:
*Full name of the individual in question
*General location of the event
*Date range for recordApproximate date
No matter === View the search method, Images === View images in this information is collection by visiting the best way '''{{RecordSearch|1949386|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':# Select '''County'''# Select '''Parish'''# Select '''Event Type and Year Range (with Volume)''' to identify view the correct person, though other information may be used if the name, location, and date are not all knownimages.<br><br>
=== Browse Images Some of the Records ===To find the digital image of a specific record, follow these steps:#Go records in this collection may be written in an old script that can be challenging to read. Refer to the collection '''[https://familysearchscript.byu.orgedu/recapiPages/sord/collection/1465709/waypoints browse pagehome.aspx BYU’s Script Tutorial].''' #Select the appropriate '''Name of County''' link.<br>#Select the appropriate '''Name of Parish''' link.<br>#Select the appropriate '''Event Type and Year Range (for assistance with Volume)''' link to go to the images.#Look at the individuals listed in each record and decide any of them are reading the right person. This may require examining several images before a match is locatedrecords.
Some of === How Do I Analyze the Results? === Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in this collection may be written in an old script that can be challenging to read. Refer to a [[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/home.aspx BYU’s Script TutorialUse_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]] for assistance with reading the records.
== What Do I Do Next? ==
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 *Make sure If a christening record is found, use the information to fully transcribe and cite the search for a birth record for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection.*Use If the information which has been discovered to find more. For instanceparents are listed, use look for the age listed family in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined. cencuses*If in the appropriate perioda marriage record is found, use the information which has been discovered names of the bride and groom to find the new family in censuses*Family members often appear on an individual in civil 's vital records. Particularly useful for research , such as in nineteenth-century England are the [[England Census]] role of witnesses to a marriage*If a burial record is found, search for a death record*Death and the [[England Civil Registration]] burial information could lead to probate, will, and land records.*Continue to search the index for people with the same surname to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital 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 a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.*Check for variants of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:**An individual might have been listed under a middle name, [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nicknamegiven-name-equivalents.htm a nickname], or [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records|an abbreviation]] of their given name.**Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as they were pronounced. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.**Some women reverted to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.*Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname *Expand the date range to return a broader list of results which can then be examined for possible matches. You might also try expanding the date range; this This is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.*Search the records of nearby locations. In the period of this collection, most people never moved more than 20 miles away from the place of their birth, though smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this particular collection, this step may require finding records in the bordering English counties of Sussex to the south, Surrey and Middlesex to the west, or Essex across the estuary of the River Thames to the north. If the individual lived in the northwestern area of Kent, a thorough search of London records might be necessary. 
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