User:Iluvhistory66/Sandbox/Adding England Historic Counties Explanation

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Guide to England ancestry, family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

England is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (together with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). It has a history that goes back over a thousand years. In 1707, the Kingdom of England joined the Kingdom of Scotland in union to become the Kingdom of Great Britain. The official language is English.[1]

Why England Historic Counties are Used[edit | edit source]

The England counties listed below are based on historic boundaries pre-1974. The records dating before 1974 are located within the information found in the historic counties. This practice better assists our patrons who are researching their ancestors before the modern time period.

For further information see England County Boundaries

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with England Research

Links to articles on getting started with English research.

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England Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in English research.

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England Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept at the Parish level in England. The map below shows county boundaries as of 1851. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

CornwallDevonSomersetDorsetWiltshireHampshireSussexKentSurreyLondonMiddlesexEssexBerkshireGloucestershireOxfordshireBuckinghamshireHertfordshireBedfordshireCambridgeshireSuffolkNorfolkHuntingdonshireNorthamptonshireHerefordshireWorcestershireWarwickshireShropshireStaffordshireLeicestershireRutlandLincolnshireNottinghamshireDerbyshireCheshireLancashireYorkshireWestmorlandCumberlandDurhamNorthumberlandEngland image map.png

Counties and Parishes[edit | edit source]

The England counties listed below are based on historic boundaries pre-1974. Genealogy records are kept on the county and parish level in England. Click on a county or parish name below to go to the relevant wiki article listing more information.

More England Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for England Genealogy Research.

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "England," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 March 2016.