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Record Description
Record Type Bishop’s Transcripts
Collection years 1779-1892
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains images of birth, baptism, marriage, and burial records from the county of Essex for the years 1779-1892.

Bishop’s transcripts contain more or less the same information as parish registers, so they are an invaluable resource when a parish register has been damaged, destroyed, or otherwise lost. Bishop's transcripts are often of value even when parish registers exist, as priests often recorded either additional or different information in their transcripts than they did in the original registers.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Christening or baptism records

  • Name of the child
  • Date of christening
  • Names of the parents
  • Residence
  • Occupation of the father

Marriage records

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Place of residence
  • Date of marriage
  • Names of the witnesses

Burial records

  • Name of the deceased
  • Residence
  • Date of burial
  • Age

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see England Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Historical Records

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching, it is helpful to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Name of County
  2. Select Name of Town, Parish/Church
  3. Select Event Type and Year Range (with Volume) to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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 a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. 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?[edit | edit source]

  • 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
    • London to the south west
    • Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north
    • Hertfordshire to the west
    • Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south
  • 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
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Essex.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
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Image Citation:
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