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Findmypast is home to millions of church baptisms, banns, marriages and burials dating back to 1538, many you won't find anywhere else online.
Go way back with parish records
Baptism, banns, marriage, and burial records are essential building blocks for every family tree. These delicate old documents can help you learn more about the most important events in your ancestors’ lives and grow your family tree as far back as medieval times. Parish records were first introduced in Britain by Henry VIII in 1538, following the Church of England’s split with Rome and were taken at major family ceremonies from then on.
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Not only will you find the largest selection of UK parish records online at Findmypast, you'll also find ones you won't get anywhere else. Exclusive parish register collections from Cheshire, Devon, Hertfordshire, East Kent, Leicestershire, Rutland, Scotland (Roman Catholic), Shropshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Wales, West Kent, Westminster and Yorkshire (North and East Riding) are all available, only at Findmypast.
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Marriage registers take you back another generation by revealing fathers' names.
Church or government records?
While parish registers can date back to 1538, civil records only began in 1837.
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