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Records before 1837

If you've got to this point in history then without a doubt you've already done really well. Now things start to change, Sept 1837 was when the registration act was inforced which means the are no more certificates to buy which sounds nice not having to buy anymore certficates at nearly £10 a time but this also means records become that little more harder to find.

Parish Records

The most popular records before 1837 to search are the parish records these are the records held by the church. In most cases these are now deposited in the local records office of the area. Parish records started in circa 1538 however before 1733 these were all in Latin so may need a little help there.

Tax Records

Like today, our ancestors were taxed for public services and even taxed for domestic reseasons. Many of England's tax records can be found at the National Archives.

Here is list of notable tax records:

  1. Poll Taxes (See Peasants' Revolt)
  2. Hearth tax 1662-1689
  3. Window Tax 1842 - 1851
  4. Tithe

Military/Navey Records

Was your ancestor in the Military or the Navey? From 1760 to 1913 Soldiers Service Documents (WO97) can contain some interesting facts, these state who the next of kin is. Depending on what age the recruit is, this could be a mother of father.

School Records

School records can have some interesting peices of information in them as parents names aswell as student names will be mentioned. School records can be found as far back as the 18th Century.

Old Bailey Records

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913, A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.



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