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Using Parish Registers to

Construct a Family


Using Parish Registers
A basic insight to how to link the correct child with the correct parents.

1). Extract and compare every reference of baptisms of children whose parents use the same forenames for a period of approximately 30 years. (Approximate childbearing period for women). Group the most plausible siblings with the parents.

2). Check and extract burial registers for burials/deaths of possible parents, add the dates of death/burial to the above groupings.
Bearing in mind the death of the mother signifies the last possible date of a birth of a child of the couple but children may be born up to approx. 9 months after the death of the father.

3). Check and extract burial registers for burials/deaths of children including chrisom, still-born and abortive births also look for bachelors and spinsters. Compare these extractions with the groupings in “1”; add the most plausible to the groupings in “1”.

When comparing the records for possible relationships look for additional details such as occupations, residence, age, widows, post mortem births (children born after the death of their father), birth spacing.
Check that the burial/death is either on the same day as the birth/baptism or later.
I would suggest at this stage a search which extends ten to fifteen years from the birth/baptism of the child.
The search can be extended later for burials & deaths of adults.

In addition the following may add weight to ones assumptions.

Look for first marriages of daughters and sons; check the spacing between the baptism of their first born to the baptism of their father and mother looking to confirm the plausible age.

Check for marriages (Are they old enough to marry? Are they listed as minors?) and burials of adult children to compare their age with assumed birth/baptism.