Church Records 

Before civil registration, information may be obtained from baptismal, marriage and burial registers compiled by officers of the church.  An address, father’s occupation and actual date of birth is often recorded on the baptismal entry.  Many parish registers have been transcribed.  Consult the catalogue at the local library to see if a transcription is held there. Older registers may have been transferred to Diocesan Archives. A letter to the church office of the parish may reveal where the registers are located for the particular time period sought. Always include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your request and offer to pay any charges. Church histories, or jubilee booklets may have been written about the church and these can prove very useful in learning about the church and its congregation.