Lesson 2: The Origin of English Parish Records


The operations of the Church of England and the duties of its ecclesiastical persons were carefully examined following the split with Rome. On five September 1538, Thomas Cromwell (no relation to Oliver Cromwell),  Henry VIII’s Vicar General, ordered that each parish priest must keep a book and then he must, in the presence of the church wardens, enter all the baptisms, marriages, and burials of the previous week. Fines were imposed for non-compliance.

The Parish of St Luke and St Thomas Huntington in Cannock, UK


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