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This week the book is at the front of the room. If you have English, Wales, or Scottish ancestors, this book will help you locate the parish on a map, and indicate which records you should be able to find for that parish.

 

Following is a page from the index in the back of the book.

 

Note:  You will want to read the the 8 page Editorís Introduction at the beginning of the book to understand all of the columns in the index.

The way you find your parish on the map is to locate the parish in this index, go to the page of the county in the first section of the book, and using the map ref or the last column, find the small parish.

 

Example:

Find the parish, Arrington, on the page above. Look at the map ref (7C).  Now find Cambridgeshire at the front of the book. (Counties are listed in alphabetical order.) There are two maps, find Arrington on the map with the numbers down one side and the alphabet on the other. (7C) Did you find it? Now look at the scale at the top of the page.  You will notice that most parishes are very small.  So, when you are doing English research, it is crucial to know where the parish so you can see the parishes around it. 

Typically in the 1800ís, England ancestors did not move very far when they married.  If you canít find someone in the parish you think they lived in, try drawing an imaginary circle 3 miles from your parish, then 5 miles, and then 10 miles. You will probably find them not too far from where they started. 

 

Exercise:

1. Read the Editorís Introduction. 

2. Find one of your ancestors on your Family Tree from England/Wales/Scotland and see if you can find the parish on a map in the county where they lived. Also, see if you can find out what records are available.

Let me know if you have questions and if you were successful!!

 

 

 

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