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English: Non-Anglican Church Records
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This course complements the author''s English: Parish Registers which is concerned solely with the Established Church from 1538 onwards when, apart from the brief reign of Mary Tudor (1553-1558), it had broken away from the Roman Catholic domination and moved towards Protestantism.

The present course deals with the other Judaeo-Christian denominations in England. The word Non-Anglican has been used as a general term for all of these. The term Nonconformist strictly refers only to Protestants and it is used with that meaning in this text, although it is sometimes used more loosely, as it is by Herber, to refer to all those who did not adhere to the Anglican Established Church.

Most genealogists will have need to examine the records of Nonconformists, Catholics, Jews, or other faiths at some time in their searches. Extensive material is waiting to be used in archives, libraries and Family History Centers.

COURSE CONTENT

WEEK 1

Researching English Non-Anglicans

  • Denomination Dates in England
  • Clues to Non-Anglican Ancestry
  • Protestant Dissenter Ancestry
  • Clues to Catholic Ancestry
  • Clues to Jewish Ancestry
  • Protestant Categories
  • Episcopal
  • Church of England
  • Methodist Church
  • Reformed
  • Presbyterian
  • Congregational
  • Independent Movements
  • Unitarian
  • Baptist

Historical Survey & State Records of Non-Anglicans
  • Pre-Reformation (to 1534)
  • Reformation to Civil War (1534-1642)
  • Act of Supremacy 1559
  • Act of Uniformity 1559
  • Recusant Rolls (1591-1691)
  • Thirty Nine Articles of Faith 1571
  • Tax Assessments & Subsidies 1640-2
  • Protestation Returns 1641/2
  • The Protestation Oath
  • Brief Guide to Available Protestation Returns
  • Interregnum (1642-1660)
  • Oaths 1641-2
  • Civil War Army Records
  • Civil Marriage during Interregnum
  • State Papers Domestic

    WEEK 2

Restoration (1660-1730s)
  • Corporation Act 1661
  • Quaker Act 1662
  • Act of Uniformity 1662
  • Conventicle Act 1664
  • Five-Mile Act 1665
  • Pipe Office Records
  • Excommunication
  • Return of Nonconformist Conventicles 1669
  • Declaration of Indulgence 1672
  • Sacrament Certificates
  • Act of Toleration 1689
  • Oath of Association 1695-6
  • Act of Settlement 1701
  • state Records in 1715
  • Methodism era (1730s-1830s)
  • Protestant Dissenters'' Registry 1742
  • Certificate from the Protestant Dissenters'' Registry
  • Hardwicke''s Marriage Act 1753
  • Catholic Relief Acts 1778 & 1791
  • New Toleration Act 1812
  • Unitarian Relief Act 1813
  • Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry 1818
  • Catholic Emancipation Act 1829
  • Victorian era (1830s-1901)
  • Civil Registration 1837
  • Marriages by Non-Anglican Rites after 1837
  • Deposit of Non-Anglican Registers 1837
  • Declaration accompanying Deposit of Registers with Registrar General
  • Ecclesiastical Census 1851
  • University Test Act 1871

WEEK 3

General Civil Records
  • Quarter Sessions & Assizes
  • Places of Worship
  • Trust Deeds from 1735
  • Records of Aliens
  • Naturalization
  • Index to Certificates of Naturalization 1801-1900
  • Denization
  • Index to Denizations 1801-1873
  • Maps, Local Histories & Theses

Anglican Records
  • Baptisms
  • Late Anglican Baptisms as Clues to Parental Nonconformity
  • Marriages
  • Burials
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Chest Records
  • Ecclesiastical Court Records

Jews
  • History and Beliefs
  • History in England
  • Jewish Names
  • Location of Jews in England
  • Jewish Records
  • Jewish Registers
  • Jewish Months
  • Birth & Circumcision Register 1767-1881 of Spanish & Portuguese Jews''
  • Congregation, London
  • A Jewish Ketuba (Marriage Settlement)
  • Civil Registration of Marriages of Jews
  • Other Jewish Records
  • Sources
  • Selected Jewish References in FHLC

    WEEK 4

Roman Catholics
  • History and Beliefs
  • Catholic Missions and Parishes
  • English Catholic Dioceses & Archdioceses
  • Catholic Records
  • Catholic Registers
  • Catholic Births and Baptisms
  • Catholic Confirmations
  • Catholic Marriages
  • Duplicate Marriage by Anglican and Catholic Rites
  • Catholic Deaths and Burials
  • Other Catholic Records
  • Catholic Charities & Organizations
  • Catholic Clergy Records
  • Particulars of Priests in England 1692
  • Catholic Family & Estate Papers
  • Catholic Institutions & Religious Orders
  • Some Records of English Religious Orders in Europe & England
  • Excerpts from the Obituary of an English Benedictine Nun of the Convent of
  • Our Blessed Lady of Good Hope in Paris
  • Other Catholic Parish Records
  • Catholic Schools and Orphanages
  • Status Animarum
  • Catholic Wills
  • Catholics in Early Non-Catholic Records
  • National Records
  • County & Local Records
  • Returns of Papists
  • Catholic Societies
  • Catholic Publications
  • Catholic Literature
  • Catholic Periodicals
  • Catholic Newspapers

Irvingites

    WEEK 5

Protestant Records
  • Dr. Williams'' Library
  • Protestant Nonconformist Registers
  • Unique features of Nonconformist Registers
  • Other Nonconformist Records
  • Nonconformist Membership Records
  • Nonconformist Schools
  • Other Items in the Register Books
  • Nonconformist Written Works
  • Nonconformist Newspapers
  • Nonconformist Clergy
  • Nonconformist Missionaries
  • Immigrant Protestants

Huguenots, Walloons & Flemish
  • History and Beliefs
  • Walloons
  • Huguenots
  • Flemish
  • Huguenot, Walloon & Flemvish Records
  • Huguenot, Walloon & Flemish Registers
  • Other Records of Huguenots

    Muggletonians

Presbyterians & Unitarians
  • History and Beliefs
  • Presbyterian & Unitarian Records
  • Presbyterian & Unitarian Archives
  • Presbyterian & Unitarian Registers
  • Other Presbyterian & Unitarian Records
  • Church Lists
  • Presbyterian & Unitarian Periodicals
  • Presbyterian & Unitarian Obituaries
  • Histories of Presbyterian & Unitarian Chapels
  • Presbyterian & Unitarian Graves
  • Records of Presbyterian & Unitarian Clergy
  • Presbyterian & Unitarian Publications

    WEEK 6

Baptists
  • History and Beliefs
  • Baptist Records
  • Baptist Registers
  • Baptist Births
  • Examples from Baptist Birth Registers
  • Baptist Adult Baptisms
  • Baptist Marriages
  • Examples from a Baptist Marriage Register
  • Baptist Burials
  • Examples from Baptist Burial Registers
  • Baptist Monumental Inscriptions
  • Other Baptist Records
  • Obituaries from the Baptist Manual 1845
  • Baptist References

Congregationalists & Independents
  • History and Beliefs
  • Congregational/Independent Records
  • Congregational & Independent Registers
  • Congregational & Independent Baptisms
  • Congregational & Independent Burials
  • Other Congregational/Independent Records
  • Records of Congregational Clergy
  • Congregational & Independent References

    WEEK 7

Quakers
  • History and Beliefs
  • Quaker Records
  • Quaker Dates
  • Numbers of Quaker Months
  • Quaker Registers
  • Quaker Births
  • Quaker Marriages
  • Quaker Burials
  • Other Quaker Records
  • Portraits and Coats of Arms
  • Records of Quaker Clergy

Morovians
  • History and Beliefs
  • Moravian Records
  • Moravian Registers
  • Other Moravian Records
  • History and Records of Moravian Clergy

Inghamites

Methodists
  • History and Beliefs
  • Methodist Archives & Records
  • Methodist Registers
  • Methodist Baptisms
  • Methodist Marriages
  • Methodist Burials
  • Other Methodist Records
  • Records of Methodist Clergy

    WEEK 8

Swedenborgians or New Jerusalem Church
  • History and Beliefs
  • Records

Bible Christians
  • History and Beliefs

Latter-Day Saints (MORMONS)
  • History and Beliefs
  • History
  • Latter-day Saint Beliefs
  • Latter-day Saint Records
  • Latter-day Saint Branch Records
  • Latter-day Saint Emigration Records
  • Other Latter-day Saint Records

Plymouth Brethern

Salvation Army
  • History and Beliefs
  • Salvation Army Records
  • Records of Salvation Army Clergy
  • Other Salvation Army Records
  • Tracing Missing Persons

The Challenge of Dissenter Research
  • Fewer Church Buildings
  • Records scattered
  • Registers Not Kept
  • Registers lost or in private hands
  • Registers used for a Circuit
  • Registers in Different Formats
  • Anglican Church Used for Births
  • Few Non-Anglican Burial Grounds
  • Huge Burial Registers
  • Use of Anglican Church as Cover
  • Religious Mobility

Non-Anglicans & The Nation
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Buildings
  • Numbers
  • Social Reform

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Further Reading

 
 

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