Collection - English parish records collection

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English parish records collection

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  • Microfilmed 1973-1980 (originally created 1531-1906) (Collection)
    Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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97 microfilm reels

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The Maritime History Archive commenced the collection of English parish records during the period 1973-1980. The parish records document the genealogical origins of Newfoundland families whose ancestors had emigrated from England before the twentieth century.

Collection consists of microfilmed copies of records of many parishes in the south West of England, particularly in the counties of Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire. The collection focuses on those areas which supplied crews for the Newfoundland fishery and the places of origin of Newfoundland settlers. Devon parishes predominate. The collection is indexed by parish.

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The parish records in this collection were acquired between 1973 and 1980 from a variety of sources, generally from the south-west region of England. These sources include the Public Record Office, the Devon and Cornwall Records Society, the Devon Records Office, the British Records Society, the Dorset Records Office, and the Society of Genealogists (Britain). A number of other records in this collection, consisting of copies from published registers, wills, etc., were acquired from unspecified sources.


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  • English

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    No restrictions.

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    No restrictions on the use of the materials in this collection.

    Finding aids

    MHA Finding Aid 46. See online finding aid at the MHA website.

    Associated materials

    References in the guide to the Keith Matthews collection refers to those records which are in the form of notes and extracts and were the personal research notes of the creator. Further information on this collection can be found in the Guide to the Keith Matthews Collection, Series 4, Research Notes, MHA Finding Aid 14 and 17.

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    Created - May 3, 2013

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    • English

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