Saturday, 20 August 2011

FamilySearch adds Essex Church of England PRs and BTs

537,583 records for the Church of England in Essex, both Parish Registers and Bishops’ Transcripts, are now on FamilySearch here.

There are a couple of issues that need improvement. 

While the description informs that "the collection includes indexes and images of parish registers containing christening, marriage and burial entries," none of the records I checked included images of the original.

Also I could find no way to select just one event, say a marriage, if the whole collection is specified. While you can search for the marriage of John Smith in Barking, Essex, you can't do so for a John Smith marriage in all of Essex. 

1 comment:

Jane MacNamara said...

Hi John,
I'd like to point out that at least some of the Essex registers are available (at no charge) as splendid full-colour digital images on the Essex Record Office web site:
I found a 1733 marriage in Wanstead, Essex, using the FamilySearch index, and then located it in the register by date. The image from the Essex Record Office showed that both bride and groom lived in the London parish of St Bartholomew the Great, and supplied a much better citation for the event.