An amazing resource all the baptism, marriages & burials in PDF files - all free to view
Just spent several hours gathering info about some of my rellies.
Read the 'Parish guidance notes'
A snippet of date info I didn't know - wonder how many researchers are aware
Prior to 1752, the first day of the New Year was 25th March. This means, for example, that 24th March 1750 would have been followed by 25th March 1751. This system continued till 1751, when the modern calendar was introduced. The first year to have 1st January as New Year’s Day was 1752. Thus, 31st December 1751 was followed by 1st January 1752.
Please therefore note that, before 1752, all events between 1st January and 25th March in a given year would be recorded as occurring a year earlier than they would be according to our modern calendar. For consistency throughout these indexes, the dates have been adjusted so that each year begins on 1st January, not 26th March, as recorded in the registers. Thus, an entry in these indexes for a baptism on 5th January 1723 would be found in the original parish register for 5th January 1722.
Nudging this up - seems to have dropped through the cracks
thanks for this, just put it in my favourites.
cheers, Jan x
I think many of us know about the calendar change in the 18th century .............. I was certainly taught about it back in high school
I must admit that I haven't often thought about it as I have not yet found any Parish records that far back for my rellies, so it is very much at the back of my mind.
It would also be wise to remember as you go further back in your family history .................. that the original change in the calendar occurred 2 centuries before 1752
The change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar took place on October 4 1582
The Gregorian Calendar removed 10 days from the Julian calendar
Thus the day after October 4 1582 became October 15 1582.
Between 1582 and 1752, not only were two calendars in use in Europe (and in European colonies), but two different starts of the year were in use in England. Although the "Legal" year began on March 25, the use of the Gregorian calendar by other European countries led to January 1 becoming commonly celebrated as "New Year's Day" and given as the first day of the year in almanacs.
To avoid misinterpretation, both the "Old Style" and "New Style" year was often used in English and colonial records for dates falling between the new New Year (January 1) and old New Year (March 25), a system known as "double dating." Such dates are usually identified by a slash mark [/] breaking the "Old Style" and "New Style" year, for example, March 19, 1631/2. Occasionally, writers would express the double date with a hyphen, for example, March 19, 1631-32. In general, double dating was more common in civil than church and ecclesiastical records.
The situation was regularised in 1752
There really is a mine trap out there when dating our relatives!
edited once to add information
Familysearch tend to double enter, which can also cause confusion to the unwary.
One entry would be say 04 Feb 1721 and the other 04 Feb 1722. Same person, different way of showing it.
Freereg would show 04 Feb 1721/2
The Wolverhampton records will be of interest to many researchers. Thank you