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Researching further back than Parish records...

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GHeather Report 24 Jan 2014 17:45

Have you done any family research way back... gone further back than Parish records ? Tell me more...


GHeather Report 24 Jan 2014 17:57

Don't suppose I will get many replies on this, however, maybe a few out there who can tell us their interesting family story, going way back in time...


JustJohn Report 24 Jan 2014 18:14

Parish records began in 1568 in the particular parish I was investigating. My 10 x gt was born just before that date. I had baptisms of all younger brothers and sisters, so knew naming patterns, exact location and his parents.

Then somebody out of the blue sent me a "prayer list" for Lichfield diocese for 1533. It is just like a census of that whole area to west of Wolverhampton. There was his father as a small boy (born about 1520) with his parents and siblings!!! Only names and relationships to each other, not ages and places of birth unfortunately.


Guinevere Report 24 Jan 2014 18:31

I have been able to research prior to parish records using wills and Manor Court Rolls.

The rolls have details of landholdings, freehold and copyhold and of who inherits from whom. There are also details of annual "fines" or rents, so quite a lot of information can be gleaned.


GHeather Report 24 Jan 2014 20:34

Thanks for the replies... interesting! :-D


jw100 Report 24 Jan 2014 21:19


I would be very interested in that "prayer list" as my ancestors came from Lichfield and surrounding areas. How can I get hold of a copy??