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What are Baptism/Birth Records?

A baptism record is a any type of record or certificate that states the date and place an individual was baptised into a church. These records are available from 1538 onwards, and are recorded in Parish Registers. For information about these records, go to the UK Baptism Records page or click the link above.

A birth record is a certificate that states the date and place an individual was born. These records are available from 1837 onwards as published by the GRO. For information about these records, go to the UK Birth Records page or click the link above. You can also order a copy of a birth certificate if you need to, which can show you full information about the birth.

Why are they useful to me?

Information on baptism/birth records can be useful as you can use the names as a starting point to begin tracing the ancestors on the record back another generation. You may want to know:

  • An ancestor's birth/baptism date and place
  • Parents' names
  • The name of a preceding generation

We have provided a case study on this website so you can see just how easy it is to find a record, and some links to related information that may be helpful to you.

Daily News & Information - BMDs and the Census

Possible Pitfalls in Using the Census
Many people don't realise that the census page images we see are actually transcripts of the household census forms, the details were copied into the books by the enumerators.

 

Case Study - Sir Frank Whittle
Sir Frank Whittle (1907 - 1996) was a Royal Air Force officer who invented the Jet engine. This is how his birth record was found.

 

Daniel Albone in the 1861 Census
Daniel Albone is famous for inventing the Ivel tractor, and is said to have changed the world of agriculture. He can be found in the 1861 census at the age of only six months.

 

The Bronte Sisters in the Yorkshire 1841 Census
The three Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - grew up with their brother Branwell in Parsonage House in Haworth, Yorkshire. They can be found in the 1841 Census.

 



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