More than 2m par­ish records re­leased on­line

Lat­est data from The Ge­neal­o­gist cov­ers three English coun­ties

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TheGe­neal­o­gist has re­leased well over three mil­lion par­ish records hail­ing from three English coun­ties. More than 1.1 mil­lion new records have been added to the site’s Sus­sex col­lec­tion (which en­com­passes both mod­ern coun­ties of East and West Sus­sex, but the new records re­late to the lat­ter), thanks to a part­ner­ship with the Par­ish Record Tran­scrip­tion So­ci­ety. There are 717,000 bap­tisms in this re­lease, as well as 213,000 mar­riages and 208,000 buri­als.

Among the records are those for the church of St Nicholas in Arun­del, which has the un­usual dis­tinc­tion of be­ing a sin­gle build­ing di­vided into Catholic and Angli­can places of wor­ship. The west­ern half is the usual par­ish church, whose records are in the new data re­lease, with the east­ern Fitza­lan Chapel is the tra­di­tional place of wor­ship of the Dukes of Nor­folk, Catholic own­ers of Arun­del Cas­tle. A phys­i­cal bar­rier be­tween the ar­eas was only re­moved in 1979.

Some buri­als of the Fitza­lan-Howard fam­ily in­terred there are none­the­less in­cluded in the new par­ish records, and The Ge­neal­o­gist also has Catholic reg­is­ters for the chapel in the Reg­is­ters of Arun­del avail­able at the site.

Mean­while, the site has also re­leased more than two mil­lion par­ish records from the West Coun­try, namely bap­tisms from Som­er­set from 1538 to 1996 and buri­als (in­clud­ing cre­ma­to­rium records) for both Som­er­set and Dorset from 1563 to 2003. Th­ese have been made avail­able via a part­ner­ship with Som­er­set and Dorset Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety.

The Ge­neal­o­gist is look­ing for fur­ther so­ci­eties to part­ner with in this way. Its head of on­line de­vel­op­ment, Mark Bayley, said: ‘Th­ese part­ner­ships help so­ci­eties boost their funds whilst bring­ing their records to a much wider au­di­ence through on­line publi­ca­tion.’

Fur­ther de­tails for so­ci­eties are avail­able at www.fh­son­line.co.uk. The new par­ish records are avail­able to Di­a­mond sub­scribers at www. thege­neal­o­gist.co.uk.

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