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Ear­lier this year, freereg.org.uk (the com­pan­ion pro­ject to FreeCEN and FreeBMD) was re­vamped. It pro­vides free ac­cess to a data­base of tran­scribed parish reg­is­ter en­tries and other sources of bap­tism, mar­riage and burial records.

1 Go to the home­page and fill in as many of the search fields as you can. In this case, we are search­ing for the bap­tism of Thomas Fryer who was born in Ch­ester­field, Der­byshire, in about 1795.

2 A list of search re­sults will come up. Here, only one record has been found – the bap­tism of Thomas Fryer on 1 De­cem­ber 1794 at the Soresby Street In­de­pen­dent Chapel in Ch­ester­field. Se­lect the rel­e­vant en­try by click­ing ‘De­tail’ to the far right of the en­try you want to view.

3 The amount of ex­tra in­for­ma­tion you will get varies. Here it tells you Thomas’s birth date and his par­ents’ names. You can also un­cover more about the town your an­ces­tor was bap­tised in by fol­low­ing the link at the top of the page in blue, and from here find out about the in­di­vid­ual church.

The FreeReg web­site

pro­vides ac­cess to a grow­ing data­base of parish reg­is­ter en­tries

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