Part­ner­ship pub­lishes par­ish records

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His­toric par­ish records from three English coun­ties have been re­leased on­line thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween lo­cal fam­ily his­tory so­ci­eties, the­ge­neal­o­ and fhs-on­

The web­sites, which are ac­ces­si­ble to pay­ing sub­scribers, have pub­lished records of 2.2 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als com­piled by Som­er­set & Dorset Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety.

The new col­lec­tion con­sists of burial and cre­ma­to­rium records dat­ing from 1563 to 2003, as well as Som­er­set bap­tism records from 1538 to 1996.

Mark Bay­ley, head of on­line de­vel­op­ment at The­Ge­neal­o­gist, said that such part­ner­ships “help so­ci­eties boost their funds whilst bring­ing their records to a much wider au­di­ence, through on­line pub­li­ca­tion”.

The­Ge­neal­o­gist and FHS-On­line have also added over 1.1 mil­lion Sus­sex par­ish records from a data­base cre­ated by The Par­ish Record Tran­scrip­tion So­ci­ety, in­clud­ing 717,000 bap­tism records, 213,000 mar­riages and 208,000 buri­als. They in­clude some dra­matic sto­ries such as that of Richard Hawkins, buried in Parham on 22 April 1748 af­ter be­ing “Mur­dered By Smug­glers & Thrown Into Sir Ce­cil Bis­shopps Pond”.

Bur­row Mump, Som­er­set – the county’s bap­tism records are now on­line

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