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Transcripts by the P.R.T. Society and donated transcripts are available to search.

New Transcripts added to the Data Base are listed on the News Page, for full list of Data Base contents, check the 'Browse Records' Index.

The Data base is free to search, to view a particular entry requires you  to register with a user name, Password and purchase a few credits.

New Data is being added as it becomes available, appreciation must be given to the time and effort needed to work from the raw material that is sometimes in an advanced state of decay, in Old English and occasionally in Latin.

Without the efforts of these dedicate transcribers, Family Historians would need to locate the raw material, travel to where it is on deposit, (i.e. The National Archives or County Record Office etc.) and then be able to read it.

Most of the Data is from Parish Registers, our main project for the last few years has been transcribing the Parish Registers of West Sussex.
We also have in our collection, many other County parish registers transcripts, 
part & whole (see 'Browse Records/County/Parish for event/date coverage, see also "Miscellaneous Marriages") Monumental Inscriptions, Marriage Licenses, Books and various other useful information.


  Notice to users of this web site.

   The Parish Register Transcription Society has now become inactive and the web site will no longer be updated with any new information.

   The Site will remain 'Free' to search but the facility to purchase 'Credits' to view entries has been remove.
   Please do register as a new User.

  Customers with existing credits can still use them to view entries but are advised to use them up as the site will eventually be closed down.

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The Parish Register
The Parish Registers, introduced by Sir Thomas Cromwell 1538 by order of Henry VIII.
Many registers do not survive from this time, being kept in the Parish Chest in the church, suffered from damp, mould and a meal for the occasional rodent.
In 1597 all registers were ordered to be copied on to parchment, also transcripts made annually of the previous year’s entries and sent to the Bishop.
These Bishop’s Transcripts (B/Ts) are an added bonus to Family Historians as many of the earlier years survive when the Parish Register did not.
From 1649 - 1660, the English Civil War period, many of the register were not kept, many thrown away or destroyed, so the surviving registers only start from 1660.
During this period, from 1654 - 1660, civil marriages were solemnised before Justices of the Peace, some but not all were recorded in the parish register.
In 1752, (Chesterfield Act) the Gregorian calendar was adopted from the previously used Julian calendar. From then on, the new year started on the 1st January which previously started on the 26th March, 11 days were omitted from September to bring it back into line.
The Hardwick Marriage Age, 1754, couples had to be 21 years of age to marry without the consent of their parents.
The Age of Marriage Act in 1929 forbade marriages under the age of 16, until then, girls of 12 and boys of 14 could marry legally.
Civil Registration in 1837, marriage certificates recorded the name and occupation of the couples fathers.

Monumental Inscriptions
Another useful source of family history data, the inscriptions on these tomb stones can contain much useful information about a family, recording parents and siblings etc. Many older transcripts are already on depot at the various repositories contain information of now illegible inscriptions or of stones that have been removed. Many Family History Societies have ongoing projects to record all of their parish church grave inscriptions. Our collection of Monumental Inscriptions, in the main, were completed in the early 1960's by school children as a summer holiday project, the original documents supplied to the P.R.T. Soc. for retyping and publication by the I.H.G.S. Canterbury.

Miscellaneous Marriages Series
The main content of our marriage transcripts, other than Norfolk, West Sussex and a few others are a series of publications, transcribed from previously unpublished documents collected For but Not Included in the Phillimore Marriages Indexes. The original documents, in most cases, were compiled by the Incumbent of the parish from extracted Marriage entries in their Parish Registers for inclusion in the Marriage Indexes being compiled by Mr. P.W.P. Phillimore & Mr. F. Johnson of 124 Chancery Lane, London, the majority of which were carried out in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. These original documents were purchased and are owned by the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies, Canterbury, kindly offered to the Parish Register Transcription Society for transcribing & publishing.

Marriage Licenses - Allegation - Bonds
Persons intending to be married usually had their banns read in church on three Sundays before the marriage. Those not wishing to be married by banns could obtain a licence from an appropriate (usually ecclesiastical) authority to marry at a place within its jurisdiction. Marriage by licence was often preferred because it was quicker, more convenient and/or more discreet, or because it was thought to confer social prestige.

A marriage license was issued only after a written allegation of intention to marry was made by the prospective bride or bridegroom (or by their representative), giving their parishes and their approximate ages and stating that there was no legal impediment to the marriage. It is the allegation which should be sought when evidence of the issuing of a licence is required, since the allegations were usually retained by the issuing authority, while the licences themselves, having been shown to the person who was to conduct the marriage ceremony, were not preserved systematically and rarely survive.

Until 1823 an applicant for a licence also had to sign a bond, by which he would incur a monetary penalty if it was found that there as a legal impediment to the marriage. The bonds were also usually kept by the licence-issuing authority. When searching for an allegation or bond for a marriage known to have been by licence it should be noted that: It may be necessary to search the records of several licence issuing authorities, since their jurisdictions often overlapped. It may be necessary to search allegations for up to three months before the date of the marriage, as marriage licences were valid for three months. It may prove impossible to find the allegation or bond required, since many of the surviving records are believed to be incomplete. When searching marriage registers after an allegation/bond had been found it should be noted that: The marriage may perhaps have taken place in a church other than that specified in the allegation. The existence of an allegation does not prove that the marriage took place at all.

Hackman Hampshire B/Ts
This series of Hampshire B/Ts was transcribed by the late Mr. R.M.B.H. Hackman, hand written in old school exercise books, over 290 Hampshire parishes, in the main cover a period 1780 - 1812, but many with extended dates, these where filmed and converted to Pdf documents which can be down loaded by parish and viewed. These transcripts, in the original hand writing are not indexed or searchable. These original documents were purchased and are owned by the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies, Canterbury, who kindly offered them to the Parish Register Transcription Society for transcribing & publication.

Trade Directories
These Books under the Trade Directories heading in the Browse Records section are a collection of various trade directories, Pigots and Post Office directories which are in Pdf format, the larger ones split into section due the file size, can be downloaded and viewed in Adobe Reader.

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This is a collection of Poll Books and other miscellaneous books which can be downloaded and viewed in Adobe Reader.

P.R.T. Society Publications available on CD.
All of our West Sussex Parish Registers are available on CD from the Sussex Family History Group, Parish Chest, GenFair web sites.
Also the works of Michael J. Burchall, BA(Hons), FSG, not available to view on this web site, but available on CD from the web sites mentioned above.

The Parish Register Transcription Society is a 'Not for Profit' organisation, all proceeds from sales etc. are use for running costs, purchase of new raw material and donations to local charities.

 General Note
As with all forms of transcription, errors will inevitably occur, particularly where the original documents are in a poor state of preservation. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of our published records, it is always advisable to refer to the original documents whenever doubt exists

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