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Family history

We are asked regularly for information about the Baptism, Marriage and Burial records of our churches.  These provide a rich source of information to family historians and others researching our past history.

Detailed information about family history started with the UK census in 1841 and the Civil registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths in 1837.

Before this time church records are the major source of information about families.  For these records we owe a debt of gratitude to Thomas Cromwell, Vicar General to King Henry VIII, who in 1538, ordered that every wedding, baptism and burial should be recorded.

There was a certain amount of resistance to this at the time, but by the 17th century most priests were doing their duty and from this time our valuable social history started in the form of these records and our parishes are no exception.

In the Whittlewood Parishes all of our old record books are now lodged with the Northampton Record Office.  
The records can be viewed by contacting the Archivist:

Records Office
Wootton Hall Park
Northampton
NN4 8BQ

Tel:01604 762129
email: archivist@northamptonshire.gov.uk

www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/recordoffice

Whittlewood Parishes records

The following records are held at the Record Office:

Parish

Baptisms

Marriages

Burials

Abthorpe ***

1583-1989

1587-1987,1992-2008

1593-1987

Paulerspury

1674-1879

1681-1837

1678-1894

Silverstone

1831-1948

1832-1974

1831-1989

Slapton

1573-2003

1575-2006

1573-2005

Whittlebury

1653-2005

1666-1958

1653-1936

For a full list of the Anglican Parish registers for Northamptonshire held by the Record Office go here.

*** All the records for Abthorpe parish have been transcribed and are available to be searched, free of charge, at www.freereg.org.uk

 

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