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Your Ancestors in Leicestershire can be traced by an experienced Genealogist.
To a large extent we all stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. We inherit family genes, family traits, the family myths and traditions.
who were our ancestors? Where did they live? Who did they marry? How did they
make a living and support their families? Were they rich? Were they desperately
poor? Did they even leave skeletons in cupboards or vast unclaimed fortunes?
Everyone has their own personal reasons for seeking their roots. Perhaps a need to find a sense of place in an ever-changing world. Perhaps a wish to prove a family legend, or simply surprise a relative or friend with a distinctive and unique gift. Whatever you want I am here to help you.
is achieved by subjecting a wide variety of historical sources to detailed investigation
and analysis. These sources include civil registers of births, marriages and deaths,
census returns, parish registers, wills and many others. These documents are located
in both national and local archives.
Such research requires not only perseverance, thoroughness and accuracy but also a high level of genealogical and historical knowledge and expertise.
I can offer you all of these professional services to help build a picture of your family origins.
I can either assist you with a query or conduct all the research for you and produce a report for you to pass on through the Generations.
History of the References
Records of baptisms, marriages and burials have been kept from the earliest of times. However the survival rate for most of the earliest records is somewhat small. During the reign of Henry VIII, in 1538, Thomas Cromwell decreed that proper registers be kept of all baptisms, marriages and burials that ocurred in every parish. However, the reality was somewhat different from the ideal. There were further decrees during subsequent reigns but it has to be said that they have left us with a less than ideal legacy of records. In fact, of the 11,000 or so parishes, there are fewer than 1,000 with complete records back to the 1500s. This is due to various reasons, the primary one being that although it was the responsibility of every priest to keep records the amount of information actually recorded was left to his discretion (or otherwise!) .
The situation was improved somewhat with the introduction in 1597 of what are known as the Bishop's Transcripts. These are transcriptions of the parish registers which were required to be returned annually to the Bishop. The theory was good, but in practice some registers could not be transcribed because they had been lost or destroyed prior to 1597. Later records often suffered a similar fate. However, the survival rate of the Bishops Transcripts was much better than the parish registers so between the two we have a much more satisfactory (although not ideal) source of information.
Some registers survive from 1778 when the Roman Catholic Relief Bill was enacted but few were kept prior to this. In 1840 registers were supposed to be surrendered to the Registrar General to comply with the Royal Commission of 1837. However, few were.
Prior to surrendering their registers in 1840 an index was made of all their entries. This index is accessible on microfilm. Usually Quaker records are more detailed than their Anglican counterparts. Of course, Quakers did not believe in baptism of children but they did record dates of birth in registers. Furthermore they continued to perform marriage ceremonies after Hardwicke's Marriage Act was enacted on 25th March 1754.
© 2001 JOSEPH PLATT