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Bishops Transcripts and Parish Registers | What
makes them different?
Gaps | Slash in the date
Additional Notes and Abbreviations
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Transcripts and Parish Registers
The original Matlock Parish Church (St. Giles') baptisms and
burials transcripts onsite were extracted from the BTs, though
they now include some PR entries for completeness. The BTs
were registers prepared for and then sent to the Bishop of the
Diocese. They are very similar to the Parish Register, which was
retained by the parish, and should contain either the same information
or very similar information (see below).
Matlock was part of the diocese of Lichfield.
makes them different?
In some cases BTs were the incumbent's original, and he (or an
assistant of some kind) then copied the information into the parish
registers before sending the BTs to the Bishop. In this case the
so called 'transcript' was actually the original! Alternatively,
the BTs may have been copied out from the register prior to forwarding
to the Bishop so are then only a secondary source.
Either way, a consequence is that there are sometimes small differences
between the Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts. From personal
research experience the web mistress has occasionally found additional
information in one or the other.
There are sometimes gaps in both sources (see Gaps below), which
could be because nothing was recorded for the year, or it what
was recorded has been subsequently lost or destroyed.
Before 1752 the BTs for Matlock ran from Lady Day to Lady Day.
So did the Parish Registers.
Some years are missing from these transcripts:
|Missing Years - Baptisms
||Missing Years - Burials
To fill in any gaps missing from the onsite transcripts
you may wish to view the Parish Register which is held at Derbyshire
County Record Office
There is also a CD of PR indexes available
to contact Derbyshire County Record Office
to buy the CD
in the date
As noted above, the BTs and the parish registers for
Matlock's parish church didn't begin on 1st January but instead
ran from Lady Day to Lady Day each year before 1752. This was because
the church year was organised that way. Lady Day is on 25th March.
Baptisms and burials used to be recorded on this web site with
a slash appearing in the year given, e.g. 1730/1 for all baptisms
and burials that occurred between the months of January and March
for the years between 1662 and 1751 inclusive. Using as an example
the date 6 Feb 1741/2 as a way of explaining this quirk, all this
means is that the event occurred on 6 Feb 1742, but the actual
entry is to be found under the entries for the church year of 1741.
It is sometimes referred to as an 'old' calendar date for the year,
but acknowledges the modern calendar we use now. Genealogists use
either a slash in the date to emphasise this or just use the modern
calendar when recording a pre Jan 1752 date as it avoids unnecessary
confusion, although some Genealogy databases do no accept the slash.
This historical ecclesiastical quirk may explain why a birth may
seem to have taken place before a marriage or even a death before
an individual was baptised.
To simplify things the information provided has now been altered
so that the date appears as a modern calendar date. However, a line
space has been included before 25 March in years up to 1851 to denote
where the church year changed.
Modern (New) Calendar Dates - more onsite information
- No parent is named against some baptisms
These are probably adult baptisms
- Where both parents names given they appear in the registers
as '&' e.g. George & Elizabeth. Here they are presented
- 'Batch' baptisms - parents baptising more than one child on
the same day.
This happened more often during the nineteenth century, so it
should not be assumed that this indicated twins in the family.
Usually the date of birth is also given.
d - daughter
inf - infant
m - month(s)
s - son
w - week(s)
wi - wife
There is more information about the other Matlock and Matlock Bath
Matlock Bath Churches and Chapels
It is possible that the baptism or burial took place in a church
or chapel in one of the surrounding parishes. Wirksworth and Cromford
Chapel baptisms can be found on the Strays pages and is worth checking
the lists for your surname.
Matlock Bath Strays
Otherwise, details of other parishes can be found through the
Andrews Pages Useful Genealogy Sources page
a copy or want to check for yourself?
It is strongly recommended that, having found information on these
pages, you check the original.
to contact Lichfield JRO, who hold the BTs
to contact Derbyshire County Record Office in Matlock,
where the Parish Registers are held.
A fee may be required for work done on your behalf if you cannot
visit these archives in person.