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Record No: mha00000526
Title: English Parish Records collection
Dates: Microfilmed 1973-1980 (originally created 1269-1930)
Location: MHA microfilm cabinet
Creator: Maritime History Archive (coll.)
Extent: 97 microfilm reels
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on contents of the collection
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: The Maritime History Archive (MHA) was established at Memorial University in 1971 with a mandate to collect and preserve original documents and copies of documents relating to the history of sea-based activities in the North Atlantic region. A major focus of the MHA archival holdings are records relating to the fishery, trade and settlement of Newfoundland.
Scope and Content: The Maritime History Archive commenced the collection of English parish records during the period 1973-1980. The parish records document the genealogical origins of Newfoundland families whose ancestors had emigrated from England before the twentieth century.
     Collection consists of microfilmed copies of records of many parishes in the south West of England, particularly in the counties of Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire. The collection focuses on those areas which supplied crews for the Newfoundland fishery and the places of origin of Newfoundland settlers. Devon parishes predominate. The collection is indexed by parish.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright is held by the institution which holds the original records.
Associated Material: References in the guide to the Keith Matthews collection refers to those records which are in the form of notes and extracts and were the personal research notes of the creator. Further information on this collection can be found in the Guide to the Keith Matthews Collection, Series 4, Research Notes, MHA Finding Aid 14 and 17.
Custodial History: Microfilm copies of registers of Devon parishes have been obtained from the Public Records Office, Kew, (RG 4); The Devon and Cornwall Records Society, (Parish Register Transcripts); The Devon Record Office (Diocese of Exeter, Bishop's Transcripts); Photocopies are made from the Devon Records office (photocopies of original records and Bishop's Transcripts); Phillimore' Parish Register Series for Devon; Devonshire Wills, A Collection of Testamentary Abstracts by Charles Worthy; Devonshire Wills and Administrations issued by the British Records Society being the Calendars of Wills and Administrations relating to the Counties of Devon and Cornwall, edited by Edward Alex Fry.
     The records for Dorset consist of copies of transcripts and original records from the Dorset Records Office; copies of Phillimore's Parish Register Series, Dorset; copies of transcripts from the Society of Genealogists (Britain); Calendars of Wills and Administrations relating to the County of Dorset, edited by George S. Fry, British Records Society Limited, 1922.
     The Somerset Parish records are copies from the Somerset Parish Registers, edited by W.P.W. Phillimore, published by Phillimore and Company.
     The Hampshire records are copies of transcripts which were copied for the Society of Genealogists (Britain).
     Records were acquired primarily during the period 1973-1980.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 46. See online finding aid at the MHA website.
Subject: Devon (England).
Subject: Dorset (England).
Subject: Somerset (England).
Subject: Hampshire (England).
Subject: Church records and registers.


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