Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

5/1/2012

Church records

The church, by virtue of its position as one of the great medieval institutions, was also a great record-producer, and because the church (as a whole) survived, where individuals and many families did not, its records have been preserved better than many others. This includes records already discussed that are not specifically religious in character – for example the charters transcribed into monastic cartularies and the manorial documents relating to church property. Another example is the jurisdiction of ecclesiastical courts over wills, which began when they were primarily concerned with pious bequests, but continued until the 19th century. As well as these, there is a host of other records, more or less loosely associated with the church, which can be useful to the genealogist. for more click here

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