English Genealogical Research before 1837
Amy Harris, PhD, AG
Suggested prerequisites: Need to know where (parish/village/city) the ancestor(s) lived. Best suited for those already familiar with English census and civil registration records.
English research before the institution of civil registration (1837) and the existence of genealogically useful censuses (1841) can be tricky. With high rates of religious nonconformity, relatively high rates of mobility, and records with limited explicit information, research between 1750 and 1840 often proves complicated. This track concentrates on that period, but much of it is also applicable to any post-1690 research. It focuses on methodology, using indirect evidence, and hands-on case studies.