England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: England, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 .
This collection contains baptisms, marriages, and burials from parishes in Westminster. This collection was done in cooperation with FindMyPast, and a full version of the index can be found at FindMyPast.
Currently there are 51 parishes, chapelries, or district church registers of baptisms, marriages and burials with online data now available for searching at FindMyPast. With about 113 Westminster churches pre-dating the year 1890, FindMyPast's first Westminster online coverage represents approximately 45 percent of Westminster's extant Church of England registers. View a comprehensive "List of the Parish Churches Lying Within the City of Westminster", to view what churches now have available data online, see FindMyPast.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- Brightsolid. "England, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912." http://www.findmypast.co.uk : 2012
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include the following information:
- Date of baptism
- Child's name
- Names of parents
- Parents residence at time of baptism
- Occupation of father
- Marriage date
- Name of the bride and groom
- Residence of the bride and groom
- Marital status of bride and groom
- After 1754, the full names of two witnesses and the minister's name.
After 30 June 1837, marriage records also include:
Age of the bride and groom Name and occupation of fathers of bride and groom
- Name of deceased
- Place of burial
- Date of burial
- Age at burial
How to Use the Record
Beginning Your Search
To search this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of ancestor
- Approximate year of the event
- Names of parents (for baptisms)
- Place of birth (for marriages)
- Last place of residence (for deaths)
Searching the Index
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
Search the Collection
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "DGS Number" category which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
Using the Information
When you have found information for your ancestor, you can do the following:
- Use the parents names to search for the rest of the family. If you are searching by batch number in the record, you can type in the surname of your ancestor, and in the Parents box, type in the names of the parents. That will enable you to find the family easily and help you further your research.
- When you have found a marriage record, use the ages of the bride and the groom to determine their birth years.
Can't Find Information?
If you can't find any of the information that you are looking for, please consider the following:
- Children were usually christened within a few weeks of birth. Even in the Church of England, christenings of some older children or adults were recorded. The Church of England parish registers give at least the infant’s name and the christening (baptismal) date.
- Couples usually married in the bride’s parish. Typically, the English married in their 20s. You may find records that show a couple’s “intent to marry” in addition to the records of the actual marriage. Sometimes, however, the couple registered their intent to marry but never married.
- A burial usually took place in the deceased’s parish a few days after the death.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.