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Parish Records(not!)


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dovercourt but born Enfield
As is my wont I again forayed into the Essex parish records for my daily headache!:D

This morning I was struck by the genral inconsistancy with which various Vicars etc duly filled in the records some with little regard to the actual information written with the shorthand record for 'John son of Johnathon' to 'Mary Smith was buried':oops:

I thank whoever made them actually put the marriage information into a printed book from about 1754 - some are actually very readable whilst some are hardly decipherable due no doubt to the meagre amount of the obviously very expensive ink! actually used.:cry:
Then there are the most diligent records where the keeper actually records date of birth as well as date of baptism.:)
I suppose we should be grateful that we have the records at all - lots must have been lost during WW2.
Oh well back to the headache.

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