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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860772390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860772399
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Waite on 15 Aug 2006
Format: Hardcover
The information in the book gives a much clearer idea about what is available. If you are researching a family tree before 1837 it can be a bit daunting because you know someone was born;married or died but don't know if the records are available and if so where. This book answers that question.

The most amazing thing for me was putting place names and parishes on a map - I had been researching my family and different parish/ place names were showing up but now I could see on the map how close they were.

It is, however, only a source guide - "this is the information that is available and these are the people who hold copies of that information" - but it is an opportunity to confirm knowledge and develop your family tree.

A great book and thoroughly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By White Ferret on 5 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Over the years, and the centuries, there have been many changes to County boundaries, of latter years more as a result of political and electoral considerations. However, such variations do not help us in determining the historical County where a particular parish or parish church existed at the time that our ancestors were baptised, married or died. When viewing modern day maps of the United Kingdom, we can easily become confused when we find that historical counties, and some parishes, have disappeared, or been amalgamated, renamed or partially absorbed by their neighbours.
Most us like to record our ancestral records as being in the Parish and County as they were at the time of the event - after all some churches were destroyed in the War and can no longer be found on modern maps. This is where The Phillimore Altas & Index of Parish Records comes into its own, providing pre-1832 Parish maps, and 1834 topographical maps of each county. The accompanying County index lists the Parishes in each County together with the dates and depositories of the Registers or Indexes for each Parish. Additional information and resources are listed at the end of each County section.
Tip: Have a decent magnifying glass to hand when viewing the map pages - some of the print is very small.
Overall, this is an excellent must-have genealogical reference work, currently available at a remarkable value from Amazon. The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers (None)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Giselle F. on 21 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
...and those who need to strike out a little further afield in their family history research.
This is just a terrific resource, a real must have. Don't be put off by the price: it is most definitely worth it if you are looking at various parishes before 1837.
I particularly like the maps of parishes in the front of the book: they show the date the parish (church) was founded (extremely useful!), give a terrific idea of the parishes around (so if the parish was founded after the period you are looking for then just look for the next nearest older parish, chances are those registers represented the area later split off into the new parish). There are also boundaries (in colour) of what court juridictions applied to wills. But the list of where you can find what registers are available is what makes the book. Very useful indeed!
I am so pleased to own it now, I was forever leaving through it at libraries, wishing I could have copies of the maps (you can't copy them, there's copyright on them).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wise Old Owl on 13 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you are a family history researcher this book will be invaluable. I was given it as a Christmas present, after dropping several heavy hints, and have already made good use of it.
What you get in the Atlas is a map for each county in England (and Wales and Scotland) showing the pre 1832 parishes, the earliest dates when parish registers were recorded in each parish, with eclesiastical jurisdictions and "peculiars" all colour coded. There is also a topographical map for each county, though I find I need a magnifying glass to make good use of these.
The Index in the second part of the book lists the parishes for each county and then gives the registration district for each parish. This is invaluable information when looking for an ancestor's birth, marriage or death in the post 1837 GRO registration indexes, and you can use the map references to see at a glance where each parish and registration district is.
So that is briefly what this book is all about, and if you are still reading this review you are probably a serious researcher and it will be very useful to you. Definitely not bedtime reading, but one to put on the shelf and consult again and again as a reference book.
I should add that this is the third edition of the Philimore Atlas, dated 2003, and a lot of the census information in the Index is no longer as valid, as all the censuses are now available on the internet, although for a price of course!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By April Devon on 9 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
A superb resource for the family historian trying to locate those obscure hamlets our ancestors came from. Colour maps and county by county index. Excellent.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a review of the third and, at the time of writing, latest edition of 2003. Given its price of around £30, I was unsure whether it would be worth my while purchasing it but was persuaded by the glowing reviews it seemed to attract. Was I right to do so?

In his introduction, the editor states that his new edition includes a map of the whole British Isles showing the pre-1830 county boundaries; except that this reprint is not of a modern map with the boundaries imprinted thereon, but a reprint of an antique map whose boundary lines are so light as to be virtually invisible. I started then to realise that this book may not after all be so brilliant as to merit the five stars many have given it. My suspicions that this was not the brilliant purchase that I thought were confirmed when upon arrival I immediately tried to access details for the county of Montgomery. One would have thought that a book based on counties would list Montgomeryshire as such, but it took me a while to find it listed curiously under `Central Wales'.

Looking at the county maps themselves, one often requires the use of a magnifying glass. Some, such as Lincolnshire, thankfully appear on double-pages, but most do not. Some, such as Anglesey and Somerset, are, frankly, a chaotic mess.

Finally, one wonders how useful this book is in the age of the internet, with apparently innumerable websites offering information on parish registers online through pay-for-view sites, local family history societies, county record offices or through such brilliant concepts as OPCs (online parish clerks) or in CD formats. Strangely, only postal addresses are given for further information: not one website is offered to the researcher!
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