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The Parish Chest Hardcover – 22 Nov 1983
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on 22 December 2007
This book has been on my shelves for nearly 40 years and it is the one I most often return to. Any genealogist or family historian who wants to know what records their ancestor may have left behind will discover a wealth of information and excellent examples of many parish records that are so neglected by many. A clear explanation of all the official positions in the parish hierarchy, how they were elected and their duties, gives an insight into the records they created and which you may find. Even parish registers are considered in minute detail showing how various Acts affected their appearance and content. Highly recommended.
on 3 November 2008
Few if any other family history books have come anywhere near to Tate's book either in accuracy, completeness or sheer humanity. The many examples taken from a variety of parish registers and documents reveal a comprehensive knowledge as well as an impish sense of humour.
on 11 February 2015
A valuable resource for anyone interested in the social history of England and/or genealogy and family history. This book is a fascinating insight into the development of local government from the medieval courts up to the 20th century. The work of the Parish was closely connected with the church and at some periods run by it, and the Parish officials did much of what is now done by Parish Councils. All sorts of records were kept in the Parish Chest in the church, some ecclesiastical, others very secular. Some churches still have their Chest, sometimes with ancient records in them. But most of these records are now held by local Record Offices. The book is very well researched but easy to read, with many details relating to specific places. It has a detailed Table of Contents to help you find the topic you want, . Altogether an excellent reference book, at least until 1983 when my copy was printed. There are possibly later editions also.
on 8 December 2014
May have been written several decades ago but still the classic text on Parish Chest records. Obviously no mention of recent developments in digitisation and internet access but the records themselves haven't changed - only in some cases the means of access. Littered with interesting - and sometimes amusing - examples and written in a really engaging style. I recommend it to all my students.
on 2 July 2014
For anyone interested in the formation of England since William the Corncurer took over in 1066 this is an able book that will educate and illuminate.
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