Explore publications pertaining to the English county of Cambridgeshire. Discover your ancestor in parish registers from Orwell and St Michael’s.
There are currently two titles included in this collection:
Parish Registers of Orwell, 1560-1837 – Discover important details in the registers of the parish of Orwell. These registers were transcribed and edited by R W Whiston, rector of Orwell. The preface opens with the following: ‘There are several Register-books belonging to the parish of Orwell, Cambs. The oldest, of which the present volume is a transcript, contains entries beginning with the year 1560 for marriages and burials and with the year 1569 for baptisms and ending with the year 1653 for all three divisions alike. The omission of the nine years’ baptisms is due to the unfortunate loss of the first four pages of the book which have disappeared entirely without any trace being left behind of what may have become of them’.
Parish Registers of St Michael’s, Cambridge, 1538-1837 – Explore baptisms, marriages, and burials that took place in St Michael’s parish, Cambridge, between 1538 and 1837. The preface includes the following note: ‘The Parish registers of Cambridge are, on the whole, unusually early and well preserved. One only of those referring to the thirteen old parishes of the town (viz. that of St Andrew the Great, commencing about 1635) starts from as late a date as the seventeenth century; and no less than ten of them commence in 1567 or earlier’.
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