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BOOK - Buried Treasure: what’s in the English parish chest
By Paul Milner
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2015

Softcover...17.00 (C$)

Buried treasure: what’s in the English parish chest examines all the records created by parish officials for the civil and religious administration of the English parish, except the baptism, marriage and burials records described so well in the companion volume – Discover English parish registers.

Records surviving in the parish chest will often solve your brick wall problems, including: ‘Where did my ancestor come from before here?’ or ‘Who is the father of that illegitimate child?’ In this detailed guide, family historian Paul Milner explains how and why the records were created, how changing laws affected who was and was not included, what the records look like and what information they contain. After showing examples of numerous records, the guide explains how and where to access the records, (online, microfilm, originals or in print).

Here is a practical guide that will help family researchers solve their problems, and put them into historical context. This small volume is full of material for both the beginner and the experienced researcher. It is a well-illustrated guide to the contents of the English parish chest that allows any researcher to go way beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers commonly used for parish research.

Contents include:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction and how to use this book
  • Settlement and removal records
    • Laws regarding settlement 1601-1867
    • Methods of obtaining settlement
    • Settlement records
    • Settlement certificates
    • Settlement examination
    • Removal order
    • Payment order
    • Appeals in Quarter Sessions
  • Bastardy records
    • Laws governing bastardy 1374-1890
    • Bastardy records created
    • Informant notice
    • Warrant for apprehension
    • Maintenance or filiation order
    • Complaint of arrears
    • Warrant for arrest
  • Apprenticeship records
  • Vestry minutes
  • Churchwarden accounts
    • Church rates / Poor rates
    • Churchwarden expenses
    • Lists of jurors
    • Voter lists
  • Constable accounts
    • Laws relating to the role of constable 1285—1842
    • Constables’ accounts and records
  • Militia records
  • Miscellaneous items
    • Confirmation list
    • Church restoration list of donors
  • Finding the parish chest records
    • Access to published resources
    • British Library
    • National Library of Wales
    • County Record Offices
    • County Family History Societies
    • Archives Hub
    • COPAC
    • EThOS
    • Free websites [list]
    • Commercial websites [list]
  • Ten things to remember when using parish chest records
  • Bibliography
    • Legal treatises and contemporary texts
  • Index
Paperback: 60 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, February 2015
ISBN 978-1-921956-52-2

About the author: Paul Milner

Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research. Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books, and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. He is currently the book review editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois Newsletter. Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

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