Bedfordshire Parish Transcripts available on CD

The Bedfordshire Family History Society has produced CD’s F G Emmisonof the parish register transcripts and other records that they hold. The transcripts, I assume, are those made by F.G. Emmison who worked at the Bedfordshire Record office for some years. The Emmison transcripts have been available on fiche for a long time, but it is good news that they are now available on CD as the machines for reading the microfiche are becoming almost extinct.

The CD’s are priced from £10 and one CD covers one parish. Each CD has a parish map showing where in Bedfordshire the parish lies, a 19th century description of the parish (possibly from Lewis Topographical?), photographs of the church & village, images of the printed transcripts from start of the parish registers to 1812, then searchable transcripts from 1812 to approximately 1851 for baptisms and burials and 1837 for marriages. Also included are images of the 1851 census index for the parish compiled by the Bedfordshire FHS. you are lucky you may also find loaded onto the CD Monumental Inscriptions for the churchyard and other graveyards within the parish, I also noted that some parishes have non-conformist register transcripts also included on the CD. As Bedfordshire was a hot bed for non-conformists this is a valuable addition to the CD.

I have ancestors in Eaton Socon and using that parish as an example I find that the £25 CD included

  • St Mary Baptisms 1566-1852
  • St Mary Marriages 1573-1837
  • St Mary Marriage Surname Index 1573-1837
  • St Mary Burials 1567-1851
  • Monumental Inscriptions – St Mary (compiled by Bedfordshire FHS)
    Monumental Inscriptions – St Mary 1400-2009 (compiled by Eatons Community Association)
  • Non-Conformist Registers – Bedford Methodist Circuit Class Book 1781-1806

I am surprised that Ancestry or FindMyPast haven’t obtained rights to publish these transcripts online, so buying the CD’s is an economic way for researchers who live some distance from the Bedfordshire Archives to search the transcripts.

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