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27 May 2016

Findmypast is home to over 570 million parish records, the largest online collection of UK and Irish births, marriages and deaths anywhere. Our resident expe...

Findmypast is home to over 570 million parish records, the largest online collection of UK and Irish births, marriages and deaths anywhere. Our resident expe...

Findmypast is home to over 570 million parish records, the largest online collection of UK and Irish births, marriages and deaths anywhere. Our resident expe...

Findmypast is home to over 570 million parish records, the largest online collection of UK and Irish births, marriages and deaths anywhere. Our resident expe...

With over 570 million parish records, Findmypast is home to the largest collection of UK and Irish births, marriages and deaths anywhere.

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To help you make use of these amazing resources, we asked our British genealogy expert, Myko Clelland, to do a how-to webinar about parish records. It really is worth watching the whole thing, but if you don't have time to watch full webinar, check out these 15 quick tips contained within.

There are many more tips and in-depth explanation contained in the whole webinar, which you can watch below:

We also rounded up a few of the most common questions we received during the live Q&A session and put them to our resident experts:

The only way to know for sure is to search! Go to our parish records and start with a broad search, such as a name, with both "Name variants" boxes ticked, and a date +or- a few years. From there you can narrow down the results by area etc.

There could be several reasons for this, including:

You can view a list of our exclusive county collections here. We also have tons of other family society records covering a variety of counties. Have a look in our A-Z of records search to see what's available.

People had to pay for a licence. Poorer people could opt to be married by Banns after their intention to marry was announced by the local parson on three consecutive Sundays. The certificate was simply written proof an official marriage had taken place.

Why not try posting it on our Facebook page and our community can take a look - you'd be surprised what a fresh pair of eyes can do!

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