Search the Parish Registers of Godalming (Surrey) 1582-1688 on Familyrelatives.com
The database is a collection of historical parish and probate registers from various counties of England dating from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s.
The Parish Registers pre-date the Civil Registration Indexes which started in 1837 and are a very useful source of Baptisms, Christenings, Marriages and Burials.
The baptism records generally list the date of the baptism, the name of the child (or children) being baptised, the name of the father, occupation and placename. For example: The Parish Register of Garstang in Lancashire lists the christening of; Richard and Mary s. and d. (son and daughter) of Robt Goose de Bonds 26 October 1662.
Marriage records generally include the date of the marriage and the names of the bride and groom and in some instances the parish.
Burial records generally include the date of the burial and the name of the deceased individual.
In some instances the occupation, the cause of death, where the individual was from or if they were a widow may be listed in the burial registers.
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Familyrelatives.com recommends that the Contents, Preface and Introduction are viewed as these sections contain useful descriptive information on the records.
Due to the age of the Parish registers these have been scanned and the images of the original printed pages have been made word searchable using OCR which is the recognition of printed or written text characters by a computer.
The entries are in English for the most part although those relating to the gentry and superior persons are in Latin. You will therefore find interesting phonetic spellings, Latin text and the spelling is often archaic or old English and transcribed as seen.
As a result of these inconsistencies we recommend that you use different spelling variations if a search produces no results.
As well as Latin and phonetic spellings some records are in a Welsh or Scottish dialect.
Many Names were abbreviated in the original registers for instance Thomas reads as Tho William is Wm Wife is Wyff