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July 08


Parish Records Collection project launched at - One of the top Online Genealogy sites around are working on an exclusive Parish Records Collection in an ongoing project to collate records of baptisms, marriages, burials and related records registered across England and Wales within a single online database. This unique record set has been made available on in association with the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) member societies and other organisations and contributors.

Millions of parish records online - from 1538 onwards - Family history societies – sources of the parish records

The parish records were transcribed and indexed mainly by family history societies, although a few dedicated individuals have also contributed data. These records come from different types of sources: parish registers, bishop’s transcripts (the copies of the original registers made each year for the bishop of the diocese in which they are situated), earlier transcripts or printed registers.

Please note that these records are a mix of both indexes and transcriptions, and therefore vary in depth of content. Indexes are primarily used to help locate a parish record, but they do still contain detail useful to the family historian. Our transcriptions, on the other hand, show every detail found within the parish register and are often a goldmine of genealogical information. The results you are presented with will not contain images of the original parish record.

You can contact the society or group that extracted the information for further details - some may charge a small fee for research. Details of the contributing society are found on the results page.

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View pages on the contributing family history societies here.


Gaze of the gods, The Hindu, Online edition of India's National Newspaper, SUDHA MAHALINGAM

You might have seen them in a thousand pictures but the temples of Abu Simbel still overwhelm you when you come face to face with their majesty.

“My name is Mohammed Atta and I will be driving you to Abu Simbel today,” says the portly young man who comes to receive us at Aswan railway station. We pile on to a comfortable van and head to our hotel in the far corner of the town. The river front is cluttered with cruise boats and feluccas.

Aswan is a neatly laid out town, the southern-most in Egypt. It was once at the crossroads of the silk route and is now the gateway to Nubian Africa, as distinct from Arab Africa. The town boasts a Moorish-style heritage hotel called the Old Cataract where Agatha Christie stayed and where one of her books — Death on the Nile — was partially filmed. The town is peppered with “Papyrus Institutes” and “Perfumeries” and your guide can be extremely persuasive in leading you to this lair. Should you be foolish enough to wander into any of these establishments, you have indeed crossed the Rubicon! From hither, it is a point of no return. Even before you realise what’s happening, you’re shepherded into a garishly designed lobby and surrounded by a posse extremely aggressive salesmen. A lurid red liquid in an equally lurid glass — which you later find out, is an unpalatable drink made out of dried hibiscus flower — is thrust into your hands. The manager, dressed like a bouncer at a disco, soon materialises and with his practiced eye, swoops down on the “boss” of the group — one who can make purchase decisions and loosen purse strings. In fact, everyone in Egypt, from tongawallah to souvenir salesmen, seems to have the uncanny knack of accurately identifying the “boss”. Read More






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