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England, Cambridge Parish Registers, 1538-1983
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Cambridgeshire, England
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1538-1983
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Various Dioceses, Parishes, and Churches of Cambridgeshire, England 

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains baptismal, marriage, and burial records from 1538-1983 from the Church of England in the county of Cambridgeshire. Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are important to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name
  • Christening date
  • Christening place
  • Gender
  • Names of parents


  • Names of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents
  • Estimated year of birth


  • Name of the deceased
  • Burial date
  • Burial place
  • Age
  • Estimated birth year

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Approximate date of the event

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I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use death information to search for cemetery or obituary records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Cambridgeshire.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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