England and Wales Nonconformist Record Indexes (RGA 4-8) ,1588-1977 - FamilySearch Historical Records

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England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977
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Record Description
Record Type Nonconformist Record Indexes
Collection years 1588-1977
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include records from 1588 to 1977. The following religious groups are considered nonconformist groups:

RG 4

  • Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational Church and the Royal Hospital in Chelsea; the Royal Hospital in Greenwich; the Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry; the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in Hackney, London; the South London Burial Ground in Walworth, London; and the Necropolis Burial Ground in Everton, Liverpool.

RG 5

  • Contains birth records from the General Register Office; Dr. Williams' Library; the Presbyterian, Independent, and Baptist Registry; and the Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry.

RG 6

  • Contains birth, marriage and burial records from the Society of Friends’ (Quakers’) registers, notes and certificates, 1578-1841.

RG 7

  • Contains records of clandestine marriages and baptisms in the Fleet Prison, the King’s Bench Prison, the Mint, and the May Fair Chapel, 1667-c1777.

RG 8

  • Non-Parochial Registers Commission of 1857, registers of burials in the Victoria Park Cemetery, the New Burial Ground, Southwark, Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, Hackney, and the Bethnal Green Protestant Dissenters Burying Ground; registers of Chapels Royal at St James's Palace, Whitehall and Windsor Castle.

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

Nonconformist Record Indexes may contain the following information:

  • Surnames
  • Given names (also known as “forenames”)
  • Relationship
  • Year of event
  • Type of event (birth, marriage or burial)
  • Place of event
  • Record group (RG 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) view full details of a transcript or page image

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Records[edit | edit source]

John Smith England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8)
Birth Index
Name John Smith
Event Type Birth
Birth Date 16 Jul 1822
Birthplace Essex
Father's Name Thomas Smith
Mother's Name Priscilla Smith
Affiliate Publication Number RG6_0780
Marriage Index
Name John Smith
Event Type Marriage
Marriage Date 30 Nov 1768
Marriage Place Darlington, Durham
Father's Name Leonard Smith
Mother's Name Sarah
Affiliate Publication Number RG6_0997
Burial Index
Name John Smith
Event Type Burial
Burial Date 27 Mar 1849
Burial Place Greenwich, Kent
Affiliate Publication Number RG8_0016

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