Rochester Bishop's Transcripts[edit source]
Thank you for a clear explanation of the Rochester Transcript series and their history. The Diocese of Canterbury Transcripts needs a similar explanation too. Sopsteele 16:26, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
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Wiki Project English Parishes[edit source]
Religious Census[edit source]
I noticed that you put a lengthy description of the 1851 Religious census on the wikiproject parish pages. I think such a lengthy description lends itself more to a County Census page or County page. There is also a wiki article about the 1851 Census Places of Worship that could be expanded upon and linked to. Basically this census references what chapels were in what place in each county. To list the chapels in a particular place and the link to the article on the subject seems to me would be sufficient. I'm not sure but I think there may be an old Google book that provides this information that is out of copy write. Donjgen 20:38, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
If you see a need to add material to a county page go ahead. The work of Online Parish Clerks is at parish level and any of the religious censuses that precede the 1851 national attempt are best referred to in the context of the Ancient Parish and subsequent building development. In our work on the Cudham, Kent records we see the permananent church re-located brick by brick from Peckham in South London (historically Surrey) to Biggin Hill in Kent int the 1950's to replace the earliest "temporary" tin structure. The circular debate about county hierarchy adopted by the Family History Library is decades old. As an English genealogist I am familiar with that for more than 4 decades. wikiproject parish pages need to contain some explanation of the census which lead a parish to development and a church to dedication; I remain to be convinced that in North West Kent a county level approach is useful to local archive source material in a London Borough.DowneOPC 08:16, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
I went over the the wikiproject parish page and created a new section called Church Records and then a subsection call 1851 Census Places of Worship. I think the comments fit well in this section. I decided that that 1851 Census Places of Worship section would fit best in the County Church Records Page. In my case Suffolk Church Records. I developed that page about a year ago. When I reedit it I will put it in Nonconformist section and create a subsection call - 1851 Census Places of Worship. I could put it on every parish page in Suffolk, but if I edit it I would have to edit every parish page i put it on.
I have no idea on how to create an explanation of how the census leads a parish to development and a church to dedication. I believe that takes a little more technical skill and knowledge than the average genealogists has.Donjgen 20:07, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
Former FamilySearch Wiki Contributor[edit source]
I ceased to contribute to FamilySearch Wiki in December 2012. I will continue to contribute to Wikipedia and to develop the copyright pages of Kent Online Parish Clerks.
I feel that the labyrinth of FamilySearch, lack of response to requested assistance and general decline in standards as well as a Family History Library centred view of English parish record sources both at local archive and Diocesan registry let alone Diocesan building plans and architects are no longer something I wish to promote or support. If FamilySearch wishes to reach a beginner audience in England it needs to adapt and change. I find I am heading for the exit in common with many other English contributors. DowneOPC 08:33, 18 December 2012 (UTC)