There are 9 old Registers for the parish of Holywell-cum-Needingworth, all available for viewing in Huntingdon Archives. I have been privileged to be able to examine these, photograph them, transcribe them, and now present them for viewing within this website. This is with the kind permission of both Holywell-cum-Needingworth Parochial Church Council, and Huntingdon Library and Archives. For interesting aspects of the Parish Registers and the transcription process, as well a list of registers by date and further details see here. For a list of non-genealogical items in the Parish Registers see here.
Still to do
- The transcriptions still need to be more thoroughly checked, and the insights from handwriting experts taken into account.
- The data from the Parish Register transcriptions has not yet been analysed and transferred into the TNG pages (under the People menu). Some of the same people will be there because of being present in census records, and I will try to identify who are the same and who are not. Some of the same people (and more) will be there because of public domain christening records (e.g. on Family Search), but I have found these to be significantly in error when compared to the original Parish Registers so the first step will be to weed out the errors.
The 9 Parish Registers
From the table below, for each of the 9 documents, you can see both the photographed images and the transcriptions in PDF format. The reference shown is of the original documents in Huntingdon Archives.
- Photographed images: You can examine these online and scroll through all the pages. Sometimes there is only one image per page of the original document, but most of the time there is more than one image per page. On some pages that are hard to read there are many images, so you can scroll through to find the one that gives you the best view, and even see a version that you can magnify.
- transcription documents: You can either browse these online, or download them and search through them. Each entry has a link which means that, if you click on the camera icon (and are online) you will see the photographs of the document open at the relevant page. Please do let me know any possible transcription errors that you notice and I will be able to improve the transcription in the next release. There will be errors and disputed transcriptions, and no warranty of accuracy is implied. The transcription reports are my copyright, but they are free for you to download in PDF format for personal use.
|Composite HP44/1/1/1||1667-1746||In free form, starting with Baptisms on page 7, then Marriages from page 35, and Burials from page 48.|
The last year or two's entries have been added into pages 1-5.
|Composite HP44/1/1/2||1747-1812||In free form, starting with everything for 1747 on page 1.|
Then it has Baptisms from page 2, Marriages from page 31 (only to 1754), and Burials from page 39.
|Baptisms HP44/1/2/1||1813-1858||On prepared forms.|
|Baptisms HP44/1/2/2||1858-1912||On prepared forms.|
|Marriages HP44/1/3/1||1754-1812||On prepared forms.|
Includes some Banns for Marriages recorded in HP44/1/3/2.
|Marriages HP44/1/3/2||1813-1837||On prepared forms.|
Includes some Marriages for Banns recorded in HP44/1/3/1.
|Marriages HP44/1/3/3||1837-1963||On prepared forms.|
Those for less than 84 years ago are not published here, as anyone married 84 years ago aged 16 would have been born only 100 years ago.
|Composite HP44/1/3/4||1695-1706||In free form, and many entries are replicated in HP44/1/1/1.|
Includes Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths and Burials mixed together in date order.
At the end of the book are "Burials in Woollen" (1678-1681).
|Burials HP44/1/4/2||1813-1901||On prepared forms.|
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Note on transcription
The approach I have used to transcription is to record the essence of the entry, and not the exact wording. Thus if one entry said
On 20th October 1843 John Jones married Alice Smith by Banns
then the elements of this would be recorded exactly the same as for an entry that read for example (under a page heading of 1843)
Jhn Jones and Alice Smith were married VIIIr 20 (Banns).
In the PDF version both of these would be reconstructed as
On 20 Oct 1843 John Jones was Married by Banns to Alice Smith.
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