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Evaluation of a digital transcription of English parochial registers, 1538-1851: a pilot study

This project examined the reliability of the transcriptions found in the baptismal and marriage registers provided by the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). This was followed by the preparation of documents for researchers and teachers as well as preserving versions of the complete datasets.

The recent explosion of interest in genealogical research has led to a vast quantity of digital resource material being made available to Higher Education. The Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) offered to AHDS History an exceptional resource comprising a database of virtually all baptismal and marriage registers for England between 1538 and the mid-nineteenth century. The information within these parochial registers forms the bedrock of historical demographic research. This project aimed to assess the accuracy and reliability of the transcription of these parochial registers for one county in England (Bedfordshire), and prepare versions for dissemination to the HE/FE community for research and teaching purposes. The project also created a workflow methodology for the preparation of dissemination and preservation versions of the complete datasets which will be made available by the GSU to the History Data Service.

Archive contribution

The History Data Service ran this project.

Principal investigator:  Matthew Woollard
Funder:  ESRC
Dates:  April 2007 - March 2008
Contact:  Matthew Woollard