Devon, England Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887 is a free genealogy collection at FamilySearch for Devon, England Bishop’s Transcripts. Bishop’s Transcripts are 10-year summaries of all baptisms, marriages, and deaths in an area, similar to French decadal or decennial tables.


“Beginning in 1598, parish priests were supposed to make a copy of their parish register and send it to send to the archdeacon or bishop every year. Termed bishop’s transcripts, these copies were generally produced in the same form as a regular parish transcript. Many priests stopped producing bishop’s transcripts with the beginning of civil registration in 1837, but they did not fully disappear until after 1870.”


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[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Learn from Bishop’s Transcripts?[/su_heading]

These records may include:

“Baptismal Records usually include:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and sex of the child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents’ names”

“Marriage Records usually include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Bride and groom’s names
  • Groom’s age, marital status, occupation and residence
  • Names of groom’s parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Bride’s age, marital status, occupation and residence
  • Names of bride’s parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Date of the marriage
  • Witnesses’ names, age and occupation”

“Burial Records usually include:

  • Date and place of death and burial
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Father of deceased and his occupation
  • Date and birthplace of deceased
  • Marital status of deceased
  • If married, the name of spouse”

[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Do with Bishop’s Transcripts Information?[/su_heading]

  • Try to find the original parish record image (LDS Family History Centers have free access to FindMyPast Parish register images)
  • Use the parents’ names and surname to search for more children born to these parents (put the surname in the search window and then add the father and mother’s name in additional field windows to pick up more children born to these parents)
  • If you find a baptism, marriage, or burial record, see if there is a civil record of birth, marriage, or death in addition to the church record
  • Look for land records in places where this person lived
  • Look for this person or the head of household in city directories
  • Look for military, tax, probate or other records for this person
  • Look for this couple in census records and see if they had children you can add to your records




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