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UK and Ireland: Church History
- Baptist Church:
- Church of England (C of E):
- The Church of England was a key secular (as well as religious) institution until the Victorian period. As part of local government, it was responsible for poor relief, running local charities, and even local roads and law enforcement. As a result, the 'parish chest' contains a lot more than just the registers of christenings, marriages and burials. Their registers also often contain records of adherents to other (non-C of E ) religions.
- A Church Near You - a church search facility that in many cases gives maps with current Church of England parish boundaries.
- Church of England Record Centre - "collections held at Lambeth Palace Library".
- The Churches Conservation Trust (formerly the Redundant Churches Fund) protects historic churches that have been made redundant but not sold off by the C of E.
- Clergy of the Church of England - "a relational database documenting the careers of all Church of England clergymen between 1540 and 1835".
- The Incorporated Church Building Society's archive includes over 15,000 files relating to applications by parishes for grants from the Society 1818 to 1982. Their online database lists the archive contents and provides links to online copies of plans and drawings of many of the C of E churches. The society is now part of the National Churches Trust.
- Congregational Church
- Initially known as Independents, most Congregational congregations joined the Presbyterians and other denominations to form the United Reform Church in 1972 - see Wikipedia.
- Gospel Hall
- Jews - see Jewish Records
- Methodist Church
- The Primitive Methodist church was an early 19th century (1807) secession from the Wesleyan Methodist church and was particularly successful in evangelising agricultural and industrial communities at open air meetings. In 1932, the Primitive, Wesleyan and the United Methodists joined together to form the Methodist Church in Britain. Their website provides a brief history of Methodism and advice on research.
- The Methodist Church provides a list of Church, Circuit and District Websites.
- University of Manchester: Methodist Archives and Research Centre, including an Index of Methodist Ministers and some biographical information.
- The Wesley Historical Society offer a guide to help you search for Methodist family records and the Dictionary of Methodism which includes, among other things, brief biographical information.
- My Methodist History, My Primitive Methodist Ancestors and My Wesleyan Methodist Ancestors are user-contributed sites to share information and research about Methodism, including some Berkshire chapels.
- Englesea Brook Museum of Primitive Methodism.
- Methodist Heritage aims to preserve historic Methodist sites and archives; their free handbook lists over 120 sites, including chapels, libraries, archives and museums.
- The Origin and History of the Primitive Methodist Church, H. B Kendall - Vol 1 and Vol 2 are available free from eBooks.
- Index of Methodist Ministers and Probationers who have Died in the Work - provided by the Methodist Archives and Research Centre.
- Presbyterian Church
- In 1972, the Presbyterian Church joined the Congregationalists (see above) and others to form the United Reform Church. They were influenced by Calvinism which rejected bishops and believed that the church should be governed by their ministers and members.
- Roman Catholic Church
- Unitarian Historical Society include an online index to obituaries of Unitarian ministers, 1800-2004, and bibliography of Unitarian congregations since 1800.