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Bishops Transcripts (BTs)

Bishops Transcripts are copies of baptisms, marriages and burials entries from parish registers which were made by vicars for the bishop of their diocese every year.

Dates covered

The practice of compiling Bishops Transcripts was adopted in 1598. During the Commonwealth period (1648-1660) very few transcripts were made. By the mid 19th century the practice was dying out.

Location of records

Transcripts are normally held by the Diocesan Record Office for the Diocese concerned. Before the creation of the Diocese of Sheffield in 1914 most of the parishes here were within the Deanery of Doncaster in the Diocese of York, original transcripts are therefore held by the Borthwick Institute for Archives whilst Sheffield Archives holds microfilm copies of those transcripts for parishes which now lie within the boundaries of South Yorkshire.



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Family History Guide No 3 - Bishop's Transcripts

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