Finding Catholic Church Records in England
6/9/2014
Q. In looking for English church records, would the parish boundaries for Catholics be the same as those for Anglicans?
 
A. From the standpoint of church records prior to the start of civil registration in England in 1837, the short answer is yes. Official church records for Catholics and other “nonconformists” were, nonetheless, the responsibility of the state-approved Church of England (Anglican).

The church began keeping records in the 1530s, and starting in 1598, parishes had to make copies for their local bishop (“bishop’s transcripts”).