How to look for records of... Clergy in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of Anglican or Roman Catholic clergy. Many records of clergy survive, especially Anglican clergy, and they are held in a variety of archives. There are also some useful online databases to consult. Records of the clergy held by The National Archives contain little information useful to family historians.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
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Did you know?
Many records of clergy survive, especially Anglican clergy.
Material on persecutions of Roman Catholics is kept by many local archives.
If the parish your ancestor belonged to no longer exists, you might have to do some detective work to find out where its records are now.