Non-Parochial Registers

Non-Parochial Registers

Non-parochial registers is the name officially given to the registers of Nonconformist and Roman Catholic chapels which were deposited with the Registrar General from the late 1830s. Under an Act of Parliament in 1840, registers deposited with the General Register Office would be automatically acceptable in court as proof of a birth, baptism, marriage, death or burial.

This was an important innovation, as previously only the registers of the Church of England had been accepted without question by the courts. Since issues of legitimacy, inheritance and ownership depended upon the validity of evidence in registers, Nonconformists were potentially at a considerable disadvantage before the Act of 1840.

These registers are now held by The National Archives and can be searched through the website

Copies of local non-parochial registers are available at Doncaster Archives.

Non-Parochial Registers on Microfilm

Balby Monthly Meeting, Society of Friends 1646-1837 1655-1798 1655-1837 
Burghwallis, Roman Catholic 1761-1782, 1798-1836 1781, 1804-1809    
Doncaster, Hallgate Independent 1798-1837       
Doncaster, Priory Place Wesleyan Methodist 1837       
Doncaster, Providence Independent 1814-1834       
Doncaster, St Peter Roman Catholic 1834-1840    1835-1840 
Thorne, Ebenezer Independent 1805-1837       
Thorne, Unitarian 1817-1837    1817-1837 



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