Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Clergymen of England

Was your ancestor a clergyman?  The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 (CCEd), launched in 1999 and makes available and searchable the principal records of clerical careers from over 50 archives in England and Wales with the aim of providing coverage of as many clerical lives as possible from the Reformation to the mid-nineteenth century.
The CCEd’s major features include:
  • Records relating to the major events of clerical careers – ordination, appointments as curates, rectors and lecturers
  • Information about parishes, chapelries and the many secular institutions and persons with chaplains
  • Information about patrons, many of them women
  • Information about schools and schoolteachers
  • Two search engines, one ‘Basic’ and the other ‘Advanced’, for investigating the records, as well as a Browse facility
  • A website, containing a host of useful aids, such as descriptions and maps for dioceses, lists of bishops and parishes, a glossary of terms, and an Online Journal containing essays and ‘notes and queries’

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