Jim Fisher's Genealogy and Family History Pages
Tarrant Crawford, Dorset
This set of pages gives a transcription of the Bishop's transcripts of baptisms at Tarrant Crawford, transcribed and kindly made available by Christine Crawford as a part of the On-line Parish Clerk project. I have added a surname index. It has not been independently checked, and it should therefore be treated with caution, particularly with regard to names, which were at times difficult to decipher. I hope nevertheless that it will be of some help to people researching ancestors in this parish.
Introduction to the Bishop's transcripts
Most parishes were required to supply their bishop with an annual list of baptisms, burials and marriages, but in Dorset this did not start until 1731. In theory the transcripts should be exact copies of the parish register entries, but differences arise from several causes. In addition to the loss of records of both types at different times, some incumbents were much more meticulous than others about carrying out this task. In consequence there are many differences in both names and dates recorded, and sometimes events were recorded in one but not the other. Errors were often made in making the copies for the bishop, but in other cases corrections were made at that stage, so it is not possible to assume that either record is more accurate or reliable than the other - difference must be checked, if at all possible, with other independent sources, or be regarded as unresolved.
About this transcription
This transcription was carried out from film of the Bishop's transcripts by Christine Crawford, who kindly made them available to the On-line Parish Clerk project, and hence to me for inclusion here. As the transcriber has noted within the detailed entries, there appear to be numerous records missing, because there are none between September 1828 and February 1841.
Note that many of the earlier entries refer to "Antioch" or "Antiock". This refers to the parish then known as Tarrant Antioch, now Tarrant Rawston, which did not have a church at that time, so all baptism, marriage and burial ceremonies for that parish took place at Tarrant Crawford instead, and are consequently included in this transcription.
In order to make this data available even to those with very old browsers, I have avoided the use of tables in its presentation. By using indented lists with bullet points I have also avoided the need for horizontal scrolling, which would make for difficult viewing.
The presentation here consists of two parts, the surname index and the details as transcribed.
The surname index shows each personal entry with the surname in block capitals, followed by the forename exactly (or as near as the transcriber could interpret it) as on the original record, and the year as recorded. Clicking on the name leads to the corresponding entry in the transcription of the details.
Each detailed entry consists of the date and the name of the person baptised, followed by a series of lines bearing (in bold) the heading names as supplied to me, with the associated data (if any). The headings in each case are Dwelling, Relat (which is usually blank but in some cases indicates an illegitimate child, in the incumbent's words), Parents, Parent's occupation and Notes (usually the name of the person officiating at the ceremony).
The baptism details
The baptism details are on a separate page.
The surname index
The baptisms surname index is also on a separate page.
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