Were Your Forefathers Presbyterians

In the late 1600s, legislation was presented in Ireland that needed all Presbyterian ministers to swear an oath to the Book of Typical Prayer of the Church of Ireland. Since of this, you ought to continually inspect records from the Church of Ireland for marital relationships of Presbyterians, individually if they owned any home.

The Presbyterian churches began early in Ulster, and the earliest register dates to 1674 in Antrim, the records for lots of parishes do not start till the early 1800s for the very same factors as the Catholic records. Be conscious that the format will differ from church to church. The Loughaghery Presbyterian Church for numerous years didn’t appear to feel the mom had anything to do with a kid’s birth so left her name off the baptismal register.

The Presbyterian church has actually experienced lots of schisms for many years, with different groups recognized as seceding, non-subscribing (Unitarian), or reformed (Covenanters) parishes and each keeping their own records. By 1840 most had actually returned together. When you see a recommendation to 1st Boardmills or second Derry, remember these were likely various kinds of Presbyterians, each keeping their own records.

Kirk session minutes (comparable to the Vestry minutes of the Church of Ireland) can likewise supply details. Prior notification of marital relationship was needed, so even if the marriage relationship signs up do not exist, you might discover details in the session minutes. Often found in these minutes are “evaluations” of single ladies who provided birth, as well as evaluations for misdemeanors, such as couples whose very first kid, was born less than nine months after their marital relationship.

A number of these records are still in local custody. However, I have actually discovered some on microfilm at PRONI. Other singles you might wish to examine are Communicant’s roll books and Certificates of Transfer (from one church to another).

The Presbyterian Historical Society situated in Belfast knows on their site relating to the records of the church. The majority of the congregational records on microfilm are likewise offered at PRONI. They have a link that reveals records that are just provided at the Presbyterian Historical Society consisting of some session minutes and certificates of the transfer.

Discovering the name of the Presbyterian church can be a bit sturdier, as the denomination does not have the parish and dioceses structure of both the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland. When starting your search for Presbyterian church records, begin with JohnGrenham.com.

The records kept by the Presbyterian church consist of marital relationships and baptisms, and periodically burials. Unlike the Catholic church, kids were not always baptized right away after birth … in some cases, numerous kids in a household would be baptized at the exact same time. Take care, for that reason, when presuming age based upon a baptismal date.