Parish Resources

This section contains transcriptions of records usually associated with places of worship, such as baptism, burial & marriage registers. These records are of primary importance to family historians and genealogists as they can be used to trace families back in time for centuries. If you have ancestors from the Nottinghamshire communities of Besthorpe, Brough, Collingham, Girton, Harby, Holme, Langford, North & South Clifton, South Scarle, Spalford, Thorney, Wigsley or Winthorpe, and the Lincolnshire communities of Broadholme or Swinethorpe, it is very likely you'll find entries for them here.

Although all of the historical data on the East Trent Genealogy website is made available free of charge, if you feel that the transcriptions have been of use to you, please consider making a donation to help fund the addition of more!


Baptism records are very useful for tracking down whole families and also, in some cases, for determining the father of an illegitimate child as he was often named. Our transcriptions currently date back to 1680 at the earliest, but keep checking our What's New page for earlier additions.


Similar to the baptisms above, our burial transcriptions currently date back to 1682 at the earliest, and are probably the least informative of the parish records. If you're lucky, however, sometimes a burial entry gives a lot more information than simply a date of burial, such as the date and place of death, and even the cause of death in some cases, usually if the coroner was involved. Before 1857 (after which date it became illegal) if a high status burial took place within the church itself, a mention of this is quite often made in the registers, so an added comment about someone being "buried in the chancel" may well lead you to a previously unfound grave. After 1880, it was possible for non-conformists to be buried in the parish churchyard by an officiating minister of their choice, so entries in the burial register can also be helpful for clues in tracking down elusive baptisms.


Completing the series of main parish records, our marriage register transcriptions also currently date back to 1682. They supply perhaps the greatest amount of information of all, and are useful for determining the next generation back in time. One curiosity to look out for in particular is the re-marriage of a widow, as this (perhaps unexpected) later change of surname can often help in finding an elusive burial entry.