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logoProformat News                  ISSN 1833-9514
No 13
March 2007

March/April seminars
7 Mar: Tracing your English ancestors 6:30pm (WEA Centre Adelaide)

17 Mar: UK research 1:30pm (Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group)
31 Mar: Accessing the primary research stream 9:15am (Flinders University of SA)
14 Apr: Accessing the secondary research stream 9:15am (Flinders University of SA)
28 Apr: Interpreting the record 9:15am (Flinders University of SA)
Seminar bookings must be made with the host organisation. See Graham Jaunay's seminar schedule.

Genealogy Seminar 26 May 2007

Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group Inc will conduct its very popular annual seminar day at the Uniting Church Hall on William Road Christies Beach 10:00am to 4:00pm. The topics will be:
Di Bellamy - Publishing your Family History
Graham Jaunay - Pitfalls in Family History Research
Cora Num - Beyond Bewilderment; Accessing Relevant Overseas Genealogy Websites
Cora Num -
A–Z for Tracing Missing Ancestors
Cost: $25.00 includes light lunch, morning and afternoon teas with a special discount for FPFHG members. For more information and your ticket contact:
Maggie 8556 4302 Tim 8382 3406 or Barry 8386 2931

Images of Old Parish Register (OPR) records are now publicly available online at ScotlandsPeople. These comprise the records of births and baptisms, banns and marriages kept by individual parishes of the Church of Scotland, before the introduction of civil registration in 1855. The earliest records available date from 1553.
You can now search by county as well as parish.

In this issue:

• March/April seminars
• Genealogy Seminar 26 May 2007
• ScotlandsPeople

Dade Parish Registers


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Dade Parish Registers
In Yorkshire some researchers can be extremely lucky in discovering that the parish registers they pursue have more than the expected information. These are called Dade Registers for the Reverend William Dade (d. 1790 Barmston) a vicar of several Yorkshire parishes in the latter part of the eighteenth century who instituted a system of giving substantially more information in parish records. If you come across these they are a gold mine, since they usually give in a baptismal entry not only the name of the father but the mother's name, father's occupation, and the names of both grandfathers and parishes of residence, thus taking you back another generation and to other places. Technically parish priests were not obliged under law to give very much detail in the parish register but over the years there was a growing trend to present more information than just dates and names usually found in the very first registers. Even the introduction of ruled registers from 1813 (George Rose Act 1812) that had provision for more information did not technically obligate the priest although most just complied and filled in all the blank spaces.
The Dade system spread when the then Archbishop of York, William Markham, ordered that Dade's system should be used throughout the York diocese, but unfortunately not all parishes obeyed the ruling, otherwise it would have made life much easier for genealogists! Still we can be thankful that many incumbents did take up the concept and some even took the system with them when they moved away from the diocese.
As far as the author knows, there is no list of parishes and periods when the Dade system was in operation and so every discovery comes as something of a pleasant surprise! Unfortunately most priests found the work too onerous and there was always resistance to the scheme and it had virtually disappeared by 1815. You will find isolated examples of priests taking the scheme with them when they were posted beyond Yorkshire and Durham but these are not common.
As an example of what you can expect, the following is a transcription from the baptism of one of Graham Jaunay's ancestors. You can see the actual image in PDF via this link...

Year: 1795
Child: William - first son
Surname: Sharp
Father: John Sharp labourer - son of Thomas Sharp of Duggleby
Mother: Ann - daughter of John Newlove of Wetwang
Born: Friday August 21st
Baptised: Sunday August 23rd

Dade was a scholar and was in the process of preparing a History and Antiquities of Holderness when he died and the work was never published.

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