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What is a TITHE?

Since the 10th century everyone paid a tenth of what they produced to support the church. This was called the Tithe. Originally this was in the form of actual goods – wheat, barley, oats etc. Over time the right to receive the tithes often passed out of the hands of the parish priest to others.

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Name Abbreviations

We’ll provide a detailed explanation of these abbreviations and offer some additional context related to genealogical research and historical records. In British census records, name abbreviations were frequently employed as a means of saving space …

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Naming Conventions

One explanation can be that some families choose from the same small pool of names from generation to generation. They may be meticulous: ‘the first son is always named Alexander, the second, William…’ and so …

Marriage banns of the Church of England


Banns of marriage a proclamation of intended marriage , repeated three times at weekly intervals in the parish churches of both the bride and bridegroom. To dispense with banns required a marriage licence.  Both banns …

Divorce records in Genealogy


Until the English Reformation in the sixteenth century, divorces were granted by the Pope. Death was otherwise the only agent for the permanent dissolution of a valid marriage. Marriages found on investigation to be invalid …