View Full Version : Parish Locator Program
14-05-2009, 12:17 PM
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this Freeware Parish locator program before, but I found it the other day and have just installed it, and it's wonderful for colonials like me trying to find Parishes near by the one I'm looking at in the UK, you can set it to show all surrounding parishes at different distances, eg 5 mile- 10 mile radius and so on.
Also it connects to Streetmap UK.
The website is.
Our Bennett Family History and Parish Locator
or go to download page,
14-05-2009, 1:38 PM
I've not seen any mention of the Parish Locator program before and am very grateful for your post about it and the link. Just installed it and it looks to be very good indeed, a really useful, small program that's easy to use too.
14-05-2009, 10:29 PM
Thanks Nico, it looks good to me but not knowing a lot about English parishes it appears to be accurate, hopefully it will save me from always having to pull up a map every time I'm looking for just where someone might have been married, if that makes sense:D
14-05-2009, 10:56 PM
I think there is another link on an earlier post somewhere else on the forum, I've used this program for a while now and find it useful read in conjunction with a map.
A very good program.
14-05-2009, 11:00 PM
I checked around several areas I know and it looks very comprehensive to me and I see there are almost 15,000 records in it's database. I know I'm going to find it invaluable and yes, I've done just that looking for marriages already :)
14-05-2009, 11:36 PM
My birthday present for you Finbar:D:D
15-05-2009, 1:43 PM
But remember that ParLoc stops at 1837, which is too early for many parishes in towns that expanded soon after this. I also note the omission of one parish near me that's been around since at least 1100, so there may be others.
For current Anglican Churches, you can use the "A Church Near You" site. I'm sure it used to have maps with parish boundaries, but it now just uses Google Maps.
15-05-2009, 2:55 PM
As a 'colonial', I use ParLoc a lot. It has been very helpful in letting me know what other parishes and towns are near to those elusive places listed on certificates, but I know it will be invaluable as I venture into the wilds of pre-registration!! I also love that I can plot the parishes within a certain radius - to take with me on research trips! Although Chris is right, there are some old parishes that seem to be missing...
15-05-2009, 3:08 PM
GenUKI's online Church Database serves a similar function -
15-05-2009, 3:19 PM
I think GenUKI's using the same database, as the Church I mentioned before (St George, Beckenham, Kent) is missing there too. I know I should report it, but there are so many websites out there asking for information updates, that it's hard to find toits of the circular variety.
15-05-2009, 10:48 PM
Here you are Chris, your very own 'round toit'. :D
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