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14-08-2012, 10:37 AM
I recently obtained some transcriptions on CD and have found in a couple of instances that the transcriptions differ slightly from what is on the IGI. In both cases I also got a photograph of the relevant page in the parish registers and the entries are not quite legible. I was thinking of now ordering the microfilm of the Bishops transcripts through the closest Family History Centre. I was wondering, though, if these are microfilms of the original Bishops transcripts or if they are transcriptions done by LDS researchers.

Peter Goodey
14-08-2012, 10:57 AM
They should be microfilms of the original BTs. The FHL catalogue should say something along the lines of "Microfilm of originals at the Barsetshire County Record Office".

You can also get microfilmed copies of printouts of their transcriptions. However these are in the catalogue under "Church records - indexes". Don't order these! They don't tell you anything that isn't online!

14-08-2012, 11:35 AM
Thank you Peter, I have just had a look at the catalogue and the film listed is the Parish records rather than The Bishop's transcript. (I had assumed it was the BT - I have a lot to learn!) so would that mean that what is on the IGI is someone's interpretation of what is in the parish register? I am looking at Knighton on Teme in Worcestershire. Would the county records office hold the BTs?

14-08-2012, 1:07 PM
Finally found my way around the catalogue and the BTs for Knighton on Teme are there, though they are not the film referenced on the IGI enteries. As I said, I do have a lot to learn.

Peter Goodey
14-08-2012, 1:12 PM
There seem to be four IGI batches relating to Knighton-on-Teme. I only checked one of them and it does say the source was the PRs.

If you look up Knighton-on-Teme in the FHL catalogue, you'll find -

Bishop's transcripts for Knighton-on-Teme, 1630-1862


Parish registers for Knighton-on-Teme, 1559-1964

The BTs consist of

Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1630, 1631, 1634, 1638, 1661-1862. FHL BRITISH Film 992215 Item 4

The PRs consist of

General registers (baptisms, marriages, burials), 1559-1789, 1824-1833. FHL BRITISH Film 374913

Banns, 1756-1812; General (baptisms, burials), 1790-1812; Baptisms, 1813-1963; Marriages, 1813-1964; Burials, 1813-1964. FHL BRITISH Film 417996

Register of graves and rate books, 1854-1857. FHL BRITISH Film 374914

Vestry minutes, 1864-1922; Churchwarden accounts, 1782-1927. FHL BRITISH Film 374915

School manager's minute book, 1870-1951. FHL BRITISH Film 374916

Take you pick! (Don't order the wrong film - it's bad for your blood pressure :biggrin: Double check what I've written)