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Phillimore’s Atlas of Parishes

Where is a parish located.? The question that we all ask during our research. For many years we have used 'Great Britain, Atlas and Index of Parish Registers' to standardise parish name spellings. It means indexes are all of the same 'parish' field.

If you want to map your family using GENMAP when the index database is loaded it gets accepted easily. The only time there is a glitch is when there are more than one parish in a county then you need to understand where they are located i.e. in the Atlas for Kent, Preston (map 6K) and Preston (6I) the latter uses Preston next Faversham in GENMAP to differentiate it.

GENMAP is produced by Archer Software http://www.archersoftware.co.uk/genmap01.htm

If you want a copy of 'Great Britain, Atlas and Index of Parish Registers' the Society has spare copies available to obtain for a donation from the Society Library

Recently we learnt Ancestry has made the Atlas available on their web site.

They have secured the rights to publish the contents online.

The way to get there:

1) Firstly, on their web site choose the 'Card Catalogue'.

2) The Results page will display a list (in the left column) to 'Filter by Category'

3) Select 'Atlas' in Title.

4) Select the item 'Great Britain, Atlas and Index of Parish Registers'

5) You now have the choice to search on a set of criteria: e.g., county, parish, registration district.
Entering 'Kent' in the County field and the parish in the 'Parish' field.

6) It will bring a list of parishes with yours on the first line. Note the map location reference.

7) Clicking on the 'View Images' will reveal the Kent Map and parishes.

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