Bishops' transcripts

Bishops' transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials for Hampshire (including Southampton and Portsmouth) and Isle of Wight parishes from c1780 to 1921, are now available on Ancestry. Free online access in Hampshire Libraries and Record Office.

From 1598, parishes were required to send lists of their baptisms, marriages and burials to their diocese. These lists are more commonly known as bishops' transcripts.

For Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, very few bishops' transcripts survive until 1780. From that date, the records are substantial but rarely complete. For survivals, see 21M65/F8.

Bishops' transcripts are most useful where parish registers do not survive. The following transcripts fill gaps of five consecutive years or more in Hampshire parish registers.

Parish/Place Bishops’ transcripts
Gosport, Haslar Hospital Burials 1831-1860, 1862-1882
Holdenhurst Marriages 1796-1806, 1808-1813
Linkenholt Baptisms 1780-1781, 1783-1800
Marriages 1781-1785 
Burials 1780-1785, 1787-1792
Micheldever Burials 1780-1781, 1783-1789, 1791
Popham Baptisms 1797-1812
Marriages 1811-1836
Burials 1791-1794, 1797-1864
Southampton, Holy Rood Baptisms 1812-1855, 1858
Marriages 1812-1838
Burials 1812-1855, 1858
Southampton, St Lawrence Baptisms 1813-1855, 1857-1875 
Marriages 1811-1837 
Burials 1813-1875
Timsbury Baptisms 1790-1795 
Burials 1790-1795
Vernham Dean Baptisms 1780-1798 
Burials 1780-1798, 1800, 1805-1813

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