General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non Parochial Registers Commission of 1857. Among the more extensive collections in this series are the registers of the British Lying-in Hospital, Holborn, which record particulars of births and baptisms. These cover the period 1749 to 1868 and are very detailed.
Burial records, registers of the Chapels Royal and the archive of the Russian Orthodox Church in London.
Registers of birth, baptisms, death, burials and marriages which were collected
by the Non-Parochial Registers Commissioners of 1857, or which were later deposited
for safe custody at the General Register Office and the Public Record Office.
Some of these registers were authenticated by the Commissioners, and are marked
to that effect: others were left unauthenticated because they arrived at the
General Register Office after the Commission was dissolved. Some may have been
refused authentication by the Commissioners. Among the more extensive collections
in this series are the registers of the British Lying-in Hospital, Holborn,
which record particulars of births and baptisms; registers of burials in the
Victoria Park Cemetery, the New Burial Ground, Southwark, Bunhill Fields Burial
Ground, Hackney, and the Bethnal Green Protestant Dissenters Burying Ground;
registers of Chapels Royal at St James's Palace, Whitehall and Windsor Castle.
The rest of the series contains the archive of the Russian Orthodox Church in London, 1721-1927. The records include not only registers of births, marriages, deaths and conversions, but also comprehensive general records on the day-to-day workings of the church. The usual language is Russian, with some Greek; there are a few documents such as certificates, letters and passports in English, French and German. These records are under the link RG8 Books.
An important factor to remember when searching through early records is the variation in the calendar system. The Julian Calendar was the standard system until March 1752 which was then replaced by the Gregorian Calendar. According to the Julian Calendar, the first day of the new year was 25th March 'Lady Day', so a full year would run from March 25th to March 24th. Dates between January 1st and March 24th would still be assigned the previous year, for example, January 1st 1744 would either be written as 1744 or 1744/45 to indicate the dual date. At TheGenealogist we use the date as written, so please be aware of this when searching for dates before March 1752.
The Lying in Hospital records cover the birth and baptism records of various children born in the hospital. It also includes death dates where it has been noted. They cover the period 1749 to 1868 and are very detailed.
The records can include the following information:-
The Date and order of admission, Woman and Husbands Name, Occupation, Woman’s Age, Parish, Time of Reckoning, Came in, Went out on leave, Returned, Delivered, Child Baptised, Woman Discharged, Recommenders Name
Below is an example from the Register of Births and Baptisms and a Register of Deaths in the British Lying-In Hospital in Endell Street, St Giles in the Fields, Holborn, Middlesex
On the 17th June 1758, Rachel Ward wife of John a Staymaker aged 27 of the parish St Martin in the Fields was admitted. She gave birth to a boy on the 17th June who was then baptised on the 25th June with the name Thomas. She was Discharged 5th July. Rachel Ward was recommended to the hospital by Lady Carpenter.
Both the original record of the hospital entry and the baptism images can be viewed, printed or downloaded plus the details viewed and a small tree printed.
About the Registers
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