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Baptism Lookup Request

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I currently have access to the baptisms from June 5, 1801 to December 31, 1817. The period between 1801 and 1837 is not covered by the IGI or by civil registration records and so forms something of a 'black hole' in easily available information. This page facilitates your making a lookup request.  It is organised into a number of different types of search as follows (click on the relevant link to take you directly to the right place on this page):

  1. You can search for the surname(s) you are interested in using a Soundex matching method and, if possibilities are found, request a lookup for the details of the entry or entries. 
  2. You can look for all surnames that begin with a particular letter. 
  3. A valuable feature is also available called a 'middle name lookup', Often an individual's middle name(s) can provide a clue to their ancestry since frequently children are given middle names that are surnames of their mother or grandparents or other names important to the family. For all the baptism registers which have been fully transcribed I have created a list of middle names found in the registers (both for children being baptised and their parents) for which you can request a lookup. 
  4. You can see statistics I have gathered about the baptisms in Stoke Damerel for these years.

You may also want to read the special note about the activities in December 1812  further down this page.

If you find any errors please let me know at errors@stokedamerelopc.org

This facility is currently still in test mode and therefore may not behave as anticipated. Your feedback is welcome.

Search using Soundex matching

Instructions:

  1. Enter the surname for which to search - do NOT use wildcard characters (e.g. *, ? etc.).
  2. Click on the Search button
  3. Any matching entries will appear in a separate window. This may take a little time to appear completely.  Occasionally the results window may be hidden when it first appears, in which case you will need to bring it to the front manually. 

Enter the surname for which to search

This search will look for matching names using the SOUNDEX matching algorithm which looks for similar sounding names. For an explanation of this algorithm see http://www.nara.gov/genealogy/soundex/soundex.html.


Search by first letter(s) of surname

Click on the appropriate link below to see surnames beginning with the relevant letter. Any matching entries will appear in a separate window. Some of these pages are very large and so this may take a little time to appear completely. I have now split some initial letters into more than one range to alleviate this problem. Occasionally the results window may be hidden when it first appears, in which case you will need to bring it to the front manually. 

A   B-BD   BE-BH   BI-BQ   BR   BS-BZ  

C-CK   CL-CQ   CR-CZ   D   E   F  

GA-GN   GO-GZ   H-HD   HE-HN   HO-HZ  

I   J   K   L   M-MH   MI-MZ   N   O  

P-PD   PE-PK   PL-PZ   Q   R   S-SH  

SI-SP   SQ-SZ   T-TO   TP-TZ   U   V  

W-WH   WI-WZ   X   Y   Z   Unreadable  

Special note - December 1812

The last few pages of 1812 are a major challenge to read due to a new clerk who started work in October 1812 and who had incredibly bad handwriting. In addition, the sheer volume of baptisms (see the table and graph below) that took place before the new recording system went into effect in 1813 meant that the church was clearly struggling to keep up with the paperwork. There are obvious mistakes such as a section of the register (about 15 baptisms) that is repeated on different pages and surnames not being recorded at all in a few instances. Many people decided to get baptisms done that they had put off because of a (false) rumour that the cost would go up in 1813. (And, I suppose, the church was not about to discourage anyone from entering the fold, whatever the reason!!) 

For this reason it is a very important section of the register genealogically speaking as many families that might otherwise not have appeared at all baptised all their children and sometimes the parents as well. There are many adult baptisms in this period so, if you are missing a relative from the late 1700s you might find them baptised in December 1812. Unfortunately, because of the readability problems I mentioned above, some of the names are apparently nonsensical and some baptisms will probably be lost to the world for eternity. If you are really stuck, don't rely on this lookup request facility but get to look at the actual registers for yourself. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) this will entail a trip to Plymouth but that's life for a genealogist I'm afraid.

This table shows the number of baptisms by day for this month.

Day of
the month
Number of 
Baptisms
1 1
3 1
4 1
6 11
8 1
10 2
11 1
12 1
13 25
14 5
15 11
16 6
17 4
18 7
20 48
21 14
22 20
23 21
24 23
25 78
Christmas Day 
was always busy
26 11
 the calm before the storm
27 0
closed to prepare 
for the rush?
28 180
29 159
30 136
31 309
visions of fire hoses
full of holy water

Click on the image below to see a graph of this information:

Dec1812Graph.gif (6602 bytes)

Statistics

Baptisms by year and month:

 
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1801 372




36 60 65 56 47 58 50
1802 757 65 51 55 60 95 40 57 88 73 70 55 48
1803 745 70 44 57 52 82 58 71 63 62 77 55 54
1804 786 56 67 51 62 61 59 76 59 72 66 71 86
1805 850 78 58 70 74 69 78 67 51 72 73 73 87
1806 933 91 82 69 99 64 94 67 79 68 59 79 82
1807 1001 94 80 79 104 94 86 84 94 64 80 69 73
1808 1027 88 88 89 100 100 97 88 75 70 95 62 75
1809 1091 94 73 96 133 97 66 99 70 75 115 79 94
1810 1127 89 91 69 129 64 78 125 90 94 105 93 100
1811 1105 74 73 102 96 82 86 105 82 93 99 102 111
1812 2127 105 88 96 115 90 86 100 116 77 76 102 1076
1813 1316 123 109 108 95 103 106 100 135 96 121 107 113
1814 1306 125 107 131 121 134 86 108 104 104 137 70 79
1815 1355 126 108 83 127 118 115 143 111 110 109 84 121
1816 1176 88 98 119 106 77 109 82 114 87 94 100 102
1817 972 94 89 63 94 88 90 81 79 73 89 80 52

 

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