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  1. Place of abode? “here”

    Pre-printed baptism and burial registers were introduced after George Rose’s Act of 1812.  This meant that standardised information was given, whereas before it was up to the officiating clergyman how much, or little, he gave within the parish registers.

    One of the pieces of information asked for in parish registers after 1812, in both baptism and burial records, was for the “abode”, or address, of where the person in question lived.  In cities a specific street may be given, although often in more rural areas, just the name of the parish might be stated.

    In one case, our genealogists were looking at burials in the village of Sawbridgeworth, in Hertfordshire.  For place of abode, “here” was stated for most entries.  This was a rural parish, clearly with very few outsiders, who presumably would have been from over “there”!

    Sawbridgeworth burial register

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