Baptisms in the Diocese of Bristol 1754 to 1837
The International Genealogical Index (IGI) was produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and includes many marriages and baptisms from Registers all around the world but unfortunately it was lacking in terms of entries for Somerset and Bristol. This situation arose because permission had not been given for filming the relevant registers at the time when the original IGI was produced. Permission has since been given, and the relevant registers have now been filmed and made available through the Ancestry website.
As no definite timescale could be obtained from the Mormons for the eventual inclusion of the data pertinent to our area of interest, the Society decided to transcribe and index all the Baptisms in Registers in our area for the period from the start of such registers to 1837, when Civil Registration commenced. For practical reasons, the project was limited to those Parishes in our area which had deposited registers in the Bristol Archives, which in practice includes all those Parishes in the City of Bristol, plus a significant number in South Gloucestershire, and a smaller number in North Somerset. The area covered by these particular parishes is illustrated in the accompanying map.
The project was subdivided into two separate periods, one covering the years from 1754 to 1813, the other from 1813 to 1837. The former was sub-divided for practical purposes. The resulting microfiche and later CD publications included transcriptions and indexes from the Registers as follows:-
Volumes 1 to 7 1813–1837
Volumes 8 to 10 1754–1812
Volumes 11 to 14 1754-1812