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While looking over the notes of a cousin (now deceased) he mentioned using BT and PR for the English village our ancestor was from.  I am new to genealogy so I am unclear what the sources are.


Often the church records in England for the Anglican church will have two sets of records preserved.  The PR = Parish records. These are the records of the baptisms, marriages and burials of the parish and are entered in as they occur.  Each year a copy is made of all the same records.  This transcription is sent to the local Bishop's office.  These records are the Bishop's Transcripts = BT.

The Online Genealogist: East Boston Methodist Episcopal Records

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am looking for church records for my New Brunswick relatives that moved to Boston.  Can you suggest where I can locate Methodist Episcopal records for the church on Saratoga Street, East Boston?  I know my grandmother's cousins attended there around the First World War.

Answer: You can order Family History Library microfilm for the Saratoga Street Methodist Episcopal Church.  These microfilm can be rented and sent to NEHGS as your host facility.Note that in 1917 the SaratogaStreet Methodist Episcopal Church and Meridian Street M. E.Churches were merged and were renamed Union Methodist EpiscopalChurch.   The microfilm from the Family History Libraryincludes baptisms (1909-42); marriages (1909-41), and funerals(1909-1910, 1920).  You will want to order the followingmicrofilm - FHL US/CAN Film # 1508945 Items 23-24.

The Online Genealogist: New South Church (Boston, Mass.)

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am trying to determine who "Rev. O. Everett" was who married my ancestors in Boston in 1788.


Answer: Your ancestors were married by the Rev. Oliver Everett who was pastor of the New South Church in Boston from 1782-92.  The New South Church was a unitarian church located at Summer and Bedford Streets.  The church itself existed between 1714-1866, and later merged with the New South Free Church.  This later edifice stands at the southwest corner of Camden and Tremont Streets in Roxbury.  Incidentally my own great-grandparents were married in a double wedding at the New South Free Church in 1874 by Rev. William P. Tilden.

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