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Non-conformist Registers

We hold some records for non-conformist churches and chapels within the Dudley Borough area. These consist mainly of registers, usually of baptism, circuit plans and committee minute books.

It should be remembered that before 1837 marriage could only legally take place in the Anglican church, and between 1837 and 1898 the Superintendent Registrar had to be present for a marriage outside the church to be legal. Therefore, few marriage registers exist for individual non-conformist churches and chapels before 1898.

All pre 1837 non-conformist registers should have been deposited with the General Register Office when civil registration was introduced. Some were never handed over but the majority which survive for this date were, and are now held at The National Archives, Kew.  We have microfilm copies of those which relate to Dudley Borough. Bear in mind also that some denominations, notably Baptists, do not baptise infants, making family history research in theses records more difficult.

Burial registers are also scarce, since few chapels had their own burial grounds.

A hand list of non-conformist registers held is available at the bottom of this page.

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