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Caring for parish church records

Access to records and exhibitions

Catalogue descriptions of parish records held by the NRO are available via our online service NROCAT.

To see the list of records for your parish, go to NROCAT's welcome page, choose Church of England parishes from the Category Searches drop-down menu and select your parish name from the list.

Members of the public can consult the records (or microfilm copies of them) free of charge in our professionally-supervised searchroom.

Exceptions are documents which are deemed to be unfit for production (ie, which may be damaged by handling) and any confidential material which has been closed to public access for a specified period.

Such documents will not be produced to the public.


We can provide churches with small exhibitions of their documents for special events, in accordance with the Parochial Registers and Records Measure.