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How the list started

I saw a reference in the “Family Tree” magazine to a book called “The Parish Clerk”, by PH Ditchfield (Metheun, London 1907), which contained quite a lot of information about individual Parish Clerks.

One of my ancestors was a Parish Clerk, so I ordered the book from the library to see if my forebear was mentioned and to get some background information.

Alas my ancestor was not included, but there was so much other information and people mentioned by name, that it seemed a good idea to index the names and places mentioned, so as to share this valuable “flesh on the bone” resource.

The Parish Clerk Index was started and includes references from many other sources – new references are always welcome!

The quality of the information may be variable, from a detailed, amusing or tragic story, to just a passing reference and all are intended to be used as pointers to the original source.