Births, Marriages and Deaths (BMD) have been recorded in England for over 400 years in church parish records and later in civil registers. Picture is of Thomas Cromwell, who in 1539, in the Court of Henry VIII ordered that every baptism, marriage and burial should be recorded. The earliest records, made on paper rather than the parchment used later, have been lost. From 1597 a second copy had to be made and sent to the Bishop.There may be gaps in Parish Registers between 1553 and 1558 when the Catholic Mary Tudor was on the throne, and between 1642 and 1660 during the English Civil War and Commonwealth.
By an act of 1812 baptisms, marriages and burials were entered in seperate, specially printed, books, eight entries per page and including more information. On July 1st 1837 Civil Registration was introduced. Microfiche copies of BMD (Births, Marriages and Deaths) for Hathern and other local parishes are held in Loughborough Library . Original and microfiche BMD records for the county are held at the Records Office at Wigston and many of these have been transcribed and can be purchased online from Leics Parish Registers . They cover the period from the late C16th to the mid C20th. The following are the BMD records that have so far been obtained or transcribed. Within each document you can use search for name etc. by right clicking and entering the word you want to search for in the Find box.
|Births or christenings 1583-1860|
|Deaths or burials 1570-1812|
The following additional information can be found on the Normanton_on_Soar Rootsweb site , provided by Lesley Donald in Australia :-