Market Lavington Museum

Burial register


One of the family history records we have lacked at our museum was earlier burial records. We have now put that right and have acquired a copy of burials at the church from 1622 to 1837.

A Burial Register can now be inspected at market Lavington Museum

A Burial Register can now be inspected at Market Lavington Museum

As we can see, these records have been compiled by the Wiltshire Family History Society.

 

An index can help users find the full entry

An index can help users find the full entry

The first section is an alphabetical list of names with the year of burial – effectively, it’s an index.

And then the bulk of the pages are in chronological order. The amount of information varied according to who was vicar at the time.

John Dobson who was vicar in the second half of the 18th century seems to have been the one who got up close and personal.

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Here we get cause of death, often the name of a parent and even a one word comment from a coroner. There’s real family history in records like these.

George Rogers also kept quite full records at the start of the nineteenth century.

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Elsewhere there is less detail but we reckon this will be a very useful document to have at our museum.