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Re: Meherrin Parish records
Posted by: Greg Matthews (ID *****2957) Date: June 21, 2008 at 23:35:53
In Reply to: Re: Meherrin Parish records by ross smith of 793

Vestry books were the records kept by church wardens (a committee of men charged with over seeing the "worldly affairs" of the parish). Generally they are not very useful for much genalogical data aside from indicating that a person lived in the parish at a given time and possibly indicating some familial relationship as a by-product of the recording of a specific bit of church business. An example of the latter that I've found from my own research is a father getting a little financial help from the church for taking care of his incompetant son. You aren't going to find records of marriage or birth in the vestry book. What you will find, among other things, are distributions to the poor, reimbursement to church members for taking in the poor or supporting them, nominations of parish members for land processioning and church offices, levying of taxes and many other bits of minutae.

What you really want is the parish register which would have listed vital records that you are looking for, but that book is not known to exist.

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