What can these records tell me?

There are over 500,000 transcripts in this record set. While information varies, most records include the following, when available:
  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Birth year
  • Baptism date
  • Son or daughter
  • First parent’s first name(s)
  • Second parent’s first name(s)
  • Parish

Discover more about Hampshire Baptisms

These records were transcribed from the original Hampshire parish records by volunteer staff at Hampshire Genealogical Society.

Parish records are vital to researching your family history since censuses and official birth, marriage, and death records only go back to 1837, when civil registration was instated. However, the requirement for parish priests to maintain a weekly register of baptisms, marriages, and deaths began in 1538 following King Henry VIII's split from the Roman Catholic Church. A fine was put in place for failure to comply, and from 1733, entries had to be written in English instead of Latin.

Hampshire Baptisms was sourced from Hampshire Genealogical Society