Do you have ancestors' from the English county of Hampshire? Explore this collection of burial records. Learn the date of their death, their age at the time of death, and the parish they were buried in. View the parish list for all the parishes represented in this collection.
There are over 700,000 transcripts in this record set. While the amount of information varies, the records usually include the following information:
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.
Jane Austen, famous author of such beloved titles as Pride & Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, was buried in the year 1817 in the parish of Winchester Cathedral. As well as being Austen’s literary agent, her brother Henry was also an Anglican clergyman. Due to his connections with the church, Henry was able to have Austen buried in the nave of Winchester Cathedral.
You might notice that Austen’s birth year is listed here as 1776 while in Hampshire Baptisms it is listed as 1775. This is an important reminder to take into account human error in historic records and, therefore, search a range of dates when looking for your ancestors.
Austen’s eldest brother can also be found in these records: James Austen died 18 December 1819 at the age of 54 in the parish of Steventon.
Begin your search broadly. Start with just a name and a year.
If needed, you can narrow your search results by adding additional search criteria such as a place.
Try different name combinations if you are having difficulty locating your ancestor’s entry. Occasionally, the last name was not recorded. Try searching with only a first name and year.