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Church and Religion

One of the most popular collections to be viewed by visitors to Bedfordshire Archives Service is that of the Anglican Church.  We are the official repository for the St Albans Diocese which covers Bedfordshire and its parish churches.  As such we keep the baptism, marriage and burial registers, churchwardens accounts, glebe terrier records, parochial church council and many other records that were created as each parish went about their daily business.  A introduction to parish records, describing what they contain, can be found here.

We also hold non-Anglican or non-conformist material, mainly for Protestant denominations (e.g. Methodists, Baptists, Moravians and Congregationalists).  Unlike the Anglicans they are not obliged to pass their records to us so our holdings are patchy in terms of area and date.  Some lists and information relating to our Non-Conformist holdings can be found on the Family History pages.