Saturday, March 15, 2008

Dade Registers

Dade Registers: "what are Dade registers?

Basically, very detailed registers that contain far more information even than the standard baptism and burial entries that all parishes were required to adopt after George Rose’s Act in 1812. They were named after the Rev. William Dade, a Yorkshire clergyman born in 1740 who went to St. John's College, Cambridge. From 1763 until his death in 1790, he was curate, vicar and rector of five parishes in York and two in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

He was far ahead of his time in seeing the value of including as much information on individuals in the parish register as possible. In 1770 he wrote in the parish register of St. Helen's, York: 'This scheme if properly put in execution will afford much clearer intelligence to the researches of posterity than the imperfect method hitherto generally pursued.' Dade's influence spread and the term Dade register has come to describe any parish registers that include more detail than expected for the time.

In 1777, Archbishop William Markham decided that the Dade scheme should be introduced throughout the Diocese of York. The baptismal registers were to include child's name, seniority (eg. first son), father's name, profession, place of abode and descent (ie names, professions and places of abode of the father's parents), similar information about the mother, the infant's date of birth and baptism. . . . . "
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