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This page lists all of our data discs that are for areas other than Manchester, Lancashire, or London


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The Margaret Higgins Database of Catholics in England and Their Friends:1607-1840 - Click for large image

The Database on this CD provides records of approximately 274,500 persons found in the many 'Returns of Papists'; 1705-6, 1711, 1735, 1745, 1767 and 1780 plus other sources listed at the end of the 30 page introduction. For each entry in the database the following facts may be available:

  • Year
  • Surname and Forename(s)
  • Status / Occupation
  • Age (Yrs)
  • Length of Residence
  • County / Country
  • Parish / Town / Street
  • Birthplace / Source-1
  • References / Source-2
  • Notes & Comments

The amount of information given varies and it is rare to find that all of these fields contain information for an individual. The data has been compiled over very many years by Brother Rory Higgins FSC of Australia and other members of the Catholic Family History Society.

The CD is designed to AutoRun if the Windows computer is activated for Autostart, failing that there is instruction in the "Start.txt" .. i.e. double-click "CD_Start.exe"

MAC users; insert the disc then double-click the new CD desktop icon and navigate to find the various files & folders

The Database is presented in three versions .. all of which may be copied onto the users computer for personal research.

  • 1-Access version: The file size approximately 128 MB. A single interactive table of rows and columns which requires Microsoft Office software (Access 2003 or later) to open, read/write or manipulate.
  • 2-Excel version: The file size approximately 20 MB. A single interactive table of rows and columns which requires Microsoft Office software (Excel 2007 or later) to open, read/write or manipulate.
  • 3-PDF (Portable Document Format) version: The file size approximately 19 MB. A single static view of the above table of rows and columns. It can be viewed on any computer which has a PDF viewer installed, irrespective of the computer type or operating system. It is approximately 3,348 pages, 35½"wide x 18"deep, requiring sideways scrolling. Although word searchable, this is a slow and inefficient way to find the data and is not recommended.

To achieve the best results from this database it is imperative that either the Access or Excel version be used, which can be interrogated with queries and/or multiple filters to extract data into bespoke tables.

Supplied by: Catholic Family History Society
Format: CD-ROM
Ref: CAT-D-016

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Index of Nuns - Click for large image

The majority of the records in this Catholic Family History Society database relate to nuns who professed later than 1795 and thus usefully complements, rather than duplicates, the detailed study of the families of nuns of the English convents in exile 1600-1800, by Dr.Caroline Bowden et alia

This CD provides records of approximately 14,000 nuns. For each nun in the index the following facts may be available:

  • Surname and Forename(s)
  • Her Religious Order or Community
  • Birthdate and Place
  • Religious Name
  • Family Place
  • Names of her Father and Mother
  • Dates and Place of Entry, Profession, Leaving and Death

The amount of information given varies and it is rare to find that all of these details are available for an individual

The data has been compiled over many years by members of the Catholic Family History Society and we are very grateful for their hard work and dedication to this project. A number of different sources have been used and these are:-

  • Original archives, annals and published archive transcripts
  • Monumental Inscriptions and Burial records
  • Family supplied data
  • Census / BMD records research
  • Religious Order or Community website information
  • Obituaries and ancillary information in obituaries of others and miscellaneous information from Order and Community archivists

It should be noted, however, that some orders did not contribute data

In preparing this index, the Society has included those nuns whose records indicate their having died and if not, show their having:-

  • been born before 1915, or, if no birth date is given
  • having entered a community before 1934, or if neither
  • having professed before 1936

Two documents are provided. The first gives a list of nuns sorted into alphabetical order of surname and has indices to family names, places, and religious names. The second document provides a list of nuns grouped by Religious order or Community

Supplied by: Catholic Family History Society
Format: CD-ROM
Ref: CAT-D-015

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The Bishops' Registers of Confirmations in the Midland and London Districts of the Catholic Church in England - Click for large image

The Midland register covers 1768-1811 and 1816. The Midland District comprised the counties of Derbyshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Includes an index to names, 265 pages

The London Register covers 1826-1837 and 1843. The London District was comprised of the counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex and The Channel Islands. Includes an index to names, 192 pages

These are scans in PDF of the original printed publications which are now out of print

Supplied by: Catholic Family History Society
Format: CD-ROM
Ref: CAT-D-014

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Introduction to Catholic Southampton - Click for large image

Canon Scantlebury's last work, his Introduction to Catholic Southampton, belies its title since is in fact a record of his extensive research into the history of Catholicism in the city since the Reformation

This CD contains:

  • Introduction to Catholic Southampton by Canon R E Scantlebury
  • The Registers of St Joseph's Church, Southampton:
    • Baptisms 1792-1848
    • Marriages 1803-1849
  • Introduction to St Joseph's Registers with Transcriptions of the Latin & French entries
  • Bibliography
  • Researches into the precursors of St Joseph's Church
  • Documents relating to the enlargement of St Joseph’s Church, its School and Anti-Catholic Hostility in Southampton
  • Biography of Fr H C E Van Doorne, the Belgian Poet & Curate and Historian of St Joseph's
  • A full transcription of the Pylewell House and Elm Cottage Marriage Register (1843 and 1855)

Supplied by: Catholic Family History Society
Format: CD-ROM
Ref: CAT-D-009

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