Early clergy lists

This guide was last updated in 2009

If your ancestor was a clergyman before 1858, you can try The Clergy List.

The list was published from 1841 and, although at that period it only gives the clergyman’s name and his current position, it does include curates and chaplains, which is a great help.

Before 1841, there is no single source. The Clergy of the Church of England Database aims to include all ordained Anglican clergymen (1540 to 1835), but it is at an early stage and is by no means complete. If your ancestor went to university, the various published alumni lists can be helpful.

The parish records can also fill in details, but you would need to be thorough not to miss any clues. There are useful published sources for different parts of the country and individual counties and dioceses, including London, Durham, Rochester, Chichester and Somerset. Bishops’ records should also be helpful.

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