Nonconformity - Its Records and History 1600 - 1950 (280)


Nothing in the Church of England register, this genealogical challenge is the most likely impetus for an interest in the records of non-conformist chapels. When census takers asked about attendance at church in 1851 they discovered that less that half the population were sitting in Church of England pews. If you examine the numbers you will see that a large percentage of those worshipping elsewhere were nonconformists. This course is about the records and history of nonconformity. It covers its origins, the early history and records during the period of persecution. The major denominations in the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Methodist and Congregational, are discussed and their records and finding aids are explained. Social context is an important part of the story and you will learn about the people who were nonconformists, how they governed their churches, and how their faith affected their lives. Records covered in the course include vital records, seating plans, meetings, newspapers, missions and accounts. In addition you will learn about finding nonconformists within the registers of the Established Church.

Tutor: Alec Tritton
  • Origins and Early Restrictions 1600 - 1700
  • Nonconformity Becomes Established 1700 - 1850
  • Consolidation 1750 - 1900
  • Social and Mission 1850 - 1950

Each lesson includes exercises and activities, and minimum of 1 chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.

Relevant Countries: England and Wales

Course Length: 4 weeks
Start Date: 07 Sep 2017
Unassessed Cost: £45.99

Assessed Cost: £61.00

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