York’s Archbishops’ Registers Revealed 1225-1650

The York’s Archbishops’ Registers from 1225 to 1650 are now available online. The available records include 21,647 high quality images of 45 Archbishops’ Registers. Held at the Borthwick Institute, these documents record the formal acts of the Archbishop of York. They are the earliest systematic records of the archbishops’ office, and document the government of the Church, the management and staffing of parishes and the Church’s oversight and regulation of the moral and spiritual conduct of the mass of the population across Yorkshire, Northern England and beyond.


The period covered by the Project spans the struggles over Magna Carta; the Anglo Scottish wars; the loss of nearly a quarter of the population to the Black Death in 1349; the Wars of the Roses; the societal earthquake of the Reformation and the first English Civil War in the seventeenth century.

The registers are key sources for the study of medieval and early modern religious and political history, for art and buildings history, for studies of the historic environment, and for legal and economic history, to name but a few of the areas covered. As a result of the project, the content of the registers is now open to a much wider audience, including genealogists and local historians.

You can learn more at http://www.york.ac.uk/borthwick/projects/archbishops-registers/ while the records themselves are available free of charge by starting at https://archbishopsregisters.york.ac.uk/.

You can also browse the Registers by name at: https://archbishopsregisters.york.ac.uk/browse/people?all=yes&letter=x. (Substitute the first letter of the last name in place of “x”in that address. For instance, to find the list of all names beginning with the letter “B”, go to https://archbishopsregisters.york.ac.uk/browse/people?all=yes&letter=B.)

My thanks to newsletter reader Richard Heaton for telling me about this new online resource.

One Comment

What an amazing resource. 420 years of records of *any* institution is almost unimaginably valuable.


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