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Parish registers (of baptism, marriage and funeral)

These date back to 1538 in England and Wales, finally being replaced in 1837 by general registration. It is generally thought that Henry VIII (and Thomas Cromwell) introduced them to know who was attending these Anglican services and who was not.

Alternatively, Henry may just have wanted to keep track of the 72,000 people whose executions he ordered.

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