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The majority of catholic registers remain in the custody of parish priests, although a number have been transcribed and indexed by the Catholic Record Society.
Many of these transcripts have been deposited at the Catholic National Library, and some are available at the library of the Society of Genealogists.
There is a list of these in ‘Sources for Roman catholic and Jewish Genealogy and Family History’ in the National Index of Parish Registers series.
Others can be found at the catholic National Library which is part of Durham University Library.
The first new catholic chapels since the Reformation were built in the eighteenth century and more catholic registers were kept from 1791, but most do not begin until the early to mid nineteenth century.
The earliest records were often kept in small notebooks or even loose sheets, which could easily be concealed or destroyed if necessary.
Searching online indexes by the name of an individual is either impossible or very problematic with records detailing catholic recusants.
By the eighteenth century catholics were no longer persecuted, but were still effectively barred from entering the professions, holding civil or military office, or inheriting land.