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The surviving parish registers are deposited an the Records Office For Leicestershire and Rutland under accession number DE 1621. Fiche can be purchased individually from the records office.
|1585 - 1658||C, M[1605-1658], B||Condition poor||1|
|1660 -1710||C, M, B||20% Damage rest poor||1|
|1710 - 1739||C, M, B||10% Damage rest fair||1|
|1741 - 1761||C, M [-1753],B||good (Sheepy Reg'r 1740 - 1812)||2|
|1754 - 1772||Marriages
|Included in Sheepy Reg'r condition very poor
Not the standard register!
|1761 - 1806||C, B||20% Damage rest good||1|
|1773 - 1812||Marriages||Standard Register, good||1|
|1807 - 1812||C, B||In rear of Sheepy Reg'r 1740 - 1812 see above||2|
|1813 - 1933||Christenings||Good condition||2|
|1813 - 1995||Burials||Good condition||----|
|1815 - 1837||Marriages||Good Condition||1|
|1837 - 1995||Marriages||Very Good Condition||----|
Ratcliffe Culey has Bishops Transcripts for the period 1562 - 1874 with the following years missing.
1563 -1603, 1605, 1608 -15, 1618 - 20, 1622 - 24, 1630/1, 1635, 1640 - 59, 1668, 1671, 1688/9, 1698, 1701/2, 1705, 1712, 1725, 1741, 1743/4, 1762, 1837 - 41, 1846, 1851, 1854 - 1865, 1873.
Some missing entries may well be found in the Transcripts for Sheepy Magna the years 1570,4,6 certainly are.
The Records Office For Leicestershire and Rutland has card index of main names mentioned in the county poor law records i.e. Removal Orders, Settlement Certificates and examinations, Bastardy bonds and Parish apprentices etc. This index has been filmed by the LDS (see). The class number the documents for Ratcliffe Culey are the DE 491 series. See my transcription :- here
If you suspect your ancestors of being non - conformists and they were residents of Ratcliffe Culey the best places to look are Atherstone and possibly Hinckley. There are definitely some Ratcliffe residents listed in the Independent Chapel North Street's registers notably the Angrave family. The was a small Chapel in Sheepy Magna (now the memorial hall) but as far as I know no registers exist.
All Census data 1841 - 1891 is listed under the Atherstone Class Number. The L&RFHS have published an index to the 1851 census (Vol 8) but this is largely redundant as the LDS Tri-Counties CD-ROM covers Ratcliffe Culey.
The 1891 census has serious damage to the last few folio pages, this occurred before filming therefore all films will be deficient.
The Records Office For Leicestershire and Rutland has films of all the census data and the LDS film numbers are listed below.
Beware, the IGI claims to cover the following dates for baptisms 1562-1853 and 1866-1871, but, as it is entirely based on the bishops transcripts there are many years omitted. See Bishop's Transcripts omissions
Similarly the marriage coverage is claimed as 1562-1836, but the same omissions exist.
The those using the Internet Family Search pages the batch numbers are :-
Baptisms C061042 C061041
Marriages M061042 M061041
the same omissions apply
Civil registration for Ratcliffe Culey is Atherstone
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Probate records for Ratcliffe Culey residents prior to 1858 should have been proved at the Leicester Archdeaconry court, however many Ratcliffe residents of property also held possessions in Warwickshire . It is therefore also wise to check the PCC and Lichfield calendars.
Unfortunately for overseas researchers the are no LDS films of original registers.
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