GENUKI Church Database
IntroductionThe GENUKI church database originated as one containing the approximate location of the parishes that existed around 1837. Since then the database has had new fields added to contain additional information, many more churches have been added (in some areas), and more precise locations added where known. This is because the original church locations themselves were given as the corner of the nearest Km square on the Ordnance Survey map in most cases. Some have now been updated to the actual 1/10 Km location, but the majority have not.
N.B. Unfortunately we hold very little information for Irish churches at the moment, just for some in County Down and Tyrone.
The term church is used to refer to all places of worship and graveyards for convenience as there is no simple word which encompasses them all. However for individual churches we try to avoid using the word church where it is not appropriate for that denomination.
Information is continually being added to the database, and some areas contain substantially more information than others. As an example of the leve1 of coverage and detail which we hope to be able to provide, take a look at Barrow in Furness.
Please be aware that the term church is used in reference to the congregation meeting at a particular place, rather than refering to an individual building. The records that we are interested in exist as a result of a group of people worshipping together and the registers reflect that rather than the physical church building. So founding and closing dates refer to the congregation rather than a particular building.