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Leswalt OPR
Death Entries, 1815-1843

The following is a transcription of the death entries in Leswalt's old parish records. Every effort was made to remain true to the information, but it is possible that a few misinterpretations have crept into the work. We encourage researchers to use this only as a finding tool, and to verify the information for themselves by viewing a film of the opr.

A Brief Explanation

O.P.R.s refer to Old Parish Records which prior to civil registration in 1855 were the ledgers in which the parish cleric entered vital information such as marriage, birth/christening, and in some cases deaths. Parish registers were kept only as well as the cleric had time and inclination to do so. In some parishes, within a particular time, the records are exact, precise and a joy to read, in other periods of time, the same parish records could have sporadic, or barely legible, entries.

This transcription is from the Register of the Dead in Parish of Leswalt, beginning in 1815 and ending in 1843.


Bringing these old parish records to the web was a challenging process that required the combined efforts of several people, working together from concept, to final proofing. We greatly appreciate the help of following people; Carrie Gulline, Meg Greenwood, Jim Heron, and Leigh-Ann Evans-Elliott.

Disclaimer and Caution

Though this material was proofread several times, it is not guaranteed to be free of all errors. Some of the writing was difficult to decipher, and some information was lost in the crease of the page. Where we could not reach a consensus about the entry, we either included various possibilities or stated it was unreadable.

A Typical Page

The first snippet is from the earlier part of the register, where the entries were made with little enthusiasm or clarity. A new man was apppointed in the position, and the remaining years are very clear. A sample of his writing is found below, for the year 1824. There are no entries for the year 1839.

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1824 - 1825 1826 - 1827 1828 - 1829 1830 - 1831
1832 - 1833 1834 - 1835 1836 - 1837 1838 - 1839
1840 - 1841 1842 - 1843 Alphetical Sort

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We have sorted the entries alphabetically for a quick search of the death entries. Can't find your ancestor? Browse through our surname spelling variants list, and then return to the pages below.

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Would you have time to help transcribe a parish? Bit by bit we hope to transcribe all the parish death entries. The math is easy: more helpers, faster production. Have you got a parish you're anxious to see online? Contact Leigh-Ann.