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The parish registers were introduced mainly because Thomas Cromwell had found that they were in common use in the rest of Europe and according to the sources cited by the related wikipedia article, they expressed the desire of the central government to have better knowledge of the population of the country. The 1538 Act requiring parishes to keep these ...


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From this introduction to various UK archives: Blue Books for Colonial British Africa in the Penn Libraries Blue Books are annual reports of the British colonies. Colonial regulations issued in 1843 state: "The Annual Blue Book containing accounts of the Civil Establishment, of the Colonial Revenue and Expenditure and of various statistical ...


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