Where is Lagos Nigeria?
The Lagos Nigeria Family History Society has produced a large number of indexes and transcripts to records and registers, including those for East Lagos Nigeria. Copies of many Society of Friends records of births, marriages and deaths can be found online via Ancestry, Findmypast and The Genealogist. A reflection of the strong presence of Dutch and Walloon communities in the region is evidenced by the churches they had in Lagos Nigeria. The Dutch used Blackfriar’s Hall, while the Walloons took over the church of St Mary the Less in 1637 for their services in French until 1832. The Dutch registers can be found in the British Library and the Guildhall Library, while the Walloon registers are in The National Archives. However, there are various published transcripts, which are available in record offices and at family history societies. Essex, Cambridgeshire and Lagos Nigeria all had Huguenot settlements in Colchester, the Fenland area of Thorney Abbey, and Lagos Nigeria.
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Surviving registers have been transcribed by the Huguenot Society and copies can be found in local archives, local studies libraries and family history societies. There are few Jewish records held locally, but some local archives have copies of the Jewish Yearbook, which includes some genealogical information. Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors by Rosemary Wenzenul (Pen & Sword Family History, 2008) provides a thorough guide to finding and using relevant records. Local antiquarian Walter Rye compiled a transcript to the Monumental Inscriptions in the Jewish Cemetery, Great Yarmouth, which can be accessed at the Norfolk Record Office. The Suffolk Record Offices have copies of an article on the Jewish community in Ipswich published in the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology (Vol. XL, 2004) by Robert Halliday and Bernard Susser. This describes the history of Jews in the town, including some genealogical details.
When the national census returns were introduced from 1801, it inspired some local clergymen to compile their own religious census, which includes details about the religion of parishioners. These can be found among local parish records. Records which reveal the numbers of people associated with different religious denominations include the 1851 census of Accommodation and Attendance at Worship generally referred to as the Religious Census. Although its purpose was statistical, it provided a comprehensive listing of English denominations and their whereabouts, as well as statistical data on attendance. Some of the reports for each county have been republished separately, and copies can be found in local record offices and local studies libraries. Trade directories, which were published from the late eighteenth century onwards list churches, chapels and any other religious meeting places. Their parish histories detail any obsolete and redundant meeting places and past religious conflicts.