Are English Nonconformist records from 1600-1840 available online?

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I am especially interested in Northamptonshire, but also Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire. The records after 1841 are online and indexed. The earlier records don't show up on searches, but are the unindexed Nonconformist records records available somewhere?
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Some details about what is available.https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/nonconformists/#3-nonconformist-birth-marriage-and-death-registers-1567-1970 which mentions the Genealogist as a partner but other sites now have the images.

The records date from the 16thC but these are for 'foreign churches', we tolerated French Huguenots long before we tolerated home grown dissenters.

Many of these are indexed on Family Search but I don't know if it covers all of them. I've found the originals often contain more detail and that sometimes they are wrongly indexed( i.e I saw one the other day indexed  as if it happened in a parish church. The person lived in that parish but it was an event in a congregational church.)

Images of RG4, 5 and 8 are on Ancestry  under https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/2972/ and RG 6 under Quaker records.https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/2972/

Ancestry also has some images of  earlier  non-conformist records from   Bristol, London, Manchester, West Yorks and Norfolk archives: don't know how much they overlap the National Archives content. It has some extracted records from Lincolnshire but these won't cover everything and aren't images.

You may be able to find some images on Lincs to the past but they will be unindexed. (I always struggle to find things on the site so have linked to a page on chapels.

 https://www.lincstothepast.com/exhibitions/historic-environment-record/nonconformist-chapels-in-lincolnshire/

 Findmypast also has RG4, 5, 8 https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-records/england-and-wales-non-conformist-births-and-baptisms

and RG 6 https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/england-and-wales-society-of-friends-quaker-births-1578-1841

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Checking the FamilySearch catalog for Northamptonshire church records, while most sources are Church of England, there are some for Methodists and Quakers. A few of the Quaker records seem to date from the 1600s, but the Methodist records are later. I did not look at the other counties.

The FamilySearch catalog is under the Search menu.
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