What exactly is Bristol Parrish when finding birthplace Bristol Parish Prince george(VA)

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in Genealogy Help by Rosemary Birchett G2G1 (1.7k points)
Depends on the date.  I think it was originally a big open-ended parish covering everything inland of Charles City and Henrico, but it shrunk as bits got hived off.  There was no actual town called Bristol.

Not very helpful as a location.  Probably contained all or most of Prince George Co.

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Under Church of England, parish was a geographical area sometimes like a township, sometimes covering a whole county.  Parish boundaries sometimes overlapped parts of several counties.  From memory, Bristol Parish included part of Dinwiddie County also.  Never have seen a good map though.

The Church kept the civil registry for a parish, and collected tithes.  Vestry Book is the administrative record.  Parish Register has birth, death and sometimes marriages.  For deaths, usually not much to identify people so should be careful matching up names to births.  Same may be true for matching marriages to births depending on what was recorded.. Lots of Virginia parish records have been lost to fires and time.
by Living Anonymous G2G6 Mach 5 (52.4k points)
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_(United_States) ,; The term "county" is used in 48 of the 50 U.S. states. The exceptions are Louisiana and Alaska, where the functionally equivalent subdivisions are called, respectively, parishes and boroughs

 The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634:James CityHenricoCharles CityCharles RiverWarrosquyoake,AccomacElizabeth City, and Warwick River.

 Yes indeed it depends on the Date.; Same for Colony & USA.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union . 

 We have also had: The Salem Tenth in west New Jersey: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Genealogical_data%2C_the_Salem_Tenth_in_west_New_Jersey . :) JPVIV

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