Accrington St James, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Accrington St James, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Accrington St James, Lancashire
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Acrrington St James
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Blackburn
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Haslingden
Registration District Haslingden
Records begin
Parish registers: 1766
Bishop's Transcripts: 1614
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Whalley
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

ACCRINGTON (St James) is a chapelry, in the parish of Whalley, 5½ miles (E. by S.) from Blackburn. The chapel was taken down and rebuilt upon a larger scale in 1826, and improved in 1838: it is a plain structure, with a tower in which are six musical bells; is elegant within; and has a handsome organ. An additional church was erected in 1840, in the form of a cross. It is dedicated to Christ. There are places of worship for Baptists, Wesleyans, and Swedenborgians.[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Accrington has been completely indexed and transcribed by several online web sites. Here is a list of some of these web sites--those which provide significant details about our ancestry at no cost:

1881 - FamilySearch

1901 - 1901CensusOnline

The following web sites--all of which are pay-for-view or subscription sites can help you to more quickly find Accrington ancestors in the census records for all years in which census records were kept (1841-1911):

To view copies of original census records, the Family History Library's British collection has the 1841-1891 census records available on microforms, i.e. microfilm or microfiche. Those available are searchable by locating each film at FamilySearchCenters, as follows:

1841 FHL BRITISH Film no. 306895
1851 Old Accrington p. 301-368 New Accrington p. 369-643 FHL BRITISH Film 87272
1861 FHL BRITISH Film 543072
1871 Old Accrington FHL BRITISH Film 846728
1871 Old Accrington and New Accrington FHL BRITISH Film 846729
1871 New Accrington FHL BRITISH Film 846730
1881 RG 11/4139-4142 FHL BRITISH Film 1341991
1881 RG 11/4143-4145 FHL BRITISH Film 1341992
1891 RG 12/3355 (4 fiches) FHL BRITISH Fiche 6098465
1891 RG 12/3356 (4 fiches) FHL BRITISH Fiche 6098466
1891 RG 12/3357 (4 fiches) FHL BRITISH Fiche 6098467
1891 RG 12/3358 (3 fiches) FHL BRITISH Fiche 6098468
1891 RG 12/3359 (4 fiches) FHL BRITISH Fiche 6098469

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

The following Accrington chapelries and their registers exist, and some have been both microfilmed (original records) and some transcribed. To view the years for which chapel registers are extant and available at FamilySearch and/or at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston, click the name of the chapelry; to search online transcriptions of christenings, marriages and sometimes burials, click the years in the columns:  

AC = (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

The Accrington chapelries' registers of christenings, marriages and burials (pre-1880) have been mostly transcribed and are accessible online at no cost for the following chapelries and their range of years:

ACCRINGTON CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry  (1840) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1840-1900 None None
LOPC 1892-1900 1891-1900 1841-1900
LBMD None 1842-1988 None
ACCRINGTON ST JAMES Chapelry  (1745) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1830-1900 1809-1900 1813-1900
LOPC 1745-1747, 1791-1825, 1831-1861, 1872-1900 1773-1849, 1880-1900                    1790-1900
LBMD 1837-1974 1837-1988 1837-1974

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1844-1896 1822-1900 None
LOPC 1868-1900 1871-1900 None
LBMD 1868-1900 + part. 1868-1900 + part. 1868-1900 + part.

The above chapelries comprise merely a few of Whalley St Mary's numerous attached chapels subdividing its parish boundary. If an ancestor cannot be traced in any of the above chapelries, next search in Whalley St Mary's Parish (see below):


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1538-1888 1539-1837 None
LOPC 1538-1601, 1605-1845, 1848-1860, 1862-1875 1539-1601, 1605-1647, 1653-1900 1538-1601, 1605-1840, 1843-1891
LBMD 1837-1937 None 1837-1937
FMP None 1539-1627 None
AC 1538-1601, 1605-1653 1538-1601, 1605-1653 1538-1601, 1605-1653                      
FREG 1538-1631 1539-1651 1538-?

If searches in these registers do not prove successful, be certain to search all the church registers of the chapels of ease (chapelries) and the parish registers of the ancient parish of Whalley St Mary & All Saints, which see. Whalley St Mary was one of Lancashire's largest parishes, and in order to conduct thorough research within its boundary, requires searching in all of the registers of its chapels of ease as well as the Whalley St Mary's parish registers! To view their availability, visit the Comprehensive List of Whalley Parish Chapels and Churches.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • Baptist
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Particular Baptist
  • Swedenborgian/New Jerusalem/New Church
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages Deaths - 1837 to the Present[edit | edit source]

Read about England Civil Registration (vital records) of birth, marriages and deaths on the England main page.

Online Indexes

There are two separate (free) indexes available for Lancashire civil registration of births, marriages and deaths. One index covers all registrations nation-wide, and one index covers the copies of the local registration district office's certificate copies for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, as follows:

  • FreeBMD - an online (free) index to the certificates held at the General Registrar's Office, formerly in London, now in Solihull, Merseyside, UK. The years currently covered in this index include July, 1837 to at least 1940.
  • LancashireBMD - an online index (free) to the local superintendant's registrar of births, marriages and deaths for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, for the following range of years and their events:  births 1837-1974; marriages 1837-2010; deaths 1837-1975.
  • provides numerous parish and chapel transcriptions online (free) for the post-1837 to 1910 period. Marriages after 1837 provide the same information as the civil registration certificates of marriages provide. However, the marriages in these online offerings are marriage transcriptions only.


FamilySearch's Family History Library British collections holds the quarterly indexes of births, marriages and deaths from July, 1837 to 1983 in microform media.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Baker, Suzanne. Our Sutcliffe Family of Accrington - Canadian Pioneers from Lancashire.  Family History and Pedigree of William Sutcliffe and Ellin Foxcroft dating from 1795-1948. Other surnames are, Newchurch, Heap, Maxwell, Nuttall, Padiham, Hughes, Hannah, Fenn with pictures.  Article in Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society Magazine  Vol. 17 no.3 page 31-34. FHL Ref. 942.72 B2r

Payne, Moira I. Hindle of Darwen.  History, census and family tree of Thomas Hindle and betty Briggs with the following surnames: Greenough, Duxbury, Walsh, Smalley, Bentley, Chadwick, Duckworth, with a branch going to Canada, and 1 to Australia, dating 1758-1888, The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Soc Magazine, vol.9,no.2.pages 32-40, FHL Ref. 942.72 B2r

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date accessed: 27 August 2013.