Ancoats St James the Less, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parish History[edit | edit source]

Ancoats St James the Less is a chapelry or chapel of ease built in the year 1867. It stood within the boundary of Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys] Cathedral and Ancient Parish.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records Church of England

Ancoats St James the Less Chapelry and all its additional contemporary chapelries (5 others), possessed chapelry registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. These have been indexed or transcribed and are available online at no cost, as follows:

ANCOATS ST JAMES THE LESS Chapelry (1867) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1874-1920 - part. 1871-1930 - part. None Extant 
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1867-1917  1871-1920 1867-1882 
ANCOATS CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1844) Indexes - a dissenters chapel after 1857 
Baptisms                                  Marriages Burials
FS  1837-1917 1814-1930 - part.  1837-1882
ANCOATS ALL SOULS Chapelry (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1837-1908 1846-1928 None
LOPC 1840-1876  None None
LBMD 1840-1917 1846-1981                                              1837-1882       
ANCOATS ST ANDREWS Chapelry (1831) Indexes  
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1827-1910 None 1831-1855
LOPC 1831-1860 None None
LBMD 1837-1917 1838-1912 1837-1882 
 ANCOATS ST JUDE Chapelry (1837) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1837-1910 1856-1930 None Extant
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1917 1849-1954 1837-1882
ANCOATS ST MARTIN Chapelry (1865) Indexes  
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1866-1906 1875-1906 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1865-1917 1874-1906 1865-1882
ANCOATS ST PETER Chapelry (1860) - see under MANCHESTER ST PETER

Ancoats St James the Less is one of six chapels comprising the township, Ancoats; and it was one of at least 150 chapels in total, comprising the whole of Manchester Parish's boundary (by 1880).

The 'mother' or ancient parish of Manchester City is the Cathedral of Manchester, called Our Lady, St George and St Denys Cathedral.


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1573-1872 1573-1889  None
LOPC 1573-1616;1777-1837 1573-1616;1782-1836 - part. yrs 1573-1616;1792-1836 - part. yrs
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1946 1837-1881 
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

If you do not locate your ancestor in the list of Ancoats chapelry links and in Manchester Cathedral links listed above, be certain before you research in any other Lancashire parish, you include a thorough search into all of Manchester City's attached chapelries (over 150 of them)! Unfortunately, Manchester Cathedral (the parish) is England's largest parish; thus each chapelry's baptism, marriage and burial registers (where extant) must be searched. To help you identify all of Manchester's chapelries, and then search what's online for each one of Manchester City's chapelries and district churches--view a complete list of all its chapels--HERE (scroll down to "Church Records").

Non Conformist Records[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Manchester Poor Law Union

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.

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