Chester St Oswald, Cheshire Genealogy

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Chester St Oswald, Cheshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Broxton; Eddisbury; Wirrall
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Chester Incorporation
Registration District Great Boughton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1581; Separate registers exist for Bruera beginning 1657
Bishop's Transcripts: 1603; Separate records exist for Bruera beginning 1666
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Chester
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

St Oswald is a parish in the city of Chester.[1] For more information on the city, see Chester.

Chester St Oswald Queen Street is an ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Bache, Blacon cum Crabwall (part), Churton Heath, Croughton, Great Boughton, Huntington, Iddinshall, Lea Newbold, Newton by Chester, Saighton, Upton by Chester (part), Wervin, and part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1881 and replaced as the parish church by St.Thomas of Canterbury, Parkgate Street.

Resources[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.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Chester St Oswald parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Chester St Oswald Parish Online Records


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To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Parish registers for St. Oswald's Church, Chester, 1581-1969

Parish Registers: St. Oswald's Church, Chester Cheshire Record Office call no.: P29/1/1-6, P29/2/1-8, P29/3/1-23, P29/16/1-3, P29/4/1-5. Film
Baptisms, 1580-1668; burials, 1583-1668; marriages, 1581-1627, 1635-1668. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1668-1686. Baptisms, 1686-1717; marriages, 1686-1720; burials, 1686-1690.
Burials, 1690-1720; baptisms, 1718-1720. Baptisms, burials, 1720-1761; marriages, 1720-1755. Baptisms, burials, 1762-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1838.
Baptisms, 1838-1884, 1872-1882, 1884-1945 (Entries before 1882 relate to the the "old" parish church. From 1882 is for the new Parish Church of St. Thomas.). Marriages, 1754-1770.
Marriages, 1770-1824 (Includes banns, 1778-1812).
Marriages, 1824-1855.
Marriages, 1855-1872.
Marriages, 1872-1918.
Marriages, 1918-1969. Banns of marriages, 1856-1871, 1887-1899. Burials, 1813-1833.
Burials, 1833-1854.
2068522 Items 1 - 4

Bishop's transcripts for St. Oswald's Church, Chester, 1603-1838 Cheshire Record Office: EDB 59

Bishops Transcripts: St. Oswald's Church, Chester Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials 1603-1604, [no date], 1608-1619, 1622-1624.
1655539 Item 4
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1624-1625, 1636-1642, 1666-1686, 1690, 1693-1730, 1732-1770, 1772-1773, 1771-1772, 1774-1776, 1773-1774, 1776-1786, 1784-1785, 1786-1817, baptisms, 1818, marriages, (January-July) 1818.
Marriages, (July-December) 1818, burials, 1818, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1819-1821, baptisms, 1822-1824, marriages, 1822-1824, burials, 1822-1824, baptisms, 1824-1825, marriages, 1824-1825, burials, 1824-1825, baptisms, 1825-1826, burials, 1825, 1828, 1825-1826, marriages, 1825-1826, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1827-1834, baptisms, 1835-1836, marriages, 1835-1836, burials, 1835-1836, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1837, baptisms, burials, 1838.
1655592 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]
  • Great Boughton (1837-69)
  • Chester (1870-1998)

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Chester 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 Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

see also England Cheshire Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Chester St Oswald on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 576-586. Date accessed: 18 March 2019.
  2. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes.