England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996
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- 1 Why Should I Look at This Collection?
- 2 What Is in This Collection?
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]
When nonconformist church records are available they are the most informative and accurate source available for English family history until the start of civil registration in 1837. Nonconformist birth and baptismal registers are fairly common, and generally contain more information than those of the Church of England. Nonconformist records are for people who did not belong to the Church of England. For more information on the content, significance, and availability of Nonconformist Records, see England Nonconformist Church Records.
What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection of Non-Conformist Church records contains baptisms/christenings, marriages, and deaths from the following religions in Lancashire: Baptist, Wesleyan, Protestant, Bible Christian Church, Welsh Baptist, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Catholic, Methodist, Independent, Congregational, New Jerusalem, Inghamite, Calvinistic, Scotch National Church, Moravian, Universal, Society of Friends, Church of Christ, United Reformed.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Death & Burial
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- Name of the person
- Approximate date of the event
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Record information from the index entry and cite the record
- Search for children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Family members are often appear identified in church records.
- Use the information to find the individual in civil records
- If researching the nineteenth-century, census and civil registration records may be available
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use the place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help you decide whether you've found the right person.
- If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
- Try variations of given names and surnames. Nicknames or initial are sometimes used in records and spelling was not standardized until the late 19th and 20th centuries. Sometimes names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
- Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches and try expanding the date range.
- Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon.
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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