Goosnargh, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Goosnargh, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Goosnargh, Lancashire
Goosnargh St Mary Lancashire.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Amounderness
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Preston
Registration District Preston
Records begin
Parish registers: 1639
Bishop's Transcripts: 1673
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Amounderness
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

GOOSNARGH, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish, in the parish of Kirkham Ancient Parish, union of Preston,hundred of Amounderness, N. division of Lancashire, 6¾ miles (N. N. E.) from Preston; the township contains Newsham hamlet. Other places in the parish include: Inglewhite, Whittingham, and Newsham. The Independents have a place of worship; and there is a Roman Catholic chapel, built about a century ago by the Franciscans, and transferred to the Benedictines in 1834. [1]

Goosnargh (pronounced /ˈɡuːznə/, Gooze-Ner) is a village and civil parish on the north side of Preston, Lancashire, England. The village lies between Broughton and Longridge, and mostly lies in the civil parish of Whittingham, although the ancient centre lies in the civil parish of Goosnargh.

Only one side of one road in Goosnargh village lies within Goosnargh parish; almost all of the village lies within adjacent Whittingham parish. This may explain why the village is sometimes referred to as “Goosnargh and Whittingham”, as if there were two villages. Some road signs on entering the village display “Goosnargh and Whittingham”.

The name, meaning "Gosan's or Gusan's hill pasture", derives from (an Old Irish personal name) and erg (Norse for "hill pasture"). The name appeared in the Domesday Book as "Gusansarghe" but by 1212 had changed to "Gosenargh", closer to today's pronunciation. However, one reference suggested "Gusansarghe" was from Norse gudhsins hörgi (related to hörgr), meaning "at the idol's (god's) temple."

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

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks[edit | edit source]

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Church of England

Goosnargh chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Kirkham to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

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

GOOSNARGH ST MARY THE VIRGIN Chapelry (1639) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1639-1900 1639-1900  None
LOPC 1672-1957 1683-1900 1683-1967 
LBMD None None None
AC 1639-1812 1639-1812 1639-1812
KIRKHAM ST MICHAEL'S PARISH (1539) Indexes (ancient parish containing GOOSNARGH Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1540-1653; 1868-1896 1539-1653;1868-1874  None
LOPC 1678-1932 1539-1653;1678-1875 1678-1775; 1834-1932
FMP  None 1539-1837 None
LBMD 1837-1974 1837-2010 1837-1975
AC 1539-1653 1539-1653 1539-1653

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Goosnargh and comprising the whole ancient parish of Kirkham to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the KIRKHAM ST MICHAEL PARISH page.

links to the FamilySearch Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

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.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Purcell, Margaret:  Sharples of Tarnacre and Goosnargh - Their History from Wills. History and Family Tree of Robert Sharples and Margaret surname unknown, dating from 1642-1831, also extending into Nateby. Family contains the following other surnames. Threlfall, Sturzaker, Morton, Itchison, Hattornwhite, Gerard, Gervis, Bond, Lancaster, Moon, Bourn, Porter, Ricketts, Arkwright. Article to be found in The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Soc. Magazine vol.10. no.3, pages 22-26. FHL Ref 942.72 B2r

Poor Law Unions
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Preston Poor Law Union, Lancashire

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 315-319. Date accessed: 19 August 2013.