Halton, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Halton, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Halton, Cheshire
Halton St Mary the Virgin.jpg
Halton St Mary the Virgin
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bucklow
County Cheshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Runcorn
Registration District Runcorn
Records begin
Parish registers: 1732
Bishop's Transcripts: 1732
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Frodsham
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province Canterbury
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]

HALTON, is a village, a township, and a chapelry in Runcorn parish, Cheshire. The village stands on an eminence near the Bridgewater Canal, the Northwestern railway, and the River Mersey, it is 1½ mile SE of Runcorn, and 3 miles NNE of Frodsham; it commands an extensive view along the Mersey; was once a market town; and has a post office under Preston Brook, as well as a railway station. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists.[1]

Halton St Mary the Virgin is an ecclesiastical parish in Cheshire created from Runcorn Ancient Parish.

Halton had formerly been a chapel of ease to the parish church of Runcorn but in June 1860 it became a separate parish.

Castlefields, Christ Church (Ecumenical). Attached to Halton St Mary for C of E services. Registers of Baptisms start in 1974, and are held at Halton St Mary (no marriages or burials here).

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

  • Type the name of the parish in the search bar
  • Click on the location pin on the map
  • Choose Options from the pop up box
  • Click "List Contiguous Parishes" to find the neighboring parishes

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. 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]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

Hover over the collection's title for more information

Halton Online Parish Records
Collections
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
FamilySearch Collections-Cheshire
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Parish Registers-Cheshire
1500s-2000s
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1500s-2000s
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1500s-2000s
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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FreeREG
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
Find My Past-Cheshire ($)
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Ancestry-Church of England BMD-Cheshire ($)
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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1800s-1900s
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1800s-1900s
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1800s-1900s
Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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1500s-1800s
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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1800s-1900s

Other Websites
These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

  • 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images (coverage may vary)
  • Halton, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded 1818, rebuilt in 1875.
  • Halton, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1882.

Non-Conformist Records:

Cheshire Record Office DocumentReference EMS 109 Halton Methodist Chapel Date 19th century - 20th century Various records 1824-1978 URL http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=017-ems109&cid=0

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]
  • Runcorn (1837–1974)
  • Halton (post 1974)

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

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]

Halton on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 5 March 2013


Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, ISBN 0 300 09588 0
  • Starkey, H.F. (1990), Old Runcorn, Halton: Halton Borough Council