Knutsford, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Knutsford, Cheshire
Knutsford St John the Baptist Cheshire.jpg
Knutsford St John the Baptist Cheshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bucklow
County Cheshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Altrincham
Registration District Altrincham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1582
Bishop's Transcripts: 1581
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]

KNUTSFORD (St. John the Baptist), is a parish, in the union of Altrincham, E. division of the hundred of Bucklow, N. division of the county of Chester; it contains the townships of Bexton, Over Knutsford, Ollerton, and Toft. The Trent and Mersey canal and the Manchester and Birmingham railway pass within five miles of the town. The parish was formerly included in that of Rostherne, from which it was severed by act of parliament in 1744.  There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Wesleyans, and Presbyterians.[1]

Knutsford St John the Baptist was a chapel of ease in the parish of St Mary's Church,  Rostherne, Cheshire Genealogy until the 18th century. It included Knutsford Over, Cross Town, Bexton, Toft, Ollerton, Over Knutsford, Nether Knutsford, Knutsford Superior, Knutsford Nether, and Knutsford Inferior.

In 1741 an Act of Parliament was obtained for it to become a distinct parish.The church  was built between 1741 and 1744 at a cost of £4,000, the architect being J. Garlive. In 1879 an apsidal chancel was replaced by a flat one by Alfred Darbyshire.

Resources[edit | edit source]

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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

Knutsford 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]

  • Knutsford, St. Vincent de Paul (Roman Catholic), Tatton Street. Founded 1866 in Queen Street, the present church was Built in 1927. Registers of baptisms 1861–1960, marriages 1869–1949 and burials 1866–1961 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Knutsford, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Princess Street. Founded 1797, Built in 1865. Registers 1801–1942 are at the Cheshire Record Office. Knutsford- Wesleyan, Princess Street
    Baptisms-1801-1837- MFPR 295.
    Baptisms Transcript-1837-1942- MFPR 340
    Marriages Transcript-1869-1918- MFPR 340 The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
    Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.ukThe Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)
  • Knutsford, Unitarian Chapel, Brook Street. Built in 1688. Registers of births/baptisms 1827–72, marriages 1840–72 and burials 1827–72 are at the Cheshire Record Office. Knutsford- Brook Street Unitarian
    Baptisms-1792-1836- MFPR 295.
    Baptisms Transcript-1827-1969- MFPR 340
    Birth Index-1791-1826- MFPR 340
    Burial Index-1792-1821- MFPR 340
    Burials-1792-1836- MFPR 295.
    Burials Transcript-1827-1969- MFPR 340
    Marriages Transcript-1840-1950- MFPR 340 The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
    Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)
    • Knutsford, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Brook Street. Built in 1806, closed in 1938. Records of baptisms, marriages and burials 1904–1937 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

Non-Conformist Records:

Church records, 1861-1961  Catholic Church. St. Vincent de Paul (Knutsford, Cheshire)  Microfilm copy of original filmed at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England. Most records contain Latin. Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 24/5248/1-5, 7-9.

Other Content FHL Film
Births and baptisms, 1861-1960 Marriages, 1869-1949 Burials, 1866-1961 VAULT BRITISH 2068191 Items 3-10


Church records, 1801-1837 Knutsford Chapel (Cheshire : Wesleyan)  Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, London Births and baptisms of Knutsford and Mobberley, Wesleyan Church, 1801- 1837.
RG-4 series no. 183.

Other Content FHL Film
Church records BRITISH 20048 Item 1

Church records, 1806-1837 Swinton Square Chapel (Knutsford, Cheshire : Independent)Knowles Green Chapel (Mobberley, Cheshire : Independent) Notes Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, London.

Other Content FHL Film
Baptisms and births, 1806-1837. Includes records of Knowles Green Chapel, Mobberley. Another filming, 1991. BRITISH 1736978 Item 2

Church records, 1827-1969  Dissenters Chapel (Brook Street, Knutsford) Notes Microfilm of original records at the County Record Office, Worcester.

Other Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1827-1969. Church records BRITISH 886623 Item 1

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]
  • Altrincham (1895–98)
  • Bucklow (1898–1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974–98)
  • Cheshire East (post 1998)

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]

Knutsford on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 22 March 2013