Littledale, Lancashire Genealogy

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

Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

LITTLEDALE, a chapelry, in the parochial chapelry of Caton, and in the parish of Lancaster St Mary, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 6 miles (E. by N.) from Lancaster. Littledale comprehends one-fourth of the township of Caton. In 1752, the inhabitants of Littledale, owing to their distance from Caton St Paul's Chapel, built and endowed a chapel here, which is dedicated to St. Anne under Caton.[1]

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.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Online Records 

Some online transcriptions exist for Littledale St Anne's Chapelry, also for the parochial chapelry of Caton and as well as for the ancient parish of Lancaster (Cathedral) St Mary--to which they were attached. Links to online baptisms, marriages and burials registers are displayed below and located at the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years: 

LOPCLancashire Online Parish Clerk
FMP =  FMP = findmypast
LBMDLancashire BMD
AC =


LITTLEDALE ST Chapelry (1873) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LBMD None 1850-1980 None
CATON ST PAUL Chapelry (1551) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1551-1844 1853-1899 1819-1828
LBMD 1837-1980
BLEASDALE Chapelry - which see also
FS 1779-1885 None
LOPC 1779-1982 1849-1976 1781-1900
LBMD 1849-1976
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1599-1886 1599-1812  None
LOPC 1749-1900 1599-1900 1749-1881
FMP  None 1539-1837 None
LBMD None 1837-1998 None 
AC 1559-1748 1559-1748 1559-1748

To view a full list of all the chapelries and district churches in the ancient parish of Lancaster and their respective links to online transcriptions of their baptisms, marriages and burials, be sure to visit the LANCASTER ST MARY (CATHEDRAL) page.

Original Records

Church registers are housed at the Preston Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, UK. These original registers also have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. See their online catalog for microfilm details.

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.

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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Websites[edit | edit source]


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 101-104. Adapted. Date accessed: 02 October 2012.