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[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire Parishes]]
Guide to '''Atherton, Lancashire family history and genealogy.''' Parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites. [[Image:StJohn Atherton Lancashire.jpg|thumb|right|StJohn Atherton Lancashire.jpg]]
== Chapelry History ==
Atherton St John the Baptist is a chapelry&nbsp;created in 1722 from, and lying within the boundaries of&nbsp;the ancient parish of [[Leigh, Lancashire]]. <br><br>For an excellent 19th Century historical perspective, see Samuel A. Lewis' ''Topographical Dictionary of England ''about this chapelry''.''
There were places of worship for Unitarians and Baptists.<ref>''[[A Topographical Dictionary of England]]'' by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 108-112. URL: Date accessed: 25 June 2010</ref>
== Resources ==
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]]<br>
==== Lancashire Online Parish Clerks ====
An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes<br>
==== Church records ====
==== Census records ====
{{British Census|306901}}
==== Poor Law Unions ====
[[Leigh, Lancashire Poor Law Union]]<br>
==== Probate records<br> ====
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Lancashire Probate Records|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<br> ==
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.<br>
*[ England Jurisdictions 1851]
== Web sites ==
{{expand section|any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.}}
== References =={{Reflist}}
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