Upton in Overchurch, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Upton in Overchurch, Cheshire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Broxton
County Cheshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Macclesfield
Registration District Great Boughton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1853
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Wirral
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]

UPTON, is a village and a parish in Wirral district, Cheshire. The village stands 4 miles West of Birkenhead railway station; and has a post-office under Birkenhead. The parish is sometimes called Overchurch.[1]

Upton (Overchurch), St. Mary is the ancient parish church for Upton by Birkenhead in the Wirral Hundred of Cheshire.

Upton was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Optone and was written as being in the possession of William Malbank. Upton was the primary economic centre of northern Wirral until the industrial development of Birkenhead during the mid-19th century.

Upton was a township and parish in the Wirral Hundred, which included the nearby hamlet of Overchurch.

There is evidence of a church building at Overchurch from about 600 AD. A Runic Stone was discovered at Overchurch dating between 700-900 AD. The stone invited people to 'pray for Aethelmund'.

There followed a Norman church which was damaged by storms and destroyed by a fire in 1813.

A small chapel existed on Greenbank for a few years before the accelerating growth of population prompted the need for a larger church building.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

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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

Upton in Overchurch Online Parish Records
Collections
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes and images
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Indexes and images
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Indexes and images
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FamilySearch Collections-Cheshire
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Parish Registers-Cheshire
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
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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
Find My Past-Cheshire ($)
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Ancestry-Church of England BMD-Cheshire ($)
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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1800s-1900s
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Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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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)
  • Upton, St. Joseph (Roman Catholic). Founded 1863.
  • Upton, Presbyterian Church, Ford Road. Built in 1898.

Non-Conformist Records:

Church records of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Upton, 1914-1940 Microfilm copy of originals at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England. Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 28/5473/1. Mostly Latin.

Baptisms, 1914-1940. VAULT BRITISH Film 2197776 Item 2

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]
  • Wirral (1837–1937)

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

  • Wirral

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]

Upton in Overchurch (see upton by Birkenhead) on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 16 April 2013


Bibliography[edit | edit source]

"Set upon a hill- The story of St.Mary's Church and Parish, Upton, Wirral" by Robert Pullen and Kenneth Burnley. Eaton Press Ltd, Wallasey, Wirral.