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}}Before 1837 church records are the main source for genealogical research in Lancashire. They typically record baptisms, marriages and burials. After 1837 they were superseded by [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]. However they remain useful post-1837 for determining which religions your ancestors belonged to and due to the costs for accessing civil registration records.
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== Church of England ==
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=== Church of England ===
 
=== Church of England ===
  
Lancashire was comprised of&nbsp;at least 75 ancient parishes, but well over 400&nbsp;extant chapels&nbsp;(chapelries) and district churches&nbsp;prior to 1851. As&nbsp;all authoritative treatises on Lancashire civil parishes differ somewhat--some much more than others--in their facts which indicate&nbsp;the&nbsp;extant&nbsp;township chapelries, several key reference publications have been used here to compile as thorough and comprehensive a list of Lancashire parishes and all associated chapelries as may be possible.
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Lancashire was comprised of&nbsp;at least 75 ancient parishes, but well over 400&nbsp;extant chapels&nbsp;(chapelries) and district churches&nbsp;prior to 1851. It is very important to note that each parish had many chapels with their ow
  
Here is as standard a list as can be identified, of all Lancashire parishes and their chapels of ease, and the&nbsp;township chapelries within their boundaries. Also included next to each parish and chapelry&nbsp;are&nbsp;the ecclesiastical&nbsp;courts which&nbsp;held&nbsp;(pre-1858)&nbsp;jurisdiction over them. These jurisdictions held authoritative&nbsp;oversight and&nbsp;kept additional records&nbsp;for such&nbsp;events&nbsp;as issuing marriage licences,&nbsp;oversight in ecclesiastical (church) court proceedings, probate and in other important records.
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n registers. On average each parish had 8, but Manchester had 150!
  
 
To view Lancashire's parishes and/or chapelries, click on the links below for the desired parish or chapelry.  
 
To view Lancashire's parishes and/or chapelries, click on the links below for the desired parish or chapelry.  
  
 
#[[Lancashire Parishes|The Parishes(A-Z)]]  
 
#[[Lancashire Parishes|The Parishes(A-Z)]]  
#[[Lancashire Chapelries|The Chapelries(A-Z)]]
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#[[Lancashire Chapelries|The Chapelries(A-Z)]]  
  
To help you determine whether a Lancashire place is an ancient parish or a chapelry, or, in which ancient parish a chapelry is in, or which chapelries are found within the boundary of an ancient parish, use two or more&nbsp;of the&nbsp;excellent&nbsp;topographical guides listed in the next section ("Source Citations").
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==== Online records ====
  
==== Parish and Chapelry Registers ====
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*[http://familysearch.org FamilySearch] has several collections of Lancashire records: [[England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oldham Cemetery Registers]], [[England, Lancashire, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Lancashire Parish Registers]] and [[England, Manchester, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Manchester Parish Registers]]
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*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/ Lancashire Online Parish Clerks (OPCs)] .  Indexes and transcripts only, no images. This site has transcribed over 9.3 million baptism, marriage, burial and banns entries for the county as of April 2018 . Search&nbsp;by parish or the whole county
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*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/lprs/ Lancashire Parish Register Society] transcribes and publishes parish registers for pre-1837 Lancashire. Their published books may be accessed at local public and college libraries and archive institutions worldwide.
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*Ancestry ($) has indexes and images of the nearly all Lancashire Church of England parish records. These are found in many sometimes overlapping collections, arranged by location (Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire) and date. For example, [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2960 Manchester, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915]
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*FindMyPast has records for Manchester. 
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*[http://www.burialrecords.manchester.gov.uk/ Manchester burials online]
  
*[http://familysearch.org FamilySearch] has indexed over 70 percent of its vast Lancashire parish and chapel registers collections. The data from these registers are now&nbsp;accessible online at this time.
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==== IGI and Extracted Records ====
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/ Online Parish Clerks for the County of Lancashire]. &nbsp;This site has transcribed over 6 million baptism, marriage, burial and banns entries for the county, currently. Their aim is to extract and preserve the records from the various parishes and chapels to&nbsp;provide online access to that data free of charge. Searches&nbsp;parish by parish, or,&nbsp;county-wide made by conducted.
 
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/lprs/ Lancashire Parish Register Society] transcribes and publishes parish registers for pre-1837 Lancashire. Their published books may be accessed at local public and college libraries and archive insitutions worldwide.
 
*[http://www.catholic-history.org.uk Catholic History]:&nbsp;England and Wales - 1550-1850
 
*{{RecordSearch|1788853|England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910}} - index and images: provided by ''FamilySearch Historical Record Collection''. To learn more about this record set review the [[England, Manchester Central Library Church of England Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wiki article]].
 
*{{RecordSearch|1482833|England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797-2004}}: provided by FamilySearch Historical Record Collection. To learn more about this record set review the [[England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wiki article]].
 
*[http://lancashirebmd.org.uk/ Lancashire BMDs]&nbsp;- although these are indexes to civil registratrions of births, marriages and deaths, the marriage records mirror precisely the same information and millions of&nbsp;individuals were born prior to 1837 (the year civil registration began), many died post-1837 (see also [http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ FreeBMD]).
 
 
*48% of Lancashire's parishes are indexed in [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records Boyd's Marriage Index] (£). [http://web.archive.org/web/20110108163557/http://www.origins.net/help/aboutbo-bmi-parish-LAN.aspx Coverage]. Popular places to marry included the towns of [[Garstang, Lancashire|Garstang]], [[Kirkham, Lancashire|Kirkham]], [[Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire|Lancaster]], [[Leyland, Lancashire|Leyland]], [[Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire|Manchester]], [[Oldham St Mary, Lancashire|Oldham]], [[Preston St John, Lancashire|Preston]], [[Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire|Rochdale]], [[Standish, Lancashire|Standish]], and [[Wigan All Saints, Lancashire|Wigan]].<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20110108163557/http://www.origins.net/help/aboutbo-bmi-parish-LAN.aspx 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,'] ''British Origins,'' (Wayback Machine) accessed 31 August 2013.</ref>  
 
*48% of Lancashire's parishes are indexed in [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records Boyd's Marriage Index] (£). [http://web.archive.org/web/20110108163557/http://www.origins.net/help/aboutbo-bmi-parish-LAN.aspx Coverage]. Popular places to marry included the towns of [[Garstang, Lancashire|Garstang]], [[Kirkham, Lancashire|Kirkham]], [[Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire|Lancaster]], [[Leyland, Lancashire|Leyland]], [[Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire|Manchester]], [[Oldham St Mary, Lancashire|Oldham]], [[Preston St John, Lancashire|Preston]], [[Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire|Rochdale]], [[Standish, Lancashire|Standish]], and [[Wigan All Saints, Lancashire|Wigan]].<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20110108163557/http://www.origins.net/help/aboutbo-bmi-parish-LAN.aspx 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,'] ''British Origins,'' (Wayback Machine) accessed 31 August 2013.</ref>  
 
*41 Lancashire parishes are indexed in [http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/ Joiner's Marriage Index] (£). [http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/marriage-records/Lancashire/ Coverage].<ref>[http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/marriage-records/ 'Coverage of the Joiner Marriage Index'], ''The Joiner Marriage Index,'' accessed 1 September 2013.</ref>  
 
*41 Lancashire parishes are indexed in [http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/ Joiner's Marriage Index] (£). [http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/marriage-records/Lancashire/ Coverage].<ref>[http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/marriage-records/ 'Coverage of the Joiner Marriage Index'], ''The Joiner Marriage Index,'' accessed 1 September 2013.</ref>  
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*825,657 Lancashire entries are included in [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1351 England &amp; Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906] at Ancestry (£). Formerly known as ''British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed.'' [http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ Coverage].<ref>[http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'Genoot Library - British Isles Vital Record Index Breakdown,'] ''Genoot,'' accessed 1 September 2013.</ref>  
 
*825,657 Lancashire entries are included in [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1351 England &amp; Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906] at Ancestry (£). Formerly known as ''British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed.'' [http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ Coverage].<ref>[http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'Genoot Library - British Isles Vital Record Index Breakdown,'] ''Genoot,'' accessed 1 September 2013.</ref>  
 
*287,538 Lancashire entries are included in [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1352 England &amp; Wales Marriages, 1538-1940] at Ancestry (£). Formerly known as ''British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed.'' [http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ Coverage].<ref>[http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'Genoot Library - British Isles Vital Record Index Breakdown,'] ''Genoot,'' accessed 1 September 2013.</ref>
 
*287,538 Lancashire entries are included in [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1352 England &amp; Wales Marriages, 1538-1940] at Ancestry (£). Formerly known as ''British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed.'' [http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ Coverage].<ref>[http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'Genoot Library - British Isles Vital Record Index Breakdown,'] ''Genoot,'' accessed 1 September 2013.</ref>
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/ Lancashire Online Parish Clerks] Links to extracted data from many of the parishes in Lancashire.
 
 
*[http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/ Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths]&nbsp;8,837,341 births, 4,240,187 marriages, 4,742,130 deaths  
 
*[http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/ Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths]&nbsp;8,837,341 births, 4,240,187 marriages, 4,742,130 deaths  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2478 Lancashire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812] (£). 931,033 entries.  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2478 Lancashire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812] (£). 931,033 entries.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2576 Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936] (£). 645,187 entries.  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2576 Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936] (£). 645,187 entries.  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2578 Lancashire, England, Confirmations, 1856-1922] (£). 3,807 entries.  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2578 Lancashire, England, Confirmations, 1856-1922] (£). 3,807 entries.  
*[http://www.liverpoolhistoryprojects.co.uk/liverpoolrcburials/ Liverpool burials online]
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Other Sources
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Liverpool/index.html Liverpool church register transcripts at Lanc OPC]
 
*{{RecordSearch|1788853|England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2960 Manchester, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915] (£). 1,702,491 entries.
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2962 Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930] (£). 1,437,698 entries.
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2959 Manchester, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1541-1812] (£). 1,186,882 entries.
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2963 Manchester, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985] (£). 917,791 entries.
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2967 Manchester Cathedral, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930] (£). 409,330 entries.
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2964 Manchester Cathedral, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1573-1812] (£). 376,533 entries.
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2965 Manchester Cathedral, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1901] (£). 282,956 entries.
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2968 Manchester Cathedral, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1866] (£). 42,850 entries.
 
*[http://www.burialrecords.manchester.gov.uk/ Manchester burials online]
 
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Manchester/index.html Manchester church register transcripts online at Lanc-OPC]
 
  
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==== Marriage Licences ====
 
==== Marriage Licences ====
  
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*'''1668-1762''' - ''Diocese of Carlisle, Marriage Licence/Bonds.'' 3 vols. {{FHL|817719|item|disp=FHL Books 942 K29c v. 1-3}}.
 
*'''1668-1762''' - ''Diocese of Carlisle, Marriage Licence/Bonds.'' 3 vols. {{FHL|817719|item|disp=FHL Books 942 K29c v. 1-3}}.
 
{{Tip|See also [[Yorkshire_Church_Records#Marriage_Licences|Yorkshire Marriage Licences]].}}
 
  
 
=== Catholic Records ===
 
=== Catholic Records ===
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Revision as of 03:10, 12 April 2018

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Beginning Research
Record Types
Lancashire Background
Local Research Resources

Before 1837 church records are the main source for genealogical research in Lancashire. They typically record baptisms, marriages and burials. After 1837 they were superseded by Civil Registration. However they remain useful post-1837 for determining which religions your ancestors belonged to and due to the costs for accessing civil registration records.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Early morning view across the Lune valley, from near Crook of Lune

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Lancashire was comprised of at least 75 ancient parishes, but well over 400 extant chapels (chapelries) and district churches prior to 1851. It is very important to note that each parish had many chapels with their ow

n registers. On average each parish had 8, but Manchester had 150!

To view Lancashire's parishes and/or chapelries, click on the links below for the desired parish or chapelry.

  1. The Parishes(A-Z)
  2. The Chapelries(A-Z)

Online records[edit | edit source]

IGI and Extracted Records[edit | edit source]

Other Sources

Marriage Licences[edit | edit source]

Catholic Records[edit | edit source]

Recusant rolls:

  • 1628 - Earwaker, J.P. Three Lancashire Subsidy Rolls, viz., for the Hundred of Salford, 1541, the Hundred of Salford, 1622 and the Hundred of Leyland, 1628, Together with a Recusant Roll for the Hundred of Leyland, in 1628. London: Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1885. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library - free.

Nonconformist Records[edit | edit source]

For Further Reading[edit | edit source]

  • Raymond, Stuart A. Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography, vol. 2. Registers, inscriptions and wills. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,' British Origins, (Wayback Machine) accessed 31 August 2013.
  2. 'Coverage of the Joiner Marriage Index', The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 1 September 2013.
  3. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage', Find My Past, accessed 1 September 2013.
  4. 'Genoot Library - British Isles Vital Record Index Breakdown,' Genoot, accessed 1 September 2013.
  5. 'Genoot Library - British Isles Vital Record Index Breakdown,' Genoot, accessed 1 September 2013.