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''[[England Genealogy|England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire Genealogy|Lancashire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire_Church_Records|Church Records]]''
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==Introduction==
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Before 1837 [[England Church Records|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 After 1837 they were superseded by [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]].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.
  
=== Church of England ===
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===Church of England===
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[[Image:Early morning view across the Lune valley, from near Crook of Lune - geograph.org.uk - 632931.jpg|right|350x250px|thumb|<center>Early morning view across the Lune valley, from near Crook of Lune<center>]]
  
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 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 own registers. On average each parish had 8, but Manchester had about 160!
 
 
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.
 
  
 
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)]]  
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#[[Lancashire Parishes|The Parishes(A-Z)]]
 
#[[Lancashire Chapelries|The Chapelries(A-Z)]]
 
#[[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====
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'''Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.com, and MyHeritage.com can be searched free of charge at your local [https://familysearch.org/locations/ family history center] or the [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library Family History Library] in Salt Lake City, Utah. '''
  
==== Marriage Licences  ====
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*[http://familysearch.org FamilySearch] - millions of parish records and cemetery records from Lancashire. See these collections of 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]], {{RecordSearch|3154704|England, Cumbria Parish Registers, 1538-1990}}
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*[https://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) - 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. See Ancestry's [https://search.ancestry.com/Places/UK/England/Lancashire/Default.aspx?category=34 Lancashire page].
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*[https://www.findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] has church records for Manchester
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*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Search/indexp.html Lancashire Online Parish Clerks (OPC)] - a volunter-run project that aims to to transcribe church records in Lancashire. Indexes and transcripts only, no images. Their site has 9.5 million records as of July 2018.
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*[https://www.freereg.org.uk/ FreeReg] is another volunteer-run project that provides transcriptions of church records, with no images. They have 1.9 million records from Lancashire as of July 2018.
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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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*[http://www.burialrecords.manchester.gov.uk/ Manchester burials online]
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*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=ara190_MarriageBondsZLancaster&affpid=1022 Lancashire Marriage Bonds 1648 - 1710]Index Incomplete.
  
*'''1648-1755''' - ''Marriage Bonds for the Deaneries of Lonsdale, Kendal, Furness and Copel: Part of the Archdeaconry of Richmond, Now Preserved at Lancaster (Preston).'' 7 vols. {{FHL|386960|item|disp=FHL Books 942.7 B4Lc v. 74, 75, 80, 81, 83, 100, 115}}. Digitised volumes: {{FSbook|2062352|disp=1734-1738}} | {{FSbook|2105997|disp=1746-1755}}.
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====IGI and Extracted Records====
  
*'''1668-1762''' - ''Diocese of Carlisle, Marriage Licence/Bonds.'' 3 vols. {{FHL|817719|item|disp=FHL Books 942 K29c v. 1-3}}.
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*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>
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*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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*Burials from 12 Lancashire places (134,942 entries) are included in the [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records National Burial Index] (£). [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/national-burial-index-coverage-counties.action?countyCode=LAN Coverage].<ref>[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/national-burial-index-coverage-counties.action 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage'], ''Find My Past,'' 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.'' [https://web.archive.org/web/20150607193600/http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ Coverage].<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20150607193600/http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'Genoot Library - British Isles Vital Record Index Breakdown,'] ''Genoot,'' accessed 1 September 2013.</ref>
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*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.'' [https://web.archive.org/web/20150607193600/http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ Coverage].<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20150607193600/http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'Genoot Library - British Isles Vital Record Index Breakdown,'] ''Genoot,'' accessed 1 September 2013.</ref>
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====Marriage Licences====
  
{{Tip|See also [[Yorkshire_Church_Records#Marriage_Licences|Yorkshire Marriage Licences]].}}
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*'''1648-1755''' - ''Marriage Bonds for the Deaneries of Lonsdale, Kendal, Furness and Copel: Part of the Archdeaconry of Richmond, Now Preserved at Lancaster (Preston).'' 7 vols. {{FHL|386960|item|disp=FHL Books 942.7 B4Lc v. 74, 75, 80, 81, 83, 100, 115}}.
  
=== Useful Resources  ===
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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}}.
  
1. Samuel A. Lewis [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=445 ''Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales'']. London 1848&nbsp; (FHL&nbsp;book 942 E5Le)
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====Offline records====
  
2.''{{FHL|270013|title-id|disp=The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales.}}'' Dublin Ireland&nbsp;: A. Fullarton, 1846 (FHL 942 E5ful 12 vols). This topographical dictionary provides one of the most&nbsp;accurate historic views of parishes and their chapelries in this most complex of all England counties.  
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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.
  
3.''&nbsp;''Youngs, Frederic A., Jr.''Guide to the Local Administrative Units. ''London, England: Royal Historical Society, 1979, 1991. (FHL 942 C4rg no. 10, 17.) This guide&nbsp;identifies Church of England ecclesiastical jurisdictions and gives an outline history of changes and the creations of the parishes and their chapels--often called chapelries.
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===Catholic Records===
  
4. [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp ''Imperial Gazetteer of England &amp; Wales.''] 1868-1870 FHL.
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Recusant rolls:  
  
5. [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch Catalog]. This catalog provides evidence of those parishes and their associated chapelry registers and years pertaining thereto.  
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*'''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 [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/535891-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-vol-12?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library].
  
6. Raymond, Stuart A. ''Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography'', vol. 2. ''Registers, inscriptions and wills.'' Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.<br>
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*The Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society ([http://www.mlfhs.org.uk/data/catholic_search.php MLFHS]) have made transcriptions of Catholic records from Manchester. Basic information is free online, the full details can only be viewed on CDs that must be ordered.
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*[http://www.liverpoolhistoryprojects.co.uk/ Liverpool History Projects]has over 200,000 Catholic church records from Liverpool.
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*Ancestry ($) has about 2.4 million Catholic church records from Liverpool.
  
=== Catholic Records ===
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===Nonconformist Records===
  
Recusant rolls:  
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*'''1647-1996''' - {{RecordSearch|3656808|England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, some images
  
*'''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 {{FSbook|983467}} - free.
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==For Further Reading==
  
=== Nonconformist Records  ===
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*Raymond, Stuart A. ''Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography'', vol. 2. ''Registers, inscriptions and wills.'' Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.<br>
  
=== Useful Links  ===
 
  
*[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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==References==
*[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}}: 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>
 
*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>
 
*Burials from 12 Lancashire places (134,942 entries) are included in the [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records National Burial Index] (£). [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/national-burial-index-coverage-counties.action?countyCode=LAN Coverage].<ref>[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/national-burial-index-coverage-counties.action 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage'], ''Find My Past,'' 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>
 
  
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Introduction[edit | edit source]

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

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 own registers. On average each parish had 8, but Manchester had about 160!

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]

Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.com, and MyHeritage.com can be searched free of charge at your local family history center or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

IGI and Extracted Records[edit | edit source]

Marriage Licences[edit | edit source]

Offline records[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

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.
  • The Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS) have made transcriptions of Catholic records from Manchester. Basic information is free online, the full details can only be viewed on CDs that must be ordered.
  • Liverpool History Projectshas over 200,000 Catholic church records from Liverpool.
  • Ancestry ($) has about 2.4 million Catholic church records from Liverpool.

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.

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