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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 After 1837 they were superseded by [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]].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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==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 After 1837 they were superseded by [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]].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.
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===Church of England===
 
[[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>]]  
 
[[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>]]  
  
=== Church of England ===
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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!
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To view Lancashire's parishes and/or chapelries, click on the links below for the desired parish or chapelry.
  
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
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#[[Lancashire Parishes|The Parishes(A-Z)]]
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#[[Lancashire Chapelries|The Chapelries(A-Z)]]
  
n registers. On average each parish had 8, but Manchester had 150!
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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. '''
  
To view Lancashire's parishes and/or chapelries, click on the links below for the desired parish or chapelry.  
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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.
  
#[[Lancashire Parishes|The Parishes(A-Z)]]
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====IGI and Extracted Records====
#[[Lancashire Chapelries|The Chapelries(A-Z)]]
 
  
==== Online records ====
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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>
  
*[http://familysearch.org FamilySearch] has transcribed over 21 million Lancashire CMB entries; see also these 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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====Marriage Licences====
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Search/indexp.html 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
 
*[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.
 
*Ancestry ($) has indexes (12.6 million) and images of the nearly all Lancashire Church of England parish records; also see their 2.4. million R. Catholic index for Liverpool. 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]
 
*FindMyPast has records for Manchester (2.6 million). 
 
*FreeReg.org.uk has some records for Lancashire. 
 
*[http://www.burialrecords.manchester.gov.uk/ Manchester burials online]
 
  
==== IGI and Extracted Records ====
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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}}.
*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>
 
*[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=2575 Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911] (£). 850,138 entries.
 
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2577 Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986] (£). 441,009 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.  
 
Other Sources
 
  
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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}}.
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==== Marriage Licences ====
 
  
*'''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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====Offline 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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*[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.
  
=== Catholic Records ===
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===Catholic Records===
  
 
Recusant rolls:  
 
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 {{FSbook|983467}} - free.
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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].
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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.
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===Nonconformist Records===
  
*[http://www.mlfhs.org.uk/data/catholic_search.php Manchester Roman Catholic Registers transcripts]  
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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
*[http://www.liverpoolhistoryprojects.co.uk/Liverpool Roman Catholic marriages, baptisms and burials]
 
  
=== Nonconformist Records ===
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==For Further Reading==
  
== For Further Reading ==
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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>
  
*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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==References==
  
== References ==
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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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