Smallwood, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Smallwood, Cheshire
St John the Baptist, Smallwood Cheshire.jpg
St John the Baptist, Smallwood Cheshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Northwich
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Congleton
Registration District Congleton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1857
Bishop's Transcripts: 1857
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Middlewich
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]

SMALLWOOD, is a township, in the parish of Astbury, union of Congleton, hundred of Northwich, the Southern division of the county of Chester, it is three miles E by S from Sandbach. A church was erected in 1845.[1]

Smallwood is a civil parish and small village in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The village is situated approximately three miles east of Sandbach and 3 miles south west of Congleton.

Other closely associated chapelries to Smallwood and also lying within Astbury ancient parish included the chapelries of Congleton St James, Congleton St Peter and Congleton St Stephen, Cheshire Genealogy|Congleton St Stephen, Mossley Holy Trinity, Buglawton, Rode and Somerford, Cheshire Genealogy|Somerford]]; together with several places of worship for dissenters, in the parish.[2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. 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]

Smallwood St John the Baptist parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's =FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Smallwood St John the Baptist Parish (1848) Online Records


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FS BT'S 1851-1876

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Smallwood Bishops Transcripts: Cheshire Record Office: EDB 187

Bishop's transcripts for Smallwood, 1857-1876 Film
Burials, 1857-1870, baptisms, 1860-1869, baptisms, burials, 1870-1871, baptisms, 1872-1873, burials, 1872-1873, baptisms, 1874-1876, burials, 1874-1876.
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Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

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]
  • Congleton (1837-1937)
  • Crewe (1937-74)
  • Congleton & Crewe (1974-1988)
  • South Cheshire (1988-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Congleton Poor Law Union, Cheshire

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]

Smallwood on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1871-72). Date Accessed: 7 April 2013
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 100-104. Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2013.

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.