Stockport, Cheshire Genealogy
Guide to Stockport, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Stockport St Mary's
|Poor Law Union||Stockport|
|Parish registers: 1584|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1605|
|Diocese||Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester|
|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]
STOCKPORT (St. Mary), a newly-enfranchised borough, a market-town, and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester; comprising the chapelries of Distley, Dukinfield, Hyde, Marple, Norbury, and Romiley, and the townships of Bramhall, Bredbury, Brinnington, Etchells, Offerton, Stockport, Torkington, and Werneth. The town derived its name Stokeport, or Stockport.
St Mary's church was mainly re-built in 1817. St Peter's district church was built in 1768. The church dedicated to St Thomas was erected in 1825. A church district, called St Matthew, was formed in 1844. An Independent chapel was built in 1866, for Baptists, Wesleyans, the New Connexion of Methodists, the Society of Friends, Primitive and Warrenite Methodists, Unitarians, and the Roman Catholic chapel was built in 1862.
The parish is ecclesiastically cut into the sections of Stockport-St. Mary, Stockport-St. Thomas, Stockport-St. Peter, Bredbury, Disley, Dukinfield, Dukinfield-St. Mark, Dukinfield-St. Matthew, Castle-Hall, High-Lane, Hyde, Hyde-St. Thomas, Marple, Norbury, Portwood, Romiley, Werneth, and Moor. 
See: Stockport St Alban, Stockport St Augustine, Stockport (Brinksway) St Augustine, Stockport St George, Stockport St Mark, Stockport St Mary, Stockport St Matthew, Stockport St Peter, Stockport St Saviour, Stockport St Thomas, and Stockton Heath.
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]
Stockport St Mary the Virgin registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)|
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|FMP = FindMyPast|
|NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)|
|TGEN = TheGenealogist - (£)|
|Stockport St Mary the Virgin Parish (1584) Online Records|
Bramhall registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|BRAMHALL Chapel Online Records|
Stockport Portwood St Paul registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|STOCKPORT PORTWOOD ST PAUL Online Records|
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.
Parish registers of St. Mary's Church, Stockport, 1584-1901 Cheshire Record Office call no.: P14/1/2-11, P14/2/1-8, P14/3435/2/1-4, P14/4616/1, P14/3435/1, P14/3/1-17, P14/3435/3/1-24, P14/4616/2-3, P14/4/1-5, P14/3790/1-2, P14/4649/1-6, P14/5/1-8, P14/3435/4/1-2.
|Parish Registers: St. Mary's Church, Stockport||Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1584-1629.
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|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1629-1673.
||2145836 Items 3 - 4|
|Baptisms, burials, 1673-Aug. 1770; marriages, 1673-Mar. 1754.
|Baptisms, burials, June 1770-1791. Baptisms, 1792-Sep. 1817.
|Baptisms, Sep. 1817-Mar. 1835.
|Baptisms, Mar. 1835-June 1877.
|Baptisms, June 1877-Feb. 1890.
||2146002 Items 1 - 2|
|Marriages and banns, Apr. 1754-Sep. 1768.
||2146002 Item 4|
|Marriages and banns, Sep. 1768-Oct. 1776. Marriages, Oct. 1776-Oct. 1800.
|Marriages, Oct. 1800-Feb. 1819.
|Marriages, Feb. 1819-Nov. 1837.
|Marriages, Nov. 1837-July 1846.
|Marriages, July 1846-Oct. 1853.
|Marriages, Oct. 1853-Oct. 1860.
|Marriages, Oct. 1860-Nov. 1868.
|Marriages, Nov. 1868-June 1878.
|Marriages, June 1878-July 1892. Marriage banns, Oct. 1788-June 1793; baptisms, 1847-1849.
|Marriage banns, July 1809-May 1812, Feb. 1816-Nov. 1819 (draft registers). Marriage banns, Jan. 1830-Feb. 1835; Oct. 1887-Nov. 1915.
|Marriage banns, Sep. 1928-Feb. 1955, Feb. 1835-July 1852. Burials, 1792-Dec. 1802.
|Burials, Nov. 1802-Nov. 1830.
|Burials, Oct. 1830-Dec. 1859.
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Bishop's transcripts for Stockport, 1605-1844 Microfilm of manuscripts in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England.
Records are not in strict chronological order. Some years are missing
|Bishops Transcripts: Stockport||Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1605-1682
||1751851 Item 1|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1812-1815, baptisms, marriages, 1816.
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|Burials, 1816 Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1816-1819
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1819-1822
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1822-1824
|Burials, 1824 Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1825-1827
|Burials, 1827 Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1828-1830
|Burials, 1830 Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1831-1833
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1837, 1839-1840 Baptisms, 1841-1844
Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
- 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images (coverage may vary)
- 1600s-1910 Cheshire Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Registers (Baptism) 17th Century-1910 at FindMyPast ($); index and images (dates may vary by parish)
- 1600s-1910 Cheshire Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Registers (Burials) 17th Century-1910 at FindMyPast ($); index and images (dates may vary by parish)
Stockport has numerous churches and chapels. The principal faiths include:
Stockport, Our Lady and the Apostles (Roman Catholic), Edgeley Road. Founded 1799, rebuilt in 1905.
Stockport, St. Joseph (Roman Catholic), Tatton Street. Founded 1851, the present church was Built in 1862. Registers of baptisms 1862–1912, marriages 1863–1934 and burials 1862–1905 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
Stockport, St. Michael (Roman Catholic). Registers of baptisms 1851–1895, marriages 1856–1882 and burials 1863–1866 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
Stockport, St. Ambrose (Roman Catholic), Adswood Road. Founded 1939.
Stockport, Friends' Meeting House (Quakers), Lower Hillgate. Built in 1705.
Stockport, United Reform Church (Hanover Chapel) (Independent/Congregational). Records of baptisms 1816–1961 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
The following non-Church of England denominations were located somewhere in Stockport, but the exact parish has not been identified:
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Methodist New Connexion
Society of Friends/Quaker
Non-Conformist Church Records:
Baptisms 1797-1837 at Mount Tabor New Connexion Methodist Church, Stockport, Cheshire, U.K.
|Stockport Mt. Tabor Methodist baptisms||Film|
|Baptisms 1797-1837 at Mount Tabor New Connexion Methodist Church, Stockport, Cheshire, U.K.
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6395292|
Baptisms at Methodist Church, Hazel Grove, Stockport 1794-1879
|Baptisms, 1794-1879 (2 fiche)
||British B2 Access Services 6359349|
Wellington Road Congregational Church, Stockport, 1789-1980
|Wellington Road Congregational Church, Stockport||Film|
|Item 4 Baptisms 1851-1980 Item 5 Marriages 1870-1940 Item 6 Church roll 1789-1832
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|Church roll 1887-1904
||1655520 Item 1|
High St. Unitarian Stockport, county of Cheshire, U.K.
|Registers of High St. Unitarian Stockport||Film|
|Burials 1785-1837, Stockport (gap Feb. 1799-Jul. 1811)
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6395304|
Registers of Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel, Stockport, County of Cheshire
|Registers of Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel, Stockport||Film|
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6200580 |
Church records for High Street Presbyterian Chapel, 1761-1798
|Church records for High Street Presbyterian Chapel||Film|
|Births, baptisms and burials, 1761-1837.
||20050 Items 2-7|
Church records for the Morley Society of Friends monthly meetings, 1677-1831 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: EFC 1/1-3; EFC 1/10/1-3.
|Church records for the Morley Society of Friends||Film|
|Minutes of men's meetings, including intentions and completions of marriages, 1677-1722 (includes Stockport, Macclesfield, and Eaton).
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|Minutes of men's meetings, including intentions and completions of marriages, 1722-1831 (includes Stockport, Macclesfield, and Eaton) (includes removals, admittances to membership and an index). Minutes of women's meetings, including intentions and completions of marriages and disbursements to the poor, 1703-1730.
|Minutes of women's meetings, including intentions and completions of marriages, 1730-1804.
||2299642 Items 1 - 2|
Church records for the Stockport Society of Friends preparative meetings, 1694-1910 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: EFC 12/5010/8-9.
|Church records for the Stockport Society of Friends||Film|
|Burials, 1862-1870. Membership, 1859-1881, 1902, 1910.
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|Minutes of mens' meetings, 1694-1803 (includes births, marriages, and deaths).
||2299642 Items 12 - 14|
Church records, 1709-1837 New Chapel Hillgate Stockport, Independent Church Gate Chapel
|Church records New Chapel Hillgate Stockport, Independent Church Gate Chapel||Film|
|Windmill Room, Edward St., 1818-1837 and the Church Gate Chapel or Orchard St., 1788-1837
||20050 Items 8-13|
Church records, 1812-1837 Caroline Street Chapel Staleybridge, Wesleyan RG-4 series nos. 545, 546, 547.
|Church records Caroline Street Chapel Staleybridge, Wesleyan||Film|
|Births, baptisms and burials at Caroline Street Chapel, parish of Dukinfield, 1812-1837.
||20051 Items 5-7|
Church records, 1816-1958 Congregational Church Cheshire Record Office no.: EUC 3151/56/1-2
|Church records Congregational Church||Film|
||1736979 Items 3-4|
Church records, 1831-1837 Ebenezer Chapel Stockport Primitive Methodist
|Church records Ebenezer Chapel Stockport Primitive Methodist||Film|
|Births and baptisms, 1831-1837.
||20050 Item 1|
Church records, 1840-1908 Society of Friends. Cheshire Monthly Meeting Cheshire Record Office call no.: EFC 12/5010/5-6.
|Church records: Society of Friends Cheshire||Film|
|Monthly Meeting Birth notes, 1840-1853, 1892-1908
||2000040 Items 4-5|
Church records, 1851-1895 Catholic Church. St. Michael's Stockport Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 17/5187/1-6.
|Church records: Catholic Church. St. Michael's Stockport||Film|
|Baptisms, 1851-1895 Marriages, 1856-1882 (From 1868 to 1882 marriages are for St. Joseph's Church only.) Burials, 1863-1866
||2068254 Items 3-8|
|Burials, 1866 (from 30 Jan.)
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Church records, 1862-1934 Catholic Church. St. Joseph's Stockport Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 16/5186/1-2, 4-10.
|Church records: Catholic Church. St. Joseph's Stockport||Film|
||2068242 Items 3-5|
|Baptisms, 1898-1912 Marriages, 1863-1868, 1889-1934 (Marriages for 1868-1882 are in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Stockport.) Burials, 1862-1864
||2068254 Items 1-2|
Church roll for Hanover Congregational Chapel, Stockport, 1847-1893 Microfilm copy of original records in the Stockport Central Library, Stockport, Cheshire, England.
|Church roll for Hanover Congregational Chapel, Stockport||Film|
|Item 2 1847-1879 Item 3 1871-1893
||1655520 Items 2-3|
Hanover Congregational Chapel, Stockport, burials 3 January 1855 to 18 December 1928
|An alphabetical list of burials, 1859-1928 recorded in the registers of Stockport, Hanover Congregational Chapel, county of Cheshire||Film|
|Hanover Congregational Chapel, Stockport burials 3 January 1855 to 18 December 1928
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6395291 |
Hillgate Tabernacle Independent Stockport, Cheshire, baptisms 28 Nov 1801-6 Nov 1836
|Hillgate Tabernacle Independent Stockport||Film|
|Hilgate Tabernacle (Independent) Stockport baptisms 28 Nov 1801 - 6 Nov 1836
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6395302 |
Monumental inscriptions for Hanover Hill Congregational Chapel, Stockport, 1800's Microfilm copy of original records in the Stockport Central Library, Cheshire, England.
|Hanover Hill Congregational Chapel, Stockport||Film|
|Monumental inscriptions for Hanover Hill Congregational Chapel, Stockport, 1800's
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Monumental inscriptions for Hillgate Unitarian Chapel and Old Mount Tabor Chapel, Stockport, 1750-1850 Microfilm copy of original records in the Stockport Central Library, Cheshire, England.
|Hillgate Unitarian Chapel and Old Mount Tabor Chapel, Stockport||Film|
|Pages 23-34 Hillgate Unitarian inscriptions 1750-1850 Pages 35-63 Mount Tabor inscriptions 1799-1850
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Monumental inscriptions for Tiviot Dale Methodist Church,Stockport, 1826-1878 Microfilm copy of original records in the Stockport Central Library, Cheshire, England.
|Tiviot Dale Methodist Church,Stockport||Film|
|Monumental inscriptions for Tiviot Dale Methodist Church,Stockport, 1826-1878
||1655521 Item 9|
New Chapel Independent Church, Stockport, county of Chester burials 1785-1837
|New Chapel Independent Church, Stockport||Film|
|Burials 1785-1837 (2 fiches)
||Granite Mountain Record Vault British 6212724 |
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stockport Branch Record of members, 1839-1913 Microfilm of original records in the Church Archives, Salt Lake City.
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Stockport Branch||Film|
|Record of members, 1839-1913
||87034 Items 10-11|
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cross Moor Branch Record of members, 1842-1857 Microfilm of original records in the Church Archives, Salt Lake City.
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cross Moor Branch||Film|
|Record of members, 1842-1857
||86993 Item 5|
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Manchester District Record of members, 1876-1931 Microfilm of original records in the Church Archives, Salt Lake City.
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Manchester District||Film|
|Record of members 1893-1902
||87017 Item 11|
|Record of members 1893-1902
||87017 Items 14-15|
|Stockport Branch (with index) 1888-1910 Hanley Branch (with index) 1904-1911 Swinton Branch (with index) 1876-1914 Ratcliffe Branch 1902-1909 Heywood Branch (with index) 1886-1912 Manchester Branch (with index) 1876-1926 Manchester District (with index) 1909-1926 Bury Branch (with index) 1900-1930 Bolton Branch (with index 1884-1928 Leigh Branch (with index) 1881-1919 Chisworth Branch 1882-1912
||205633 Item 2|
|Conference Mission (with index) 1876-1931
||205633 Item 3|
St. Michael Stockport (Roman Catholic church) county of Cheshire, U.K. : burials 1863-1866
|St. Michael Stockport Roman Catholic church||Film|
|Burials 1863-1866 (1 fiche)
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6212725 |
Stockport Methodist [burials], Mt. Tabor 1798-1832, Bethesda 1833-47
|Stockport Methodist, Mt. Tabo r& Bethesda||Film|
|Stockport Methodist [burials], Mt. Tabor 1798-1832, Bethesda 1833-47
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6395288|
Stockport, Bethesday Independent Methodist Church : baptisms 1797-1903 & burials 1833-1847
|Stockport, Bethesday Independent Methodist Church||Film|
|Stockport Bethesday Independent Methodist Church
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6395287|
Tabernacle Independent Chapel, Stockport, county of Cheshire, burials 15 Nov 1807 to 27 Dec 1836
|Tabernacle Independent Chapel, Stockport||Film|
|Burials 15 Nov 1807 to 27 Dec 1836
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6395301 |
Tiviot-Dale Methodist Church Stockport burials 1826-1943
|Tiviot-Dale Methodist Church Stockport||Film|
|Tiviot Dale Chapel burials 1826 to 1943
||Granite Mountain Record Vault 6395303|
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]
Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]
- For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: www.workhouses.org.uk and Stockport
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.
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]
Stockport on GENUKI
References[edit | edit source]
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1870-72) Adapted 9 April 2013
- John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 9 April 2013
- 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.
- 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage', Find My Past, accessed 15 October 2013.
- 'Parish Records - Cheshire Coverage - (Fee)', The Genealogist, accessed 27 September 2013.