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Guide to Congleton St James, Cheshire family history and genealogy: parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.
CONGLETON, is an incorporated market-town, a chapelry, and the head of a union, in the parish of Astbury, it is locally in the hundred of Northwich, S. division of the county of Chester. The chapel, dedicated to St. Peter. At Congleton Moss, a church was dedicated to the Holy Trinity it was erected in 1845. Two districts or ecclesiastical parishes have been formed under Sir Robert Peel's act: in the one, St. Stephen's district, a chapel has been purchased from the dissenters, in the other, St. James', a church. There are places of worship for Independents, Primitive Methodists, Wesleyans, Unitarians, and Roman Catholics.
In 1847 the district of Astbury contained a population of three thousand four hundred. Under an act known as ‘Sir Robert Peel’s Church Extension Act’, which was designed to make better provision for the spiritual care of populous parishes, the church of St. James was born.
The Church consists of Nave, Side Aisles and Chancel, with a porch at the northern end and a bell-cot surmounting the western end of the Nave roof.
Other closely associated chapelries also lying within Astbury ancient parish included the chapelries of Congleton St Peter and St Stephen's, Mossley Holy Trinity, Buglawton, Rode, Smallwood, and Somerford; together with several places of worship for dissenters, in the parish.
Census records from 1841-1891 are available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241249. To view these census images online, they are available through the following websites for a fee ($) or free:
- FamilySearch has some of the British Censuses available.
- FindMyPast ($) has all available census records including images, and is free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and some public and academic libraries.
- Ancestry.co.uk ($) has now all available census records but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and at numerous public and academic libraries. The library versions are known as AncestryInstitution.com.
- The Genealogist.co.uk ($) has all available censuses and is free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
- FreeCen is a UK census searches. It is not complete and individuals are always asked to consider helping out with transcriptions.
Congleton St James parish 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|
|Congleton St James Parish (1844) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1844-1909
|FS BT'S|| 1886-1894
Parish registers for St. James, Congleton, Cheshire, 1844-1957
An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records(formerly Record Search)
Cheshire Record Office number: P210/1/1-5, 2/1-5, P210/5142/1, P210/5273/1-5.
|Baptisms 1844-1901; Marriages 1849-1894.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
1655831 Items 2 - 6
|Marriages 1893-1908|| FHL BRITISH Film |
1655851 Item 1
|Baptisms, 1901-1925 Marriages, 1908-1948|| FHL BRITISH Film |
2093667 Items 11-15
|Baptisms, 1925-1957.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
2106997 Item 11
|Banns of marriages, 1849-1923.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
2147233 Items 4 - 8
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:
Poor Law Unions
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.
- ↑ Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 18 Jan 2013
- ↑ Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 100-104. Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2013.
- ↑ 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.
BibliographyTitle History of Congleton: published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the granting of the charter to the town
Congleton History Society
Authors W. B. Stephens, Congleton History Society
Editor W. B. Stephens Publisher Manchester University Press ND, 1970
ISBN 0719012457, 9780719012457
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