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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1796 to 1950.

Most school registers, which are admission and discharge registers, are on printed forms.

Schools for the working class were organized by churches in England, primarily by the Church of England in the early nineteenth century. In 1870, the British government took responsibility for education. In 1880, school was required for children between 5 and 10 years old. Fees were required except for the poorest students. Beginning in 1899, children attended until age 12. The age of mandatory attendance was raised to 14 in 1918 and to 15 in 1948. In between World War I and World War II, working class children attended elementary schools. Middle class children attended grammar schools, and upper class children attended public schools. These records contain about 1.9 million names from 120 schools.

The school registers for Cheshire were used to keep track of children who were admitted. They tracked age, name, and address of the parent; name of the previous school the child attended; the child’s academic progress; and the date and reason for the child’s withdrawal from the school.

The school admission and discharge registers were highly reliable sources about a student’s admission and discharge, and, where recorded, his or her academic progress. The child's name, parent’s names, and place of residence should also be highly reliable. During the indexing process some indexers used the information in the age column for a birth date. Therefore, some information that was entered in the birth field may be incorrectly listed in the index.

For a list of the schools included in this collection see the wiki article Schools Included in the Online Collection: England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950

Record Content

School records may contain the following information:

  • Admission number
  • Date of admission or re-admission
  • Date of birth
  • Surname
  • Given name of child and parent
  • Address
  • Name of last school attended
  • Academic progress
  • Date of withdrawal
  • Cause of withdrawal

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, you should know the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Place of residence

Search the Collection

To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article at FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Use these records to find ancestors’ birth dates, name of a parent (usually the father), and where the family lived.
  • These records will also reveal how long a person stayed in the school and possibly what school he or she attended previously.
  • Use different names in your search. Your ancestor may have gone by an alternate or nick name throughout their life.
  • Search for another child if the child went to the same school with the sibling you are looking for.
  • Search for the parents instead of the children.
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Don't overlook FHL Place England, Cheshire items or FHL Keyword England, Cheshire items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see England Archives and Libraries.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Record Office, Chester.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950.


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