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Guide to Upton by Birkenhead, 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.
UPTON, is a village and a parish in Wirrall district, Cheshire. The village stands 4 miles West of Birkenhead it has a railway station; and has a post-office under Birkenhead. The parish is sometimes called Over-church.
Upton St Mary by Birkenhead is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.
Upton is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England, situated close to Birkenhead. The village of Overchurch is located to the north of Upton and is contiguous with the suburban area.
Upton was originally settled as a farming community, during the Anglo-Saxon period. In Norman times, Upton was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Optone and was written as being in the possession of William Mallbank. Upton was the primary economic centre of northern Wirral until the industrial development of Birkenhead during the mid-19th century.
In 1847, William Williams Mortimer said of Upton in his History of the Hundred of Wirral:
"..though now only a small village, Upton was formerly considered the metropolis of the lower mediety of Wirral, and had two annual fairs of considerable importance, and also a weekly market that was discontinued in 1620, the village having been recently almost entirely rebuilt, contains several good houses, among which may be particularly mentioned Upton Hall..."
A major contributor to the village was William Inman, owner of the Inman Line, who donated money for the construction of St. Mary's Church. Inman resided at Upton Manor, within the grounds of Upton Park.
St. Mary's Church is Upton's Church of England parish church and was consecrated on 28 April 1868. It replaced earlier church on the site.
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 241254. 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.
Upton by Birkenhead 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|
|Upton by Birkenhead St Marys Parish Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1760-1812
|FS BT'S|| 1671-1892
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.
Parish registers: Cheshire Record Office call no.: P155/1, 2/1-2, 3/1-5, 4..
|Parish registers for Upton, near Birkenhead, 1755-1941||Film|
| Early registers (baptisms, marriages, burials, 1755-1812). Baptisms, 1813-1936. Marriages, 1814-1920.
||2105378 Items 11 - 15|
| Marriages, 1921-1941. Burials, 1813-1937
||2105391 Items 1 - 4|
| Bishop's transcripts for Upton, 1600-1892
| Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1714, 1716, 1719-1724, 1711, 1702, 1701, 1700, 1699, 1694, 1691, 1684, 1682, [no date], 1680, 1676, 1667-1672, 1671-1672, 1675, 1674, 1656, 1634-1635, 1625, 1624, 1623, 1622, 1621, 1620, 1619, 1618, 1617, 1615, 1613, 1610, 1609, 1600, 1736, [no date], 1741, [no date], 1735, 1734, 1731-1733, 1730, 1813-1814, 1812, 1811, 1729, 1728, 1727, 1726, 1737, 1762-1764, 1759, [1753?], 1756, [no date], 1754, 1753, 1752, 1750, 1749, 1746-1747, 1744, [no date], 1775, 1773-1778, 1770-1772, 1768-1769, 1765-1767, 1776, 1799-1811, 1799-1800, 1794-1799, 1791-1793, 1787-1789, 1785-1787, 1783-1785, 1778-1781, 1825-1826, baptisms, 1826-1831, burials, 1826-1831, marriages, 1826-1830, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1831, 1833-1834, baptisms, 1835, marriages, 1838, baptisms, 1837-1838, baptisms, burials, 1836, baptisms, 1868-1870, 1851, 1845-1849, 1868-1871, burials, 1869-1870, baptisms, 1871, burials,1870-1872, baptisms, 1873-1892.
||1751485 Item 2|
Non Conformist Churches
Church records of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Upton Microfilm copy of originals at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England.Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 28/5473/1.
Mostly Latin. Baptisms, 1914-1940. Vault BRITISH Film 2197776 Item 2
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:
- Wirral (1837-1933)
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.
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