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== Parish History  ==
 
== Parish History  ==
  
CHESTER, a city and two sub-districts in '''Great Boughton''' district, Cheshire; and a diocese in Cheshire and part of Lancashire. The city stands on the river Dee and on the ''Via Devana'', 5 miles SE of the head of the Dee's estuary, and 16, through Birkenhead, SSE of Liverpool. An artificial channel of the Dee, navigable for vessels of 350 tons, gives it communication, through the Dee's estuary, with the sea; one canal connects it northward with the Mersey at Ellesmere-Port, and another east-south-eastward with the Birmingham canal at Nantwich; and railways go from it in five directions, toward Birkenhead, Manchester, Crewe, Shrewsbury, and Holyhead.
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''In 1870'' - CHESTER, a city and two sub-districts in Great Boughton district, Cheshire; and a diocese in Cheshire and part of Lancashire. The city stands on the river Dee and on the Via Devana, 5 miles SE of the head of the Dee's estuary, and 16, through Birkenhead, SSE of Liverpool. <br> The places of worship within the city, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England; 17 of dissenters; and 3 of other bodies. In 1869, besides the cathedral and some in the suburban parts, the '''Church of England''', '''English Presbyterians''', '''Independents''', '''Baptists''', '''Quakers''', '''Unitarians''', '''Wesleyans''', '''N. Methodists''', '''P. Methodists''', '''Welsh Calvinists''', and '''Roman Catholics'''. The livings in the city, or connected with it, are the rectories of, St. Peter, and Holy Trinity; the vicarages of St. John the Baptist, St. Oswald, Lache-with-Saltney, and Bruera; and the p. curacies of Little St. John, St. Paul, and Christ-Church. St. Martin is annexed to St. Bridget; St. Olave to St. Michael; Upton to St. Mary. on-the-Hill.<ref>John Marius Wilson, ''[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/entry_page.jsp?text_id=834610 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales]'' (1870-72). Date Accessed: 15 February 2013</ref>
 
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The places of worship within the city, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England, 17 of dissenters, and 3 of other bodies. Those in 1869, besides the cathedral and some in the suburban parts, were 11 of the Church of England, 1 of English Presbyterians, 4 of independents, 1 of Baptists, 1 of Quakers, 1 of Unitarians, 2 of Wesleyans, 1 of N.Methodists, 1 of Primative Methodists, 1 of Welsh Calvinists, 1 of Christians, 1 of Brethren, and 3 of Roman Catholics. There was also a Roman Catholic convent. The livings in the city, or connected with it, are the rectories of St. Bridget, St. Martin, St. Peter, St. Mary-on-the-Hill, and Holy Trinity; the vicarages of St. John the Baptist, St. Oswald, St. Michael, St. Olave, Lache-with-Saltney, and Bruera; and the p. curacies of Little St. John, Upton, St. Paul, and Christ-Church. St. Martin is annexed to St. Bridget; St. Olave to St. Michael; Upton to St. Mary on-the-Hill.  
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Chester was first chartered by its earls in the 13th century; and has sent two members to parliament since 1541. It is governed by a mayor, ten aldermen, and thirty councillors; and is divided municipally into five wards. It includes, as a borough, the parishes of St. John the Baptist, St. Olave, St. Michael, St. Peter, St. Bridget, and St. Martin; the extra-parochial places of Chester-Castle, Chester Cathedral, Little St. John, and Spittle-Boughton; and large portions of the parishes of St. Oswald, St. Mary-on-the-Hill, and Holy Trinity.&nbsp; The county assizes are held at it in both Lent and summer; and quarter sessions in April, July, Oct., and Dec.
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The above extract is taken from:&nbsp; John Marius Wilson, ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales'' (1870-72).&nbsp; The full account is available on [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/entry_page.jsp?text_id=834610&word=NULL Vision of Britain].  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Civil Registration ====
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=== Census records ===
  
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].
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{{British Census|241252}}
  
==== Church records  ====
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=== Church records  ===
  
To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use [http://maps.familysearch.org/ 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.
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The individual parishes within Chester:  
  
 
*[[Chester Cathedral, Cheshire|Chester Cathedral]]  
 
*[[Chester Cathedral, Cheshire|Chester Cathedral]]  
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*[[Chester Cathedral Church Precinct, Cheshire|Cheshire Chester Cathedral Church Precinct]]
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*[[Chester Christ Church, Cheshire|Chester Christ Church]]
 
*[[Chester Holy Trinity, Cheshire|Chester Holy Trinity]]  
 
*[[Chester Holy Trinity, Cheshire|Chester Holy Trinity]]  
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*[[Chester Little St John, Cheshire|Chester Little St John]]
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*[[Chester St Barnabas, Cheshire|Chester St Barnabas]]
 
*[[Chester St Bridget, Cheshire|Chester St Bridget]]  
 
*[[Chester St Bridget, Cheshire|Chester St Bridget]]  
 
*[[Chester St John the Baptist, Cheshire|Chester St John the Baptist]]  
 
*[[Chester St John the Baptist, Cheshire|Chester St John the Baptist]]  
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*[[Chester St Olave, Cheshire|Chester St Olave]]  
 
*[[Chester St Olave, Cheshire|Chester St Olave]]  
 
*[[Chester St Oswald, Cheshire|Chester St Oswald]]  
 
*[[Chester St Oswald, Cheshire|Chester St Oswald]]  
*[[Chester St Peter, Cheshire|Chester St Peter]]
 
*[[Chester Little St John, Cheshire|Chester Little St John]]
 
*[[Chester Christ Church, Cheshire|Chester Christ Church]]
 
 
*[[Chester St Paul, Cheshire|Chester St Paul]]  
 
*[[Chester St Paul, Cheshire|Chester St Paul]]  
*[[Chester St Barnabas, Cheshire|Chester St Barnabas]]
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*[[Chester St Peter, Cheshire|Chester St Peter]]<br>
  
<u>Bennett collection, ca.1252-1955</u>&nbsp;&nbsp;Authors Bennett, J. H. E. (John Henry Elliot), 1873- (Main Author)<br>Broster, John&nbsp;Lawson, P. H&nbsp;Richards, Raymond&nbsp;Of interest to Cheshire&nbsp;generally but specific Chester content includes:<br>
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Chester parish registers&nbsp;of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:  
  
Online trancripts for the parishes of Chester St&nbsp;John and Chester St Mary are available at&nbsp;[[Cheshire Parish Register project]]  
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''BIVRI''' = [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1352 British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)]<ref>[http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records'], ''Genoot,'' accessed 14 October 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''<sub>FS PR's = [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1614792 FamilySearch Parish Registers]</sub>'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''<sub>FS BT's =&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1469935 FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts]</sub>'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" scope="col" colspan="7" | '''Chester Parish Online Records'''
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| C[heshire] T[opography] General 1:" (St. Oswald's Parish, Chester - notes and original records; includes numbered plan of parish burial grounds with list of tombstone inscriptions, i.e., names and geneal. data for individuals buried there; includes also churchwardens accounts, overseers of the poor accounts, workhouse accounts, etc.);  
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| BRITISH 375327 Item 5<br>
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Baptisms'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1351 '''1687-1934''']  
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'''Lache with Saltney''' parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Baptisms'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1352 '''1857-1906''']  
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To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use [http://maps.familysearch.org/ 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.
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<u>Bennett collection, ca.1252-1955</u> Authors Bennett, J. H. E. (John Henry Elliot), 1873- (Main Author)<br>Broster, John Lawson, P. H. Richards, Raymond Of interest to Cheshire generally but specific Chester content includes:
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On-line transcripts for the parishes of Chester St. John and Chester St Mary are available at [[Cheshire Parish Register project]]
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| Cheshire Topography General 1:" (St. Oswald's Parish, Chester - notes and original records; includes numbered plan of parish burial grounds with list of tombstone inscriptions, i.e., names and general data for individuals buried there; includes also churchwardens accounts, overseers of the poor accounts, workhouse accounts, etc.);  
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BRITISH 375327<br>Item 5
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| Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - inscriptions to the churchyard and church, and inscriptions not now to be found  
 
| Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - inscriptions to the churchyard and church, and inscriptions not now to be found  
| BRITISH <br>375328 Item 4
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| BRITISH 375328<br>Item 4
 
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| "Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. Mary-on-the-Hill, Chester, and Christleton, Backford and Shotwick in Cheshire County - inscriptions in the churchyards and churches, and inscrip- tions not now extant  
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| "Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. Mary-on-the-Hill, Chester, and Christleton, Backford and Shotwick in Cheshire - inscriptions in the churchyards and churches, and inscriptions not now extant  
| BRITISH 375329 Item 1
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| BRITISH 375329<br>Item 1
 
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| "Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. Michael's, Chester, and Bruera, Eccleston, Dodleston, Plemstall [i.e., Plemonstall], and Pulford in Cheshire County - inscriptions in the church- yards and churches, and inscriptions not now extant  
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| "Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. Michael's, Chester, and Bruera, Eccleston, Dodleston, Plemstall [i.e., Plemonstall], and Pulford in Cheshire - inscriptions in the churchyards and churches, and inscriptions not now extant  
| BRITISH 375329 Item 2
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| BRITISH 375329<br>Item 2
 
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| "Monumental Inscriptions:" (Aldford, Cheshire County; St. Bridget's, Chester; St. Martin's Chester; Llanidan, Anglesey, Wales - inscriptions in the church and on monuments, some now lost  
 
| "Monumental Inscriptions:" (Aldford, Cheshire County; St. Bridget's, Chester; St. Martin's Chester; Llanidan, Anglesey, Wales - inscriptions in the church and on monuments, some now lost  
| BRITISH 375329 Item 3
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| BRITISH 375329<br>Item 3
 
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| "Parish Register Transcript:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - transcript of registers of baptisms, 1559-1779  
 
| "Parish Register Transcript:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - transcript of registers of baptisms, 1559-1779  
| BRITISH 375329 Item 4<br>
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| BRITISH 375329<br>Item 4<br>
 
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| "Parish Register Transcript:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - transcript of registers of marriages, 1559-1793, and burials, 1560-1735  
 
| "Parish Register Transcript:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - transcript of registers of marriages, 1559-1793, and burials, 1560-1735  
| BRITISH 375330 Item 1
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| BRITISH 375330<br>Item 1
 
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| "C[hester] Misc. 1:" (extracts from Chester Corps. records - notes on ms. &amp; printed works in the possession of Raymond Richards; 1640 rental of the Manor of Handbridge; 1664 hearth tax returns for Chester; includes lists of Chester freemen, 1784, 1805-1831; roll of Chester journeymen tailors, 1688- 1754; 1799 survey &amp; valuation of lands and houses in parish of Holy Trinity, Chester);  
 
| "C[hester] Misc. 1:" (extracts from Chester Corps. records - notes on ms. &amp; printed works in the possession of Raymond Richards; 1640 rental of the Manor of Handbridge; 1664 hearth tax returns for Chester; includes lists of Chester freemen, 1784, 1805-1831; roll of Chester journeymen tailors, 1688- 1754; 1799 survey &amp; valuation of lands and houses in parish of Holy Trinity, Chester);  
| BRITISH 375330 Item 3
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| BRITISH 375330<br>Item 3
 
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| "C. Misc. 2:" (notes on Archdeacons of Chester, and Deans and Canons of St. John's, Chester; newspaper cuttings;, notes and articles on Chester and Chesley's history; seal impressions; notes on two mss. in possession of Raymond Richards; includes extracts from Papal register calendars, 1252-1431, list of electors from the 1733 poll book, etc.); "C. Misc. 3:" (list of parish register publications; parish register extracts relating to Bennett and other families; lecture notes of J.H.E.B.; correspondence; 1719-1720 calendar of 41 Chester marriage licences; etc.); "C. Misc. 4:" (list of sources consulted for genealogical and historical research; notes on Chester Corps., Diocesan registry, probate registry, and St. Joseph probate registry records; notes of reference to Chester and Cheshire history in various printed works; includes index to lay subsidy rolls, Chester, 15 Henry VIII - 30 Charles II)  
 
| "C. Misc. 2:" (notes on Archdeacons of Chester, and Deans and Canons of St. John's, Chester; newspaper cuttings;, notes and articles on Chester and Chesley's history; seal impressions; notes on two mss. in possession of Raymond Richards; includes extracts from Papal register calendars, 1252-1431, list of electors from the 1733 poll book, etc.); "C. Misc. 3:" (list of parish register publications; parish register extracts relating to Bennett and other families; lecture notes of J.H.E.B.; correspondence; 1719-1720 calendar of 41 Chester marriage licences; etc.); "C. Misc. 4:" (list of sources consulted for genealogical and historical research; notes on Chester Corps., Diocesan registry, probate registry, and St. Joseph probate registry records; notes of reference to Chester and Cheshire history in various printed works; includes index to lay subsidy rolls, Chester, 15 Henry VIII - 30 Charles II)  
| BRITISH 375331 Item 1-3
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| BRITISH 375331<br>Item 1-3
 
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| "Cuttings book no. 3:" (newspaper clippings, as listed in detailed table of contents; includes note of intended removal of headstones and gravestones, Christ Church, Chester).  
 
| "Cuttings book no. 3:" (newspaper clippings, as listed in detailed table of contents; includes note of intended removal of headstones and gravestones, Christ Church, Chester).  
| BRITISH 375332 Item 2
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==== Non Conformist Churches  ====
  
Chester, St. Werburgh (Roman Catholic), Grosvenor Park Road. Built in 1875, replacing Queens Street Chapel (built c.1800). Registers of baptisms 1794–1956, marriages 1827–1973 and burials 1861–1923 are at the Cheshire Record Office. Indexes to baptisms 1790–1956 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
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The following non-Church of England denominations were located somewhere in Chester, but the exact parish has not been identified:
  
==== Census records  ====
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*Baptist
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*Presbyterian
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*Society of Friends/Quaker
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*United Presbyterian Church of Scotland<br>
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*Chester, St. Werburgh (Roman Catholic), Grosvenor Park Road. Built in 1875, replacing Queens Street Chapel (built c.1800). Registers of baptisms 1794–1956, marriages 1827–1973 and burials 1861–1923 are at the Cheshire Record Office. Indexes to baptisms 1790–1956 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
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*Catholic Church<br>
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*Wesleyan
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*Wesleyan Methodist<br>
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*Primitive Methodist<br>
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*Congregational<br>
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*Calvinistic Methodist
  
{{British Census|241252}}<br>
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Church records for St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, Chester, 1859-1943 Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 11/5100/1-7.
  
==== Probate records ====
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| Church records: St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, Chester
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| Baptisms, 1859-1911<br>
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| 2068140 Items 7-8<br>
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| Baptisms, 1911-1943 (from Sept. 1911) Marriages, 1865-1921 Burials, 1860-1913<br>
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| 2068141 Items 1-6<br>
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Cheshire Probate Records|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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Church records for St. Werburgh's Catholic Church, Chester, 1794-1993 Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 3/5066/1-17.  
  
==== Poor Law Unions  ====
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| Church records for St. Werburgh's Catholic Church, Chester
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| Baptisms, 1794-1826 (Includes dates of births, and marriages, 1822-1827.) (Title board incorrectly identifies as St. Francis' Church.)<br>
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| 2068141 Item 7<br>
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| Baptisms, 1826-1905<br>
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| 2068142 <br>
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| Baptisms, 1905-1935<br>
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| Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068143 <br>
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| Baptisms, 1935-1956 Marriages, 1827-1856<br>
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| 2068144 <br>
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| Marriages, 1857-1973 Burials, 1861-1891<br>
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| Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068145 <br>
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| Burials, 1891-1993<br>
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| Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068146<br>
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Contributor: Add information about the pertinent poor law unions in the area.  
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Church records for the Central Hall City Road Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Chester, 1900-1952 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 55/2/34-36.<br>
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Church records: Central Hall City Road Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Chester
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| Marriages, 1900-1926.<br>
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| 2299384 Items 3 - 5<br>
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| Marriages, 1926-1952.<br>
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| 2299384 Items 8 - 9<br>
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Church records for the City Temple, Hunter Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1916-1948 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/7-8.<br>
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| Church records: City Temple, Hunter Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester
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| Marriages, 1916-1948.<br>
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| 2299384 Items 14 - 15<br>
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Church records for the George Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1917-1955 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/1-4.<br>
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| Church records: George Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester
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| Marriages, 1917-1955.<br>
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| 2299384 Items 10 - 13<br>
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Church records for the Milton Green Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1909-1954 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/12, CR 55/2/88.<br>
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| Church records: Milton Green Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester
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| Marriages, 1909-1954<br>
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| 2299384 Item 16<br>
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| Baptisms, 1916-1954.<br>
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| 2299384 Item 21<br>
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Church records for the Northgate Congregational Church, Chester, 1906-1953 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 416/4-7.<br>
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| Church records:Northgate Congregational Church, Chester
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| Marriages, 1906-1953.<br>
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| 2299551 Items 3 - 6<br>
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Church records for the Primitive Methodist chapel, Chester, 1845-1959 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 55/2/134-135.<br>
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| Church records: Primitive Methodist chapel, Chester
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| Baptisms, 1845-1959.<br>
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| 2299384 Items 6 - 7<br>
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Church records for the Queen Street Congregational Chapel, Chester, 1772-1923 Public Record Office call no.: RG-4 series no. 160; Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 151/1, 10, 16-17.<br>
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| Church records: Queen Street Congregational Chapel, Chester
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| Births and baptisms, 1803-1837.<br>
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| 20046 Item 5<br>
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| List of members, 1772-1813. Baptisms, 1848-1855, 1861; marriages, 1848-1855; burials, 1848-1854. Roll of church members, 1815-1896; marriages, 1880-1888; births and baptisms, 1862-1888; burials, 1880. Roll of church members, 1835-1836, 1848, 1862-1919; church minutes, 1923; baptisms, 1909-1910.<br>
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| 2299417 Items 1 - 4<br>
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Church records for the Queen Street Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1900-1965 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: CR 286/1-2.<br>
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Church records for the Tarvin Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1921-1948 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 506/1-2.<br>
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| Marriages, 1921-1948<br>
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| 2299384 Items 17 - 18<br>
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Presbyterian Church records, 1651-1855 RG-4 series nos. 3755, 2090, 161.<br>
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| Church records<br>
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| 20046 Items 6-8<br>
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| Another filming of baptisms, 1713-1832, and burials, 1791-1831. London&nbsp;: Public Record Office, 1986. on 1 microfilm reel&nbsp;; 35 mm.<br>
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| 1482417 Item 2<br>
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Church records Primitive Methodist Chapel, 1825-1837.&nbsp; Primitive Methodist Church is on Steam Mil.l Street Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, London.RG-4 series no. 575.<br>
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| Church records<br>
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| 20046 Item 10<br>
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Church records Calvinistic Methodis Octogon Chapel 1805-1835 RG-4 series no. 70.<br>
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| Church records: Calvinistic Methodist Octogon Chapel
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| Church records Births and baptisms, 1805-1835<br>
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| 20046 Item 11<br>
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Calvinistic Methodist Mount Zion Chapel Church records, 1805-1837 RG-4 series no. 4417.<br>
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| Church records: Calvinistic Methodist Mount Zion Chapel
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| Church records Contains births and baptisms, 1805-1837<br>
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| 20046 Item 12<br>
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| Another filming. London&nbsp;: Public Record Office, 1986. on 1 microfilm reel&nbsp;; 35 mm.<br>
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| 1482442 Item 9<br>
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=== Civil Registration  ===
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Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:
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*[http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD]
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*[http://cheshirebmd.org.uk/ Cheshire BMD]
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*Great Boughton
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*Chester Incorporation Poor Law union
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Cheshire Probate Records|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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Contents

Parish History

In 1870 - CHESTER, a city and two sub-districts in Great Boughton district, Cheshire; and a diocese in Cheshire and part of Lancashire. The city stands on the river Dee and on the Via Devana, 5 miles SE of the head of the Dee's estuary, and 16, through Birkenhead, SSE of Liverpool.
The places of worship within the city, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England; 17 of dissenters; and 3 of other bodies. In 1869, besides the cathedral and some in the suburban parts, the Church of England, English Presbyterians, Independents, Baptists, Quakers, Unitarians, Wesleyans, N. Methodists, P. Methodists, Welsh Calvinists, and Roman Catholics. The livings in the city, or connected with it, are the rectories of, St. Peter, and Holy Trinity; the vicarages of St. John the Baptist, St. Oswald, Lache-with-Saltney, and Bruera; and the p. curacies of Little St. John, St. Paul, and Christ-Church. St. Martin is annexed to St. Bridget; St. Olave to St. Michael; Upton to St. Mary. on-the-Hill.[1]

Resources

Census records

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. The first film number is 241252.


Church records

The individual parishes within Chester:

Chester parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FS PR's = FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Chester Parish Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1687-1934




Lache with Saltney parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

LACHE WITH SALTNEY Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI

1857-1906


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.

Bennett collection, ca.1252-1955 Authors Bennett, J. H. E. (John Henry Elliot), 1873- (Main Author)
Broster, John Lawson, P. H. Richards, Raymond Of interest to Cheshire generally but specific Chester content includes:

On-line transcripts for the parishes of Chester St. John and Chester St Mary are available at Cheshire Parish Register project

Other content FHL Film
Cheshire Topography General 1:" (St. Oswald's Parish, Chester - notes and original records; includes numbered plan of parish burial grounds with list of tombstone inscriptions, i.e., names and general data for individuals buried there; includes also churchwardens accounts, overseers of the poor accounts, workhouse accounts, etc.);

BRITISH 375327
Item 5

Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - inscriptions to the churchyard and church, and inscriptions not now to be found BRITISH 375328
Item 4
"Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. Mary-on-the-Hill, Chester, and Christleton, Backford and Shotwick in Cheshire - inscriptions in the churchyards and churches, and inscriptions not now extant BRITISH 375329
Item 1
"Monumental Inscriptions:" (St. Michael's, Chester, and Bruera, Eccleston, Dodleston, Plemstall [i.e., Plemonstall], and Pulford in Cheshire - inscriptions in the churchyards and churches, and inscriptions not now extant BRITISH 375329
Item 2
"Monumental Inscriptions:" (Aldford, Cheshire County; St. Bridget's, Chester; St. Martin's Chester; Llanidan, Anglesey, Wales - inscriptions in the church and on monuments, some now lost BRITISH 375329
Item 3
"Parish Register Transcript:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - transcript of registers of baptisms, 1559-1779 BRITISH 375329
Item 4
"Parish Register Transcript:" (St. John the Baptist, Chester - transcript of registers of marriages, 1559-1793, and burials, 1560-1735 BRITISH 375330
Item 1
"C[hester] Misc. 1:" (extracts from Chester Corps. records - notes on ms. & printed works in the possession of Raymond Richards; 1640 rental of the Manor of Handbridge; 1664 hearth tax returns for Chester; includes lists of Chester freemen, 1784, 1805-1831; roll of Chester journeymen tailors, 1688- 1754; 1799 survey & valuation of lands and houses in parish of Holy Trinity, Chester); BRITISH 375330
Item 3
"C. Misc. 2:" (notes on Archdeacons of Chester, and Deans and Canons of St. John's, Chester; newspaper cuttings;, notes and articles on Chester and Chesley's history; seal impressions; notes on two mss. in possession of Raymond Richards; includes extracts from Papal register calendars, 1252-1431, list of electors from the 1733 poll book, etc.); "C. Misc. 3:" (list of parish register publications; parish register extracts relating to Bennett and other families; lecture notes of J.H.E.B.; correspondence; 1719-1720 calendar of 41 Chester marriage licences; etc.); "C. Misc. 4:" (list of sources consulted for genealogical and historical research; notes on Chester Corps., Diocesan registry, probate registry, and St. Joseph probate registry records; notes of reference to Chester and Cheshire history in various printed works; includes index to lay subsidy rolls, Chester, 15 Henry VIII - 30 Charles II) BRITISH 375331
Item 1-3
"Cuttings book no. 3:" (newspaper clippings, as listed in detailed table of contents; includes note of intended removal of headstones and gravestones, Christ Church, Chester). BRITISH 375332
Item 2

Non Conformist Churches

The following non-Church of England denominations were located somewhere in Chester, but the exact parish has not been identified:

  • Baptist
  • Presbyterian
  • Society of Friends/Quaker
  • United Presbyterian Church of Scotland
  • Chester, St. Werburgh (Roman Catholic), Grosvenor Park Road. Built in 1875, replacing Queens Street Chapel (built c.1800). Registers of baptisms 1794–1956, marriages 1827–1973 and burials 1861–1923 are at the Cheshire Record Office. Indexes to baptisms 1790–1956 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Catholic Church
  • Wesleyan
  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Congregational
  • Calvinistic Methodist

Church records for St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, Chester, 1859-1943 Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 11/5100/1-7.

Church records: St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, Chester Film
Baptisms, 1859-1911
2068140 Items 7-8
Baptisms, 1911-1943 (from Sept. 1911) Marriages, 1865-1921 Burials, 1860-1913
2068141 Items 1-6

Church records for St. Werburgh's Catholic Church, Chester, 1794-1993 Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 3/5066/1-17.

Church records for St. Werburgh's Catholic Church, Chester Film
Baptisms, 1794-1826 (Includes dates of births, and marriages, 1822-1827.) (Title board incorrectly identifies as St. Francis' Church.)
2068141 Item 7
Baptisms, 1826-1905
2068142
Baptisms, 1905-1935
Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068143
Baptisms, 1935-1956 Marriages, 1827-1856
2068144
Marriages, 1857-1973 Burials, 1861-1891
Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068145
Burials, 1891-1993
Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068146

Church records for the Central Hall City Road Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Chester, 1900-1952 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 55/2/34-36.

Church records: Central Hall City Road Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Chester

Film
Marriages, 1900-1926.
2299384 Items 3 - 5
Marriages, 1926-1952.
2299384 Items 8 - 9

Church records for the City Temple, Hunter Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1916-1948 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/7-8.

Church records: City Temple, Hunter Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester Film
Marriages, 1916-1948.
2299384 Items 14 - 15

Church records for the George Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1917-1955 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/1-4.

Church records: George Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester Film
Marriages, 1917-1955.
2299384 Items 10 - 13

Church records for the Milton Green Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1909-1954 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/12, CR 55/2/88.

Church records: Milton Green Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester Film
Marriages, 1909-1954
2299384 Item 16
Baptisms, 1916-1954.
2299384 Item 21

Church records for the Northgate Congregational Church, Chester, 1906-1953 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 416/4-7.

Church records:Northgate Congregational Church, Chester Film
Marriages, 1906-1953.
2299551 Items 3 - 6

Church records for the Primitive Methodist chapel, Chester, 1845-1959 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 55/2/134-135.

Church records: Primitive Methodist chapel, Chester Film
Baptisms, 1845-1959.
2299384 Items 6 - 7

Church records for the Queen Street Congregational Chapel, Chester, 1772-1923 Public Record Office call no.: RG-4 series no. 160; Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 151/1, 10, 16-17.

Church records: Queen Street Congregational Chapel, Chester Film
Births and baptisms, 1803-1837.
20046 Item 5
List of members, 1772-1813. Baptisms, 1848-1855, 1861; marriages, 1848-1855; burials, 1848-1854. Roll of church members, 1815-1896; marriages, 1880-1888; births and baptisms, 1862-1888; burials, 1880. Roll of church members, 1835-1836, 1848, 1862-1919; church minutes, 1923; baptisms, 1909-1910.
2299417 Items 1 - 4

Church records for the Queen Street Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1900-1965 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: CR 286/1-2.

Church records: Queen Street Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester Film
Marriages, 1900-1965
2299384 Items 19 - 20

Church records for the Tarvin Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1921-1948 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 506/1-2.

Church records:Tarvin Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester Film
Marriages, 1921-1948
2299384 Items 17 - 18

Presbyterian Church records, 1651-1855 RG-4 series nos. 3755, 2090, 161.

Presbyterian Church records Film
Church records
20046 Items 6-8
Another filming of baptisms, 1713-1832, and burials, 1791-1831. London : Public Record Office, 1986. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
1482417 Item 2

Church records Primitive Methodist Chapel, 1825-1837.  Primitive Methodist Church is on Steam Mil.l Street Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, London.RG-4 series no. 575.

Church records: Primitive Methodist Chapel Film
Church records
20046 Item 10

Church records Calvinistic Methodis Octogon Chapel 1805-1835 RG-4 series no. 70.

Church records: Calvinistic Methodist Octogon Chapel Film
Church records Births and baptisms, 1805-1835
20046 Item 11

Calvinistic Methodist Mount Zion Chapel Church records, 1805-1837 RG-4 series no. 4417.

Church records: Calvinistic Methodist Mount Zion Chapel Film
Church records Contains births and baptisms, 1805-1837
20046 Item 12
Another filming. London : Public Record Office, 1986. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
1482442 Item 9

Civil Registration

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

  • Great Boughton

Poor Law Unions

  • Chester Incorporation Poor Law union

Probate records

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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites

References

  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 15 February 2013
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.