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<h2> Record Description  </h2>
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<p>This Collection will include records from 1603 to 1910.<br>
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</p><p>This collection consists of records from the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Manchester">Diocese of Manchester</a> held by <a href="http://www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/arls">Manchester Archives and Local Studies</a>. The parishes are mainly from the historic county of Lancashire, with a few parishes from Cheshire and Yorkshire. Individual parish wiki pages are being created to support the collection, which at present is an image-only collection.
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<table class="prettytable FCK&#95;_ShowTableBorders">
  
== Record Description ==
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<tr>
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<th colspan="2"> Non-Lancashire parishes included in the collection
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</th></tr>
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<td width="30%"> <b>Parish name</b>
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</td>
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<td width="70%"> <b>Notes</b>
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<td> <a href="Stalybridge St Paul, Cheshire">Staleybridge, St Paul, Cheshire</a>
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</td>
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<td> Town built on both sides of the River Tame, the historical boundary between <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Lancashire">Lancashire</a> and <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Cheshire">Cheshire</a>. <a href="Stalybridge Old St George, Lancashire">Stalybridge Old St George</a> and <a href="Stalybridge New St George, Lancashire">Stalybridge New St George</a> are on the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Lancashire">Lancashire</a> side.
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<td> <a href="Dobcross, Yorkshire">Dobcross, Holy Trinity, Yorkshire</a>
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</td>
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<td> Created in 1797 from the ancient parish of <a href="Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries">Rochdale</a> part of the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="West Riding of Yorkshire">West Riding of Yorkshire</a>
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<td> <a href="Lydgate, Yorkshire">Lydgate, St Anne, Yorkshire</a>
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</td>
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<td> A chapelry in the parochial chapelry of&#160;<a href="Saddleworth, Yorkshire">Saddleworth</a>, both of which were in the ancient parish of <a href="Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries">Rochdale</a>, Lancashire&#160;
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</td></tr>
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<td> <a href="Saddleworth, Yorkshire">Saddleworth, St Chad, Yorkshire</a>
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</td>
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<td rowspan="2"> Saddleworth lies on the very western edge of <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Yorkshire">Yorkshire</a>, alongside the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Lancashire">Lancashire</a> border. In many ways it is physically separated from the rest of Yorkshire by the Pennine range which form the parish's eastern border
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</td></tr>
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<td> <a href="Saddleworth, Yorkshire">Saddleworth, St Thomas, Yorkshire</a>
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</td></tr></table>
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<p><br>FamilySearch operates within both international and national privacy laws concerning online publication; image only collections will only contain information 100 years after a birth date, 75 years after a marriage date, and 25 years after a burial date.
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</p><p>The <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Manchester">Diocese of Manchester</a> was formed in 1847 from the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Chester">Diocese of Chester</a>. It is useful to explore <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Cheshire Parishes">Cheshire Parishes</a>&#160;and <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Lancashire Parishes">Lancashire Parishes</a>, and to use the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="England Jurisdictions 1851">England Jurisdictions 1851</a> to locate the pre-1851 ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
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</p><p>The historical reasons for the Ancient Parish of Manchester lack of local parish due to the Collegiate Church <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire">Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire</a> practice are explained in the wiki page. The subsequent Manchester Diocesan building program has been followed to create parish pages. Town and City parish creations post-1851 are being added to the FamilySearch wiki, but the number of Non-Conformist churches and chapels is large.
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</p><p>There have been administrative changes to the historic county boundaries of Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire in several civil parish and local authority creations and reorganizations. The collection is offered as an initial phase of publication of further collections (including index collections) for the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Manchester">Diocese of Manchester</a> and other Mancunian records.
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</p>
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<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Prestolee Holy Trinity, Lancashire">Prestolee Holy Trinity, Lancashire</a>&#160;images display as unavailable refer to parish page.
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Dobcross, Yorkshire">Dobcross, Yorkshire</a> images display as unavailable refer to parish page.
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</li><li>Manchester Central Library is closed for refurishment, but Manchester Archives and Local Studies has relocated to the <a href="http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/448/archives_and_local_studies">The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office</a>.
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</li></ul>
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<p>(Email: <a href="mailto:archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk">archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk</a>)
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</p><p>Baptisms (christenings), marriages, and burials were recorded on blank pages in a bound book called a register. The events of baptism, marriage, and burial were all recorded in one volume until 1754, when a law required that marriages be recorded in a separate book. Banns, or proclamations of “an intent” to marry, were recorded in yet another book. Starting in 1812, preprinted registers were introduced and separate registers were kept for baptisms, marriages, and burials. Before 1812, bishops’ transcripts were usually recorded on loose pieces of paper. Following that year, the transcripts were recorded on the same preprinted forms as parish registers.
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</p><p>In 1537, the Church of England mandated that parishes begin keeping church registers by the next year (1538). These church registers continue to the present. Bishops’ transcripts, or copies of parish registers, were required beginning in 1598 and continued to the mid-1800s.
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</p><p>The vast majority of the English population belonged to the Church of England. Only since the mid-19th century have other religious groups made headway.
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</p><p>In 1530, King Henry VIII established the Church in England, also known as the Anglican Church, the State Church, or the Episcopal Church. A law passed in 1537 required ministers to record the baptisms, marriages, and burials that took place in their parishes. Priests recorded these events in registers and kept them at the parish level, which is the lowest level of authority in the Church of England. Within some parishes, chapelries were created to provide for the worship needs of the parishioner when the parish church was not easily accessible. Chapelries sometimes had the authority to perform baptisms, marriages, and burials, so they kept their own registers. Several parishes formed a deanery (presided over by a dean), several deaneries formed an archdeaconry (presided over by an archdeacon), and several archdeaconries formed a diocese (presided over by a bishop).
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</p><p>Beginning in 1598, ministers were required to send copies of their registers to an archdeacon or bishop annually. These copies are referred to as bishops’ transcripts, or sometimes archdeacon transcripts. As a result, two copies of many parish registers exist from 1598 to about the mid-1800s. After civil registration began in 1837, the value of keeping bishops’ transcripts diminished, so by 1870 most parishes had stopped making them.
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</p><p>Banns are proclamations of an intent to marry. After 1754, these banns were required to be read for three consecutive Sundays before a marriage so that anyone with reasons against the marriage could oppose it. Banns were read in both the bride’s parish and the groom’s parish.
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</p><p>Most bishops’ transcripts of Church of England parish registers have been preserved. Many have also been copied to microfilm or microfiche. The condition of the records is relatively good considering their age and their storage conditions over the centuries. In 1598 ministers were required to copy their registers onto parchment. If the minister failed to make such a copy, the register for that parish and its records did not survive. During the Commonwealth period, 1649–1660, many parish registers disappeared and many transcripts were not kept because ministers were deposed from their parishes.
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</p><p>Parish registers were created to record church events of baptism or christening, marriage, and burial. Baptismal entries usually list the person’s birth date burial entries list the death date. In the Church of England, baptism, which was also called christening, was performed soon after the birth of a child. Marriage in the church legally united a man and a woman for civil legal reasons and for the purpose of founding a religiously sanctified family. Burial is a function of the church to inter the deceased soon after death.
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</p><p>Church of England parish registers are the most reliable and accurate family history source until July 1837, when the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Information in parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts can be verified against each other. There are often variations in Bishop's Transcripts of names and spellings. Bishop's Transcripts may also omit years or part of years and are incomplete according to Diocesan practice and preservation.
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</p><p>Transcription is a human process and can include error. If you are searching a computer data base which has been indexed exactly as viewed it may be necessary to search on variants of the given name and surname. The transcriber may have faithfully rendered Thos. or a Latin spelling like Xpher and your search for Thomas or Christopher may not produce a search result.
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</p><p>Parish register entries may not correspond with post 1837 Civil Registration certificates. The registration of Marriages involves a quarterly return from each authorised person&#160; (Registrar General approved) to the local Registry Office and each Registry Office in turn to form a National Index. The transcription of information from the event may not correspond to the original entry.<br>
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</p><p>Since Civil Birth registrations are only partial in the early decades of Civil registration, parish registers may be the only source of record for infant birth and death in a period of high infant mortality rates.
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</p><p>For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the <a href="https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1788853/waypoints">Browse</a> link from the collection landing page.&#160; <br>
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</p>
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<h3> Citation for This Collection </h3>
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<p>The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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</p><p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{Collection citationfckLR|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Diocese of Manchester parish registers. Manchester Archives and Local Studies, Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.<!--bibdescend-->}}</span>
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</p><p><a href="England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection">Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.</a>
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</p>
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<h2> Record Content  </h2>
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<p><span class="fck_mw_gallery" _fck_mw_customtag="true" _fck_mw_tagname="gallery" caption="Church of England Parish Record Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">fckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Christening.jpg|Christening Register fckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage 1747 to 1837.jpg|Marriage RecordfckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage after 1837.jpg|Marriage after Year 1837fckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage Before 1754.jpg|Marriage before 1754fckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Burial.jpg|Burial RegisterfckLR</span>
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</p><p>The key genealogical facts found in baptism records prior to 1812 contain the following information:
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</p>
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<ul><li>Date and place of baptism/christening
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</li><li>Name of child
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</li><li>Gender of child
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</li><li>Parents' names
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</li></ul>
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<p>The key genealogical facts found in baptism records after 1812 contain the following information:
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</p>
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<ul><li>Date and place of baptism/christening
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</li><li>Child's given name
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</li><li>Child's legitimacy
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</li><li>Parents' names and residence
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</li><li>Father's occupation
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</li><li>Minister's name
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</li></ul>
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<p>Church of England parish register marriage records before 1754 contain only the following:
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</p>
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<ul><li>Date and place of marriage
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</li><li>Names of the bride and groom
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</li><li>Marriage banns including the residences of the couple
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</li></ul>
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<p>Church of England parish register marriage records after 1754 and before 1837 contain the following:
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</p>
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<ul><li>Date and place of marriage
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</li><li>Names of the bride and groom
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</li><li>Names of the witnesses
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</li><li>Name of the minister
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</li></ul>
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<p>Church of England parish register marriage records after 1837 may contain the following information:
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</p>
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<ul><li>Date and place of marriage
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</li><li>Names of the bride and groom
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</li><li>Ages and marital condition of the bride and groom
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</li><li>Residences of the bride and groom at the time of the marriage
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</li><li>Groom's occupation
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</li><li>Full name of the groom's father
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</li><li>Full name of the bride's father
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</li><li>May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time of the marriage
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</li></ul>
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<p>The key genealogical facts found in the burial records before 1812 contain:
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</p>
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<ul><li>Day, month, year and parish of burial
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</li><li>Name of deceased
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</li><li>Name of the spouse of deceased
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</li></ul>
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<p>The key genealogical facts found in the burial records after 1812 may contain:
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</p>
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<ul><li>Date and parish of burial
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</li><li>Name of deceased
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</li><li>Age and gender of deceased
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</li><li>Residence of deceased
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</li></ul>
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<h2> How to Use the Record  </h2>
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<p>Parish registers are one of the best sources for identifying individuals and connecting them to parents, spouses, and other generations. In July 1837, the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. However, parish registers continue to play an important role because they are often more readily available than civil registers. Bishops’ transcripts are a backup source for missing or illegible parish registers. If possible, you may want to search both the parish registers and the bishops’ transcripts, since one is a handwritten copy of the other and might contain differences.
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</p><p>Baptism or christening records list the parents’ names, making it possible for you to connect your ancestor to an earlier generation. You may find a birth date listed or be able to approximate a birth date. After 1812, the baptismal records list a place of residence, making it easier to identify your family by where they lived. The records also list the father’s occupation, which makes it easier to identify your ancestor's family when more than one family with the same name lived in the parish.
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</p><p>Marriage records sometimes state the residence for the bride and groom. You can use this information to look for their baptisms and to identify the children of this couple. Sometimes the groom’s occupation is listed, which could help you find more records about the groom. Marriage records after 1754 list the names of witnesses, who were often family members. These can help you identify your ancestor’s family. Signatures in the records might be used to identify a particular individual by the handwriting style.
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</p><p>Banns indicate the parish of residence of the bride and groom. This information often leads to the records of another parish. You can search for the baptisms of the bride and groom in the parishes of residence since these might also be the parishes where they were born.
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</p><p>After 1812, sometimes earlier, burial records include the age of the deceased. Use this age to approximate the person’s birth year and to find the baptismal record. If the deceased is a child, the parents’ names might be given. This information helps to extend your family another generation. The occupation of a deceased male might be given (especially after 1812) and can help identify your ancestor when there is more than one person by that name in the area. Knowing the occupation might also provide you the opportunity to find other records about your ancestor.
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</p><p><b>Beginning Your Search</b>
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</p><p>To search for a person in a Church of England parish register, you must know the following:
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</p>
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<ul><li>Where the person lived and the corresponding parish
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</li><li>When the person lived; If you do not know the time period, estimate from what you know of more recent generations
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</li></ul>
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<p>A useful means of locating parishes prior to 1851 is by referring to the wiki article:
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</p><p><a _fcknotitle="true" href="England Jurisdictions 1851">England Jurisdictions 1851</a>
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</p>
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<h2> Related Websites  </h2>
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<ul><li><a href="http://www.manchester.anglican.org/family-history">Family History - The Church of England Diocese of Manchester</a> - <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Manchester">Diocese of Manchester</a>
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</li><li><a href="http://www.manchester.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?categoryID=448&amp;documentID=464">Greater Manchester Church Register List</a> - <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Manchester Archives and Local Studies">Manchester Archives and Local Studies</a>
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</li><li><a href="http://www.findmypast.co.uk/BirthsMarriagesDeaths.jsp?ukwid=245564&amp;sourceid=2&amp;utm_source=Google+NonUK_CPC&amp;utm_medium=US&amp;utm_campaign=Parish+Records+1">Find My Past</a>
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</li><li><a href="http://www.londonfhc.org/content/catalogue?p=England,England,Lancashire,Wardleworth&amp;f=1">London Family History Centre - Catalogue</a>
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</li></ul>
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<h2> Related Wiki Articles  </h2>
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<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="England">England</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Cheshire">Cheshire</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="England Church Records">England Church Records</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Manchester St Ann, Lancashire">Manchester St Ann, Lancashire</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Quick Research Links - England">Quick Research Links - England</a>
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</li></ul>
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<h2> Known Issues With This Collection  </h2>
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<p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{HR Known Issues}}</span>For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England,_Lancashire,_Cheshire,_Yorkshire,_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)/Known_Issues">Wiki article</a>. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to <a href="mailto:support@familysearch.org">support@familysearch.org</a>. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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</p>
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<h2> Contributions to This Article  </h2>
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<p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{Contributor_invite}}</span>
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</p>
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<h2> Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  </h2>
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<p>When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.
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</p><p>A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections">Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections</a>.
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</p>
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<h3> Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  </h3>
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<p>"England, Lanchashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910," images, <i>FamilySearch </i>(http://familysearch.org: accessed 3 May 2012), Lancashire &gt; Ancoats (St James the Less) &gt; Marriages, 1892-1920 &gt; image 1 of 250, entry for John Foy and Martha Ann Whittaker, married 8 June 1893; citing Genealogical Society of Utah, "England, Lanchashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910." Index based on the International Genealogical Index, obtained from the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.
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</p>
  
This Collection will include records from 1603 to 1910.<br>
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<a href="Category:Cheshire">Church Records</a> <a href="Category:Lancashire">Church Records</a>
 
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This collection consists of records from the [[Diocese of Manchester]] held by [http://www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/arls Manchester Archives and Local Studies]. The parishes are mainly from the historic county of Lancashire, with a few parishes from Cheshire and Yorkshire. Individual parish wiki pages are being created to support the collection, which at present is an image-only collection.
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{| class="prettytable FCK__ShowTableBorders"
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! colspan="2" | Non-Lancashire parishes included in the collection
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|-
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| width="30%" | '''Parish name'''
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| width="70%" | '''Notes'''
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|-
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| [[Stalybridge St Paul, Cheshire|Staleybridge, St Paul, Cheshire]]
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| Town built on both sides of the River Tame, the historical boundary between [[Lancashire]] and [[Cheshire]]. [[Stalybridge Old St George, Lancashire|Stalybridge Old St George]] and [[Stalybridge New St George, Lancashire|Stalybridge New St George]] are on the [[Lancashire]] side.
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|-
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| [[Dobcross, Yorkshire|Dobcross, Holy Trinity, Yorkshire]]
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| Created in 1797 from the ancient parish of [[Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries|Rochdale]] part of the [[West Riding of Yorkshire]]
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|-
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| [[Lydgate, Yorkshire|Lydgate, St Anne, Yorkshire]]
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| A chapelry in the parochial chapelry of&nbsp;[[Saddleworth, Yorkshire|Saddleworth]], both of which were in the ancient parish of [[Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries|Rochdale]], Lancashire&nbsp;
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|-
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| [[Saddleworth, Yorkshire|Saddleworth, St Chad, Yorkshire]]
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| rowspan="2" | Saddleworth lies on the very western edge of [[Yorkshire]], alongside the [[Lancashire]] border. In many ways it is physically separated from the rest of Yorkshire by the Pennine range which form the parish's eastern border
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|-
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| [[Saddleworth, Yorkshire|Saddleworth, St Thomas, Yorkshire]]
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|}
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<br>FamilySearch operates within both international and national privacy laws concerning online publication; image only collections will only contain information 100 years after a birth date, 75 years after a marriage date, and 25 years after a burial date.
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The [[Diocese of Manchester]] was formed in 1847 from the [[Diocese of Chester]]. It is useful to explore [[Cheshire Parishes]]&nbsp;and [[Lancashire Parishes]], and to use the [[England Jurisdictions 1851]] to locate the pre-1851 ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
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The historical reasons for the Ancient Parish of Manchester lack of local parish due to the Collegiate Church [[Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire]] practice are explained in the wiki page. The subsequent Manchester Diocesan building program has been followed to create parish pages. Town and City parish creations post-1851 are being added to the FamilySearch wiki, but the number of Non-Conformist churches and chapels is large.
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There have been administrative changes to the historic county boundaries of Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire in several civil parish and local authority creations and reorganizations. The collection is offered as an initial phase of publication of further collections (including index collections) for the [[Diocese of Manchester]] and other Mancunian records.
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*[[Prestolee Holy Trinity, Lancashire]]&nbsp;images display as unavailable refer to parish page.
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*[[Dobcross, Yorkshire]] images display as unavailable refer to parish page.
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*Manchester Central Library is closed for refurishment, but Manchester Archives and Local Studies has relocated to the [http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/448/archives_and_local_studies The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office].
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(Email: [mailto:archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk])
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Baptisms (christenings), marriages, and burials were recorded on blank pages in a bound book called a register. The events of baptism, marriage, and burial were all recorded in one volume until 1754, when a law required that marriages be recorded in a separate book. Banns, or proclamations of “an intent” to marry, were recorded in yet another book. Starting in 1812, preprinted registers were introduced and separate registers were kept for baptisms, marriages, and burials. Before 1812, bishops’ transcripts were usually recorded on loose pieces of paper. Following that year, the transcripts were recorded on the same preprinted forms as parish registers.
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In 1537, the Church of England mandated that parishes begin keeping church registers by the next year (1538). These church registers continue to the present. Bishops’ transcripts, or copies of parish registers, were required beginning in 1598 and continued to the mid-1800s.
+
 
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The vast majority of the English population belonged to the Church of England. Only since the mid-19th century have other religious groups made headway.
+
 
+
In 1530, King Henry VIII established the Church in England, also known as the Anglican Church, the State Church, or the Episcopal Church. A law passed in 1537 required ministers to record the baptisms, marriages, and burials that took place in their parishes. Priests recorded these events in registers and kept them at the parish level, which is the lowest level of authority in the Church of England. Within some parishes, chapelries were created to provide for the worship needs of the parishioner when the parish church was not easily accessible. Chapelries sometimes had the authority to perform baptisms, marriages, and burials, so they kept their own registers. Several parishes formed a deanery (presided over by a dean), several deaneries formed an archdeaconry (presided over by an archdeacon), and several archdeaconries formed a diocese (presided over by a bishop).
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Beginning in 1598, ministers were required to send copies of their registers to an archdeacon or bishop annually. These copies are referred to as bishops’ transcripts, or sometimes archdeacon transcripts. As a result, two copies of many parish registers exist from 1598 to about the mid-1800s. After civil registration began in 1837, the value of keeping bishops’ transcripts diminished, so by 1870 most parishes had stopped making them.
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Banns are proclamations of an intent to marry. After 1754, these banns were required to be read for three consecutive Sundays before a marriage so that anyone with reasons against the marriage could oppose it. Banns were read in both the bride’s parish and the groom’s parish.
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Most bishops’ transcripts of Church of England parish registers have been preserved. Many have also been copied to microfilm or microfiche. The condition of the records is relatively good considering their age and their storage conditions over the centuries. In 1598 ministers were required to copy their registers onto parchment. If the minister failed to make such a copy, the register for that parish and its records did not survive. During the Commonwealth period, 1649–1660, many parish registers disappeared and many transcripts were not kept because ministers were deposed from their parishes.
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Parish registers were created to record church events of baptism or christening, marriage, and burial. Baptismal entries usually list the person’s birth date burial entries list the death date. In the Church of England, baptism, which was also called christening, was performed soon after the birth of a child. Marriage in the church legally united a man and a woman for civil legal reasons and for the purpose of founding a religiously sanctified family. Burial is a function of the church to inter the deceased soon after death.
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Church of England parish registers are the most reliable and accurate family history source until July 1837, when the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Information in parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts can be verified against each other. There are often variations in Bishop's Transcripts of names and spellings. Bishop's Transcripts may also omit years or part of years and are incomplete according to Diocesan practice and preservation.
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Transcription is a human process and can include error. If you are searching a computer data base which has been indexed exactly as viewed it may be necessary to search on variants of the given name and surname. The transcriber may have faithfully rendered Thos. or a Latin spelling like Xpher and your search for Thomas or Christopher may not produce a search result.
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Parish register entries may not correspond with post 1837 Civil Registration certificates. The registration of Marriages involves a quarterly return from each authorised person&nbsp; (Registrar General approved) to the local Registry Office and each Registry Office in turn to form a National Index. The transcription of information from the event may not correspond to the original entry.<br>
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Since Civil Birth registrations are only partial in the early decades of Civil registration, parish registers may be the only source of record for infant birth and death in a period of high infant mortality rates.
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For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1788853/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.&nbsp; <br>
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation
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|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Diocese of Manchester parish registers. Manchester Archives and Local Studies, Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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[[England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Church of England Parish Record Examples">
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Image:England Church of England Parish Register Christening.jpg|Christening Register
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Image:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage 1747 to 1837.jpg|Marriage Record
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Image:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage after 1837.jpg|Marriage after Year 1837
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Image:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage Before 1754.jpg|Marriage before 1754
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Image:England Church of England Parish Register Burial.jpg|Burial Register
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</gallery>  
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The key genealogical facts found in baptism records prior to 1812 contain the following information:
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*Date and place of baptism/christening
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*Name of child
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*Gender of child
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*Parents' names
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The key genealogical facts found in baptism records after 1812 contain the following information:
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*Date and place of baptism/christening
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*Child's given name
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*Child's legitimacy
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*Parents' names and residence
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*Father's occupation
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*Minister's name
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Church of England parish register marriage records before 1754 contain only the following:
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Names of the bride and groom
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*Marriage banns including the residences of the couple
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Church of England parish register marriage records after 1754 and before 1837 contain the following:
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Names of the bride and groom
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*Names of the witnesses
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*Name of the minister
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Church of England parish register marriage records after 1837 may contain the following information:
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Names of the bride and groom
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*Ages and marital condition of the bride and groom
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*Residences of the bride and groom at the time of the marriage
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*Groom's occupation
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*Full name of the groom's father
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*Full name of the bride's father
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*May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time of the marriage
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The key genealogical facts found in the burial records before 1812 contain:
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*Day, month, year and parish of burial
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*Name of deceased
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*Name of the spouse of deceased
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The key genealogical facts found in the burial records after 1812 may contain:
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*Date and parish of burial
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*Name of deceased
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*Age and gender of deceased
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*Residence of deceased
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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Parish registers are one of the best sources for identifying individuals and connecting them to parents, spouses, and other generations. In July 1837, the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. However, parish registers continue to play an important role because they are often more readily available than civil registers. Bishops’ transcripts are a backup source for missing or illegible parish registers. If possible, you may want to search both the parish registers and the bishops’ transcripts, since one is a handwritten copy of the other and might contain differences.
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Baptism or christening records list the parents’ names, making it possible for you to connect your ancestor to an earlier generation. You may find a birth date listed or be able to approximate a birth date. After 1812, the baptismal records list a place of residence, making it easier to identify your family by where they lived. The records also list the father’s occupation, which makes it easier to identify your ancestor's family when more than one family with the same name lived in the parish.
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Marriage records sometimes state the residence for the bride and groom. You can use this information to look for their baptisms and to identify the children of this couple. Sometimes the groom’s occupation is listed, which could help you find more records about the groom. Marriage records after 1754 list the names of witnesses, who were often family members. These can help you identify your ancestor’s family. Signatures in the records might be used to identify a particular individual by the handwriting style.
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Banns indicate the parish of residence of the bride and groom. This information often leads to the records of another parish. You can search for the baptisms of the bride and groom in the parishes of residence since these might also be the parishes where they were born.
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After 1812, sometimes earlier, burial records include the age of the deceased. Use this age to approximate the person’s birth year and to find the baptismal record. If the deceased is a child, the parents’ names might be given. This information helps to extend your family another generation. The occupation of a deceased male might be given (especially after 1812) and can help identify your ancestor when there is more than one person by that name in the area. Knowing the occupation might also provide you the opportunity to find other records about your ancestor.
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'''Beginning Your Search'''
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To search for a person in a Church of England parish register, you must know the following:
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*Where the person lived and the corresponding parish
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*When the person lived; If you do not know the time period, estimate from what you know of more recent generations
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A useful means of locating parishes prior to 1851 is by referring to the wiki article:
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[[England Jurisdictions 1851]]
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== Known Issues with This Collecton ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers  (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.manchester.anglican.org/family-history Family History - The Church of England Diocese of Manchester] - [[Diocese of Manchester]]
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*[http://www.manchester.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?categoryID=448&documentID=464 Greater Manchester Church Register List] - [[Manchester Archives and Local Studies]]
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/BirthsMarriagesDeaths.jsp?ukwid=245564&sourceid=2&utm_source=Google+NonUK_CPC&utm_medium=US&utm_campaign=Parish+Records+1 Find My Past]
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*[http://www.londonfhc.org/content/catalogue?p=England,England,Lancashire,Wardleworth&f=1 London Family History Centre - Catalogue]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[England]]
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*[[Cheshire]]
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*[[England Church Records]]
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*[[Manchester St Ann, Lancashire]]
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*[[Quick Research Links - England]]
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== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England,_Lancashire,_Cheshire,_Yorkshire,_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)/Known_Issues Wiki article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Contributor_invite}}
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"England, Lanchashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910," images, ''FamilySearch ''(http://familysearch.org: accessed 3 May 2012), Lancashire &gt; Ancoats (St James the Less) &gt; Marriages, 1892-1920 &gt; image 1 of 250, entry for John Foy and Martha Ann Whittaker, married 8 June 1893; citing Genealogical Society of Utah, "England, Lanchashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910." Index based on the International Genealogical Index, obtained from the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.
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[[Category:Cheshire|Church Records]] [[Category:Lancashire|Church Records]]
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Revision as of 22:33, 30 November 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1603 to 1910.

This collection consists of records from the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Manchester">Diocese of Manchester</a> held by <a href="http://www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/arls">Manchester Archives and Local Studies</a>. The parishes are mainly from the historic county of Lancashire, with a few parishes from Cheshire and Yorkshire. Individual parish wiki pages are being created to support the collection, which at present is an image-only collection.

Non-Lancashire parishes included in the collection
Parish name Notes
<a href="Stalybridge St Paul, Cheshire">Staleybridge, St Paul, Cheshire</a> Town built on both sides of the River Tame, the historical boundary between <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Lancashire">Lancashire</a> and <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Cheshire">Cheshire</a>. <a href="Stalybridge Old St George, Lancashire">Stalybridge Old St George</a> and <a href="Stalybridge New St George, Lancashire">Stalybridge New St George</a> are on the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Lancashire">Lancashire</a> side.
<a href="Dobcross, Yorkshire">Dobcross, Holy Trinity, Yorkshire</a> Created in 1797 from the ancient parish of <a href="Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries">Rochdale</a> part of the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="West Riding of Yorkshire">West Riding of Yorkshire</a>
<a href="Lydgate, Yorkshire">Lydgate, St Anne, Yorkshire</a> A chapelry in the parochial chapelry of <a href="Saddleworth, Yorkshire">Saddleworth</a>, both of which were in the ancient parish of <a href="Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries">Rochdale</a>, Lancashire 
<a href="Saddleworth, Yorkshire">Saddleworth, St Chad, Yorkshire</a> Saddleworth lies on the very western edge of <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Yorkshire">Yorkshire</a>, alongside the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Lancashire">Lancashire</a> border. In many ways it is physically separated from the rest of Yorkshire by the Pennine range which form the parish's eastern border
<a href="Saddleworth, Yorkshire">Saddleworth, St Thomas, Yorkshire</a>


FamilySearch operates within both international and national privacy laws concerning online publication; image only collections will only contain information 100 years after a birth date, 75 years after a marriage date, and 25 years after a burial date.

The <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Manchester">Diocese of Manchester</a> was formed in 1847 from the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Chester">Diocese of Chester</a>. It is useful to explore <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Cheshire Parishes">Cheshire Parishes</a> and <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Lancashire Parishes">Lancashire Parishes</a>, and to use the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="England Jurisdictions 1851">England Jurisdictions 1851</a> to locate the pre-1851 ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

The historical reasons for the Ancient Parish of Manchester lack of local parish due to the Collegiate Church <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire">Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire</a> practice are explained in the wiki page. The subsequent Manchester Diocesan building program has been followed to create parish pages. Town and City parish creations post-1851 are being added to the FamilySearch wiki, but the number of Non-Conformist churches and chapels is large.

There have been administrative changes to the historic county boundaries of Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire in several civil parish and local authority creations and reorganizations. The collection is offered as an initial phase of publication of further collections (including index collections) for the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Diocese of Manchester">Diocese of Manchester</a> and other Mancunian records.

  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Prestolee Holy Trinity, Lancashire">Prestolee Holy Trinity, Lancashire</a> images display as unavailable refer to parish page.
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Dobcross, Yorkshire">Dobcross, Yorkshire</a> images display as unavailable refer to parish page.
  • Manchester Central Library is closed for refurishment, but Manchester Archives and Local Studies has relocated to the <a href="http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/448/archives_and_local_studies">The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office</a>.

(Email: <a href="mailto:archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk">archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk</a>)

Baptisms (christenings), marriages, and burials were recorded on blank pages in a bound book called a register. The events of baptism, marriage, and burial were all recorded in one volume until 1754, when a law required that marriages be recorded in a separate book. Banns, or proclamations of “an intent” to marry, were recorded in yet another book. Starting in 1812, preprinted registers were introduced and separate registers were kept for baptisms, marriages, and burials. Before 1812, bishops’ transcripts were usually recorded on loose pieces of paper. Following that year, the transcripts were recorded on the same preprinted forms as parish registers.

In 1537, the Church of England mandated that parishes begin keeping church registers by the next year (1538). These church registers continue to the present. Bishops’ transcripts, or copies of parish registers, were required beginning in 1598 and continued to the mid-1800s.

The vast majority of the English population belonged to the Church of England. Only since the mid-19th century have other religious groups made headway.

In 1530, King Henry VIII established the Church in England, also known as the Anglican Church, the State Church, or the Episcopal Church. A law passed in 1537 required ministers to record the baptisms, marriages, and burials that took place in their parishes. Priests recorded these events in registers and kept them at the parish level, which is the lowest level of authority in the Church of England. Within some parishes, chapelries were created to provide for the worship needs of the parishioner when the parish church was not easily accessible. Chapelries sometimes had the authority to perform baptisms, marriages, and burials, so they kept their own registers. Several parishes formed a deanery (presided over by a dean), several deaneries formed an archdeaconry (presided over by an archdeacon), and several archdeaconries formed a diocese (presided over by a bishop).

Beginning in 1598, ministers were required to send copies of their registers to an archdeacon or bishop annually. These copies are referred to as bishops’ transcripts, or sometimes archdeacon transcripts. As a result, two copies of many parish registers exist from 1598 to about the mid-1800s. After civil registration began in 1837, the value of keeping bishops’ transcripts diminished, so by 1870 most parishes had stopped making them.

Banns are proclamations of an intent to marry. After 1754, these banns were required to be read for three consecutive Sundays before a marriage so that anyone with reasons against the marriage could oppose it. Banns were read in both the bride’s parish and the groom’s parish.

Most bishops’ transcripts of Church of England parish registers have been preserved. Many have also been copied to microfilm or microfiche. The condition of the records is relatively good considering their age and their storage conditions over the centuries. In 1598 ministers were required to copy their registers onto parchment. If the minister failed to make such a copy, the register for that parish and its records did not survive. During the Commonwealth period, 1649–1660, many parish registers disappeared and many transcripts were not kept because ministers were deposed from their parishes.

Parish registers were created to record church events of baptism or christening, marriage, and burial. Baptismal entries usually list the person’s birth date burial entries list the death date. In the Church of England, baptism, which was also called christening, was performed soon after the birth of a child. Marriage in the church legally united a man and a woman for civil legal reasons and for the purpose of founding a religiously sanctified family. Burial is a function of the church to inter the deceased soon after death.

Church of England parish registers are the most reliable and accurate family history source until July 1837, when the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Information in parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts can be verified against each other. There are often variations in Bishop's Transcripts of names and spellings. Bishop's Transcripts may also omit years or part of years and are incomplete according to Diocesan practice and preservation.

Transcription is a human process and can include error. If you are searching a computer data base which has been indexed exactly as viewed it may be necessary to search on variants of the given name and surname. The transcriber may have faithfully rendered Thos. or a Latin spelling like Xpher and your search for Thomas or Christopher may not produce a search result.

Parish register entries may not correspond with post 1837 Civil Registration certificates. The registration of Marriages involves a quarterly return from each authorised person  (Registrar General approved) to the local Registry Office and each Registry Office in turn to form a National Index. The transcription of information from the event may not correspond to the original entry.

Since Civil Birth registrations are only partial in the early decades of Civil registration, parish registers may be the only source of record for infant birth and death in a period of high infant mortality rates.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the <a href="https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1788853/waypoints">Browse</a> link from the collection landing page. 

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Template:Collection citationfckLR

<a href="England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection">Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.</a>

Record Content

fckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Christening.jpg|Christening Register fckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage 1747 to 1837.jpg|Marriage RecordfckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage after 1837.jpg|Marriage after Year 1837fckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Marriage Before 1754.jpg|Marriage before 1754fckLRImage:England Church of England Parish Register Burial.jpg|Burial RegisterfckLR

The key genealogical facts found in baptism records prior to 1812 contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism/christening
  • Name of child
  • Gender of child
  • Parents' names

The key genealogical facts found in baptism records after 1812 contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism/christening
  • Child's given name
  • Child's legitimacy
  • Parents' names and residence
  • Father's occupation
  • Minister's name

Church of England parish register marriage records before 1754 contain only the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Marriage banns including the residences of the couple

Church of England parish register marriage records after 1754 and before 1837 contain the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Names of the witnesses
  • Name of the minister

Church of England parish register marriage records after 1837 may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Ages and marital condition of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom at the time of the marriage
  • Groom's occupation
  • Full name of the groom's father
  • Full name of the bride's father
  • May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time of the marriage

The key genealogical facts found in the burial records before 1812 contain:

  • Day, month, year and parish of burial
  • Name of deceased
  • Name of the spouse of deceased

The key genealogical facts found in the burial records after 1812 may contain:

  • Date and parish of burial
  • Name of deceased
  • Age and gender of deceased
  • Residence of deceased

How to Use the Record

Parish registers are one of the best sources for identifying individuals and connecting them to parents, spouses, and other generations. In July 1837, the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. However, parish registers continue to play an important role because they are often more readily available than civil registers. Bishops’ transcripts are a backup source for missing or illegible parish registers. If possible, you may want to search both the parish registers and the bishops’ transcripts, since one is a handwritten copy of the other and might contain differences.

Baptism or christening records list the parents’ names, making it possible for you to connect your ancestor to an earlier generation. You may find a birth date listed or be able to approximate a birth date. After 1812, the baptismal records list a place of residence, making it easier to identify your family by where they lived. The records also list the father’s occupation, which makes it easier to identify your ancestor's family when more than one family with the same name lived in the parish.

Marriage records sometimes state the residence for the bride and groom. You can use this information to look for their baptisms and to identify the children of this couple. Sometimes the groom’s occupation is listed, which could help you find more records about the groom. Marriage records after 1754 list the names of witnesses, who were often family members. These can help you identify your ancestor’s family. Signatures in the records might be used to identify a particular individual by the handwriting style.

Banns indicate the parish of residence of the bride and groom. This information often leads to the records of another parish. You can search for the baptisms of the bride and groom in the parishes of residence since these might also be the parishes where they were born.

After 1812, sometimes earlier, burial records include the age of the deceased. Use this age to approximate the person’s birth year and to find the baptismal record. If the deceased is a child, the parents’ names might be given. This information helps to extend your family another generation. The occupation of a deceased male might be given (especially after 1812) and can help identify your ancestor when there is more than one person by that name in the area. Knowing the occupation might also provide you the opportunity to find other records about your ancestor.

Beginning Your Search

To search for a person in a Church of England parish register, you must know the following:

  • Where the person lived and the corresponding parish
  • When the person lived; If you do not know the time period, estimate from what you know of more recent generations

A useful means of locating parishes prior to 1851 is by referring to the wiki article:

<a _fcknotitle="true" href="England Jurisdictions 1851">England Jurisdictions 1851</a>

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="England">England</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Cheshire">Cheshire</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="England Church Records">England Church Records</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Manchester St Ann, Lancashire">Manchester St Ann, Lancashire</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Quick Research Links - England">Quick Research Links - England</a>

Known Issues With This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England,_Lancashire,_Cheshire,_Yorkshire,_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)/Known_Issues">Wiki article</a>. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to <a href="mailto:support@familysearch.org">support@familysearch.org</a>. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections">Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections</a>.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"England, Lanchashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910," images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org: accessed 3 May 2012), Lancashire > Ancoats (St James the Less) > Marriages, 1892-1920 > image 1 of 250, entry for John Foy and Martha Ann Whittaker, married 8 June 1893; citing Genealogical Society of Utah, "England, Lanchashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910." Index based on the International Genealogical Index, obtained from the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.

<a href="Category:Cheshire">Church Records</a> <a href="Category:Lancashire">Church Records</a>