Lancashire Ancient Parishes

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Here is the lsit of Lancashire's 69 ancient parishes with links to their main page:
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[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire Parishes]]
  
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Below is the list of the approximately 76 ancient parishes (with links) that comprise Lancashire. Each parish link contains a treasure of information-including information about the creation of and parish/chapel history, about census records, civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, and numerous church record links to on-line data from baptism, marriage and burial (and etc.) registers.
  
*[[Accrington St James, Lancashire|Accrington St James]] <br>*[[Adlington, Lancashire|Adlington]] <br>*[[Admarsh, Lancashire|Admarsh]] <br>*[[Aigburth, Lancashire|Aigburth]] <br>*[[Ainsworth, Lancashire|Ainsworth]] <br>*[[Aldingham, Lancashire|Aldingham]]'''**''' <br>*[[Altcar, Lancashire|Altcar]]'''**''' <br>*[[Altham, Lancashire|Altham]] <br>*[[Ancoats, All Souls|Ancoats All Souls]] <br>*[[Ancoats St Andrew, Lancashire|Ancoats St Andrew]] <br>*[[Angerton, Lancashire|Angerton]] <br>*[[Ardwick St Thomas, Lancashire|Ardwick St Thomas]] <br>*[[Arkholme, Lancashire|Arkholme]] <br>*[[Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire|Ashton in Makerfield St Thomas]]'''**''' <br>*[[Ashton in Makerfield Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Ashton in Makerfield Holy Trinity]] <br>*[[Ashton under Lyne Christ Church, Lancashire|Ashton under Lyne Christ Church]] <br>*[[Ashton under Lyne St Michael, Lancashire|Ashton under Lyne St Michael]]'''**''' <br>*[[Ashton under Lyne St Peter, Lancashire|Ashton under Lyne St Peter]] <br>*[[Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew, Lancashire|Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew]] <br>*[[Ashworth, Lancashire|Ashworth]] <br>*[[Astley, Lancashire|Astley]] <br>*[[Astley Bridge, Lancashire|Astley Bridge]] <br>*[[Atherton, Lancashire|Atherton]] <br>*[[Audenshaw, Lancashire|Audenshaw]] <br>*[[Aughton, Lancashire|Aughton]] '''**''' <br>*[[Bacup, Lancashire|Bacup]] <br>*[[Balderstone, Lancashire|Balderstone]] <br>*[[Bamber Bridge St Saviour, Lancashire|Bamber Bridge St Saviour]] <br>*[[Bardsley, Lancashire|Bardsley]] <br>*[[Barrowford, Lancashire|Barrowford]] <br>*[[Barton, Lancashire|Barton]] <br>*[[Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire|Barton upon Irwell]] <br>*[[Bedford Leigh, Lancashire|Bedford Leigh]] <br>*[[Beswick, Lancashire|Beswick]] <br>*[[Bevington, Lancashire|Bevington]] <br>*[[Bickerstaffe, Lancashire|Bickerstaffe]] <br>*[[Billinge, Lancashire|Billinge]] <br>*[[Birch, Lancashire|Birch]] <br>*[[Birch in Hopwood, Lancashire|Birch in Hopwood]] <br>*[[Birch in Rusholme, Lancashire|Birch in Rusholme]] <br>*[[Bircle, Lancashire|Bircle]] <br>*[[Birtle cum Bamford, Lancashire|Birtle]] <br>*[[Bispham, Lancashire|Bispham]]'''**''' <br>*[[Blackburn Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Blackburn Holy Trinity]] <br>*[[Blackburn St John, Lancashire|Blackburn St John]] <br>*[[Blackburn St Mary, Lancashire|Blackburn St Mary]]'''**''' <br>*[[Blackburn St Michael and All Angels, Lancashire|Blackburn St Michael and All Angels]] <br>*[[Blackburn St Paul, Lancashire|Blackburn St Paul]] <br>*[[Blackburn St Peter, Lancashire|Blackburn St Peter]] <br>*[[Blackley St Peter, Lancashire|Blackley St Peter]] <br>*[[Blackpool St John, Lancashire|Blackpool St John]] <br>*[[Blackrod, Lancashire|Blackrod]] <br>*[[Blawith, Lancashire|Blawith]] <br>*[[Bolton le Moors All Saints, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors All Saints]] <br>*[[Bolton le Moors Christ Church, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors Christ Church]] <br>*[[Bolton le Moors Emmanuel, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors Emmanuel]] <br>*[[Bolton le Moors Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors Holy Trinity]] <br>*[[Bolton le Moors St George, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors St George]] <br>*[[Bolton le Moors St Peter, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors St Peter]]'''**''' <br>*[[Bolton le Sands, Lancashire|Bolton le Sands]] <br>*[[Little Bolton St John, Lancashire|Little Bolton St John]] <br>*[[Bootle St Mary, Lancashire|Bootle St Mary]] <br>*[[Bradshaw, Lancashire|Bradshaw]] <br>*[[Brathay, Lancashire|Brathay]] <br>*[[Bretherton, Lancashire|Bretherton]] <br>*[[Briercliffe, Lancashire|Briercliffe]] <br>*[[Brindle, Lancashire|Brindle]]'''**''' <br>*[[Broughton, Lancashire|Broughton]] <br>*[[Broughton in Furness, Lancashire|Broughton in Furness]] <br>*[[Burnley St Paul]] <br>*[[Burnley St Peter, Lancashire|Burnley St Peter]] <br>*[[Burnley St James, Lancashire|Burnley St James]] <br>*[[Burscough Bridge, Lancashire|Burscough Bridge]] <br>*[[Burton in Kendal, Lancashire|Burton in Kendal]] <br>*[[Burton Wood, Lancashire|Burton Wood]] <br>*[[Bury St John, Lancashire|Bury St John]] <br>*[[Bury St Mary, Lancashire|Bury St Mary]]'''**''' <br>*[[Bury St Paul, Lancashire|Bury St Paul]] <br>*[[Cartmel, Lancashire|Cartmel]]'''**''' <br>*[[Cartmel Fell, Lancashire|Cartmel Fell]] <br>*[[Caton with Littledale, Lancashire|Caton with Littledale]] <br>*[[Chadderton St John, Lancashire|Chadderton St John]] <br>*[[Chadderton St Matthew, Lancashire|Chadderton St Matthew]] <br>*[[Chatburn, Lancashire|Chatburn]] <br>*[[Cheetham Hill St Mark, Lancashire|Cheetham Hill St Mark]] <br>*[[Cheetham St Luke|Cheetham Hill&amp;nbsp;St Luke]] <br>*[[Childwall, Lancashire|Childwall]]'''**''' <br>*[[Chipping, Lancashire|Chipping]] <br>*[[Chorley St George, Lancashire|Chorley St George]] <br>*[[Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire|Chorley St Laurence]]'''**''' <br>*[[Chorley St Peter, Lancashire|Chorley St Peter]] <br>*[[Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire|Chorlton cum Hardy]] <br>*[[Chorlton upon Medlock All Saints, Lancashire|Chorlton upon Medlock All Saints]] <br>*[[Chorlton Upon Medlock St Luke, Lancashire|Chorlton upon Medlock St Luke]] <br>*[[Chorlton upon Medlock St Saviour, Lancashire|Chorlton upon Medlock St Saviour]] <br>*[[Church Coniston, Lancashire|Church Coniston]] <br>*[[Church Kirk, Lancashire|Church Kirk]] <br>*[[Claughton, Lancashire|Claughton]] <br>*[[Claughton St Chad, Lancashire|Claughton St Chad]]'''**''' <br>*[[Clayton le Moors, Lancashire|Clayton le Moors]] <br>*[[Clitheroe, Lancashire|Clitheroe]] <br>*[[Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire|Clitheroe Castle]] <br>*[[Clitheroe St James, Lancashire|Clitheroe St James]] <br>*[[Cockerham, Lancashire|Cockerham]]'''**''' <br>*[[Cockersand Abbey, Lancashire|Cockersand Abbey]]
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The county's 76 parishes, unlike most other England counties, possessed just over 400 chapelries. These smaller chapels (chapelries) subdivided each parish to which they were attached with Manchester possessing by far the greatest number of chapels within its boundary (with approximately 150, by 1885!), and making it England's largest parish.
  
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Click the link (below) to find out which chapelries were attached to each ancient parish and then be certain to search for your ancestor in not only the parish registers but in''all'' of those chapelries (their registers as well) which are attached to each ancient parish.
  
| width="25%" | <br>*[[Coldhurst, Lancashire|Coldhurst]] <br>*[[Colne, Lancashire|Colne]] <br>*[[Colne Christ Church, Lancashire|Colne Christ Church]] <br>*[[Colton, Lancashire|Colton]]'''**''' <br>*[[Coniston, Lancashire|Coniston]] <br>*[[Copp, Lancashire|Copp]] <br>*[[Coppull, Lancashire|Coppull]] <br>*[[Croft with Southworth, Lancashire|Croft with Southworth]]'''**'''[[Crosby, Little|&lt;br&gt;]]<br>*[[Crossens, Lancashire|Crossens]] <br>*[[Croston, Lancashire|Croston]]'''**''' <br>*[[Croxteth Park, Lancashire|Croxteth Park]] <br>*[[Dalton in Furness, Lancashire|Dalton in Furness]]'''**'''[[Over Darwen Holy Trinity, Lancashire|&lt;br&gt;]]<br>*[[Deane, Lancashire|Deane]]'''**''' <br>*[[Dendron, Lancashire|Dendron]] <br>*[[Denton, Lancashire|Denton]] <br>*[[Denton Christ Church, Lancashire|Denton Christ Church]][[West Derby St Mary, Lancashire|&lt;br&gt;]]<br>*[[Didsbury, Lancashire|Didsbury]] <br>*[[Dolphinholme]] <br>*[[Downham, Lancashire|Downham]] <br>*[[Droylsden, Lancashire|Droylsden]] <br>*[[Field Broughton St Peter, Lancashire|East Broughton]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[East Crompton, Lancashire|East Crompton]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Eccles, Lancashire|Eccles]]'''**''' <br>*[[Eccleston, Lancashire|Eccleston St Mary]]&amp;nbsp;(near Croston)'''**'''&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Eccleston Christ Church, Lancashire|Eccleston Christ Church]] (near Prescot) <br>*[[Eccleston St Thomas, Lancashire|Eccleston St Thomas]] <br>*[[Edenfield, Lancashire|Edenfield]] <br>*[[Egton cum Newland, Lancashire|Egton cum Newland]] <br>*[[Ellel, Lancashire|Ellel]] <br>*[[Ellenbrook St Mary the Virgin, Lancashire, England|Ellenbrook]] <br>*[[Elton, Lancashire|Elton]] <br>*[[Euxton, Lancashire|Euxton]] <br>*[[Everton Christ Church, Lancashire|Everton Christ Church]] <br>*[[Everton St Augustine, Lancashire|Everton St Augustine]] <br>*[[Everton St George, Lancashire|Everton St George]] <br>*[[Everton St Peter, Lancashire|Everton St Peter&amp;nbsp;]] <br>*[[Failsworth, Lancashire|Failsworth]] <br>*[[Farington, Lancashire|Farington]] <br>*[[Farnworth, Lancashire|Farnworth]] <br>*[[Farnworth and Kearsley, Lancashire|Farnworth and Kearsley]] <br>*[[Fence-in-Pendle, Lancashire|Fence-in-Pendle]] <br>*[[Feniscowles, Lancashire|Feniscowles]] <br>*[[Field Broughton St Peter, Lancashire|Field Broughton St Peter]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Finsthwaite, Lancashire|Finsthwaite]] <br>*[[Flixton, Lancashire|Flixton]]'''**''' <br>*[[Flookburgh, Lancashire|Flookburgh]] <br>*[[Formby, Lancashire|Formby]] <br>*[[Garstang, Lancashire|Garstang]]'''**''' <br>*[[Garstang St Thomas, Lancashire|Garstang St Thomas]] <br>*[[Garston, Lancashire|Garston]] <br>*[[Glasson, Lancashire|Glasson]] <br>*[[Glodwick, Lancashire|Glodwick]] <br>*[[Golborne, Lancashire|Golborne]]'''**''' <br>*[[Goodshaw, Lancashire|Goodshaw]] <br>*[[Goosnargh, Lancashire|Goosnargh]] <br>*[[Gorton St James, Lancashire|Gorton St James]] <br>*[[Great Crosby, Lancashire|Great Crosby]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Great Harwood, Lancashire|Great Harwood]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Great Lever, Lancashire|Great Lever]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Great Marsden, Lancashire|Great Marsden]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Great Sankey, Lancashire|Great Sankey]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Gressingham, Lancashire|Gressingham]] <br>*[[Grimsargh, Lancashire|Grimsargh]] <br>*[[Habergham All Saints, Lancashire|Habergham All Saints]] <br>*[[Habergham Eaves, Lancashire|Habergham Eaves]] <br>*[[Haigh and Aspull, Lancashire|Haigh and Aspull]] <br>*[[Hale, Lancashire|Hale]] <br>*[[Halewood, Lancashire|Halewood]] <br>*[[Halliwell St Peter, Lancashire|Halliwell St Paul]] <br>*[[Halliwell St Peter, Lancashire|Halliwell St Peter]] <br>*[[Halsall, Lancashire|Halsall]]'''**''' <br>*[[Halton, Lancashire|Halton]]'''**''' <br>*[[Hambleton, Lancashire|Hambleton]] <br>*[[Harpurhey, Lancashire|Harpurhey]] <br>*[[Harwood, Lancashire|Harwood]][[Great Harwood, Lancashire|&lt;br&gt;]]<br>*[[Haslingden, Lancashire|Haslingden]] <br>*[[Haverthwaite, Lancashire|Haverthwaite]] <br>*[[Hawkshead, Lancashire|Hawkshead]]'''**''' <br>*[[Healey, Lancashire|Healey]] <br>*[[Heapey, Lancashire|Heapey]] <br>*[[Heaton Norris, Lancashire|Heaton Norris]] <br>*[[Henheads, Lancashire|Henheads]] <br>*[[Hesketh with Becconsall, Lancashire|Hesketh with Becconsall]]'''**''' <br>*[[Hey, Lancashire|Hey]] <br>*[[Heyhouses, Lancashire|Heyhouses]] <br>*[[Heysham, Lancashire|Heysham]]'''**''' <br>*[[Heywood, Lancashire|Heywood]] <br>*[[Heywood St James, Lancashire|Heywood St James]] <br>*[[Hindley, Lancashire|Hindley]] <br>*[[Hoghton, Lancashire|Hoghton]] <br>*[[Holcombe, Lancashire|Holcombe]] <br>*[[Hollinfare, Lancashire|Hollinfare]] <br>*[[Hollinwood, Lancashire|Hollinwood]] <br>*[[Holme Island, Lancashire|Holme Island]] <br>*[[Holme St John, Lancashire|Holme St John]] <br>*[[Hoole, Lancashire|Hoole]]'''**''' <br>*[[Hornby, Lancashire|Hornby]] <br>*[[Horwich, Lancashire|Horwich]][[West Houghton, Lancashire|&lt;br&gt;]]<br>*[[Hulme Christ Church, Lancashire|Hulme Christ Church]] <br>*[[Hulme St George, Lancashire|Hulme St George]] <br>*[[Hulme St Mark, Lancashire|Hulme St Mark]][[Little Hulton, Lancashire|&lt;br&gt;]]<br>*[[Hundersfield, Lancashire|Hundersfield]] <br>*[[Hurst, Lancashire|Hurst]] <br>*[[Hurst Green, Lancashire|Hurst Green]] <br>*[[Huyton, Lancashire|Huyton]]'''**''' <br>*[[Inskip, Lancashire|Inskip]][[Over Kellet, Lancashire|&lt;br&gt;]]<br>*[[Kirkby, Lancashire|Kirkby]] <br>*[[Kirkby Ireleth, Lancashire|Kirkby Ireleth]]'''**''' <br>*[[Kirkdale St Mary, Lancashire|Kirkdale St Mary]] <br>*[[Kirkham, Lancashire|Kirkham]]'''**''' <br>*[[Knotty Ash St John the Evangelist, Lancashire|Knotty Ash St John the Evangelist]] <br>*[[Knowsley, Lancashire|Knowsley]] <br>*[[Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire|Lancaster Castle]] <br>*[[Lancaster St Anne, Lancashire|Lancaster St Anne]] <br>*[[Lancaster St John, Lancashire|Lancaster St John]] <br>*[[Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire|Lancaster St Mary]]'''**''' <br>*[[Lancaster St Thomas, Lancashire|Lancaster St Thomas]] <br>*[[Lane Bridge, Lancashire|Lane Bridge]] <br>*[[Langho, Lancashire|Langho]] <br>*[[Latchford St James, Lancashire|Latchford_St_James]] <br>*[[Lathom St James, Lancashire|Lathom St James]] <br>*[[Leck, Lancashire|Leck]] <br>*[[Leesfield, Lancashire|Leesfield]] <br>*[[Leigh, Lancashire|Leigh]]'''**''' <br>*[[Lever Bridge, Lancashire|Lever Bridge]] <br>*[[Leyland, Lancashire|Leyland]]'''**''' <br>*[[Lindale, Lancashire|Lindale]] <br>*[[Litherland Christ Church, Lancashire|Litherland Christ Church]] <br>*[[Little Bolton All Saints, Lancashire|Little Bolton All Saints]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Little Bolton St John, Lancashire|Little Bolton St John]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Crosby, Little|Little Crosby]] <br>*[[Little Hulton, Lancashire|Little Hulton]] <br>*[[Little Lever, Lancashire|Little Lever]] <br>*[[Little Marsden, Lancashire|Little Marsden]]&lt;br&gt;
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You can click a "Comprehensive List of Chapelries" link in each Parish page to view and printout a list of chapelries attached to the parish.
  
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Key Strategies:
  
| width="25%" | <br>*[[Littleborough, Lancashire|Littleborough]] <br>*[[Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas, Lancashire|Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas]]'''**''' <br>*[[Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire|Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys]]'''**''' <br>*[[Melling, Lancashire|Melling]]'''**''' <br>*[[Middleton, Lancashire|Middleton]]'''**''' <br>*[[Mitton, Lancashire|Mitton St Michael]]'''**''' <br>*[[Newchurch, Lancashire|Newchurch]]'''**''' <br>*[[North Meols, Lancashire|North Meols]]'''**''' <br>*[[Ormskirk, Lancashire|Ormskirk]]'''**''' <br>*[[Pennington, Lancashire|Pennington]] '''**''' <br>*[[Penwortham, Lancashire|Penwortham]]'''**''' <br>*[[Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire|Poulton le Fylde]]'''**''' <br>*[[Prescot, Lancashire|Prescot]]'''**''' <br>*[[Preston St John, Lancashire|Preston St John]]'''**''' <br>*[[Prestwich St Mary, Lancashire|Prestwich St Mary]]'''**''' <br>*[[Radcliffe, St Mary Lancashire|Radcliffe St Mary]]'''**''' <br>*[[Rainford, Lancashire|Rainford]]
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#Where available, always search indexes first.
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#For the sake of thoroughness in research, always search registers of the ancient parish then ''accurately identify'' and search the registers of each of its attached chapelries within its boundary.
  
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These are "must-do" steps, in order to locate and prove Lancashire ancestral connections in especially the pre-Civil Registration period (pre-1837).
  
| width="25%" | <br>*[[Ribchester, Lancashire|Ribchester]]'''**''' <br>*[[Rivington, Lancashire|Rivington]] <br>*[[Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire|Rochdale St Chad]]'''**''' <br>*[[Royton, Lancashire|Royton]] <br>*[[Rufford, Lancashire|Rufford]]'''**''' <br>*[[Sefton, Lancashire|Sefton]]'''**''' <br>*[[St Helens, Lancashire|St Helens]] <br>*[[St Michael on Wyre, Lancashire|St Michael on Wyre]]'''**''' <br>*[[Stalybridge New St George, Lancashire|Stalybridge New St George]] <br>*[[Stand, Lancashire|Stand]] <br>*[[Standish, Lancashire|Standish]]'''**''' <br>*[[Tarleton, Lancashire|Tarleton]]'''**''' <br>*[[Tatham, Lancashire|Tatham]]'''**''' <br>*[[Thornton, Lancashire|Thornton]] <br>*[[Thornton in Lonsdale, Lancashire|Thornton in Lonsdale]]&lt;br&gt;<br>*[[Tunstal, Lancashire|Tunstal]]'''**''' <br>*[[Ulverston St Mary, Lancashire|Ulverston St Mary]]'''**''' <br>*[[Urswick, Lancashire|Urswick]]'''**''' <br>*[[Walton le Dale, Lancashire|Walton le Dale]] <br>*[[Walton on the Hill St Mary, Lancashire|Walton on the Hill St Mary]]'''**''' <br>*[[Warrington St Elphin, Lancashire|Warrington St Elphin]]'''**''' <br>*[[Warton (near Lancaster), Lancashire|Warton (near Lancaster)]]'''**''' <br>*[[Whalley, Lancashire|Whalley]]'''**''' <br>*[[Whittington, Lancashire|Whittington]]'''**''' <br>*[[Wigan All Saints, Lancashire|Wigan All Saints]]'''**''' <br>*[[Winwick, Lancashire|Winwick]]'''**''' <br>
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| width="220" | [[Aldingham, Lancashire|Aldingham]]  
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| width="220" | [[Altcar, Lancashire|Altcar]]  
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| width="220" | [[Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire|Ashton in Makerfield St Thomas]] (became a parish in 1845)
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| [[Ashton under Lyne St Michael, Lancashire|Ashton under Lyne St Michael]]
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| [[Aughton, Lancashire|Aughton]]
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| [[Bispham, Lancashire|Bispham]]
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| [[Blackburn St Mary, Lancashire|Blackburn St Mary]]
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| [[Bolton le Moors St Peter, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors St Peter]]
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| [[Bolton le Sands, Lancashire|Bolton le Sands]]
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| [[Brindle, Lancashire|Brindle]]
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| [[Bury St Mary, Lancashire|Bury St Mary]]
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| [[Cartmel, Lancashire|Cartmel]]
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| [[Childwall, Lancashire|Childwall]]
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| [[Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire|Chorley St Laurence]]
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| [[Claughton St Chad, Lancashire|Claughton St Chad]]
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| [[Cockerham, Lancashire|Cockerham]]&nbsp;
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| [[Colton, Lancashire|Colton]]  
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| [[Croft with Southworth, Lancashire|Croft with Southworth]]
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| [[Croston, Lancashire|Croston]]
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| [[Dalton in Furness, Lancashire|Dalton in Furness]]
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| [[Deane, Lancashire|Deane]]
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| [[Eccles, Lancashire|Eccles]]
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| [[Eccleston, Lancashire|Eccleston St Mary]] (near Croston)
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| [[Flixton, Lancashire|Flixton]]
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| [[Garstang, Lancashire|Garstang]]
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| [[Golborne, Lancashire|Golborne]]
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| [[Halsall, Lancashire|Halsall]]
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| [[Halton, Lancashire|Halton]]
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| [[Hawkshead, Lancashire|Hawkshead]]
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| [[Hesketh with Becconsall, Lancashire|Hesketh with Becconsall]]
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| [[Heysham, Lancashire|Heysham]]
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| [[Hoole, Lancashire|Hoole]]
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| [[Huyton, Lancashire|Huyton]]
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| [[Kirkby Ireleth, Lancashire|Kirkby Ireleth]]
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| [[Kirkham, Lancashire|Kirkham]]
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| [[Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire|Lancaster St Mary]]
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| [[Leigh, Lancashire|Leigh]]
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| [[Leyland, Lancashire|Leyland]]
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| [[Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas, Lancashire|Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas]]
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| [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Lytham,_Lancashire Lytham]
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| [[Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire|Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys]]  
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| [[Melling, Lancashire|Melling]]
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| [[Middleton, Lancashire|Middleton]]  
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| [[Mitton, Lancashire|Mitton St Michael]]  
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| [[Newchurch, Lancashire|Newchurch]]
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| [[North Meols, Lancashire|North Meols]]  
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| [[Ormskirk, Lancashire|Ormskirk]]
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| [[Pennington, Lancashire|Pennington]]
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| [[Penwortham, Lancashire|Penwortham]]
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| [[Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire|Poulton le Fylde]]
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| [[Prescot, Lancashire|Prescot]]
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| [[Preston St John, Lancashire|Preston St John]]
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| [[Prestwich St Mary, Lancashire|Prestwich St Mary]]
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| [[Radcliffe, St Mary Lancashire|Radcliffe St Mary]]
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| [[Ribchester, Lancashire|Ribchester]]
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| [[Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire|Rochdale St Chad]]
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| [[Rufford, Lancashire|Rufford]]
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| [[Sefton, Lancashire|Sefton]]
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| [[St Michael on Wyre, Lancashire|St Michael on Wyre]]
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| [[Standish, Lancashire|Standish]]
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| [[Tarleton, Lancashire|Tarleton]]
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| [[Tatham, Lancashire|Tatham]]
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| [[Thornton in Lonsdale, Lancashire|Thornton in Lonsdale]]
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| [[Tunstal, Lancashire|Tunstal]]  
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| [[Ulverston St Mary, Lancashire|Ulverston St Mary]]  
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| [[Urswick, Lancashire|Urswick]]
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| [[Walton on the Hill St Mary, Lancashire|Walton on the Hill St Mary]]  
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| [[Warrington St Elphin, Lancashire|Warrington St Elphin]]  
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| [[Warton (near Lancaster), Lancashire|Warton (near Lancaster)]]
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| [[Whalley, Lancashire|Whalley]]  
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| [[Whittington, Lancashire|Whittington]]  
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| [[Wigan All Saints, Lancashire|Wigan All Saints]]
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[[Category:Lancashire]]

Revision as of 21:25, 20 February 2013

England Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Parishes

Below is the list of the approximately 76 ancient parishes (with links) that comprise Lancashire. Each parish link contains a treasure of information-including information about the creation of and parish/chapel history, about census records, civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, and numerous church record links to on-line data from baptism, marriage and burial (and etc.) registers.

The county's 76 parishes, unlike most other England counties, possessed just over 400 chapelries. These smaller chapels (chapelries) subdivided each parish to which they were attached with Manchester possessing by far the greatest number of chapels within its boundary (with approximately 150, by 1885!), and making it England's largest parish.

Click the link (below) to find out which chapelries were attached to each ancient parish and then be certain to search for your ancestor in not only the parish registers but inall of those chapelries (their registers as well) which are attached to each ancient parish.

You can click a "Comprehensive List of Chapelries" link in each Parish page to view and printout a list of chapelries attached to the parish.

Key Strategies:

  1. Where available, always search indexes first.
  2. For the sake of thoroughness in research, always search registers of the ancient parish then accurately identify and search the registers of each of its attached chapelries within its boundary.

These are "must-do" steps, in order to locate and prove Lancashire ancestral connections in especially the pre-Civil Registration period (pre-1837).

Aldingham Altcar Ashton in Makerfield St Thomas (became a parish in 1845)
Ashton under Lyne St Michael Aughton Bispham
Blackburn St Mary Bolton le Moors St Peter Bolton le Sands
Brindle Bury St Mary Cartmel
Childwall Chorley St Laurence Claughton St Chad
Cockerham  Colton Croft with Southworth
Croston Dalton in Furness Deane
Eccles Eccleston St Mary (near Croston) Flixton
Garstang Golborne Halsall
Halton Hawkshead Hesketh with Becconsall
Heysham Hoole Huyton
Kirkby Ireleth Kirkham Lancaster St Mary
Leigh Leyland Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas
Lytham Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys Melling
Middleton Mitton St Michael Newchurch
North Meols Ormskirk Pennington
Penwortham Poulton le Fylde Prescot
Preston St John Prestwich St Mary Radcliffe St Mary
Ribchester Rochdale St Chad Rufford
Sefton St Michael on Wyre Standish
Tarleton Tatham Thornton in Lonsdale
Tunstal Ulverston St Mary Urswick
Walton on the Hill St Mary Warrington St Elphin Warton (near Lancaster)
Whalley Whittington Wigan All Saints
Winwick