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Guide to Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire family history and genealogy. Parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.
LANCASTER (St. Mary), a parish, comprising the borough, port, and markettown of Lancaster, having separate jurisdiction, partly in the hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, and partly in that of Amounderness, N. division of the county of Lancaster. Other places in the parish include: Hays Haw Fell, Hawthornthwaite Vaschery, Heaton with Oxcliffe, Lee Fell, Lentworth Vaschery, Marshaw Fell, Myerscough, Ortner Vaschery, Oxcliffe, Pilling Lane, Scotforth, Stodday, Thurnham, Torrisholme, Abbeystead, Aldcliffe, Ashton, Ashton with Stodday, Bare, Bulk, Catshaw Vaschery, Dunkenshaw Fell, Emmetts Vaschery, Fulwood, Green Vaschery, Hackensall, and Heaton.
To read an excellent 19th Century historical perspective on the City of Lancaster and its many churches and chapels, see the Topographical Dictionary of England by the famous topographer, Samuel A. Lewis.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD
Lancashire Online Parish Clerks
An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/
Some online transcriptions exist for Lancaster St Mary's Parish (Cathedral), as well as for its several chapelries and ecclesiastical parishes--over which it held jurisdiction. Links to online baptisms, marriages and burials registers are displayed below and located at the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years:
|AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)|
|FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)|
|FREG = FreeReg|
|FS = FamilySearch.org|
|JOIN = Joiner's Marriage Index (£)|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk|
|LANCASTER ST MARY'S PARISH (1599) Indexes|
|LANCASTER ST ANNE Chapelry (1796) Indexes|
|LANCASTER CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1857) Indexes|
|LANCASTER ST JOHN Chapelry (1755) Indexes|
|LANCASTER ST SAVIOUR Chapelry (1867) Indexes|
|LANCASTER ST THOMAS Chapelry (1845) Indexes|
|LANCASTER CASTLE (EXTRA PAROCHIAL) () Indexes|
|BLEASDALE (ADMARSH CHAPEL) Chapelry (1779) Indexes|
|CATON Chapelry (1585) Indexes|
|FULWOOD CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1861) Indexes|
|FULWOOD GARRISON CHAPEL (Army) - 1848 Indexes (at Man. Central Libr.)|
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|GLASSON Chapelry (1840) Indexes|
|GRESSINGHAM ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST Chapelry (1676) Indexes|
|LITTLEDALE ST ANNE Chapelry (1848) Indexes|
|MYERSCOUGH Chapelry (1599) Indexes|
|OVER-WYRESDALE CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1724) Indexes|
|OVERTON ST HELEN Chapelry (1678) Indexes|
|POULTON-LE-SANDS HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1813) Indexes|
|QUERNMORE ST PETER Chapelry (1862) Indexes|
|SCOTFORTH ST PAUL (1876) Indexes|
|SKERTON ST LUKE Chapelry (1834) Indexes|
|STALMINE ST JAMES WITH STAYNALL CHAPEL Chapelry (1583) Indexes|
Original copies of the parish registers for Lancaster St Mary and its numerous attached smaller chapelries' registers are held at the Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, PR2 1RE.
In addition, the Family History Library, at FamilySearch in Salt Lake City, UT, U.S.A. also has microfilm copies of these originals and these may be circulated to any one of its 4,600 satellite FamilySearch Centres worldwide.
Census records from 1841-1891 are available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 306936. To view these census images online, they are available through the following websites for a fee ($) or free:
- FamilySearch has some of the British Censuses available.
- FindMyPast ($) has all available census records including images, and is free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and some public and academic libraries.
- Ancestry.co.uk ($) has now all available census records but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and at numerous public and academic libraries. The library versions are known as AncestryInstitution.com.
- The Genealogist.co.uk ($) has all available censuses and is free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
- FreeCen is a UK census searches. It is not complete and individuals are always asked to consider helping out with transcriptions.
Poor Law Unions
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
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