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Guide to Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire family history and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Part of this parish is in Yorkshire. See also Rochdale St Chad, Yorkshire.
ROCHDALE St Chad, a borough, market-town, and parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, but partly in the Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, W. riding of York, 10½ miles north by northeast of Manchester.
Rochdale St Chad Parish, serving a population of nearly one hundred thousand (by 1851), was not the only church built within its boundary. St Chad's parish boundary was divided up into about twenty chapelry districts, each with is own chapel of ease (or church), with baptism and burial registers (rarely marriages--which instead were usually performed at the ancient parish of St Chad's, Rochdale), standing within its parish boundary. Be certain to see the Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries in order to identify its chapels and the availability of all their registers which covered this ancient parish. Identifying all of St Chad's chapels will greatly facilitate thorough research in this parish.
For a list of other places within the boundary of this parish, view an excellent 1870 historical summary of Rochdale at VisionofBritain.
The Family History Library's British collection has monumental transcriptions of Hawkshead parish and for the Society of Friends old burial ground.
Read about England Civil Registration (vital records) of birth, marriages and deaths on the England main page.
There are two separate (free) indexes available for Lancashire civil registration of births, marriages and deaths. One index covers all registrations nation-wide, and one index covers the copies of the local registration districts' certificate copies for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, as follows:
- FreeBMD - an online (free) nation-wide index to the certificates held at the General Registrar's Office, formerly in London, now in Solihull, Merseyside, UK. The years currently covered in this index include July, 1837 to at least 1940.
- LancashireBMD - an online index (free) to county-wide births, marriages and deaths for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, for the following range of years and their events: births 1837-1974; marriages 1837-2010; deaths 1837-1975.
- Lancashire-OPC.org.uk (below) provides numerous parish and chapel transcriptions online (free) running concurrent with the post-1837 to 1910 period. While the parish registers are not certified copies of the civil certificates of birth and death, they do however, often provide primary source birth (baptisms/christenings) and death (burials) information; of especial note are the post-1837 parish marriage registers which provide an exact replica of the civil registration certificates of marriages.
FamilySearch's Family History Library British collections holds the quarterly indexes of births, marriages and deaths from July, 1837 to 1983 in microform media.
St Chad Rochdale parish has been a very populated township possessing about 20 or more chapelries, and district churches each with church registers. There are online transcriptions for St Chad Rochdale Parish, and for the baptism, marriage and burial registers of many of its attached chapelries lying within its boundary. Displayed below are those chapelries attached to St Chad ancient parish) along with the ranges of years for which there is available online data at the web sites indicated below:
|AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)|
|FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)|
|FREG = FreeReg|
|FS = FamilySearch.org|
|GENGLD = Gengold.co.uk|
|GLUK = GenealogyLinksUK|
|HATH = Hathi Trust Digital Library|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk|
|TODWLS = Todmorden and Walsden Website|
ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH (1582) Indexes
|ROCHDALE ST MARY (BAUM CHAPEL) CEMETERY (1742) Indexes (united to St Chad which also see)|
|ROCHDALE ST ALBANS Chapelry (1856) Indexes|
|BUTTERWORTH ST JAMES (MILNROW) Chapelry (1715) Indexes|
|FS||1582-1801||1582-1802|| 1799-1863, 1867-1885|
|CASTLETON ST MARTIN Chapelry (1858) Indexes|
|DOBCROSS HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (YORKS) (1787) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|FRIARMERE ST THOMAS Chapelry (1767) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|FRIEZLAND Chapelry (YORKS) (1848) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|GREENFIELD ST THOMAS Chapelry (1874) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|HEY (or CHURCH LEES) ST JOHN THE BAPTIST Chapelry (1743) Indexes - partly in Ashton under Lyne|
|HEALEY CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1847) Indexes|
|LITTLEBOROUGH HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1741) Indexes|
|LYDGATE ST ANN'S Chapelry (1788) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|MILNROW ST JAMES (BUTTERWORTH) - see under BUTTERWORTH|
|SADDLEWORTH ST CHAD Chapelry (168 ) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|SMALLBRIDGE ST JOHN THE BAPTIST Chapelry (1834) Indexes|
|SPOTLAND ST CLEMENT Chapelry (1835) Indexes|
|TODMORDEN ST MARY Chapelry (1624) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|GLUK||1781-1857 (part.)||1822-1838;1844-1874 (part.)||1666-1904 (part.)|
|TODWLS||1680-1901 (part.)||1680-1901 (part.)||1680-1901 (part.)|
|TODMORDEN CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1834) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|TUNSTEAD HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1840) Indexes|
|WALSDEN ST PETER Chapelry (1845) Indexes (Yorks.)|
|TODWLS||1845-1878 (part.)||1845-1878 (part.)||1845-1878 (part.)|
|WARDLE WITH WUERDLE ST JAMES Chapelry (1859) Indexes - see also SMALLBRIDGE ST JOHN|
|WARLDEWORTH ST JAMES Chapelry (1821) Indexes|
|WARDLEWORTH ST MARY Chapelry (1700) Indexes|
|WHITWORTH ST BARTHOLOMEW Chapelry (1753) Indexes|
Most of St Chad's original parish registers and its attched chapelries and their registers are found at the Manchester Central Library Local Studies Unit, Lancashire, England, or, a few may still be in local custody (held at the local chapel).
While a few of the above chapelries and St Chad's parish burial registers do not currently have online indexed content, FamilySearch does have microfilm copies of the original Bishop's transcripts and/or parish registers for most of Rochdale's chapels of ease and churches. These may be circulated to and searched at any of its 4600 FamilySearch Centers worldwide.
Census records from 1841-1891 are available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. To view these census images online, they are available through a number of websites for a fee ($) or free.
- FamilySearch now has all of the British Censuses available.
- findmypast ($) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
- Ancestry.co.uk ($) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries. The library versions are known as AncestryInstitution.com.
- The Genealogist.co.uk ($) but 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.
The Family History Library has an 1851 census surname index of Lancashire - Rochdale, Butterworth & Castleton subdistricts: Public Redords Office ref HO 107/2244. FHL British Book 942.72 X22c v 21 and on FHL British Microfiche 6414326
Poor Law Unions
Rochdale Parish was the head of a poor law union.
Go to the Lancashire Probate Records and follow the step by step instructions to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction and search the records.
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