Lancashire, England Genealogy

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Guide to Lancashire ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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County Information

Lancashire, is a maritime county located in the North West of England. It is sometimes called the County of Lancaster.

By 1850 Lancashire was comprised of 75 ancient parishes, each with mostly large boundaries. However, with over 400 smaller chapels  in Lancashire (called chapelries, chapels of ease, district chapels or ecclesiastical churches), most parishes on average had 8 chapels which sub-divided them.

You can also check John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales or, Samuel A. Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England to determine whether your 'parish' was in fact a "parish" or, if it was instead a chapel of ease (chapelry) within a large parish boundary, etc.[1]

Parishes and Chapelries

Click on a letter for a list of Wiki page links to Lancashire parishes and chapelries:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

The following interactive map enables researchers to make sense of this county's jurisdictional makeup:  1851 Jurisdictions Map

Civil Registration Districts

List of Lancashire Civil Registration Districts and the parishes they contain.

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References

  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870). Adapted. Date accessed: 30 Apr 2012