Oxton, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Oxton, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.


Oxton is a suburb of Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. Administratively it is a ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Originally a village in its own right, it became part of the Municipal Borough of Birkenhead upon its creation in 1877. Before local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974, it was part of the County Borough of Birkenhead, within the county of Cheshire.

Parish History

OXTON, a village, a township, and a chapelry, in Woodchurch parish, Cheshire. The village stands 2 miles W of Birkenhead r. station, and has a post-office‡under Birkenhead. [1]


Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241240.

Church Records

Oxton Parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have online indexes by the following groups:

FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Oxton St Saviour (1865) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1857-1912

Formerly a chapelry in Woodchurch parish, made a parish in 1865.

 Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
The parish church of S. Savior, Oxton

Parish Registers: Oxton Book and Film
Church Records
942.71/O2 K2b
Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
994067 Item 9

Bishop's transcripts for St. Saviour's Church, Oxton, 1851-1896

Bishops Transcripts: Oxton
Baptisms, 1851-1854, 1876-1892.
1647668 Item 5
Baptisms, 1892-1896.
1647669 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches

  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • Roman Catholic

Non-Conformists Church Records:

Palm Grove Chapel (Oxton Wesleyan Methodist) Church Records 1858-1887; Cheshire Record Office: EMS 139/13.

Chruch Records for Palm Grove Cahpel Wesleyan Methodist Church
Baptisms 1858-1880, 1887

1594191 Item 3

Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Registration Districts

  • Wirral (1837-61)
  • Birkenhead (1861-98)

Poor Law Unions

  • Wirral (1836-1861)
  • Birkenhead (1861-98)

Probate Records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

see also England Cheshire Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maps and Gazetteers

See a gazetteer description of Adlington at Vision of Britain.

Web Sites