Broughton in Furness, Lancashire Genealogy

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Broughtin-in-Furness St Mary Magdalene

Chapelry History

Broughton in Furness St Mary Magdalene is a chapelry of  Kirkby Ireleth, Lancashire Ancient Parish in Lancashire.

Broughton-in-Furness is a small town on the southern boundary of England's Lake District National Park. It is located in the Furness region of Cumbria that was part of Lancashire before 1974. It lies near the River Duddon, just inland from the West Cumbrian coastal village of Foxfield.

Broughton is mentioned in the Domesday Book as one of the townships forming the Manor of Hougun held by Earl Tostig. Dating from around the eleventh century, the original settlement grew to become the local market town for both fishing and agriculture. The central obelisk in the town square was constructed to mark the Jubilee of King George III in 1810.

"BROUGHTON-in-Furness, a market-town and a chapelry, [as of 1634] in the parish of Kirby-Ireleth, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 29 miles northwest of Lancaster.  The chapel is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene."[1]


Civil Registration

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.

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

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Church records

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Microfilm of original manuscripts in the Cumbria Record Office, Kendal.
Record contains burials, 1662-1686, marriages, 1663-1677, burials, 1667-1694, baptisms, marriages, burials, (transcript), 1662-1694, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1689-1753, baptisms, burials, 1754-1812, marriages, 1696-1697, baptisms, 1813-1901, marriages, 1754-1915, burials, 1813-1901, banns, 1824-1901.
The chapelry of Broughton-in-Furness is in the parish of Ulverston.
Cumbria Record Office no.: BPR/6/I1/1-2, I2/1-2, I3/1-3, I4/1-2, I6/1

Parish registers FHL BRITISH Film 1471921 Items 3-12

Bishop's transcripts for Broughton-in-Furness Microfilm of original records in the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.

Baptisms 1673-1677, 1694-1877; marriages 1673- 1677, 1694-1870; burials 1673-1677, 1694-1876. FHL BRITISH Film 1040308
Baptisms, burials, 1877-1896. FHL BRITISH Film 1040309 Item 1
The registers of the parish church of Kirkby-in-Furness, in the county of Lancaster baptisms, 1701-1812; burials, 1681-1812; marriages, 1728-1754
transcribed by Henry Brierley
Brierley, Henry 1846-1933, Dickinson, Robert Daniels, M. B.
Church of England. Parish Church of Kirkby-Ireleth (Lancashire), (
publications: Rochdale [Lancashire] : Lancashire Parish Register Society, 1911-c1988
subject class: 942.72 K29
Vol. 43 is a photocopy of original publication.

Vol. 127 title varies: The register of the parish of Kirkby Ireleth / transcribed and edited by Canon E. C. Whitaker and Phyllis Tyson ; indexed by W. D. and Mrs. J Knipe.

Vol. 43 With: The registers of the parish church of Torver, near Conistpn, 1599-1792. Printed Rochdale for the Lancashire Parish Register Society by James Clegg.

Vol. 127 With: The registers of the chapel of Ireth / transcribed and edited by Robert Dickinson ; indexed by M. B. Daniels.

Contents: Vol. 43. Baptisms, 1701-1812; burials, 1681-1812; marriages, 1728-1754. -- Vol. 127. baptisms, 1813-1837; marriages, 1754-1837; burials, 1813-1837.

Includes indexes.

Vol. 127 was printed in Newport, Shropshire for the Lancashire Parish Register Society by Advertiser Printing Works, c1988.

Kirkby-in-Furness known as Kirkby-Ireleth.

Vol. 43 Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. FHL BRITISH Film 599511 Item 3
Vol. 43 also on microfiche. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1998. 4 microfiches. FHL BRITISH Fiche 6142639
Vol. 127 Also on microfiche. Salt Lake City : Fil the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1998. 1998. 5 microfiches. FHL BRITISH Fiche 6142722

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Ulverston Poor Law Union,Lancashire

Probate records

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.

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  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 409-412. Adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.