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This Collection will include records from 1671 to 1900.<br>
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== What is in the Collection? ==
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This collection contains vital records of nonconformist individuals from the county of Cheshire, covering the period 1601-1900.  
  
Nonconformist registers were recorded in volumes of varying size and format. Nonconformist church registers cover approximately 15 percent of England’s population and 80 percent of Wales’ population after 1850.  
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Used primarily from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, ‘’nonconformist’’ was a term used to refer to an English or Welsh Christian who violated the Act of Uniformity 1559 by belonging to a sect other than the Church of England, the established state religion. These individuals therefore did not “conform” to the law, and from this dissent arose the term. By 1850, many different groups fell into the nonconformist category, including Reformed Christians (Presbyterians and Congregationalists), Baptists, and Methodists, and by 1888, when most of the Act of Uniformity was repealed, approximately 15 percent of the population of England and 80 percent of the population of Wales were considered nonconformists. See [[England Nonconformist Church Records]] for more information.
  
A Nonconformist church was one that disagreed with the Church of England (Anglican). They may have disagreed with its rites of worship, opposed its authority, or objected to it being heavily supported and subsidized by the government. The better-known Nonconformist groups were Independents (Congregationalists), Baptists, Presbyterians (including Scots Congregations), Methodists, Roman Catholics, Society of Friends (Quakers), Brethren Church, Jews, French Huguenots (Walloons), and Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Roman Catholics and Jews trace their heritage back to earlier eras. Baptists, Presbyterians, Independents, and French Huguenots all had their beginnings in the 16th century. The others were established in the 18th and 19th centuries.  
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While not the most universal source for English genealogical research, nonconformist church registers are often the most informative and accurate source available for English family history until the start of civil registration in 1837. Nonconformist birth and baptismal registers are fairly common, and they generally contain more information than those of the Church of England. Except for the Quakers and Jews, nonconformist denominations generally did not keep marriage records, especially after 1754. Nonconformist burial records are also less common, as nonconformist individuals were buried in Anglican churchyards if a churchyard belonging to their sect was not locally available.
  
Few Nonconformist registers exist before 1700 because of persecution. By the late 1700s or early 1800s, many denominations had started keeping registers. Some were better at keeping records than others. The denominations usually did not have a formal hierarchy, so the records were kept on a local level. However, some denominations did form central registries. The Presbyterians, Baptisms, and Independents (Congregationalists) established central birth registration in 1743; and the Methodists did so in 1773.  
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One of the 39 historic counties of England, Cheshire is a coastal county of northwestern England which shares much of its western border with Wales. . For a list of parishes in this county with links to more information about each of them, see [[Cheshire Parishes]].
  
Some of the births, baptisms, marriages, and burials for Nonconformists were recorded in Anglican registers. Between 1695 and 1705, Anglican ministers were required to register the births of any children in their parish who were not baptized. Even though many Anglican ministers ignored this act, some Nonconformists’ births were recorded this way. And some Nonconformists’ children were even baptized in Anglican parishes. By law, marriages after 1754 were required to take place in Anglican parish churches and be recorded in their registers. Nonconformists were often buried in Anglican churchyards because there were no other burial grounds until the early 1850s, when civil cemeteries opened. Sometimes Nonconformists’ burials were recorded in both Anglican and Nonconformist registers. Huguenots often left their recording to the Church of England. Until the end of the 19th century, some Methodists let the Church of England record their baptisms and burials. Nonconformist church registers cover approximately 15 percent of England’s population and 80 percent of Wales’ population after 1850.  
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== Collection Content ==
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The index to this collection refers to baptism, marriage, and burial records. Baptism record entries are the most common in the index, followed by burial records, with marriage records constituting the smallest portion.
  
Nonconformist church registers began in the 1500s. Some registers continue to the present.&nbsp;
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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The following lists indicate potential information given in each type of record. It must be remembered that every record may not provide all of the listed information, as the procedures for keeping parish records evolved considerably over the centuries after 1538. It must also be noted that individual parishes often developed record-keeping traditions unique to themselves.
  
Nonconformist church registers were created to record births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials or deaths.
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'''Baptismal Records''' may contain: <br>
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<i>Before 1812</i>
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*Date and place of baptism
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*Full name of child
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*Sex of child
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<i>Included after 1812</i>
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*Legitimacy of child
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*Full names of parents
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*Residence of parents
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*Marital status of parents
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*Occupations of parents
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*Names of godparents
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*Names, ages, occupations, and residences of witnesses
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*Name of minister
  
Nonconformist church registers are the most reliable and accurate family history source until 1837, when England’s civil registration began.
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'''Marriage Records''' may contain: <br>
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<i>Before 1754</i>
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Full names of bride and groom
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*Dates of the proclamation of banns
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*Residences of bride and groom
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<i>Included after 1754</i>
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*Full names of witnesses
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*Name of minister
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<i>Included after 1837</i>
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*Ages of bride and groom
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*Previous marital statuses of bride and groom
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*Full names of parents
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*Occupation of groom
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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'''Burial Records''' may contain: <br>
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<i>Before 1812</i>
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*Date and place of burial
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*Name of deceased
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*Marital status of deceased
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*Name of spouse
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<i>Included after 1812</i>
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*Age at death
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*Residence of deceased
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*Name of father, esp. if infant
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*Sex of deceased, esp. if infant
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.
  
{{Collection citation | text= "England, Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Record Office, Chester.}}
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'''Search by name by visiting the Collection Page:'''<br>
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page to return a list of possible matches. Compare the individuals on the list with what is already known to find the correct family or person. This step may require examining multiple individuals before a match is located.
  
This collection contains 67 reels of FHL microfilm.  
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=== Image Visibility ===
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the records in this collection cannot be displayed in any electronic format, and therefore are not available for viewing online.
  
[[England Cheshire Non-Conformist Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference. See below for assistance in citing this collection.
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*Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the estimated age given in a marriage or burial record to calculate an approximate year of birth, if that is yet undetermined.
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*If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the [[England Census]] and the [[England Civil Registration]] records.
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*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
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*When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
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*Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names; transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record. Also remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name, especially in church records. See [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records]] for examples of common abbreviations. Note that some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be buried under their maiden name.
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*Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Alternatively, try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
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*Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this particular collection, this step may require finding records in the bordering English counties of Lancashire to the north, Derbyshire to the west, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south, or the bordering Welsh counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire to the west. Note that marriages usually took place in the parish where the bride resided.
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*The individual in question may not have records in a nonconformist denomination. It is possible that they either changed religions at some point in their life or that they undertook Anglican ordinances for whatever reason. See [[England Cheshire Church of England Parish Registers and Bishops’ Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] for more information.
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For additional help searching online collections see [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
== Record Content  ==
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These birth records may contain the following information:
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== Citing this Collection ==
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Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer back to information that has already been discovered; proper citations are therefore indispensable to keeping track of genealogical research. Following established formulae in formatting citations also allows others to verify completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.
  
*Name of child
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To be of use, citations must include information such as the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records, if available. The following examples demonstrate how to present this information, and can serve as templates for creating proper citations for both this particular collection and individual records within the collection:
*Date of baptism
 
*Place of baptism
 
*Gender of child
 
*Names of parents
 
  
These marriage records may contain the following information:
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'''Collection Citation:'''<br> {{Collection citation | text= "England, Cheshire, Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Record Office, Chester.}}
  
*Name of groom and bride
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*Name of bride's parents
 
  
These burial records may contain the following information:
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
*Name of deceased
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*Place of burial
 
*Date of burial
 
*Age
 
*Gender
 
*Marital status
 
  
Nonconformist birth and baptismal registers will sometimes contain more information than those of the Church of England. They often list the person’s birth date, baptismal date father’s name and residence, and mother’s name (including maiden name).
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They rarely contain marriage records (except for the Quakers and Jews), especially from 1754 to 1837. They contain some burial entries, though Nonconformists were usually buried in Anglican churchyards until the Nonconformist chapel obtained its own burial grounds or the civil cemeteries opened.
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[[Category:Cheshire FamilySearch Historical Records|Nonconformist Church Records]]
 
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
 
 
To search for a person in a nonconformist church's records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
 
 
 
*Where the person lived
 
*Their denomination or sect
 
*When the person lived; if you do not know the time period, you must estimate it from what you know of more recent generations.
 
 
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
 
 
 
To search the collection by name, fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
 
 
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
 
 
For example:
 
 
 
*Use the parents' names along with the child’s birth date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
 
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate probate and tax records.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
 
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
 
 
==== Unable to Find your Ancestor?  ====
 
 
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.coraweb.com.au/uksites.htm United Kingdom - England: Societies and Resources]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Cheshire]]
 
*[[England]]
 
*[[England Church Records]]
 
*[[Quick Research Links - England]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor_invite}}
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
"England, Cheshire Non-Conformist Records, 1671-1900." database, ''FamilySearch'' ([http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]: accessed 22 March 2012), Joannes Stephens, 1 May 1891; citing Non-Conformist Church Records, reference Cheshire,&nbsp;FHL microfilm 2,068,218;&nbsp;Cheshire Record Office,&nbsp;Chester, England.
 
 
 
[[Category:Cheshire|Nonconformist Church Records]]
 

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Record Type Non-Conformists
Collection years 1671-1900
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains vital records of nonconformist individuals from the county of Cheshire, covering the period 1601-1900.

Used primarily from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, ‘’nonconformist’’ was a term used to refer to an English or Welsh Christian who violated the Act of Uniformity 1559 by belonging to a sect other than the Church of England, the established state religion. These individuals therefore did not “conform” to the law, and from this dissent arose the term. By 1850, many different groups fell into the nonconformist category, including Reformed Christians (Presbyterians and Congregationalists), Baptists, and Methodists, and by 1888, when most of the Act of Uniformity was repealed, approximately 15 percent of the population of England and 80 percent of the population of Wales were considered nonconformists. See England Nonconformist Church Records for more information.

While not the most universal source for English genealogical research, nonconformist church registers are often the most informative and accurate source available for English family history until the start of civil registration in 1837. Nonconformist birth and baptismal registers are fairly common, and they generally contain more information than those of the Church of England. Except for the Quakers and Jews, nonconformist denominations generally did not keep marriage records, especially after 1754. Nonconformist burial records are also less common, as nonconformist individuals were buried in Anglican churchyards if a churchyard belonging to their sect was not locally available.

One of the 39 historic counties of England, Cheshire is a coastal county of northwestern England which shares much of its western border with Wales. . For a list of parishes in this county with links to more information about each of them, see Cheshire Parishes.

Collection Content

The index to this collection refers to baptism, marriage, and burial records. Baptism record entries are the most common in the index, followed by burial records, with marriage records constituting the smallest portion.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The following lists indicate potential information given in each type of record. It must be remembered that every record may not provide all of the listed information, as the procedures for keeping parish records evolved considerably over the centuries after 1538. It must also be noted that individual parishes often developed record-keeping traditions unique to themselves.

Baptismal Records may contain:
Before 1812

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Full name of child
  • Sex of child

Included after 1812

  • Legitimacy of child
  • Full names of parents
  • Residence of parents
  • Marital status of parents
  • Occupations of parents
  • Names of godparents
  • Names, ages, occupations, and residences of witnesses
  • Name of minister

Marriage Records may contain:
Before 1754

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full names of bride and groom
  • Dates of the proclamation of banns
  • Residences of bride and groom

Included after 1754

  • Full names of witnesses
  • Name of minister

Included after 1837

  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Previous marital statuses of bride and groom
  • Full names of parents
  • Occupation of groom

Burial Records may contain:
Before 1812

  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of deceased
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse

Included after 1812

  • Age at death
  • Residence of deceased
  • Name of father, esp. if infant
  • Sex of deceased, esp. if infant

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page to return a list of possible matches. Compare the individuals on the list with what is already known to find the correct family or person. This step may require examining multiple individuals before a match is located.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the records in this collection cannot be displayed in any electronic format, and therefore are not available for viewing online.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference. See below for assistance in citing this collection.
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the estimated age given in a marriage or burial record to calculate an approximate year of birth, if that is yet undetermined.
  • If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the England Census and the England Civil Registration records.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names; transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record. Also remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name, especially in church records. See Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records for examples of common abbreviations. Note that some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be buried under their maiden name.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Alternatively, try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this particular collection, this step may require finding records in the bordering English counties of Lancashire to the north, Derbyshire to the west, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south, or the bordering Welsh counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire to the west. Note that marriages usually took place in the parish where the bride resided.
  • The individual in question may not have records in a nonconformist denomination. It is possible that they either changed religions at some point in their life or that they undertook Anglican ordinances for whatever reason. See England Cheshire Church of England Parish Registers and Bishops’ Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records) for more information.

For additional help searching online collections see FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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Citing this Collection

Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer back to information that has already been discovered; proper citations are therefore indispensable to keeping track of genealogical research. Following established formulae in formatting citations also allows others to verify completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.

To be of use, citations must include information such as the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records, if available. The following examples demonstrate how to present this information, and can serve as templates for creating proper citations for both this particular collection and individual records within the collection:

Collection Citation:

"England, Cheshire, Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Record Office, Chester.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for England, Cheshire, Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900.

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We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.