Finsthwaite, Lancashire Genealogy
Finsthwaite St Peter was created a chapel of ease in 1724 from Colton, Lancashire Ecclesiastical Parish.
Finsthwaite is a small village in the South Lakeland District,since 1974 in the county of Cumbria. It is located near the Furness Fells and Lake Windermere.
The present church was a replacement built in 1873-4, to a design by Paley and Austin, in slate and sandstone.
FINSTHWAITE, a parochial chapelry, in the parish of Coulton, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 8½ miles (N. E. by N.) from Ulverston. It is bounded on the north-east by the outlet of Windermere lake. 
The chapel, dedicated to St. Peter, was consecrated and made parochial in 1725", and as a parochial chapelry, was allowed to perform marriages.
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
An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/
Church of England
Finsthwaite chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Colton to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:
|AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)|
|FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)|
|FREG = FreeReg|
|FS = FamilySearch.org|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk|
|FINSTHWAITE ST PETER Chapelry (1725) Indexes|
|COLTON HOLY TRINITY PARISH (1623) Indexes (ancient parish containing FINSTHWAITE Chapelry)|
|FS||1623-1655, 1676-1870||1626-1648, 1676-1854||1676-1870|
For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Finsthwaite and comprising the whole ancient parish of Colton to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the COLTON PARISH page.
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 306914.
Poor Law Unions
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.
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
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- Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 235-238.Date accessed: 13 August 2013.