Flixton, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parish History

FLIXTON St Michael, a parish, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire; containing, with the township of Urmston, 2230 inhabitants, of whom 1459 are in the township of Flixton, 7 miles west by southwest from Manchester. 

There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.[1]

Flixton has been recorded as Fluxton, Flaxtown, Flyxton, Flyxeton, and Flixtone, amongst other spellings. It has been suggested that Flixton derives its name from "Fleecetown" because of its 14th-century connection with the woollen industry. Flixton first appears in historical records in 1177 however, making that toponymy seem unlikely. The name is more probably of Scandinavian origin, perhaps deriving from the Viking called Flikke or Flikkr who is credited with bringing Christianity to the area. The Anglo-Saxon ton means dwelling place, hence Flikke's ton.

Flixton St Michaels Church (Church of England) which has existed since at least 1150 AD.


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.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church records

Online Records

The parish of Flixton (with parish registers commencing in the year 1570) has much online data which is now accessible to view and not only for its own parish registers but for many of its attached chapelries as well. These parish and chapel registers are now available for the following chapels and range of years:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
FLIXTON PARISH (1570) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials 
FS 1570-1833 1570-1935 None
LOPC 1845-1894 1837-1916  None
AC None None None



Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1573-1872 1573-1889  None
LOPC 1573-1616;1777-1837 1573-1616;1782-1836 - part. yrs 1573-1616;1792-1836 - part. yrs
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1946 1837-1881 
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

Parish registers for Flixton, 1570-1954:

Microfilm copy of original registers filmed and formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England. Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: M148/1/23/1-4, M148/1/24/1-5.
FamilySearch has microfilmed these parish registers as well, as follows:

Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1570-1752.
2357361 Items 5 - 6
Baptisms, burials, 1752-1787; marriages, 1752-1754. Baptisms, burials, 1787-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1931. Marriages, 1754-1793.
Marriages, 1793-May 1951.
Marriages, May 1951-1952. Burials, 1813-1886. Banns, 1825-1915, 1940-1954.
2357392 Items 1 - 10

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Flixton- St Michael
Banns-1825-1915- MFPR 2096
Banns-1950-1954- MFPR 2096
Baptisms-1571-1752- MFPR 838
Baptisms-1752-1812- MFPR 838 or MFPR 2094
Baptisms-1813-1845- MFPR 839 or MFPR 2094
Baptisms-1845-1930- MFPR 2094
Baptisms-1930-1990- Archives L141
Baptisms Transcript-1571-1730- 929.342731 FL(391)
Baptisms Transcript-1571-1812- MFPR 398
Baptisms Transcript-1731-1812- 929.342731 FL(391)
Burials-1570-1752- MFPR 838
Burials-1752-1812- MFPR 838 or MFPR 2094
Burials-1813-1839- MFPR 839 or MFPR 2096
Burials-1839-1873- MFPR 2096
Burials-1873-1886- MFPR 2096 (draft register)
Burials Transcript-1570-1730- 929.342731 FL(391)
Burials Transcript-1570-1812- MFPR 398
Burials Transcript-1731-1812- 929.342731 FL(391)
Marriage Index-1754-1812- F929.3272 Be1
Marriages-1570-1752- MFPR 838
Marriages1752-1754- MFPR 838 or MFPR 2094
Marriages-1754-1793- MFPR 839 or MFPR 2094 or MFPR 2095
Marriages-1793-1837- MFPR 839 or MFPR 2095
Marriages-1837-1951- MFPR 2095
Marriages-1951-1952- MFPR 2096
Marriages-1952-1993- Archives L141
Marriages Transcript-1570-1730- 929.342731 FL(391)
Marriages Transcript-1570-1654- MFPR 398
Marriages Transcript-1655-1812- MFPR 399
Marriages Transcript-1731-1812- 929.342731 FL(391)

Bishop's transcripts for Flixton, 1606-1847 Microreproduction of original manuscripts filmed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/109-110b

Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1606-1641, 1670-1708, 1721-1770
1545555 Items 5 - 6
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1796-1847
1545556 Items 1-3

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.

Poor Law Unions

Barton upon Irwell Lancashire Poor Law Union

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 244-248. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50966 Adapted. Date accessed: 30 June 2010.