Garston, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Garston St Michael, Church Road was created as a chapelry in 1729 in Childwall, Lancashire Ancient Parish. Other places in the parish include: Speke.

Garston is a district of Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is bordered by Aigburth, Allerton, and Speke.

Gaerstun, meaning 'grazing settlement' or 'grazing farm' in Old English, is one possible root of the name.

In Medieval times, Garston was home to a group of Benedictine monks. The first recorded mention of settlement in Garston is of the church of St. Michael in 1235. By the 19th century, the area had become a small village, one of the eight townships forming the parish of Childwall.

A small dock was first built at Garston in 1793 for Blackburne’s saltworks, which still stands today.

Garston's growth accelerated rapidly in the 1840s, when in 1846, the area's first dock was constructed and opened, under the auspices of the St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway Company. The "Old Dock" was followed twenty years later by a second, the "New Dock" . In 1902, Garston was incorporated into the City of Liverpool.

The present day church of St Michael is the third to occupy the site since the thirteenth century monastic settlement. It was built in the 1870's and consecrated 29 November 1877.

The modern parish forms the Garston St Michael benefice in the Liverpool South Childwall deanery of the diocese of Liverpool and was formerly a Diocese of Chester parish.

"GARSTON, St Michael, a chapelry, in Childwall parish, Lancashire. The town stands on the Mersey, and on the Warrington, Garston, and Liverpool railway, 6 miles southeast of Liverpoo. The chapelry includes only the eastern part of Garston township and excludes Aigburth;" it was created about the year  1771. There were two dissenting chapels built here[1], at least one of which was a Wesleyan Methodist.


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

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church records

Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Parish registers for St. Michael's Church, Garston  Microfilm of original records in the Liverpool Public Library. Later refilmed from original records in the Liverpool Record Office.Liverpool Record Office no.: 1/1, 2/1-14, 3/1-5, 4/1-9.

Baptisms, 1777-1898; Burials, 1777-1813. FHL BRITISH Film 396364
Baptisms, 1898-1920, 1929-1943. FHL BRITISH Film 396365
Marriages, 1839-1903. FHL BRITISH Film 396366
Marriages, 1903-1919. FHL BRITISH Film 396367
Marriages, 1919-1925. FHL BRITISH Film 396368
Marriages, 1925-1939. FHL BRITISH Film 396369
Burials, 1813-1886. FHL BRITISH Film 396370
Burials, 1887-1918, 1920-1958. FHL BRITISH Film 396371
Parish church accounts, 1877-1895. FHL BRITISH Film 396372
Baptisms, 1777-1813; Burials, 1777-1813; Baptisms, 1813-1860 (another filming). FHL BRITISH Film 1545768 Items 6 - 8
Baptisms, 1860-1913 (another filming). FHL BRITISH Film 1545769
Baptisms, 1913-1935; Marriages, 1839-1901 (another filming). FHL BRITISH Film 1545770
Marriages, 1901-1925; Burials, 1813-1871 (another filming). FHL BRITISH Film 1545771
Burials, 1871-1918 (another filming). FHL BRITISH Film 1545772 Items 1 - 7

Bishop's transcripts for Garston, Grassendale, and St. Matthew's and St. James' Church, Mossley Hill

Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. Garston and Grassendale are chapelries in the parish of Childwall. Lancashire Record Office: DRL 2/17

Baptisms and burials, 1813-1847 in Garston; baptisms, 1868-1879 in Grassendale; baptisms, 1875-1876 in St. Matthew's and St. James' Church, Mossley Hill. FHL BRITISH Film 1068854 Item 2

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

West Derby, 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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1872)