Over Darwen St James, Lancashire Genealogy
Guide to Over Darwen St James, Lancashire family history and genealogy. Parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.
St James Over Darwen was a chapel of ease created prior to the year 1687 and lay within the ancient parish boundary of Blackburn. Here is Samuel Lewis' historical 1848 perspective on this township:
DARWEN, OVER, a chapelry,in the parish and union of Blackburn, Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, 4¼ miles south by east of Blackburn. The chapel, dedicated to St. James, and now a district church, was erected prior to 1687. A second church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was erected in 1827-8.
There are places of worship for Wesleyans and others.
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.
Church of England
Over Darwen St James chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Blackburn to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:
|FS = FamilySearch.org|
|LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project|
|FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|AC = Ancestry.co.uk|
|FREG = FreeReg|
|OVER DARWEN ST JAMES Chapelry (1781) Indexes|
|FS||1813-1836, 1847-1851||None||1829-1836, 1847-1851|
|LOPC||1781-1814, 1816-1836, 1847-1851||None||1782-1814, 1816-1836, 1847-1851|
|BLACKBURN ST MARY THE VIRGIN PARISH|
|LOPC||1600-1611, 1614-1628, 1653-1848, 1854-1881||1600-1680, 1698-1705, 1722-1900||1651-1652, 1746-1900|
For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Over Darwen St James and comprising the whole ancient parish of Blackburn to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the BLACKBURN ST MARY 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.
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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- A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 8-15. Adapted. Date accessed: 29 June 2010