Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire Genealogy

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See a Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries

Part of this parish is in Yorkshire. See also Rochdale St Chad, Yorkshire.

Parish History

ROCHDALE St Chad, a borough, market-town, and parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, but partly in the Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, W. riding of York, 10½ miles north by northeast of Manchester.[1]

Rochdale St Chad Parish, serving a population of nearly one hundred thousand (by 1851), was not the only church built within its boundary. St Chad's parish boundary was divided up into about twenty chapelry districts, each with is own chapel of ease (or church), with baptism and burial registers (rarely marriages--which instead were usually performed at the ancient parish of St Chad's, Rochdale), standing within its parish boundary. Be certain to see the Comprehensive List of Rochdale Chapelries in order to identify its chapels and the availability of all their registers which covered this ancient parish. Identifying all of St Chad's chapels will greatly faclitate thorough research in this parish.

For a list of other places within the boundary of this parish, view an excellent 1870 historical summary of Rochdale at VisionofBritain.



The Family History Library's British collection has monumental transcriptions of Hawkshead parish and for the Society of Friends old burial ground.

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths - 1837 to the Present

Read about England Civil Registration (vital records) of birth, marriages and deaths on the England main page.

Online Indexes

There are two separate (free) indexes available for Lancashire civil registration of births, marriages and deaths. One index covers all registrations nation-wide, and one index covers the copies of the local registration districts' certificate copies for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, as follows:

  • FreeBMD - an online (free) nation-wide index to the certificates held at the General Registrar's Office, formerly in London, now in Solihull, Merseyside, UK. The years currently covered in this index include July, 1837 to at least 1940.
  • LancashireBMD - an online index (free) to county-wide births, marriages and deaths for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, for the following range of years and their events: births 1837-1974; marriages 1837-2010; deaths 1837-1975.
  • (below) provides numerous parish and chapel transcriptions online (free) running concurrent with the post-1837 to 1910 period. While the parish registers are not certified copies of the civil certificates of birth and death, they do however, often provide primary source birth (baptisms/christenings) and death (burials) information; of especial note are the post-1837 parish marriage registers which provide an exact replica of the civil registration certificates of marriages.


FamilySearch's Family History Library British collections holds the quarterly indexes of births, marriages and deaths from July, 1837 to 1983 in microform media.

Church Records

Online Records 

St Chad Rochdale parish has been a very populated township possessing about 20 or more chapelries, and district churches each with church registers. There are online transcriptions for St Chad Rochdale Parish, and for the baptism, marriage and burial registers of many of its attached chapelries lying within its boundary. Displayed below are those chapelries attached to St Chad ancient parish) along with the ranges of years for which there are available online data at the web sites indicated below: 

LOPC =  Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
FMP =  FMP =
AC =
FREG =FreeReg
GLUK = genealogylinksuk




Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1582-1894 1582-1898   
LOPC 1642-1835 1582-1898 1582-1837;1862-1896
LBMD None 1837-1940 None
AC  1582-1616 1701-1801 1582-1616
Baptisms Marriages Burials
LOPC 1802-1836 None 1826-1836
Baptisms Marriages Burials
LBMD 1856-1925
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1582-1801 1582-1802   
LOPC 1715-1851 None 1799-1848
LBMD None None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1787-1843 1855-1910 1788-1897 
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1845-1974 None
AC  156 316 16
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1767-1910 1845-1892 1788-1846
LBMD None 1845-1974 None
AC  156 316 16


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1849-1910 1850-1889  1868-1935 
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1845-1974 None
AC  116 156 16
HEY (or CHURCH LEES) ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHAPELRY (1743) Indexes - partly in Ashton under Lyne
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1743-1821  1860-1892  1788-1846 
LOPC None None 1867-1887
LBMD None None
FMP 1744-1887


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 14 None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1850-1974 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1715-1758; 1840-1904 None  None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1838-1935 None


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 17188-1818 None 1788-1817
LOPC None None None
LBMD None [1] None
AC  116 156 16



Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1613-1846 1613-1800 1800-1827
LBMD None 1837-1974 None
AC  116 116 16

(2) Indexes 


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 11 102   
LBMD None None
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

 (1) Indexes 


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1-1 152   
LBMD None None
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

Those registers of St Chad's and its other chapelries which have no known online content, include the following ones:

- St Chad's Rochdale - bapts 1836-1900 (the ancient/mother parish)
- St Mary Rochdale - 1742 (bapts & marriages; burials are available through FamilySearch)
- St Martin Rochdale - 1820
- Littleborough - 1741 - nil
- Lydgate St Marys - from 1788
- Saddleworth - from 1612 - Smallbridge - from 1834
- Spotland St Clement - from 1835 
- Todmorden - from 1625
- Todmorden Christ Church - from 1832
- Walsden - from 1845 
- Wardleworth St James - from 1821 - Wardle with Wuerdle St John (see Smallbridge)
- Wardleworth St Mary the Baum – from 1747 

While the above chapelries and St Chad's registers do not currently have online indexed content, FamilySearch does have microfilm copies of the original Bishop's transcripts and/or parish registers for most of Rochdale's chapels of ease and churches. Most of the original church or chapel registers are found at the Manchester Central Library Local Studies Unit, Lancashire, England, or, at the local chapel.


The Family History Library has an 1851 census surname index of Lancashire - Rochdale, Butterworth & Castleton subdistricts: Public Redords Office ref HO 107/2244. FHL British Book 942.72 X22c v 21 and on FHL British Microfiche 6414326

Poor Law Unions

Rochdale Parish was the head of a poor law union.

Probate records with indexes are available for Hawkshead Parish

Go to the Lancashire Probate Records and follow the step by step instructions to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction and search the records.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 679-686. Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.