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Manchester, 
Lancashire, England
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1603-1910
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Manchester City Council - Archives and Local History


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index to and images of baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Diocese of Manchester for the years 1603-1910. The records are held at the Manchester Archives. The parishes are mainly from the historic county of Lancashire, with a few parishes from Cheshire and Yorkshire.

For most of the period of this collection, the area around Manchester fell under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Diocese of Chester, but in 1847, the Diocese of Manchester was created. With the creation of this new diocese, many parish boundaries changed. To learn more about these changes, see the Cheshire Parishes and Lancashire Parishes pages, as well as the England Jurisdictions 1851 page. The Manchester Collegiate Church page also offers insight into the jurisdiction of the area.

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

Non-Lancashire parishes included in the collection
Parish name Notes
Staleybridge, St Paul, Cheshire Town built on both sides of the River Tame, the historical boundary between Lancashire and Cheshire. Stalybridge Old St George and Stalybridge New St George are on the Lancashire side.
Dobcross, Holy Trinity, Yorkshire Created in 1797 from the ancient parish of Rochdale part of the West Riding of Yorkshire Parishes
Lydgate, St Anne, Yorkshire A chapelry in the parochial chapelry of Saddleworth, both of which were in the ancient parish of Rochdale, Lancashire 
Saddleworth, St Chad, Yorkshire Saddleworth lies on the very western edge of Yorkshire, alongside the Lancashire border. In many ways it is physically separated from the rest of Yorkshire by the Pennine range which form the parish's eastern border
Saddleworth, St Thomas, Yorkshire


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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Christening

  • Name of the child
  • Date and place of christening
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents

Marriage

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents

Burial

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Estimated birth year
  • Father's name

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
  • Search the records of nearby locations
    • Cheshire to the south
    • Derbyshire and West Yorkshire to the east
    • Lancashire to the north
    • Merseyside to the west
  • Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
  • The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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