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Ancestry.com. Lancashire, England, Extracted Parish Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001.
Original data: Electronic databases created from various publications of parish and probate records.

About Lancashire, England, Extracted Parish Records

This database is a collection of historical parish registers from Lancashire, England. The 1,244,200 records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. Some non-parish records may be included from as early as the twelfth century. Parish records--primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials--provide the best source of vital record information in the centuries before civil registration. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. All of the data was converted as it was originally presented in various published registers and books. For this reason, you will find interesting phonetic spellings and large descriptive tables of contents.

What should I know about this collection to access the data?
Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect depending on location. The spelling is archaic, and is transcribed as it was written. There are many spelling inconsistencies and non-standard grammar. Phonetic spelling is often used. Try using variant spellings if a search yields no results.

The individual files in this database may not include all dates and records for each parish/church. Use caution in assuming that any database is a complete set of records--even for the parishes and time period listed. Due to the legibility of the original sources, there may be gaps in the records, including partial sentences, cut-off words, and other omissions.

Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data. The information in this collection is as correct as it was when Ancestry.com received it, and has merely been reproduced in an electronic format.

What historical background should I know to use this data?
A large number of parish records date from the sixteenth century, when a series of mandates required clergy to compile records of baptisms, marriages, and burials within the parish, and to send an annual copy to the Bishop. Essentially, there are two sets of records: the parish copy and the copy the clergyman sent to the Bishop each year, known as Bishops Transcripts. Many records were destroyed, lost, or simply not kept during the Civil War (1642-1660). Of the surviving records, many have since been transcribed and collected by genealogical societies. The records are a valuable resource for finding vital information of people of the time. The content of the records may vary between the two sets.

Civil registration of births, deaths, and marriage, often called General Registration, began in July of 1837. It provides a national vital records index that simplifies searches and includes people who may not have been associated with a church. The civil records are more readily available than parish records (parish records after 1837 often aren't filmed) and are easier to use. But many births went unrecorded in the early years of civil registration, so parish records are still extremely valuable.

Lancashire: Hawkshead - Parish Register, 1568-1704
Lancashire: Kirkham - Parish Register, 1601-1653
Lancashire: Dalton in Furness - Parish Register, 1565-1620
Lancashire: Woodplumpton - Parish Register, 1659-1784
Lancashire: Dalton in Furness - Parish Register, 1621-1691
Lancashire: Halton - Parish Register, 1727-1837
Lancashire: Ireleth - Registers of baptisms, 1754-1784 and marriages, 1745-1753
Lancashire: Urswick - Parish Register, 1696-1837
Lancashire: Egton-with-Newland, Finstwaite, & Satterthwaite - Parish Registers
Lancashire: Garstang - Parish Registers, 1567-1658
Lancashire: Garstang - Parish Registers, 1660-1734
Lancashire: Hawkshead - Marriage Register, 1754-1837
Lancashire: Cartmel - Parish Register, 1559-1661
Lancashire: Lancaster - Parish Register, 1559-1690
Lancashire: Bolton - Parish Register, 1587-1660
Lancashire: Lancaster - Parish Register, 1691-1748
Lancashire: Aughton - Parish Register, 1541-1764
Lancashire: Broughton-in-Furness (Kirksby Ireleth) - Parish Register, 1634-1812
Lancashire: Blawith (Ulverston) & Lowick (Ulverston) - Blawith Parish Register, 1728-1837 and Lowick Parish Register, 1718-1837
Lancashire: - Marriage Bonds, Deaneries of Lonsdale, Kendal, Furness and Copeland (Archdeaconry of Richmond) 1648-1710
Lancashire: St. Michael-on Wyre & Woodplumton - St Michael's on Wyre Parish Register, 1659-1707 and Woodplumton Parish Register, 1604-1659
Lancashire: Aldingham & Coniston - Aldingham Parish Register, 1542-1695 and Coniston Parish Register, 1599-1700
Lancashire: Cockerham - Parish Register, 1595-1657
Lancashire: Preston - Burgesses at the Guilds Merchant, 1397-1682
Lancashire: Tatham(St. James the Less), Tatham Fell (Church of the Good Shepherd) - Tatham Parish Register, 1813-1837 and Tatham Fell Parish Register, 1745-1837
Lancashire: Pennington (St. Michael's) & Urswick - Pennington Parish Register, 1612-1702 and Urswick in Furness Registers of christenings, weddings, and burials, 1608-1695
Lancashire: Blackley & Pilling - Parish Register, 1655-1753 and Parish Register of Pilling
Lancashire: Tunstall & Melling - Tunstall Parish Register, 1625-1812 and Melling Parish Register, 1625-1752
Lancashire: Heysham & Halton - Heysham Parish Register, 1658-1813 and Halton Parish Register, 1592-1723
Lancashire: Preston & Broughton - Preston Parish Register, 1611-1635 and Broughton Parish Register, 1653-1804
Lancashire: Stalmine - Parish Register, 1583-1724
Lancashire: Caton, Claughton, Gressingham, Hornby, Tatham - Caton Parish Register, 1585-1718, Claughton, 1701-1813, Gressingham, 1676-1828, Hornby, 1742-1789, and Tatham, 1558-181
Lancashire: Lyham & Bispham - Lytham Parish Register, 1679-1761 and Bispham Parish Register
Lancashire: Bolton-le-Sands & Over Kellet - Bolton-Le-Sands Parish Register, 1655-1736 and Over Kellet Parish Register, 1652-1812
Lancashire: Goosnarch - Parish Register, 1639-1812
Lancashire: Turton & Hambleton - Parish Registers of Turton 1720-1812, and Hambleton 1695-1812
Lancashire: Kirkham - Parish Register, 1539-1600
Lancashire: Whittington - Parish Register, 1538-1764
Lancashire: Warton - Parish Register, 1568-1812
Lancashire: Eccleston - Registers of Christenings, Burials, and Weddings 1603-1694
Lancashire: Torver & Kirby Ireleth - Torver Parish Register, 1599-1792 and Kirby Ireleth (Kirby-in-Furness) Parish Register
Lancashire: Lancaster - Freemen of the Borough of Lancaster, 1688-1840 (A-L)
Lancashire, Westmoreland: - Marriage Bonds, Deaneries of Lonsdale Kendal Furness and Copeland and Amounderness (Archdeaconry of Richmond), 1746-1755
Lancashire, Westmoreland: - Marriage Bonds, Deaneries of Lonsdale Kendal Furness Copeland and Amounderness (Archdeaconry of Richmond) 1739-1745
Lancashire & Westmoreland: - Marriage Bonds, Deaneries of Lonsdale Kendal Furness Copeland and Amounderness (Archdeaconry of Richmond), 1734-1738.
Lancashire: Chorley - Parish Register, 1548-1653
Lancashire: Church Kirk - Parish Register, 1600-1747
Lancashire: Downham - Parish Register, 1605-1837
Lancashire: Billinge - Parish Register, 1696-1812
Lancashire: Walton on the Hill (West Derby Chapel) - Registers of Baptisms, 1688-1837 and Marriages, 1698-1837
Lancashire: Walton on the Hill (Formby Chapel) - Parish Register, 1620-1780
Lancashire: Rufford - Parish Register, 1632-1812
Lancashire: Ashton-under-Lyne, Blackley, & Chorley - Registers of St. Peter's, Ashton-under-Lyne; St. Peter's Blackley; and St. Lawrence's Chorley
Lancashire: Haslingden - Registers of baptisms, 1603-1683; marriages, 1603-1698 and burials, 1603-1679
Lancashire: Leyland - Registers of christenings, weddings, and burials, 1653-1710
Lancashire: Croston - Parish Register, 1545-1685
Lancashire: Blackburn - Parish Register, 1600-1660
Lancashire: Great Harwood - Parish Register, 1547-1812
Lancashire: Brindale - Parish Register, 1558-1714
Lancashire: Chipping - Parish Register, 1559-1694
Lancashire: Padiham - Parish Register, 1573-1653
Lancashire: Colne - Parish Register, 1599-1653
Lancashire: Ribchester - Parish Register, 1598-1694
Lancashire: Altham & Blackrod - Altham Parish Register, 1596-1695 and Blackrod Parish Register, 1606-1701
Lancashire: Whalley - Parish Register, 1605-1653
Lancashire: Penwortham - Registers of the Parish Church of Penwortham, in the county of Lancaster, 1608-1755
Lancashire: Walton-le-Dale - Parish Register, 1609-1812
Lancashire: Burnley - Parish Register, 1562-1653
Lancashire: Whalley - Parish Register, 1538-1601
Lancashire: Newchurch-in-Rossendale - Parish Register, 1653-1723
Lancashire: Warton - Parish Register, 1568-1812
Lancashire: Walton-on-the-hill - Parish Register, 1586-1663
Lancashire: Eccleston - Registers of Christenings, Burials, and Weddings 1603-1694
Lancashire: Standish - Parish Register, 1560-1653
Lancashire: Walton-on-the-hill - Parish Register, 1663-1746
Lancashire: Penwortham -Parish Registers, 1608-1755
LPRS The registers of Ribchester 1736-1779. Vol "M13"
Lancashire: - Court Rolls of the Lordships, Wapentakes, and Demesne Manors of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, in the Court of Lancaster
Lancashire: - Inquisitions post Mortem, 20-23 James 1st.
Lancashire: - Lay Subsidies, Henry 3rd to Charles 2nd
Lancashire: - Pleadings & Depositions, Duchy Court of Lancaster, Henry VII and Henry VII
Lancashire: - Pleadings & Depositions, Duchy Court of Lancaster, Henry 8th
Lancashire: - Pleadings & Depositions, Duchy Court of Lancaster, 1547-1558
Lancashire: - Inquests, Extents, and Feudal Aids, 1205-1307
Lancashire: - Inquests, Extents, and Feudal Aids, 1310-1333
Lancashire: - Inquests, Extents, and Feudal Aids, 1313-1335
Lancashire: - Calendar of Noris deads, 12th to 15th century
Lancashire: Register of Lancashire Papists, 1717-1788
Lancashire: North Meols & Euxton - Euxton Parish Registers, 1734-1781; North Meols Parish Registers, 1813-1837
Lancashire: - Estates of Papists, 1717-1788
Cheshire & Lancashire: - Wills and Administrations, 1831-1833
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Wills, 1301-1752
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Miscellanies containing The Book of the Abbot of Combermere, 1289-1529
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Cases in the Court of Star Chamber, 1499-1528
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Calendar of parsons commemorated in Monumental inscriptions, Abstracts of Wills, and Administrations
Cheshire & Lancashire: - Wills and Administrations, 1821-1825
Lancashire: Liverpool - Parish Register, 1660-1704
Lancashire: Rochdale - Parish Register a
Lancashire: Rochdale - Parish Register b
Lancashire: Liverpool - Parish Register, 1705-1725
Lancashire: Heaton Norris - Parish Register, 1767-1850
Lancashire: Childwall - Parish Register, 1681-1753
Lancashire: - Lancashire Wills proved at Archdeaconry of Richmond (Yorkshire), 1457-1680 and Lancashire Wills, 1531-1652
Lancashire: - Wills, Archdeaconry of Richmond, 1681-1748
Lancashire: - Chester Wills and Inventories, Court of Probate, 1660-1680
Lancashire: - Wills, Archdeaconry of Richmond, 1748-1792
Lancashire: - Wills, Archdeaconry of Richmond, 1793-1812
Lancashire: - Wills, Archdeaconry of Richmond, 1813-1837
Lancashire: - Wills, Archdeaconry of Richmond, 1838-1858
Lancashire: Winwick - Registers of Baptisms, 1563-1620; Marriages and Burials, 1600-1620
Lancashire: Winwick - Parish Register, 1621-1660
Lancashire: Halsall - Parish Register, 1606-1754
Lancashire: Childwall - Parish Register, 1557-1680
Lancashire: Prescot - Parish Register (Saint Helens Chapel), 1713-1787
Lancashire: Halsall (Melling Chapel) - Parish Register
Lancashire: Prescot - Parish Register (Saint Helens Chapel), 1788-1812; marriages to 1837
Lancashire: Prescot - Parish Register, 1632-1666
Lancashire: Tottington (St. Anne) - Registers of Baptisms and Burials, 1799-1837
Lancashire: Todmorden (St. Mary) - Register of Baptisms, 1670-1780; Marriages, 1669-1780 and Burials, 1666-1780
Lancashire: Rainford - Registers of Baptisms, 1702-1812; Marriages, 1704-1812 and Burials, 1702-1812
Lancashire: Warrington (Hallinfare Chapel) - Registers of Baptisms, 1654-1837; Marriages, 1705-1744 and Burials, 1709-1837
Lancashire: Chorlton-cum-Hardy - Baptisms, 1639; 1737-1837, Marriages, 1737-1751 and Burials, 1753-1837
Lancashire: Warrington - Parish Register, 1680-1706
Lancashire: Ashton-under-Lyne, Blackley, & Chorley - Registers of St. Peter's, Ashton-under-Lyne; St. Peter's Blackley; and St. Lawrence's Chorley
Lancashire: Crosby & Langho - Parish Registers
Lancashire: Eccles - Registers of baptisms, 1632-1666; marriages, 1632-1664 and burials, 1632-1663
Lancashire: Manchester (St. James George Street) - Registers of baptisms and burials, 1788-1837
Lancashire: Rivington - Parish Register, 1637-1837
Lancashire: Prescot - Parish Register, 1531-1595
Lancashire: Hindley - Parish Register, 1644-1814
Lancashire: Todmorden (St. Mary) - Parish Register, 1781-1812
Lancashire: Ashton in Makerfield - Baptisms 1810-27 and Burials 1806-44
Lancashire: Gorton & Denton - Gorton Parish Register, 1599-1741 and St. Lawrence of Denton Parish Register, 1695-1757
Lancashire: Bolton - Parish Register, 1587-1660
Lancashire: Ashton-under-Lyne - Parish Register, 1594-1720
Lancashire: Farnworth (Prescot) - Parish Register, 1538-1612
Lancashire: Aughton - Parish Register, 1541-1764
Lancashire: Burtonwood - Parish Register, 1668-1837
Lancashire: Huyton - Parish Register, 1578-1727
Lancashire: Leigh - Parish Register, 1625-1700
Lancashire: Hale (Childwall) - Parish Register, 1572-1754
Lancashire: Bury - Parish Register, 1590-1616
Lancashire: Bury - Parish Register, 1617-1646
Lancashire: Middleton - Parish Register, 1541-1663
Lancashire: Middleton - Parish Register, 1653-1729
Lancashire: Newchurch in Culcheth - Parish Register, 1599-1812
Lancashire: Upholland (St. Thomas the Martyr) - Parish Register, 1600-1735
Lancashire: Bury - Parish Register, 1647-1698
Lancashire: Eccles - Parish Register, 1564-1632
Lancashire: Altham & Blackrod - Altham Parish Register, 1596-1695 and Blackrod Parish Register, 1606-1701
Lancashire: Deane - Registers of Baptisms and Weddings, 1604; 1613-1750
Lancashire: Ormskirk - Parish Register, 1557-1626
Lancashire: Wigan - Parish Register, 1580-1625
Lancashire: Radcliffe - Registers of Baptisms and Burials, 1557-1783 and Marriages, 1560-1761
Lancashire: Radcliffe - Register of Burials, 1558-1783
Lancashire: Manchester (St. Mary) - Parish Register, 1756-1888
Lancashire: Sefton - Parish Register, 1597-1783
Lancashire: Blackley & Pilling - Parish Register, 1655-1753 and Parish Register of Pilling
Lancashire: Middleton & Prestwich - Middleton Parish Register, 1729-1752 and Prestwich Parish Register, 1689-1711
Lancashire: Turton & Hambleton - Parish Registers of Turton 1720-1812, and Hambleton 1695-1812
Lancashire: Prescot - Parish Register, 1573-1631
Lancashire: Didsbury - Parish Register of St. James, 1561-1757, part 1
Lancashire: Didsbury - Parish Register of St. James, 1561-1757, part 2
Lancashire: Prestwich - Parish Register, 1603-1688
Lancashire: North Meols - Parish Register, 1594-1731
Lancashire: Warrington - Parish Register, 1591-1653
Lancashire: North Meols - Parish Register, 1732-1812
Lancashire: Eccleston - Registers of Christenings, Burials, and Weddings 1603-1694 Lancashire: Torver & Kirby Ireleth - Torver Parish Register, 1599-1792 and Kirby Ireleth (Kirby-in-Furness) Parish Register
Lancashire: Rochdale - Register of Marriages, 1701-1801
Lancashire: Warrington - Parish Register, 1653-1680
Lancashire: Leigh - Parish Register, Feb. 1558-Mar. 1625
Cheshire & Lancashire: - Wills and Administrations, 1831-1833
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
Lancashire: Manchester - Manchester Sessions, Notes of Proceedings before Oswald Mosley (1616-1630), Nicholas Mosley (1661-1672), and Sir Oswald Mos
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Wills, 1301-1752
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Cases in the Court of Star Chamber, 1499-1528
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Calendar of parsons commemorated in Monumental inscriptions, Abstracts of Wills, and Administrations
Cheshire and Lancashire: - Funeral Certificates, 1600-1678
Lancashire: Manchester (Cathedral) - Parish Register, 1573-1616
Cheshire & Lancashire: - Wills and Administrations, 1821-1825
Lancashire & Cheshire: - Freeholders in Cheshire, 1578, the ordination Register of Chester, 1542-1558. List of the Wills, Inventories, at the Diocesan Registry, Chester, 1621 to 1700

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