Ancestry.com. Lancashire and Cheshire, Past and Present (1867) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data: Baines, Thomas. Lancashire and Cheshire, Past and Present: A History and a Description of the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, Forming the North-Western Division of England, From the Earliest Ages to the Present Time (1867). Vol. I-II. London, England: William Mackenzie, 1867.
This database contains a history to 1867 and description of the counties of Lancaster and Chester, located in northwestern England. In presenting the history of these two counties, their progress throughout the ages in society, industry, and invention are shown. Historical works such as this contain valuable information that can be a great addition to your genealogical research. Although historical works will generally not mention your ancestors specifically, they do provide information on the time and place in which your ancestors lived, which in turn will help you place your ancestors in a historical context.