This collection comprises historical parish registers from Cheshire, England. The records in this collection range from 1564 to 1837. Parish records--primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials--provide the best source of vital record information in the centuries before civil registration. All of the data was indexed as it was originally presented in various published registers and books. For this reason, you may find interesting phonetic spellings.Context
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 16th 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 (1642-60). 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.
- Marriages at Alderley, 1629 to 1837
- Marriages at Bosley, 1729 to 1750
- Marriages at Capesthorne, 1722 to 1747
- Marriages at Chelford, 1674 to 1752
- Marriages at Marton, 1563 to 1769
- Marriages at Poynton-cum-Worth, 1723 to 1753
- Marriages at Siddington, 1722 to 1783
- Marriages at Pott Shrigley, 1685 to 1751
Cheshire: Chester Cathedral - Parish Register (Christenings, Marriages, Burials & Inhabitants), 1687-1812 Cheshire: Overchurch - Register of Upton in Overchurch (Christenings, Marriages & Burials), 1600-1812 Cheshire: Prestbury - Parish Registers (Christenings, Marriages & Burials), 1560-1636