Free Guide to Lancashire England Ancestors

September 17, 2013  - by 

FamilySearch is pleased to announce a new online guide to tracing Lancashire England ancestors. Historic Lancashire, home of the Beatles, heart of the industrial revolution, and port of departure for millions of emigrants, is a bustling place families from around the globe connect with. The guide has been published in the FamilySearch Research Wiki and includes major cities Manchester and Liverpool.

Features include articles on each of Lancashire’s 75 ancient parishes and 400+ chapelries packed with descriptions of records available online at Ancestry, BMD RegistersFamilySearch, FindMyPast, FreeREG, Genogold, GenealogyLinksUKGoogle Books, HathiTrust, Internet Archive, Joiner’s Marriage IndexLancashire BMD, Lancashire Online Parish Clerks, Lancashire Will Search, Liverpool History Projects, Manchester City Council, the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society, and Origins.




Genealogists will find tables describing where to find parish registers online, maps to pinpoint places Lancastrians lived, locate census-like records dating back to the Middle Ages, jurisdictional information, determine where to find wills of historic residents of Lancashire, view photos of old churches where ancestors worshiped, track down passenger lists, identify major Lancashire archives and libraries, and learn about the tremendous resources available through local family history societies.

Ancient Parishes

Aldingham Altcar Ashton in Makerfield St Thomas
Ashton under Lyne St Michael Aughton Bispham
Blackburn St Mary Bolton le Moors St Peter Bolton le Sands
Brindle Bury St Mary Cartmel
Childwall Chorley St Laurence Claughton St Chad
Cockerham Colton Croft with Southworth
Croston Dalton in Furness Deane
Eccles Eccleston St Mary (near Croston) Flixton
Garstang Golborne Halsall
Halton Hawkshead Hesketh with Becconsall
Heysham Hoole Huyton
Kirkby Ireleth Kirkham Lancaster St Mary
Leigh Leyland Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas
Lytham Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys Melling
Middleton Mitton St Michael Newchurch
North Meols Ormskirk Pennington
Penwortham Poulton le Fylde Prescot
Preston St John Prestwich St Mary Radcliffe St Mary
Ribchester Rochdale St Chad Rufford
Sefton St Michael on Wyre Standish
Tarleton Tatham Thornton in Lonsdale
Tunstal Ulverston St Mary Urswick
Walton on the Hill St Mary Warrington St Elphin Warton (near Lancaster)
Whalley Whittington Wigan All Saints


Abram Accrington St James Adlington
Admarsh Aigburth Ainsworth
Altham Ancoats All Souls – 1840 Ancoats St Andrew – 1831
Ancoats Christ Church – 1844 Ancoats St James the Less – 1867 Ancoats St Jude – 1837
Ancoats St Martin – 1865 Angerton Ardwick St Benedict
Ardwick St Silas – 1842 Ardwick St Thomas – 1740 Arkholme
Ashton under Lyne Christ Church Ashton under Lyne St Peter Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew
Ashworth Astley Astley Bridge
Atherton Audenshaw Bacup
Balderstone Bamber Bridge St Saviour Bardsley
Barrowford Barton Barton upon Irwell
Bedford Leigh Belmont St Peter Beswick Christ Church
Beswick St Mary Bevington Bickerstaffe
Billinge Birch – see Birch in Hopwood Birch in Hopwood Birch in Rusholme St James
Birch in Rusholme Holy Trinity Bircle Birtle
Blackburn Holy Trinity Blackburn St John Blackburn St Michael and All Angels
Blackburn St Paul Blackburn St Peter Blackley St Andrew
Blackley St Peter Blackpool St John Blackrod
Blawith Bolton le Moors All Saints Bolton le Moors Christ Church
Bolton le Moors Emmanuel Bolton le Moors Holy Trinity Bolton le Moors St George
Bolton le Sands Little Bolton St John Bootle St Mary
Bradford Christ Church Bradford St Philip Bradshaw
Brathay Bretherton Briercliffe
Brindle Heath St Ann Broughton (nr Preston) Broughton Ascension
Broughton – cum Kearsal St John the Evangelist – 1837 Broughton St Thomas Broughton (Higher) St James
Broughton in Furness Brownhill St Gabriel Burnage St Margaret
Burnley St James Burnley St Paul Burnley St Peter
Burscough Bridge Burton in Kendal – in Westmorland Burton Wood
Bury St John Bury St Paul Cartmel Fell
Caton with Littledale Chadderton St John Chadderton St Matthew
Chatburn Cheetham Hill St Mark Redbank Cheetham St Albans
Cheetham St Luke Cheetham St Thomas Chipping
Chorley St George  Chorley St Peter Chorlton cum Hardy
Chorlton upon Medlock All Saints1808 Chorlton upon Medlock St Ambrose1884 Chorlton upon Medlock St Clement 1793
Chorlton upon Medlock St Luke Chorlton upon Medlock St Matthias Chorlton upon Medlock St Paul
Chorlton upon Medlock St Saviour Chorlton upon Medlock St Stephen Church Coniston
Church Kirk Claughton Clayton St Cross
Clayton le Moors Clitheroe Clitheroe Castle
Clitheroe St James Cockersand Abbey Coldhurst
Collyhurst Albert Memorial Chapel Collyhurst St Catherine Collyhurst St George in the Fields
Collyhurst St James Collyhurst St Oswald Colne
Colne Christ Church Coniston Copp
Coppull Crossens Croxteth Park
Crumpsall St Mary Crumpsall St Thomas Daisyfield St Michaels Daisy Lane – 1839
Daisyfield St MichaelAll Angels – 1839  Dendron Denton
Denton Christ Church Denton St George, Danebank Didsbury
Dobcross – see Yorkshr. Dolphinholme Downall Green or Garswood End
 Downham Droylsden East Broughton
East Crompton Eccleston Christ Church (near Prescot) Eccleston St Thomas
Edenfield Egton cum Newland Ellel
Ellenbrook Elton Euxton
Everton Christ Church Everton St Augustine Everton St George
Everton St Peter Failsworth Farington
Farnworth Farnworth and Kearsley Fence-in-Pendle
Feniscowles Field Broughton St Peter Finsthwaite
Formby Friezland – see Saddleworth in  Yorkshire Garstang St Thomas
Garston Garswood End (see Downall Green) Glasson
Glodwick Golborne Goodshaw
Goosnargh Gorton St James Great Crosby
Great Eccleston Great Harwood Great Lever
Great Marsden Great Sankey Gressingham
Grimsargh Habergham All Saints Habergham Eaves
Haigh and Aspull Hale Halewood
Halliwell St Paul Halliwell St Peter Harpurhey
Harwood Haslingden Haughton – see Denton
Haverthwaite Healey Heapey
Heaton Mersey Heaton Norris Henheads
Hey Heyhouses Heywood
Heywood St James Hindley Hoghton
Holcombe Hollinfare Hollinwood
Holme Island Holme St John Hornby
Horwich Hulme Christ Church Hulme St George
Hulme St Mark Hulme St Philip Hundersfield
Hurst Hurst Green Inskip
Kersall Moor Kirkby Kirkdale St Mary
Knotty Ash St John the Evangelist Knowsley Lancaster Castle
Lancaster St Anne Lancaster St John Lancaster St Thomas
Lane Bridge Langho Latchford_St_James
Lathom St James Leck Lees – see Hey
Leesfield Levenshulme Lever Bridge
Lindale Litherland Christ Church Little Bolton All Saints
Little Bolton St John Little Crosby Little Hulton
Little Lever Little Marsden Littleborough
Littledale Liverpool All Saints Liverpool All Souls Vauxhall
Liverpool Blessed Virgin Mary Liverpool Christ Church Liverpool Holy Innocents
Liverpool Holy Trinity Liverpool St Andrew  Liverpool St Anne
Liverpool St Barnabas Liverpool St Bartholomew Liverpool St Bride
Liverpool St Catherine Liverpool St David Liverpool St George
Liverpool St John Liverpool St Jude
Liverpool St John the Evangelist Liverpool St Luke Liverpool St Mark
Liverpool St Martin in the Fields Liverpool St Martin Cemetery Liverpool St Mary’s Cemetery
Liverpool St Mary Liverpool St Matthew Liverpool St Matthias
Liverpool St Michael Liverpool St Nicholas – united with Liverpool St Peter Liverpool St Paul
Liverpool St Peter Liverpool St Philip Liverpool St Saviour
Liverpool St Silas Liverpool St Simon Liverpool St Stephen
Liverpool St Thomas Longridge Longsight
Longton Lower Darwen St James Lowick
Lumb Lund Lydgate
Lydiate Lytham St John Maghull
Manchester All Souls Manchester St Ann Manchester St Barnabas
Manchester St Clement Manchester St George Manchester St James
Manchester St John Manchester St Mary Manchester St Matthew, Campfield
Manchester St Matthias – see Salford St Matthias Manchester St Michael Manchester St Paul
Manchester St Peter Manchester St Peter, Oldham Road
Manchester St Philip, Bradford Road – see Bradford St Philip Marton Mawdesley with Bispham
Melling (near Liverpool) Mellor Mellor-Brook – see also Mellor and Balderstone
Miles Platting Milnrow Mossley
Moss-side Much Woolton Musbury
Newchurch in Pendle Newchurch in Rossendale  Newton All Saints
Newton in Makerfield Emmanuel Oldham St James Oldham St Mary
Oldham St Peter Openshaw Ordsall
Oswaldtwistle Out Rawcliffe Over Darwen St James
Over Darwen St John the Evangelist Over Darwen St Peter Over Darwen Holy Trinity
Over Kellet Overton Paddington
Padgate Padiham Parr
Peel Pemberton Pendlebury
Pendleton All Saints near Clitheroe Pendleton St Thomas (nearSalford) Pendleton Hall
Pilling Poulton Poulton le Sands
Preston All Saints Preston Christ Church Preston Holy Trinity
Preston St George Preston St James Preston St Mary
Preston St Paul Preston St Peter Preston St Wilfrid
Quernmore Radcliffe St Thomas Rainford
Rainhill Rampside Ramsbottom
Rawtenstall Reddish Reedley Hallows, Filly Close and New Laund Booth
Ribby cum Wrea Ringley Rivington
Royton Rusholme Rusland
Saddleworth – see Yorkshire Salesbury Salford Sacred Trinity
Salford Christ Church Salford St Bartholomew Salford St Matthias
Salford St Philip Salford St Simon Salford St Stephen
Salford St George Charlestown Salford Stowell Memorial Chapel Salford St Luke (Weaste)
Salford St Clement Salford St John the Evangelist Samlesbury
Sandowne-Park Satterthwaite Scarisbrick
Seaforth Seathwaite Shaw
Shireshead Shuttleworth Silverdale
Singleton Skelmersdale Skerton
Smallbridge South Shore Holy Trinity Southport Christ Church
Southport Holy Trinity Spotland St Helens
Stalmine Stalybridge New St George Stalybridge Old St George
Stand Staveley Stidd
Stockton Heath Stretford St Matthew Sutton
Swinton St Peter Tatham Fells Thornton
Thornton in Lonsdale Tockholes Todmorden
Tonge Tonge cum Alkrington Torver
Tottington Tottington Higher End Toxteth Park St Bride
Toxteth Park St Clement Toxteth Park St James Toxteth Park St John the Baptist
Toxteth Park St Michael Toxteth Park St Paul Toxteth Park St Saviour
Toxteth Park St Thomas Trafford (Old) Trawden
 Turton Tydesley cum Shakerley
Ulverston Holy Trinity Unsworth Upholland
Urmston Victoria Park
Walmersley Walmsley Walney
Walsden Walton le Dale Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill
Walton Breck Wardle St James – see also Hundersfield Wardleworth St James
Wardleworth St Mary Warrington Christ Church Warrington Holy Trinity
Warrington St Paul Warton (near Kirkham) Waterhead
Wavertree Holy Trinity Weeton Werneth West Broughton
West Derby St Mary West Houghton Westleigh St Paul
Whalley Range Whitechapel Whitewell
Whittle le Woods Whitworth Wigan St Catherine
Wigan St George Withington Withnell
Woodland Witton Woodplumpton
Worsley Worsthorne Wray
Wyresdale Yate and Pickup Bank Yealand

Nathan Murphy

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG is a United States and Canada Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in Southern United States and English family trees.

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