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England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996
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Lancashire, England
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1647-1996
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Multiple archives, England

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

When nonconformist church records are available they are the most informative and accurate source available for English family history until the start of civil registration in 1837. Nonconformist birth and baptismal registers are fairly common, and generally contain more information than those of the Church of England. Nonconformist records are for people who did not belong to the Church of England. For more information on the content, significance, and availability of Nonconformist Records, see England Nonconformist Church Records.

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

This collection of Non-Conformist Church records contains baptisms/christenings, marriages, and deaths from the following religions in Lancashire: Baptist, Wesleyan, Protestant, Bible Christian Church, Welsh Baptist, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Catholic, Methodist, Independent, Congregational, New Jerusalem, Inghamite, Calvinistic, Scotch National Church, Moravian, Universal, Society of Friends, Church of Christ, United Reformed.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of declarant (often father)
  • Age, occupation and residence of declarant
  • Name of child
  • Sex of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of parents


  • Date and place of baptism
  • Given name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Marital status of parents
  • Names of godparents


  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Previous marital statuses of bride and groom
  • Occupations of bride and groom
  • Residences of bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Names of parents, including maiden names

Death & Burial

  • Date and place of burial
  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Birthdate and place of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Surviving family members
  • Father of deceased, especially if infant
  • Occupation of father, especially if infant

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Record information from the index entry and cite the record
  • Search for children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Family members are often appear identified in church records.
  • Use the information to find the individual in civil records
  • If researching the nineteenth-century, census and civil registration records may be available

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. Use the place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help you decide whether you've found the right person.
  • If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. Nicknames or initial are sometimes used in records and spelling was not standardized until the late 19th and 20th centuries. Sometimes names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches and try expanding the date range.
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you research your family in Lancashire.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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