Prescot, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Prescot, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. See "A Comprehensive List of Prescot Parish Chapelries"

Prescot, Lancashire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred West Derby
County Lancashire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Prescot
Registration District Prescot; Warrington
Records begin
Parish registers: 1573
Bishop's Transcripts: 1602
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Prescot
Diocese Chester
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

PRESCOT (St Mary), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 8 miles east by northeast of Liverpool. The parish consists of the chapelries of Farnworth, Rainford, St. Helen's, and Great Sankey, and the townships of Bold, Cronton (which had at one time, 31 Nonconformist chapels in the area--mostly Welsh), Cuerdley, Ditton (Hough Green), Eccleston, Parr, Penketh, Prescot, Rainhill, Sutton, Whiston, Widness, and Windle. There are chapels at Eccleston, Farnworth, Parr, Rainford, Rainhill, St. Helen's, Great Sankey, and Sutton. The Unitarians, Primitive Methodists, and Wesleyan Methodists, have places of worship in the town; and at Portico, a mile and a half on the east, is a Roman Catholic chapel, built in 1790, and dedicated to St Nicholas.[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

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Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Chapelry is a church or churches built in a large ecclesiastical parish to help the members attend worship services closer to their homes.

Chapelries of Prescot[edit | edit source]
  • Eccleston St Helens Christ Church Chapelry - 1838
  • Eccleston St Thomas Chapelry - 1839
  • Farnworth St Wilfred Chapelry - 1538
  • Great Sankey St Mary Chapelry - 1649
  • Hough Green (Ditton) St Michael Chapelry - 1870
  • Parr St Peter Chapelry - 1835
  • Rainford All Saints Chapelry - 1702
  • Rainhill Chapelry - 1688
  • St Helens Chapelry - 1680
  • Sutton St Nicholas Chapelry - 1849
  • Whiston Chapelry - 1865
  • Widnes St Mary Chapelry - 1856

Online Parish Records Table

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

Hover over the collection's title for more information

Prescot Parish Records
All Chapelries Found in Prescot are included in these links.
Collections
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
FamilySearch Collections-Lancashire
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Parish Registers-Lancashire
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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FreeREG
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
Findmypast-Lancashire ($)
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Ancestry-Church of England BMD-Lancashire ($)
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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1500s-1900s
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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1500s-1800s
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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1800s-1900s

Other Websites
These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformist Churches (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.


Court records[edit | edit source]

A manor court baron was held here six times a year; and a court leet on the festival of Corpus Christi, when a coroner for the manor and liberty is appointed.

There is a court of requests, for the recovery of debts to any amount, at which the steward of the manor presides; and petty-sessions for the Prescot division of the hundred take place once a month.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Furmsten, Chris.  Newspaper Indexes.  A four month extraction of names from the Prescot Reporter a weekly newspaper, listing name, date, event, occupation, age, and place.  Covers years Nov. 1859-April 1860. In the journal Hel Achau, #20, 1986, pages 9-13. Family History Library Ref. 942.93 D25h

Probate records
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers
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Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., [A Topographical Dictionary of England] (1848), pp. 605-609. Adapted. Date accessed: 1 October 2013.