Whalley, Lancashire Genealogy
Guide to Whalley, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
For a list of all the churches in Whalley Parish, see "A Comprehensive List of Whalley Chapelries".
|Hundred||Blackburn; Staincliff and Ewcross|
|County||Lancashire, England Genealogy|
|Poor Law Union||Clitheroe|
|Registration District||Blackburn; Burnley; Clitheroe; Haslingden|
|Parish registers: 1538; Separate registers exist for Oswaldtwistle (Lancashire) beginning 1837 and for Trawden (Lancashire) beginning 1846 and for Tunstead (Lancashire) beginning 1840|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1605; Separate records exist for Oswaldtwistle (Lancashire)beginning 1848|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
Part of this parish is in Yorkshire. See also Whalley, Yorkshire Genealogy
Parish History[edit | edit source]
WHALLEY St Mary, a parish, chiefly in the Higher and Lower divisions of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, but extends partly into the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, West Riding of Yorkshire, 4 miles south by west from Clitheroe (Yorks). In 1848, the breadth of the parish, from the northern boundary of the parliamentary borough of Clitheroe to the southern boundary of the hundred in the Forest of Rossendale, within its limits, is fifteen miles 3 and its length, from the western boundary in the township of Oswaldtwistle to the eastern boundary, where the counties of Lancaster and York are separated by the division line at Wolfstones in Trawden Forest, is eighteen miles. The Yorkshire portion consists of the township of Low Bowland-Forest, and is three miles in length from north to south, and in breadth from west to east two and a half miles. The parish comprises the parliamentary borough of Clitheroe, which includes the townships of Chatburn, Downham, Mearley, Little Mitton, Pendleton, Twiston, Whalley, Wiswell, and Worston; the parochial chapelry of Altham, including Clayton-le-Moors, and New and Old Accrington; the parochial chapelry of Burnley, which includes the market-town of Burnley, and the townships of Briercliffe cum Extwistle, Cliviger, Habergham-Eaves, Ightenhill-Park, New Laund Booth with Filley-Close and Reedley-Hallows, and Worsthorn with Hurstwood, the parochial chapelry of Church, including Huncoat, Oswaldtwistle, and Yate cum Pickup-Bank, the parochial chapelry of Colne, including the market town of Colne, and the townships of Barrowfield, Foulridge, Great and Little Marsden, and Trawden; the parochial chapelry of Haslingden, including Henheads, and Higher and Lower Booth, the parochial chapelry of Newchurch-in-Pendle-Forest, including Barley-cum-Wheatley, Goldshaw-Booth, Old Laund Booth, Rough-Lee Booth, and Wheatley-Carr, the parochial chapelry of New-church-in-Rossendale-Forest, including part of the consolidated chapelry of Bacup, and the hamlets of Deadwin-CIough and Wolfenden; and the parochial chapelry of Padiham, which includes the townships of Dunnockshaw, Hapton, Higham Booth with Hey-Houses, Read, and Simonstone. In the parish is also the township of Little Bowland with Leagram, separated by the Hodder from Yorkshire, to which county part of it was anciently considered to belong. There are nearly 40 churches and chapels in different parts of the parish, erected by private individuals, by subscription, and various grants from Royal Bounty and Her Majesty's Commissioners. The dissenters places of worship are also numerous.
Resources[edit | edit source]
Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]
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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.
- See England Civil Registration for online resources and information.
Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD
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 Whalley[edit | edit source]
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
|Whalley Parish Records|
|All Chapelries Found in Whalley are included in these links.|
|Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog|
|Ancestry-Church of England BMD-Lancashire ($)|
|Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)||
|Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage|
|Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)|
|National Burial Index-FMP (Free)|
These databases have incomplete parish coverage.
- Joiner Marriage Index - Lancashire ($)
- The Genealogist Parish Registers - Lancashire ($)
- UK Websites for Parish Records - Links to online genealogical records
- Online Genealogical Index - Links to online genealogical records
- OnLine Parish Clerks - Lancashire - OnLine Parish Clerks project for Lancashire
Non-Conformist Churches (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]
- 1647-1996 England, Lancashire Non-conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index (dates may vary by parish)
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.
Poor Law Unions
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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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Websites[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 534-537. Adapted. Date accessed: 08 October 2013.