Bury St Mary, Lancashire Genealogy
Guide to Bury St Mary, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. Here is a Comprehensive List of Bury Chapelries and Parish
|Bury St Mary, Lancashire|
|Poor Law Union||Bury|
|Registration District||Bury; Haslingden|
|Parish registers: 1590|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1603|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Lancashire Record Office|
BURY (St. Mary), a borough, parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of Salford, S. division, and partly in the Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division, of the county of Lancaster; comprising the chapelries of Edenfield, Heywood,and Holcombe, the hamlet of Ramsbottom, and the townships of Bury, Coupe with Lenches, Elton, Heap,Musbury, Tottington Higher-End, Tottington Lower End, and Walmersley with Shuttleworth; 48½ miles (S. E. by S.) from Lancaster, 9 (N.N. W.) from Manchester, and 195½ (N. N. W.) from London. There are places of worship for Independents, Primitive Methodists, Wesleyans, New Connexion of Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Unitarians; and a Roman Catholic chapel, erected in the year 1840. 
The church was the garrison church for the Lancashire Fusiliers and colours of the Regiment hang proudly from their pikes around the walls of the nave.
The nave stands 76ft 6ins high, 84ft 6ins long and 30ft wide. The windows on the north wall depict Old Testament figures whilst the south windows are of New Testament figures. The detailed stonework includes over 150 heads, many said to represent members of the congregation and community. On the west wall are heads depicting the churchwardens, architect and clerk of works, whilst the Earl and Countess of Derby are to be found on the chancel arch.
Sharp eyed observers will find a “green man” in the decorative stone on the north wall. The west wall is inspired by Westminster Abbey, rising in four stages to the great rose window.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD
- 1538 - 1910 England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910 at FamilySearch — index
- 1603 - 1910 England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 at FamilySearch — index and images
Bury St. Mary parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:
|FS = FamilySearch.org|
|LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project|
|FMP = findmypast|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|AC = Ancestry.co.uk|
|FREG = FreeReg|
|BURY ST MARY PARISH (1590) Indexes|
|LOPC||1699-1844||1591-1849, 1860-1861||1699-1728, 1739-1748, 1759-1837|
|BURY HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1865) Indexes|
|BURY ST JOHN Chapelry (1770) Indexes|
|FS||1785-1829, 1846-1852||None||1785-1812, 1819-1867|
|BURY ST PAUL Chapelry (1841) Indexes|
|BURY ST PETER Chapelry Indexes|
|BURY ST THOMAS Chapelry Indexes|
|EDENFIELD Chapelry (1728) Indexes|
|FS||1728-1771, 1798-1845, 1857-1877||None||1774-1820|
|LOPC||1731-1845, 1857-1877||None||1774-1845, 1856-1877|
|ELTON ALL SAINTS Chapelry (1837) Indexes|
|HEYWOOD ST LUKE Chapelry (1731) Indexes|
|HEYWOOD ST JAMES Chapelry (1841) Indexes|
|HOLCOMBE EMMANUEL Chapelry (1730) Indexes|
|RAMSBOTTOM ST PAUL Chapelry (1850) Indexes|
|TOTTINGTON ST ANNE Chapelry (1799) Indexes|
|UNSWORTH ST GEORGE Chapelry (1730) Indexes|
|WALMERSLEY CUM SHUTTLEWORTH CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1785) Indexes|
|FS||1785-1812, 1838-1842, 1860-1864||1785-1812||1785-1812, 1838-1841, 1858|
|WATERFOOT ST JAMES Chapelry (1860) Indexes|
Original Records in Archives
Original parish and chapelry registers are held in the Manchester Archives and Studies centre in Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 2PD. Also, microfilm copies of these original registers are held at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. See the Family History Library online Catalog for further details about their holdings.
| Baptisms, marriages and burials of Bury, 1603- 1641, 1662-1785. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's, 1769-1785.
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| Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1785-1812. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).
|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1813-1818. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1819-1824. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1825-1829. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1830-1833. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1834-1838. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1839-1845. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's, St. Anne's (Tottington) and Christchurch (Walmersley) from 1842.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms and burials, 1846-1853. Includes St. John's, St. Anne's (Tottington), St. Pauls from 1849 and Christchurch (Walmersley).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms and burials, 1854-1860. Includes St. John's, St. Anne's (Tottington), St. Paul's, Christchurch (Walmersley) and All Saints (Elton) from 1858.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms and burials, 1861-1873. Includes St. John's, St. Anne's (Tottington), All Saints (Elton), Christchurch (Walmersley), and St. Thomas, 1867-1873.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms and burials from St. Paul's, 1845-1846, and All Saints (Elton), 1843-1846; baptisms from St. Stephen's (Elton), 1882-1894. Also includes baptisms and burials from St. Luke's in the Chapelry of Heywood, 1807-1818.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
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|Baptisms and burials from St. Luke's Chapel in the Chapelry of Heywood, 1819-1828.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
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any unique information, such as the census for X year was destroyed.
MacRae, David. The MacRaes of Barwood Lee. Family history and family tree of John McRae and Alice Johnson his wife, descending from 1779-1956. Other surnames Duncan, McLean, Oddie, McCray. Article in The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society Magazine, vol. 13. no.2, pages 30-37, FHL Ref 942.72 B2r
Burrows, Constance: Holt of Tottington: From a Family Bible. Family tree of James Holt and Jane Crampton married in Bury 1716, with the following descendant surnames. Wolfenden, Amphlett, Cunliffe, Roscow, scattered through, Prestwich, Bispham, and Whitefield, dating from 1716-1983, to be found in The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Soc. Magazine vol. 10, no.4. pages 28-29.
Todd, Andrew A. Lowe of Heaton and Hinds. History and Family tree of Lowe of Heaton and Elton starting with Robert Lowe marrying 1. Alice Yates, and 2. Hannah Walls, dating 1784-1860, with the following surnames, Barlow, Wade, Nuttall, Garside, Settle, Blomley, Griffiths, Ogden, Blomley, Rushton, Pemberton. Article in The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society Magazine. vol.5,no.3,pages16-20, FHL Ref 942.72 B2r
Poor Law Unions
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
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 452-460. Date accessed: 10 September 2013.London.
- J.P. Earwaker, Three Lancashire Subsidy Rolls, viz., for the Hundred of Salford, 1541, the Hundred of Salford, 1622 and the Hundred of Leyland, 1628, Together with a Recusant Roll for the Hundred of Leyland, in 1628 (London: Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1885). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53011 British History Online Bury