Byley, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Byley, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Byley, Cheshire
St John's Church, Byley Cheshire.jpg
St John's Church, Byley Cheshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Northwich
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Northwich
Registration District Northwich
Records begin
Parish registers: 1848
Bishop's Transcripts: 1855
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Middlewich
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office

Parish History

Byley St John is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1848 from Middlewich Ancient Parish.
Other places in the parish include: St John Byley and Byley with Lees.

Byley (or Byley cum Yatehouse) was a township in Middlewich Parish, Northwich Hundred, which became a civil parish in 1866.

BYLEY, a township in Middlewich parish, and a chapelry in Middlewich, Devenham, and Sandbach parishes, Cheshire--each of which also see. The township bears the name of Byleycum-Yatehouse; and lies near the Trunk canal, 2 miles N of Middlewich, and 3½ NE of Winsford railway station. The chapelry bears the name of Byleywith-Lees, or St. John Byley; and was constituted in 1847. Post Town, Middlewich.[1]


Census records

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

Church records

Byley St John the Evangeilst parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
Byley St John the Evangelist (1848) Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1874-1906

FS PR's 1874-1906

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

 Here is a list of Byley parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Parish registers, Cheshire Record Office no.: P100/1-3.

Parish registers for Byley-with-Lees, 1848-1972 Film
Baptisms, 1848-1906. Banns, 1864-1942. Burials, 1849-1898.
1655851 Items 3 - 6
Marriages, 1864-1972. 2262739 Item 6

Bishop's transcripts, Cheshire Record Office: EDB 42

Bishop's transcripts for Byley-with-Lees, 1855-1903 Film
Baptisms, burials, 1857-1858, baptisms, 1860-1861, 1859-1860, burials, 1859-1860, baptisms, burials, 1880-1885, baptisms, 1886-1887, burials, 1886-1887, baptisms, 1888-1891, burials, 1889-1891, baptisms, 1892-1896, burials, 1892-1896, baptisms, 1897-1900, 1855, baptisms, burials, 1856, burials, 1897-1900, 1901, 1903, baptisms, 1901-1903.
1647366 Item 6
Another filming, 1990.
1656840 Item 6
Non Conformist Churches


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Registration Districts
  • Northwich (1837–1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974–98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998–2009)
  • Cheshire West (post 2009)

Poor Law Unions

Northwich Poor Law Union, Cheshire

Probate records

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

see also England Cheshire Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maps and Gazetteers

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Byley on GENUKI


  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date accessed: 8 February 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.