Chester, Cheshire Genealogy
|Poor Law Union||Chester|
|Registration District||Great Baughton|
CHESTER, a city, port, and county of itself, locally in the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, of which it is the capital, 17 miles (S.) from Liverpool, 36 (S. W.) from Manchester, and 197 (N. W.) from London; including those portions of the parishes of St. Mary on the Hill, St. Oswald, and the Holy Trinity, which are without the limits of the city.
The city comprises the parishes of St. Bridget; St. John the Baptist; Little St. John, extra-parochial; St. Martin; St. Michael; St. Olave; and St. Peter; and part of the parishes of St. Mary on the Hill, St. Oswald, and the Holy Trinity, and the precinct of the Cathedral Close.
The livings in the city, or connected with it, are the rectories of St. Bridget, St. Martin, St. Peter, St. Mary-on-the-Hill, and Holy Trinity; the vicarages of St. John the Baptist, St. Oswald, St. Michael, St. Olave, Lache-with-Saltney, and Bruera; and the curacies of Little St. John, Upton, St. Paul, and Christ-Church. St. Martin is annexed to St. Bridget; St. Olave to St. Michael; Upton to St. Mary-on-the-Hill.
The places of worship within the city, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England; 17 of dissenters; and 3 of other bodies. There is a place of worship for Church of England, Presbyterians, Independents, Baptists, Quakers, Unitarians, Wesleyans, Methodists, Welsh Calvinists, Christians, Brethren, and Roman Catholics. 
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.
Chester parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Chester Online Parish Records|
|FMP Diocese PRs||1538-1911||
|FMP Diocese BTs||1576-1906||
To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Records are also available at the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
For more records look at the individual parishes within Chester:
- Chester Cathedral
- Cheshire Chester Cathedral Church Precinct
- Chester Christ Church
- Chester Holy Trinity
- Chester Little St John
- Chester St Barnabas
- Chester St Bridget
- Chester St John the Baptist
- Chester St Mary
- Chester St Michael with St Olave
- Chester St Oswald
- Chester St Paul
- Chester St Peter
Non Conformist Churches
The following non-Church of England denominations were located somewhere in Chester, but the exact parish has not been identified:
- Society of Friends/Quaker
- United Presbyterian Church of Scotland
- Chester, St. Werburgh (Roman Catholic), Grosvenor Park Road. Built in 1875, replacing Queens Street Chapel (built c.1800). Registers of baptisms 1794–1956, marriages 1827–1973 and burials 1861–1923 are at the Cheshire Record Office. Indexes to baptisms 1790–1956 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
- Catholic Church
- Wesleyan Methodist
- Primitive Methodist
- Calvinistic Methodist
Church records for St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, Chester, 1859-1943 Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 11/5100/1-7.
|Church records: St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, Chester||Film|
| Baptisms, 1859-1911
|| 2068140 Items 7-8|
| Baptisms, 1911-1943 (from Sept. 1911) Marriages, 1865-1921 Burials, 1860-1913
|| 2068141 Items 1-6|
Church records for St. Werburgh's Catholic Church, Chester, 1794-1993 Cheshire Record Office call no.: ERC 3/5066/1-17.
|Church records for St. Werburgh's Catholic Church, Chester||Film|
| Baptisms, 1794-1826 (Includes dates of births, and marriages, 1822-1827.) (Title board incorrectly identifies as St. Francis' Church.)
|| 2068141 Item 7|
| Baptisms, 1826-1905
|| 2068142 |
| Baptisms, 1905-1935
|| Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068143 |
| Baptisms, 1935-1956 Marriages, 1827-1856
|| 2068144 |
| Marriages, 1857-1973 Burials, 1861-1891
|| Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068145 |
| Burials, 1891-1993
|| Granite Mountain Record Vault 2068146|
Church records for the Central Hall City Road Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Chester, 1900-1952 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 55/2/34-36.
Church records: Central Hall City Road Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Chester
| Marriages, 1900-1926.
|| 2299384 Items 3 - 5|
| Marriages, 1926-1952.
|| 2299384 Items 8 - 9|
Church records for the City Temple, Hunter Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1916-1948 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/7-8.
|Church records: City Temple, Hunter Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester||Film|
| Marriages, 1916-1948.
|| 2299384 Items 14 - 15|
Church records for the George Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1917-1955 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/1-4.
|Church records: George Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester||Film|
| Marriages, 1917-1955.
|| 2299384 Items 10 - 13|
Church records for the Milton Green Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1909-1954 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 270/12, CR 55/2/88.
|Church records: Milton Green Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester||Film|
| Marriages, 1909-1954
|| 2299384 Item 16|
| Baptisms, 1916-1954.
|| 2299384 Item 21|
Church records for the Northgate Congregational Church, Chester, 1906-1953 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 416/4-7.
|Church records:Northgate Congregational Church, Chester||Film|
| Marriages, 1906-1953.
|| 2299551 Items 3 - 6|
Church records for the Primitive Methodist chapel, Chester, 1845-1959 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 55/2/134-135.
|Church records: Primitive Methodist chapel, Chester||Film|
| Baptisms, 1845-1959.
|| 2299384 Items 6 - 7|
Church records for the Queen Street Congregational Chapel, Chester, 1772-1923 Public Record Office call no.: RG-4 series no. 160; Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 151/1, 10, 16-17.
|Church records: Queen Street Congregational Chapel, Chester||Film|
| Births and baptisms, 1803-1837.
|| 20046 Item 5|
| List of members, 1772-1813. Baptisms, 1848-1855, 1861; marriages, 1848-1855; burials, 1848-1854. Roll of church members, 1815-1896; marriages, 1880-1888; births and baptisms, 1862-1888; burials, 1880. Roll of church members, 1835-1836, 1848, 1862-1919; church minutes, 1923; baptisms, 1909-1910.
|| 2299417 Items 1 - 4|
Church records for the Queen Street Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1900-1965 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: CR 286/1-2.
|Church records: Queen Street Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Chester||Film|
| Marriages, 1900-1965
|| 2299384 Items 19 - 20|
Church records for the Tarvin Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester, 1921-1948 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 506/1-2.
|Church records:Tarvin Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chester||Film|
| Marriages, 1921-1948
|| 2299384 Items 17 - 18|
Presbyterian Church records, 1651-1855 RG-4 series nos. 3755, 2090, 161.
|Presbyterian Church records||Film|
| Church records
|| 20046 Items 6-8|
| Another filming of baptisms, 1713-1832, and burials, 1791-1831. London : Public Record Office, 1986. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
|| 1482417 Item 2|
Church records Primitive Methodist Chapel, 1825-1837. Primitive Methodist Church is on Steam Mil.l Street Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, London.RG-4 series no. 575.
|Church records: Primitive Methodist Chapel||Film|
| Church records
|| 20046 Item 10|
Church records Calvinistic Methodis Octogon Chapel 1805-1835 RG-4 series no. 70.
|Church records: Calvinistic Methodist Octogon Chapel||Film|
| Church records Births and baptisms, 1805-1835
|| 20046 Item 11|
Calvinistic Methodist Mount Zion Chapel Church records, 1805-1837 RG-4 series no. 4417.
|Church records: Calvinistic Methodist Mount Zion Chapel||Film|
| Church records Contains births and baptisms, 1805-1837
|| 20046 Item 12|
| Another filming. London : Public Record Office, 1986. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
|| 1482442 Item 9|
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:
- Great Boughton
Poor Law Unions
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.
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
Chester on GENUKI
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 576-586. Date accessed: 18 March 2019.
- John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 15 February 2013