Colne, Lancashire Genealogy
Guide to Colne, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
|Poor Law Union||Burnley|
|Parish registers: 1599; Separate registers exist for Trawden beginning 1846|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1602|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Lancashire Record Office|
Colne St Bartholomew was erected as an ancient chapel of ease, and in operation by 1599, taken from and lying within the boundaries of Whalley Ancient Parish.
Other places in the parish include: Foulridge and Barrowford Booth.
Originally in the Diocese of Chester ( registers begin in 1599) it became part of the Whalley Deanery in The Diocese of Manchester in 1847
The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.
COLNE, a market-town and parochial chapelry, in the parish of Whalley, union of Burnley, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 35 miles (S. E.) from Lancaster, and 217 (N. N. W.) from London.  This parochial chapelry included at least the following 5 chapels of ease:
- Great Marsden - 1847
- Little Marsden - 1835
- Colne Christ Church - 1836
- Barrowford St. Thomas - 1838
- Trawden St Mary - 1844
This chapelry also included the town of Foulridge.
There were places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, and Primitive Methodists.
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
Lancashire Online Parish Clerks
An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/
- 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.
Church of England
Colne St. Bartholomew chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Whalley to which it is attached, 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|
|COLNE ST BARTHOLOMEW Chapelry (1599) Indexes|
|LOPC||1599-1900||1599-1645, 1654-1900||1599-1650, 1653-1899|
|FREG|| 1599-1653, 1790-1812
|| 1599-1616, 1630-1650|
|WHALLEY ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS PARISH (1538) Indexes (ancient parish containing COLNE ST BARTHOLOMEW Chapelry)|
|LOPC||1538-1601, 1605-1845, 1848-1860, 1862-1875||1539-1601, 1605-1647, 1653-1900||1538-1601, 1605-1840, 1843-1891|
|AC|| 1538-1601, 1605-1653
|| 1538-1601, 1605-1653
|| 1538-1601, 1605-1653|
For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Colne St. Bartholomew and comprising the whole ancient parish of Whalley to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the WHALLEY PARISH page.
Colne- St Bartholomew
Baptisms Transcript-1599-1653- 929.3272 C10
Baptisms Transcript-1654-1697- Archives LPRS Transcript
Baptisms Transcript-1774-1789- 929.3272 Co7
Baptisms Transcript-1790-1812- Q929.3272 Co10 or Rossendale Fiche C15
Burials Transcript-1599-1650- 929.3272 C10
Burials Transcript-1654-1734- Archives LPRS Transcript
Burials Transcript-1774-1789- 929.3272 Co7
Burials Transcript-1790-1812- Q929.3272 Co4
Marriage Index-1813-1837- Rossendale Fiche C11
Marriages Transcript-1599-1644- 929.3272 C10
Marriages Transcript-1654-1754- 929.342764 Wh1
For original registers of above please enquire at Lancashire Record Office.
The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)
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.
Stott, Brian. Towler of Colne and Burnley. Family History article of John Towler of Colne marrying Judith Robinson from the parish of Clapham at Colne in 1761, and the descendants, scattering through Yorkshire and London. to be found in The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society Magazine, vol. 16. no.1.page 40-43. 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. 663-668. Date accessed: 17 September 2013.