England, Cheshire Non-Conformist Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England, Cheshire, Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900
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Cheshire,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Non-Conformists
Collection years 1671-1900
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

What is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Cheshire for the years 1671-1900. The original records are held at the Cheshire Archives.

Nonconformist church records may not have the most widespread coverage, but when they are available, they are the most informative and accurate source available for English family history until the start of civil registration in 1837. Nonconformist birth and baptismal registers are fairly common, and they generally contain more information than those of the Church of England.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth Registers

  • Name of declarant (usu. father)
  • Age, occupation and residence of declarant
  • Name of child
  • Sex of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents, including maiden name
  • Names, ages, and occupations of witnesses (usu. godparents)
  • Residence of parents

Baptismal Records

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Given name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Legitimacy of child *Marital status of parents
  • Names of godparents

Marriage Registers

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Previous marital statuses of bride and groom
  • Occupations of bride and groom
  • Residences of bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Names of parents, including maiden names

Death and Burial Records

  • Date and place of burial
  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Birthdate and place of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Surviving family members
  • Father of deceased, esp. if infant
  • Occupation of father, esp. if infant

Collection Content

Sample Records

John Smith England, Cheshire Non-conformist Records
Name John Smith
Event Type Baptism
Event Date 12 Jul 1815
Event Place Hazelgrove, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
Father's Name John Smith
Mother's Name Nancy Smith
Name John Smith
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 09 Dec 1911
Event Place St. Joseph's, Stockport, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
Marital Status S
Father's Name Anthony Smith
Spouse's Name Jane Mcdonald
Name John Smith
Event Type Burial
Event Date 10 Nov 1961
Event Place Runcorn, St Edward's Catholic Church, Runcorn, Cheshire, England
Age 68
Death Date 07 Nov 1961

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Year of the record

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
  • Search the records of nearby locations
  • Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
  • The individual might have records in the parish registers
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Note that marriages often took place in the town where the bride resided
  • Consult the England Record Finder to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"England, Cheshire, Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Record Office, Chester.

Record Citation:
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