England, Cheshire Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000
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Cheshire,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-2000
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 1538-2000. The original records are held at the Cheshire Archives.

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

To learn more about parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Christening records include:

  • Name of the child
  • Date and place of christening
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Names of parents

Marriage records include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents

Burial records include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of parents

Collection Content

Coverage Table

A detailed listing of the types and locations of records in this collection can be found in the here.

Sample Records

John Smith England, Cheshire Parish Registers
Name John Smith
Event Type Christening
Event Date 13 Oct 1877
Event Place St Catherine, Tranmere, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
Birth Date 20 Sep 1877
Father's Name George Smith
Mother's Name Sarah Smith
Name John Smith
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 13 May 1879
Event Place St Paul, Staleybridge, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
Age (Formatted) Full Age
Marital Status Single
Father's Name John Smith
Spouse's Name Mary Bayley
Spouse's Marital Status Widowed
Spouse's Father's Name John Mercer
Name John Smith
Event Type Burial
Event Date 27 Mar 1815
Event Place Christ Church, Alsager, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
Age (Formatted) 28y
Father's Name John Smith
Mother's Name Mary

How Do I Search This Collection?

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

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

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 not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided
  • Consult the England Record Finder to find other records

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Collection Citation

"England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000". Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Church of England. Record Office, Chester.

Record Citation:
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