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Guide to Liverpool history, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. See the ancient parish of Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas, Lancashire Genealogy page for a full list of links to important Liverpool records/resources.

Liverpool Pier head

History[edit | edit source]

Lancashire Rose, the flag of Lancashire
Location of Liverpool in England
Liverpool City Coat of Arms

The picture above shows the world famous waterfront of Liverpool;, with the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building, and the Port of Liverpool Authority Building, as shown left to right. Departing the dock is one of the iconic Mersey Ferry boats.

Liverpool is a major port in North West England, and is on the right bank of the River Mersey. It has bee a settlement for at least 800 years.

The history of Liverpool can be traced back to 1190 when the place was known as 'Liuerpul', possibly meaning a pool or creek with muddy water, though other origins of the name have been suggested.

The borough was founded by royal charter in 1207, but Liverpool remained a small settlement until its trade with Ireland and coastal parts of England and Wales was overtaken by trade with Africa and the West Indies, which included the slave trade. The town's first wet dock was opened in 1715 and Liverpool's expansion to become a major city continued over the next two centuries.

By the start of the nineteenth century, a large volume of trade was passing through Liverpool. In 1830, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway was opened. The population grew rapidly, especially with Irish migrants; by 1851, one quarter of the city's population was Irish-born. As growth continued, the city became known as "the second city of the Empire", and was also called "the New York of Europe". During the Second World War, the city was the centre for planning the crucial Battle of the Atlantic, and suffered a blitz second only to London's.

From the mid-twentieth century, Liverpool's docks and traditional manufacturing industries went into sharp decline, with the advent of containerization making the city's docks obsolete. The unemployment rate in Liverpool rose to one of the highest in the UK. Over the same period, starting in the early 1960s, the city became internationally renowned for its culture, particularly as the center of the "Merseybeat" sound which became synonymous with The Beatles. In recent years, Liverpool's economy has recovered, partly due to tourism as well as substantial investment in regeneration schemes. The city was a European Capital of Culture in 2008.[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries (Civil)[edit | edit source]

Below is a list of non-parish church cemeteries in Liverpool.[2]

  • Anfield cemetery - 236 Priory Rd, Phone: +44 151 233 3004
  • Toxteth Park Cemetery - Liverpool, United Kingdom, Phone:+44 151 233 3004
  • West Derby Cemetery - Liverpool L11 2, United Kingdom, Phone:+44 151 546 2128
  • Kirkdale Cemetery - Liverpool, United Kingdom, Phone:+44 151 233 3004
  • Everton Cemetery - Liverpool L9 7, United Kingdom, Phone:+44 151 233 3004
  • Walton Park Cemetery - Liverpool, No Phone number available.
  • Yewtree Cemetery - Liverpool, No phone number available.
  • Allerton Cemetery - 192 Woolton Rd, Allerton L19 5NF, United Kingdom, Phone:+44 151 233 3004
  • Bootle Cemetery - Linacre Ln, Bootle, United Kingdom, Phone:+44 151 924 5143
  • Huyton Parish Cemetery - Derby Rd, Liverpool L36 9XJ, United Kingdom, No phone number available.
  • Liverpool Jewish Cemetery - Dean Road, Liverpool L7 2RN, No phone number available

Other websites listing cemeteries:

Churches[edit | edit source]

Parishes[edit | edit source]

Liverpool Cathedral

To help search for family records, the following Comprehensive List of Liverpool St Peter's Parishes and Chapelries has been compiled here:

Also part of the civil parish of Liverpool are the following district chapelries, which formed the southern suburb of and also within the boundaries of Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas:

Due to its close proximity, see also Walton-on-the-Hill Parish and its chapelries, i.e. Everton. 

Nonconformists[edit | edit source]

Statues, Albert Dock, Liverpool - DSC01038.JPG

Liverpool also had inordinately large Irish population, many of which were Roman Catholic. By 1831, Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (published 1831) identified that there were at least five Roman Catholic parishes lying within its boundaries. Here is a list all those known Roman Catholic churches within the boundaries of the city--including ten (10) of them; the Family History Library has a few of them (see hyper-links below); there were, prior to 1900, nearly 40 Catholic parishes within Liverpool proper:

  • St Alban - 1807
  • St Anne
  • St Ethelburga - 1843
  • St Nicholas - 1813 (some burials)
  • St Anthony - 1804 (see also St Anthony's website for some data online)
  • St Peter – 1788
  • St Mary, Woolton – 1707
  • St Swithin - 1758
  • St Patrick - 1827
  • St Joseph - 1798

Other non-Church of England denominations in Liverpool also include the following non-exclusive list:

  • Baptist
  • Chinese Christian Disciples Church
  • Christians
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1837
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Christ Embassy Church
  • Eliim New Anointing Church
  • Jesus Army Church
  • Jewish
  • Moravian/United Brethren
  • Plymouth Brethren
  • Presbyterian
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Roman Catholic
  • Society of Friends/Quaker
  • Tamil Christian Church
  • Temple of Praise Church
  • Unitarian
  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • Wesleyan Methodist Association
  • Wesleyan Methodist Reform

Online Church Records

Non-Conformist Church Records can be found at:

  • The Genealogist - $, index to non-conformist church records (does not include Anglican Church)

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Civil registration is the recording of births, marriages and deaths in England and began in 1837. Civil registration records were recorded at the local registration office and the National registration offices. If you cannot find the civil registration in one index, search the other index as they are different indexes.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Newspapers for Bath:

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Initially Liverpool was the port that served the shipping needs between Ireland and England. From that beginning, Liverpool rapidly developed into a world class port. It was never a major naval port, as most of the military marine activity was centered along the south coast of England, facing Europe.

However the rapid growth of cotton growing in the American deep south, plus the need for farm labor for the sugar plantations in the Caribbean, resulted in a rapid growth in the slave trade.

The heroic lifetime work of Mr. William Wilberforce, a northern MP, resulted in the passage of a bill through the British parliament abolishing slaving, and Liverpool turned to more acceptable shipping.

From the late 1700's it became the major western European port for emigrants from Northern Europe to travel to the New World. In fact this shipping industry became so important that there is now a statue memorializing this activity at the Albert Dock entrance.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Liverpool and the county of Lancashire have a number of Family History and Genealogy Societies. The following web sites provide access to these records:

Archives[edit | edit source]

Liverpool City
Central Library, Archives section
William Brown Street,
L3 8EW
Telephone: +44 0151 233 3069.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Liverpool," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 16 May 2016.
  2. Liverpool City Council cemeteries and crematoria,, accessed 19 May 2016.