Manchester All Souls, Lancashire Genealogy

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Manchester All Souls

Guide to Manchester All Souls, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Manchester All Souls, Lancashire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Salford
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Manchester
Registration District Ashton under Lyne; Chorlton; Manchester; Salford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1840
Bishop's Transcripts: 1763
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Manchester
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Chapelry History

All Souls' district church [was created], in the early Norman style, [and] was erected in Every Street, Ancoats, by subscription. It was created from, and lying within the boundaries of Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire. Founded: 1840 Closed: 1984 Chapelry registers may be found in Manchester St Ann, Lancashire parish.[1]


Civil Registration

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

Church records

Online records

There are online transcriptions for both Ancoats All Souls (beginning in 1850)  and prior to that, it's parent church from which it was created--St Ann's Manchester, as well as for most of the Manchester City ecclesiastical parishes--including the ancient parish (Cathedral) of Our Lady, St George and St Denys, and for the baptism, marriage and burial registers of many of its numerous chapelries lying within its boundaries. Displayed below are those records from specifically All Souls, St Ann's chapelry and for the Cathedral, located at the web sites indicated below; note also the ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
ANCOATS ALL SOULS Chapelry (1840) Indexes (see also St Ann Manchester pre-1850)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1837-1908 1846-1928 None
LOPC 1840-1876  None None
LBMD 1840-1917 1846-1981  1837-1882 
MANCHESTER ST ANN Chapelry (1736) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1736-1849 1737-1754  1736-1854 
LOPC 1806-1849 None 1777-1854
FREG  None None 1813-1854
LBMD 1837-1881 1838-1976 1837-1881

Here are the online transcriptions for the ancient parish for Manchester St Mary (Our Lady), St George and Denys (The Cathedral):



Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1573-1872 1573-1889  None
LOPC 1573-1616;1777-1837 1573-1616;1782-1836 - part. yrs 1573-1616;1792-1836 - part. yrs
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1946 1837-1881 
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

If you did not find your ancestor in any of the above three church registers, then see MANCHESTER OUR LADY, ST GEORGE, & ST DENYS (The Cathedral) for a full list of all chapelries and churches you can search online, and which comprise this vast parish boundary.

Original Records

Bishop's transcripts for All Soul's Church, Manchester, 1763-1847 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. FamilySearch has microfilmed the original Bishop's transcripts, 1763, 1810-1845 / Church of England. St. Ann's Church (Manchester).
The church became known as All Soul's Ancoats in 1850. Ancoats is a suburb within Manchester.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/186/4

Baptisms only, 1840-1845.
1545619 Item 2


Census records

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.

Poor Law Unions

Manchester Poor Law Union

Probate records

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

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 221-247.

Henry Mantell's Article explains the influence of the Dean and Fellows of the Collegiate church on Manchester Parish records