Manchester St Mary, Lancashire Genealogy

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

Manchester St Mary, 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: 1754
Bishop's Transcripts: 1806
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

Chapel History[edit | edit source]

Manchester (St. Mary's) chapel, in Dean's-gate and near the river Irwell, erected by the Warden and Fellows of the College, by act of parliament, in 1756, is a handsome edifice of the Doric order, with a tower and spire 186 feet in height. This chapel of ease was one of very few in Greater Manchester that was allowed to perform marriages. By 1806, sanction had been given for marriages, which is reflected in the fact that this chapel's marriage registers commence from 1806 onward.[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Records 

The chapel of  St Mary's Manchester has online transcriptions covering many of its marriage, burial and baptism registers, as well as for the ancient parish (the Cathedral) of Our Lady, St George and St Denys. The available years you can search online are displayed below and located at the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
 MANCHESTER ST MARY Chapelry (1756) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1756-1888 1806-1930 1813-1910
LOPC 1756-1888 1806-1837; 1885-1888 1756-1871
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1988 1837-1881
AC 1754-1812 1754-1812 1754-1812
AC 1756-1888 1756-1888 1756-1888



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

To view a full list of all of Manchester City's numerous (over 150) chapelries and district churches, see the ancient parish (the Cathedral) of MANCHESTER OUR LADY, ST GEORGE, & ST DENYS page.

Original Records

The original parish registers for St Mary Manchester are housed at the Manchester Central Library Archives. FamilySearch has microfilmed and imaged these registers and they are available online at

Non Conformist Records[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Manchester Poor Law Union

Probate records
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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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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 221-247. Adapted. Date accessed: 19 July 2010.