Rock Ferry, Cheshire Genealogy

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Rock Ferry

Guide to Rock Ferry, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Rock Ferry, Cheshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Wirrall
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Wirral
Registration District Wirrall
Records begin
Parish registers: 1844
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Wirral
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office

Parish History

Rock-Ferry, is a village and a chapelry in Bebington parish, Cheshire. The village stands on the river Mersey, and on the Birkenhead, there is a railway station, and a half-hourly steam-boat-ferry to Liverpool. The chapelry incules also the village and iron pier of New Ferry, and was constitued in1844. The church was built in 1842. A Wesleyan chapel is at Rock-Ferry; and a Brethren's chapel at New-Ferry.[1]

Rock Ferry is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1844 from Bebington Ancient Parish.


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.

Church records

Rock Ferry St Peter parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Parish St Peter Online (1844) Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1871-1919

FS PR's 1844-1912
Non Conformist Churches
  • Wesleyan
  • Brethren's

Non-Conformist records:

Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at theFamily History Library in Salt Lake City.

Church records for the Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, New Chester Road, Rock-Ferry, 1859-1956
Baptisms, 1859-1928. Marriages, 1867-1956.
BRITISH  2299475 Items 14 - 21

Church records for the Wesley Hall Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Rock-Ferry, 1894-1953

Baptisms, 1894-1953.
BRITISH 2299475 Item 22

Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Registration Districts
  • Wirral (1894-1898)

Poor Law Unions

Wirral Poor Law Union, Cheshire

Birkenhead Poor Law Union, Cheshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

see also England Cheshire Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maps and Gazetteers

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Rock Ferry on GENUKI


  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 25 Jan 2013
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.