Shireshead, Lancashire Genealogy

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

Shireshead, Lancashire
Shireshead St James contributor Alexander P Kapp.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Lonsdale
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Lancaster
Registration District Lancaster
Records begin
Parish registers: 1817
Bishop's Transcripts: 1786
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Amounderness
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

SHIRESHEAD, or Shirehead, St James (formerly St Paul) a chapelry in Garstang and Cockerham parishes, Lancashire; on the river Wyre, 1¾ mile N by E of Scorton railway station, and 4 north by east of Garstang. The chapelry of St Paul was founded in 1520 but closed in 1889 when the parish of St James was created. Other places in the parish include: Claverley.

Here is an 1848 historical perspective from the British topographer, Samuel A. Lewis on Clevely:

CLEVELY, a township, partly in the parish of Cockerham, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands,but chiefly in the parish of Garstang, hundred of Amounderness, union of Garstang, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 4¼ miles (N. by E.) from Garstang. [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

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks[edit | edit source]

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Church of England

Shireshead chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Cockerham to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following websites and ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

SHIRESHEAD Chapelry (1742) Indexes  - partly also in Garstang Parish (see)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1742-1829 None None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
COCKERHAM ST MICHAEL PARISH (1595) Indexes (ancient parish containing SHIRESHEAD Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1595-1885 1595-1657; 1744-1874 None
LOPC 1595-1893  1595-1874  1595-1812
AC 1595-1657 1595-1657 1595-1657

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Shireshead and comprising the whole ancient parish of Cockerham to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the COCKERHAM PARISH page.

Parish registers for Cockerham, 1595-1900 Text in Latin and English.
Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office,Preston.
Includes records from Ellel chapelry, baptisms, 1727-1829, burials, 1764-1829; and Shireshead chapelry, baptisms, 1742-1746, 1799-1801, 1806-1829, burials, 1813-1829. Some missing years.
Ellel chapellry is in Cockerham parish. Shireshead or Shirehead chapelry is in the parishes of Cockerham and Garstang.
Lancashire Record Office no. : PR 1368-1381, 2688, 3251/1/3-8

Baptisms, 1658-1743; Marriages, 1661-1743; Burials, 1661-1643; Baptisms, 1690-1782; Marriages, 1695-1753; Baptisms, 1782-1793; burials, 1786; Burials, 1744-1793; marriage, 1792; Baptisms, 1793-1812; Burials, 1794-1812; Baptisms, 1813-1893; Marriages, 1754-1837.
Marriages, 1837-1874; Burials, 1813-1843; Churchwardens' accounts, 1738-1899; Vestry minutes, 1822-1907.
Baptisms, 1595-1657; Marriages, 1653-1656, 1595-1631; Burials, 1595-1656. Marriages, 1631-1645; Baptisms, 1658-1893 (another filming). Marriages, 1659-1874 (another filming). Burials, 1659-1843 (another filming).
1278859 Items 7 - 20
Marriages, 1874-1900. Burials, 1843-1901. Banns, 1896-1900. Register of services, 1865-1883. Register of preachers readers, collections, 1883-1889. Register of services, 1889-1900. The official parochial register of church services, organization and finance, 1900.
1278872 Items 1 - 7

Bishop's transcripts for Cockerham, 1673-1902 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Some parts are illegible due to torn pages, dark spots and faded ink.
Ellel is a chapelry in the parish of Cockerham
Shireshead is a chapelry in Cockerham and Garstang parishes.
Lancashire Record Office no.: DRB 2/57-64

(Cockerham) baptisms, marriages, burials, 1673- 1674, 1677-1680, 1682-1686, 1688-1693, 1697- 1698, 1701-1707, 1709-1715, 1717-1719, 1721- 1745 (Includes some baptisms of Ellel and Shireshead chapelries).
1656814 Item 3
(Cockerham) baptisms, marriages, burials, 1745- 1837 (includes some baptisms and burials of the chapelries of Ellel and Shireshead) Baptisms and burials 1838-1869, 1871-1874, 1876-1879, 1883-1888, 1895, 1901-1902 (includes marriages for 1858 only)
(Ellel) marriages 1753 Baptisms, burials 1830, 1841-1844, 1846-1872 (Shireshead) baptisms and burials 1830-1860 (one marriage, 1860)
1656816 Items 1-2
Another filming (poor quality). Preston : PRO, [198-?]. 8 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

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
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Lancaster Poor Law Union,Lancashire

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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Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 632-635. Date accessed: 27 August 2013.