Stoak or Stoke, Cheshire Genealogy
Guide to Stoak or Stoke, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
|Stoak or Stoke, Cheshire|
Stoak St Lawrence Church
|Poor Law Union||Great Boughton|
|Registration District||Great Boughton; Wirrall|
|Parish registers: 1573|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1607|
|Diocese||Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester|
|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|
STOAK, iis a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Wirrall, South division of the county of Chester; containing, with the township of Little Stanney, and part of Whitby. The parish comprises, exclusively of Whitby.
Stoak St Lawrence is an Ancient parish in Cheshire and includes Little Stanney.
A Saxon chapel was originally on the site. It was not mentioned in the Domesday Book but fragments of architecture still present in the 19th century showed that a new church must have been built soon after the Norman conquest.
The name may also be spelled Stoke which is the name of the civil parish; the ecclesiastical parish was Stoak.
Stoak is a small village in the civil parish of Stoke, the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester, and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England.
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.
Stoak or Stoke St Laurence parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|Stoak or Stoke St Laurance Parish (1543) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1543-1910
|FS BT'S||1607-1848|| NONE
To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Parish registers for Stoke, 1573-1964
Cheshire Record Office reference: P31/1/1-4, P31/2/1-2, P31/3059/1/1-2, P31/3059/2-4, P31/5
|Parish registers Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1573-1579, 1601-1690 (Some Latin.) Baptisms, burials, 1690-1812. Marriages, 1690-1754.||BRITISH 2068673 Items 7-10|
|Marriages, 1754-1964. Banns of marriage, 1824-1918. Baptisms, 1813-1925. Burials, 1813-1889.||BRITISH 2068674 Items 1-7|
Bishop's transcripts for Stoke, 1607-1848
Records are not in strict chronological order. Some years are missing.
|Bishop's transcript Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1835-1841. Baptisms, burials, 1833-1834, 1843-1848. Burials, 1832.||BRITISH 1751851 Item 2|
|Baptisms, 1833, burials, 1832, baptisms, burials, 1833-1834, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1835-1841, baptisms, burials, 1843-1845, baptisms, 1846-1848, burials, 1845-1848||BRITISH 1751852 Item 1|
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:
Great Boughton (1837–69)
West Cheshire (1937–74)
Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
Cheshire West (post 1998)
Poor Law Unions
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.
Maps and Gazetteers
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Stoke (near Chester) on GENUKI
Stoke (near Nantwich) on GENUKI
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 9 April 2013
- Ormerod, George (1882), The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester (2nd ed.), London: George Routledge and Sons, pp. ii: 387–392
- Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 305–309
- Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 175, ISBN 0 907768 18 0