Thurstaston, Cheshire Genealogy
Guide to Thurstaston, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
St Bartholomew's, Thurstaston Cheshire
|Poor Law Union||Wirral|
|Parish registers: 1706|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1581|
|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|
THURSTASTON (St. Bartholomew), is a parish, in the union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirrall, South division of the county of Chester, it is 2½ miles (S. S. W.) from Upton; containing, with part of the townships of Greasby and Irby. The former church, was and was taken down, and then built in 1825.
Thurstaston St Bartholomew is an Ancient parish which included Greasby and Irby.
The earliest mention of a Church occurs around 1125 but other evidence suggests that one may have existed in Saxon times. The Norman church endured for many hundreds of years but was eventually taken down in 1820 and a second edifice, a plain stone building, was completed in 1824.
Thurstaston means "village of a man called Thorsteinn / Þorsteinn", from the Old Norse personal name Thorsteinn / Þorsteinn and Old English tún "farm, village". A record of the name as Torstestiune in 1048 proves this origin. The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Turstanetone. Historically and popularly, the name was wrongly thought to refer to "Thor's Stone", a sandstone outcrop on Thurstaston Common. This local red Sandstone provided the material for the two nineteenth century churches.
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.
Thurstaston St Bartholomew parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)|
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|Thurstaston St Bartholomew Parish (1581) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1706-1907
|FS BT'S|| 1600-1896
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 Thurstaston, 1706-1946 Cheshire Record Office Call number: P48/1/1-2, P48/2, P48/3/1-2, P48/5693.
|Parish registers Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, burials, 1706-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1907. Marriages (including banns), 1755-1812. Marriages, 1706-1753, 1815-1816, 1827-1837.|| BRITISH |
2191047 Items 1 - 5
|Burials, 1813-1946.|| BRITISH |
2301157 Item 9
Bishop's transcripts for Thurstaston, 1587-1895 Records are not arranged in strict chronological order. Some intermittent years are missing. Cheshire Record Office Call number: EDB/201
|Bishop's transcripts Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1587, 1600, 1604, 1617-1619, 1634-1635, 1638-1639, 1645, 1653, 1663-1664, 1666, 1668-1669, 1671, 1673, 1677, 1680-1681, 1684-1685, 1696-1698, 1705-1769, 1771-1821. Burials, 1822-1879, 1881-1882, 1888-1894. Baptisms, 1821-1895. Marriages, 1827-1828, 1831, 1833-1837.|| BRITISH |
1836236 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:
- Wirral (1837–1974)
- Birkenhead (1974–98)
- Wirral (post1998)
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.
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Thurstaston on GENUKI
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 12 April 2013
- 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.
- Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, pp. 182–183, ISBN 0 907768 18 0
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) , The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 361–362, ISBN 0 300 09588 0