Acton, Cheshire Genealogy
Guide to Acton, Cheshire family history and genealogy: parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.
ACTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Nantwich, S. division of Cheshire; comprising the townships of Acton, Aston-juxta-Mondrum, Austerson, Baddington, Brindley, Burland, Cholmondstone, Cool-Pilate, Edleston, Faddiley, Henhull, Hurleston, Poole, Stoke, Worleston, and part of Soond, 1¼ mile northwest by west from Nantwich. At Burley-Dam is a second church.
Acton St Mary near Nantwich is an Ancient parish which commenced keeping parish registers from the year 1653. The parish includes Worleston, Stoke, Sound, Poole, Newhall, Hurleston, Henhull, Faddiley, Edleston, Edlaston, Coole Pilate, Cool Pilate, Cholmondestone, Baddington, Brindley, Burland, Cholmondeston, Aston juxta Mondrum, Austerson, and Aston.
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.
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 a nd death indexes available:
Here is a list of registration districts that included Acton from 1837, with dates of inclusion.
- Nantwich (1837–1937)
- Crewe (1937–74)
- Congleton and Crewe (1974–88)
- South Cheshire (1988–98)
- Cheshire Central (post 1998)
Registration events can be searched online at Cheshire BMD
Acton St Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have online indexes by the following groups
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|Acton St Mary Parish (1585) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1653-1912
| FS BT's
Cheshire The following records are deposited at the Record Office:
- Parish registers for Acton-near-Nantwich, 1653-1999.
- Bishop's transcripts for Acton, 1586-1886. CRO reference: EDB 1.
An index for Cheshire, Church of England, parish registers and bishop’s transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online in Record Search at FamilySearch.org.
Here is a list of church records for Acton on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.
|Baptisms: 1653-Nov. 1859; Marriages: 1653-1754; Burials: 1653-1750.||2147020|
|Baptisms, Dec. 1859-Feb. 1999. Marriages, Apr. 1754-June 1857.||2147021|
|Marriages, May 1857-May 1975.||2147066|
|Marriages, June 1975-1999. Marriage banns, 1789-1994. Burials, 1751-1812 (includes contributions to Acton Free School records, 1662, 1716, 1766, 1789, 1862-1864; charities and charity accounts, 1861, will of George Huxley, churchwardens' account, 1857).||2147067|
|Burials, 1813-1982. Graves registers, 1823-1862, 1886-1965.||2147068 Items 1 - 8|
|Marriages, burials 1586-1814. Baptisms 1586-1815 (with gaps).||1647762 Item 3|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1815-1827, 1829-1844.||1647763|
|Marriages, 1844-1874. Baptisms, burials, 1845-1874.||1647802|
|Marriages 1875-1876. Baptisms, burials, 1875-1886.||1647803 Item 1|
Acton (Weaverham) Methodist Chapel. The chapel was built by the Wesleyan Methodists in Forest Road in 1878 next to an earlier chapel erected in c.1834. The first chapel was used by the Sunday School until new premises were built adjoining the new chapel in 1903.
- Registers and Minutes, 1898-1972. Cheshire Record Reference EMS 310.
|School Registers for Acton (near Nantwich), 1877-1952||Film|
|Girls' Admission Register, 1877-1893. Boys' Admission Register, 1878-1903||1894886 Items 4-5|
|Mixed School Log Books, 1903-1952 (includes children evacuated from St. Silvester R.C. School, Liverpool in 1939).||2299012 Items 1-2|
Poor Law Unions
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 9-12. Date accessed: 11 June 2013.
- Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 15–18
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003), The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 53–54, ISBN 0 300 09588 0
- Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, pp. 16–17, ISBN 1871731232