Ashton under Lyne St Michael, Lancashire Genealogy
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE St Michael, a market town, [and an] parish, parliamentary borough, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 6 miles east from Manchester. It comprises the parochial (chapelry) divisions of Ashton-town, Audenshaw, Hartshead, and Knott-Lanes. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England.
The church was at one time a chapel of ease to the Parish church of Manchester. A chapel called St. Peter Church, Ashton-Under-Lyne was erected at the town's west-end in 1821. In 1840, a new chapel with an ecclesiastical district was annexed to St Peter's. Then in 1846 a district was created and the district chapel of Christ Church was built by that year, situated in Charlestown. Chapels were built, belonging to the Congregational/Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, Independent Methodists, Primitive Methodists, Methodists of the New Connection, Baptists, Stephenites, Latter-day Saints, and Israelites.
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.
Ashton under Lyne St. Michael parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:
|FS = FamilySearch.org|
|LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project|
|FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|AC = Ancestry.co.uk|
|FREG = FreeReg|
|ASHTON UNDER LYNE ST MICHAEL PARISH (1596) Indexes|
|ASHTON UNDER LYNE CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1846) Indexes|
|ASHTON UNDER LYNE ST JAMES Chapelry (1863) Indexes|
|ASHTON UNDER LYNE ST PETER Chapelry (1826) Indexes|
|AC||Various Yrs||Various Yrs||Various Yrs|
|FREG||None||1840-1882, 1891-1908|| 1825-1840, 1844-1849, 1853-1858
The Lancashire Record Office at Bow Lane, Preston PR2 1RE, holds the original parish registers in its vast collections. Contact their website for contact information.
The Family History Library has microfilmed the parish registers and Bishop's transcripts of _____ parish for the years ____-____. These films are available for ordering/circulating and researching at any one of its satellite FamilySearch Centers worldwide.
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.
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.
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