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Birkenhead Holy Trinity, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Birkenhead Holy Trinity, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Birkenhead Holy Trinity, Cheshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Wirrall
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Wirral
Registration District Wirrall
Records begin
Parish registers: 1840; Separate registers exist for Birkenhead St Anne beginning 1850
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Wirral
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
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

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Birkenhead, Holy Trinity  Price Street. Founded 1840 as the parish church for part of Birkenhead; closed in 1974. No burials took place here.
Later Birkenhead St Anne,Cheshire  Beckwith Street was  Built in 1847 as a chapel to Holy Trinity, becoming a separate parish in 1861; closed in 1987.

BIRKENHEAD is a seaport town, a market town, and a township, and a parochial chapel over seven separate chapelries, created originally from the ancient parish of Bidstone (which also see), in the district of Wirral, Cheshire. BIRKENHEAD HOLY TRINITY was created from St Mary's Birkenhead in the year 1840.

Birkenhead town stands on the Mersey, opposite Liverpool, about a mile by water west of Liverpool, and 14 3/4 miles by railway north by northwest of Chester. The ancient extra parochial district or chapelry of Birkenhead with Holy Trinity comprises the following other associated chapelies of the town:

*All Saints - 1879
*St Mary - 1719
*Holy Trinity - 1840
*St Anne - 1850
*St James - 1865
*St John - 1859
*St Matthew - 1889
*St Paul - 1863
*St Peter - 1867
*Mariner's Chapel - (by) 1847

Part of the parochial boundary of Birkenhead Chapelry includes the former township of Claughton, in Bidstone ancient parish, and part of Oxton Township, in Woodchurch ancient parish (which also see). These two townships have been incorporated into the township and chapelry of Birkenhead.

There are upwards of thirty non-established places of worship (including Claughton and Oxton). There are two Roman Catholic churches.Holy Trinity Church is a chapelry in Birkenhead, created from St. Mary's Church in 1841. Birkenhead All Saints was built in 1879 as a chapel to Oxton (St Saviour). Genuki UK and Ireland Genealogy [1] [2]

Resources[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.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Birkenhead Holy Trinity parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS PRs = England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 (FamilySearch) - free
FS BTs = England, Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1598-1900 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FMP Diocese PRs = Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Parish Registers (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Diocese BTs = Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Bishop's Transcripts (FindMyPast) - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Birkenhead Holy Trinity Online Parish Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PRs 1538-2000
FS BTs 1598-1900
FS 1538-1975
FMP Diocese PRs 1840-1909
FMP Diocese BTs 1840-1909



FS Catalog PRs

FS Catalog BTs

To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Records are also available at the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Church of Scotland/Scottish Presbyterian
  • Presbyterian
  • Roman Catholic
  • Unitarian
  • Welsh Baptist
  • Welsh Independent
  • Welsh Presbyterian
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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:

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]

  • Wirral

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Wirral Poor Law Union, Cheshire

Birkenhead Poor Law Union, Cheshire

Probate records[edit | edit source]

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.

see also England Cheshire Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Birkenhead Holy Trinity on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Marius Wilson,Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, (1870). Adapted. Date accessed: 5 February 2013.
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Adapted. Date accessed: 5 February 2013.