Bruera, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Bruera, 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.
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Parish History

Bruera St Mary is now an ecclesiatical parish on the site of a former ancient chapel to Chester St Oswalds. It was created as a parish in 1868.

The settlement of Bruera is not recorded in the Domesday Book and the first mention of the church is in the Chartulary of St Werburgh's Abbey, Chester dating from around 1150. It was then a chapel in the parish of St Oswald's, Chester. 

CHURTON-HEATH, or Bruera, a chapelry, in the parish of St. Oswald, Chester, union of Great Boughton, Lower division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, 5¼ miles (S. E. by S.) from Chester. Lewis. [1]


Civil Registration

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.

Registration Districts
  • Great Boughton (1837–69)
  • Chester (1870–1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937–74)
  • Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
  • Cheshire West (post 1998)

Church Records

Bruera St Mary 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
Bruera St Mary Parish (1657) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1657-1909
FS BT'S 1672-1884   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 Bruera, 1657-1949 Bruera is a chapelry in Chester St. Oswald parish.
Cheshire Record Office reference: P24/1-2, P24/3193/1/1-2, P24/3193/2, P24/4881/1, P24/5327

An index for Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts is available online in Record Search.
Here is a list of church records on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Parish Registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, marriages, 1657-1833. Baptisms, 1833-1949. Marriages, 1833-1837. BRITISH
2000035 Items 3 - 8
Burials, 1832-1899. VAULT BRITISH
2000036 Item 1
Marriages, 1837-1983. BRITISH
2106998 Item 5

Bishop's transcripts for Bruera, 1666-1884 The chapelry of Bruera is located in the parish of St. Oswald Chester.
Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 36.

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online in Record Search.

Bishop's Transcript Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1666, 1668-1677, 1679, 1681-1685, 1689-1692, 1695-1700, 1703-1711, 1714-1723, 1725-1745. 1800 BRITISH
1655424 Item 3
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1744-1757, 1759-1782, 1784-1827, 1829-1830, 1832-1834,1836-1837
Baptisms,  1872-1884. Baptisms & burials, 1828-1840.
1655425 Item 1

Census records

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.

Probate records

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.

Poor Law Unions

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web sites 


  1. Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales 1848, adapted 8 February 2013


Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 70–74
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 118, ISBN 0 300 09588 0
Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 25, ISBN 1871731232