Chester Christ Church, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Chester Christ Church, Somerset Street, Chester is an ecclesiastical parish created in 1843 a former chapel of  Chester St Oswald, Cheshire  It is a Grade II listed building, and continues to be an active Anglican church in the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester. Its benefice is combined with that of St Michael, Plas Newton.

The present church was built to replace an earlier church dated 1838 on the site which has been designed by Thomas Jones. It was built in separate stages between 1876 and 1900 to designs by John Douglas. A southwest steeple was planned but was never built.


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 (1870–1998)
  • Cheshire West (post 1998)

registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Chester Christ Church 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
Chester Christ Church Parish Online Records


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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 Christ Church, Chester, 1838-1949 Cheshire Record Office reference: P17/1/1-7, P17/2/1-5, P17/3.

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records

Parish Register Content Film
Baptisms, 1838-1903 BRITISH 1999760 Items 3 - 8
Baptisms, 1903-1906. Marriages, 1871-1917. Burials, 1839-1854 BRITISH 1999761 Items 1 - 4
Baptisms, 1906-1942. Marriages, 1917-1949 VAULT BRITISH 2262789 Items 4 - 7

Bishop's transcripts for Christ Church, Chester, 1855-1876

Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 51

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records

Bishop’s Transcripts Contents FHL Film
Baptisms, 1855, 1857-1876. BRITISH 1647368 Item 3

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

Chester Poor Law Union

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


 Hubbard, Edward (1991). The Work of John Douglas. London: The Victorian Society. p. 131. ISBN 0 901657 16 6.
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 150–151, ISBN 0 300 09588 0