Chester St Paul, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

CHESTER, is a city and two sub-districts in Great Boughton district, Cheshire; and a diocese in Cheshire and part of Lancashire. The city stands on the river Dee and on the Via Devana, 5 miles SE of the head of the Dee's estuary, and 16 miles, through Birkenhead, SSE of Liverpool. The places of worship within the city, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England; one of them is St. Paul.[1]

Chester, St. Paul, Boughton Lane. Founded 1838 as a chapel to St John the Baptist, becoming a parish church in 1846 covering parts of the city centre and Great Boughton. In 1879 the parish was extended to include Spital Boughton.

The parish became known as St Paul's Boughton.


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 (post1998) Registration evenys may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Chester St Paul 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 St Paul 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 St. Paul's Church, Chester, 1838-1947

St. Paul's Church is located in Boughton district of Chester.Cheshire Record Office reference: P162/1/1-6, P162/2/1-4, P162/5964/1, 4.

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

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1838-1919. Marriages, 1874-Feb. 1891 BRITISH 2186912
Marriages, Nov. 1890-1934 BRITISH 2186913 Items 1 - 4
Baptisms, 1919-1933 BRITISH 2262740 Item 13
Marriages, 1934-1947. BRITISH 2262741 Item 1

Bishop's Transcripts Cheshire Record Office, Chester.Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 60

Bishop's transcripts for St. Paul's Church, Chester, 1838-1867

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, bishop’s transcripts is available online at  FamilySearch Historic Records

Bishop's Transcript Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1838-1867 BRITISH 1647368 Item 4
Baptisms, 1867-1871 BRITISH 1647369 Item 1
Non-Conformist Churches

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

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Web sites


  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Adapted 15 February 2013


Thacker, A. T.; Lewis, C. P. (eds.) (2005), Churches and religious bodies: Modern parish churches, A History of the County of Chester: Volume 5 part 2: The City of Chester: Culture, Buildings, Institutions, Victoria County History, pp. 159–162, ISBN 9781904356035

Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp.35, 172–173, ISBN 0 300 09588 0