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This collection consists of parish registers from the county of Cheshire for the years 1538-2000.
 
 
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| RW_URL_02 =[http://archives.cheshire.gov.uk/what-we-hold/church-of-england-parishes.aspx Church of England Parishes]  
 
| RW_URL_02 =[http://archives.cheshire.gov.uk/what-we-hold/church-of-england-parishes.aspx Church of England Parishes]  
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| RW_URL_04 =[https://blog.findmypast.com/to-every-book-its-copy-parish-records-and-bishops-transcripts-1406088135.html findmypast Blog: To Every Book Its Copy - Parish records and Bishop's Transcripts
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== Why Should I Look at This Collection? ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
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This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Cheshire for the years 1538-2000. The original records are held at the [http://archives.cheshire.gov.uk/home.aspx Cheshire Archives].
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Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
 
Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
  
To learn more about parish registers, please see the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) England Parish Registers]''' page.
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
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The following information may be found in these records:
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'''Christening '''
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*Name of the child
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*Date and place of christening
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*Gender
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*Date of birth
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*Names of parents
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'''Marriage '''
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*Name of the bride and groom
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*Ages
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*Marital status
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*Names of parents
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'''Burial'''
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*Name of the deceased
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*Date and place of burial
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*Gender
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*Age
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*Marital status
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*Name of spouse
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*Names of parents
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|}
  
== What is in the Collection? ==
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==Collection Content==
This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The original records are held at the [http://archives.cheshire.gov.uk/home.aspx Cheshire Archives].
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For additional details about these records and help using them see [[England Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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===Sample Records===
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|Name
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|John Smith
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|Event Type
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|'''Christening'''
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|Event Date
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|13 Oct 1877
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|Event Place
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|St Catherine, Tranmere, Cheshire, England
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|Gender
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|Male
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|-
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|Birth Date
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|20 Sep 1877
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|-
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|Father's Name
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|George Smith
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|Mother's Name
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|Sarah Smith
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|-
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|-
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|-
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|Name
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|John Smith
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|-
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|Event Type
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|'''Marriage'''
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|-
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|Event Date
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|13 May 1879
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|-
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|Event Place
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|St Paul, Staleybridge, Cheshire, England
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|Gender
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|Male
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|-
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|Age (Formatted)
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|Full Age
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|-
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|Marital Status
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|Single
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|-
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|Father's Name
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|John Smith
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|-
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|Spouse's Name
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|Mary Bayley
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|Spouse's Marital Status
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|Widowed
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|Spouse's Father's Name
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|John Mercer
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|Name
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|John Smith
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|Event Type
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|'''Burial'''
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|Event Date
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|27 Mar 1815
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|Event Place
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|Christ Church, Alsager, Cheshire, England
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|Gender
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|Male
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|Age (Formatted)
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|28y
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|Father's Name
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|John Smith
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|Mother's Name
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|Mary
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=== Coverage Table ===
 
=== Coverage Table ===
 
A detailed listing of the types and locations of records in this collection can be found in the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England,_Cheshire_Parish_Registers_and_Bishops%27_Transcripts_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)_Coverage_Table here]'''.
 
A detailed listing of the types and locations of records in this collection can be found in the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England,_Cheshire_Parish_Registers_and_Bishops%27_Transcripts_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)_Coverage_Table here]'''.
  
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
Before searching, it is best to know the following information:
 
Before searching, it is best to know the following information:
 
*Name of the person
 
*Name of the person
*Date range for the record
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*Approximate date of the event
As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.
 
  
 
=== Search the Index ===
 
=== Search the Index ===
#Go to the '''{{RecordSearch|1614792|Collection Page|access=browse}}'''
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{{Search Collection Link
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{{Tip|Images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1614792 England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
{{Tip|Images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1614792 England, Cheshire parish registers, 1538-2000]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
 
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1469935 England, Cheshire bishop's transcripts, 1598-1900]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
  
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now? ===
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Copy down all the information in the index entry.
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*Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible.  The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
*Cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection.
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*Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
*Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the estimated age given in a marriage or burial record to calculate an approximate year of birth, if that is yet undetermined.
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*Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
*If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the [[England Census]] and [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]] records.
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*Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.
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*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
  
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now? ===  
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
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*Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
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*When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person  
:- An individual might have been listed under a middle name, [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nicknamegiven-name-equivalents.htm nickname], or [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records|abbreviation]] of their given name.
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
:- Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
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*Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age  
:- Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
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*Search the records of nearby locations
*Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of search results.
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**Lancashire to the north
*Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this particular collection, this step may require finding records in the bordering English counties of Lancashire to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire or Shropshire to the south, or in the Welsh counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire to the west.
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**Derbyshire to the east
*Some parish records might have been lost over time; bishop's transcripts can be used as a substitute. See the [[England, Cheshire, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts]] page for more information.
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**Staffordshire or Shropshire to the south
*The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See the [[England, Cheshire Non-Conformist Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Cheshire Nonconformist Records]] page for more information.
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**Welsh counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire to the west
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*Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
 +
*Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
 +
*Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
 +
*The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
 +
*When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
 +
*Some parish records might have been lost over time.  Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
 +
*Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided
  
For additional help searching online collections see [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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===Record Finder===
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*Consult the [[England Record Finder]] to find other records
  
 
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
== Citing This Collection ==
Proper citations make it easier to get back to sources that you have found, so citing sources properly can help you keep track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by giving them a way to find and examine records for themselves.
 
  
Below are the proper citations to use for this whole collection as well as for individual records within it:<br>
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
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;Collection Citation:"England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000". Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Church of England. Record Office, Chester.
"England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000". Database. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org&nbsp;: accessed 2017. Citing Church of England Record Office, Chester, England. <br><br>
 
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-2000
FamilySearch Resources
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Cheshire Archives and Local Studies


What is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Cheshire for the years 1538-2000. The original records are held at the Cheshire Archives.

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Christening

  • Name of the child
  • Date and place of christening
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Names of parents

Marriage

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents

Burial

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of parents

Collection Content

For additional details about these records and help using them see England Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Sample Records

John Smith England, Cheshire Parish Registers
Name John Smith
Event Type Christening
Event Date 13 Oct 1877
Event Place St Catherine, Tranmere, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
Birth Date 20 Sep 1877
Father's Name George Smith
Mother's Name Sarah Smith
Name John Smith
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 13 May 1879
Event Place St Paul, Staleybridge, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
Age (Formatted) Full Age
Marital Status Single
Father's Name John Smith
Spouse's Name Mary Bayley
Spouse's Marital Status Widowed
Spouse's Father's Name John Mercer
Name John Smith
Event Type Burial
Event Date 27 Mar 1815
Event Place Christ Church, Alsager, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
Age (Formatted) 28y
Father's Name John Smith
Mother's Name Mary

Coverage Table

A detailed listing of the types and locations of records in this collection can be found in the here.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
  • Search the records of nearby locations
    • Lancashire to the north
    • Derbyshire to the east
    • Staffordshire or Shropshire to the south
    • Welsh counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire to the west
  • Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
  • The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided

Record Finder

Known Issues with These Collections

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Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000". Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Church of England. Record Office, Chester.
Record Citation:
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