England, Cheshire Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000
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Cheshire,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-2000
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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.

To learn more about parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Christening records include:

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

Marriage records include:

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

Burial records include:

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

Collection Content

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?

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  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

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What Do I Do Next?

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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
  • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

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Collection Citation

"England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000". Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of England Record Office, Chester, England.

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