Handley, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Hndley, 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

HANDLEY (All Saints), is a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, and is 7½ miles (S. E. by S.) from Chester. The parish is situated on the Chester and Whitchurch road.[1]

Handley All Saints is an Ancient Parish in Cheshire and includes Golbourn(e) David.

All Saints Church, Handley, is to the north of the village of Handley, Cheshire, England. Its benefice is combined with that of St Alban, Tattenhall.

There has been a church on this site from the 12th century. In a restoration in 1854 by James Harrison all the masonry was removed except for the west tower which had been built in 1512.

Handley is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. Milton Green is a hamlet in the parish.


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) Registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Handley All Saints 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
Handley All Saints Parish (1750) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1570-1934
FS BT'S 1601-1905   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 Handley, 1570-1981 Cheshire Record Office number: P3/1/1-2, 3308/1, 2/1-3, 3872/1, 3308/3.

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online at Family Search Historical Records.

Here is a list of church records on microfilm at theFamily History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.

Parish registers Contents FHL Film
Baptisms, 1570-1880. Marriages, 1572-1808, 1812-1981. Burials, 1570-1948. BRITISH 2000013 Items 1 - 8

Bishop's transcripts for Handley, 1596-1905 Cheshire Record Office number: WDB 101.

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

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1596, 1599, 1601, 1605, 1604, 1606, 1610, 1613-1615, 1618, 1622-1630, 1633-1635, 1637-1642, 1660-1677, 1679-1685, 1690, 1693-1694, 1696-1697, 1700-1701, 1703, 1711, 1715-1723, 1725-1747, 1749-1809, 1811-1813, 1815, 1817, 1825, 1827-1831, 1833. Baptisms, 1816. Marriages, 1822-1824. Baptisms, burials, 1818-1824, 1826, 1839-1905. BRITISH
1655827 Item 2
Nonconformist Churches

Handley, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1862.

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. Lewis, Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848 adapted 5 March 2013


  •  Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 175–178 
  •  Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 233, ISBN 0 300 09588 0