Hartford, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

HARTFORD, a village in Great Budworth parish, and a township-chapelry partly also in Weaverham parish, Cheshire. The village stands on the river Weaver, adjacent to the Northwestern railway, 1 ½ mile SW of Northwich; and a post office under Northwich.[1]

Hartford is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1825 from chapelry in Witton, Cheshire Ecclesiastical Parish. Other places in the parish include: Castle Northwich.

The beginning of the church in Hartford was 1821 when a meeting of the inhabitants of resolved to raise sufficient funds for the building of a church. At that time most of the township was served by Witton Chapel, 2 miles away, except for a small area south of Chester Road which formed a detached part of Weaverham parish.

Hartford was a township in Eddisbury Hundred mainly in Witton chapelry of Great Budworth parish (except for a small part was in Weaverham parish), which became a civil parish in 1866.
In 1894 the part of Hartford in Northwich Urban District was added to Northwich. In 1955 the district of Greenbank was added to Northwich and includes the hamlet of Hartfordbeach.


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.

Northwich (1837–1974)
Vale Royal (1974–98)
Cheshire Central (1998–2009)
Cheshire West (post 2009) registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Hartford 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
Hartford (1825) 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.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Non Conformist Churches

Hartford, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Beach Road. Built in 1833, the present building dates from 1891.

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.

Poor Law Unions

Northwich Poor Law Union, Cheshire

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Wilson, John Marius, "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales" (1870-72) adapted 5 March 2013

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.