Lancashire Ancient Parishes
England Lancashire Lancashire Parishes
Below is the list of the approximately 75 ancient parishes (with links) that comprise Lancashire. Each parish link contains a treasure of information--including information about the creation of and parish/chapel history, about census records, civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, and numerous church record links to parish online data from baptism, marriage and burial (and etc) registers.
Key Strategy: Lancashire and its 75 parishes, unlike most other England counties, is comprised of over 400 chapelries. These chapelries subdivided each parish to which they were attached with Manchester possessing by far the greatest number of chapels within its boundary (with approximately 150, by 1885!).
Click the link (below) to find out which chapelries were attached to each ancient parish and then be certain to search for your ancestor in not only the parish but in all of those chapelries attached to each ancient parish.
You can click a "Comprehensive List of Chapelries" link in each Parish page to view and printout a list of chapelries attached to the parish.
For the sake of thoroughness in research, searching all attached chapels as well as in the parish registers is a "must-do" step, in order to locate and prove Lancashire ancestral connections in especially the pre-Civil Registration period (pre-1837).