Rochdale St Chad, Yorkshire Genealogy

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For more information and records see Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire.

Parish History

Rochdale is an Ancient Parish mostly in Lancashire and partly in Yorkshire.

ROCHDALE (St. Chad), a borough, market-town, and parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, but partly in the Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, West Riding of Yorkshire, 10.5 miles north by northeast of Manchester; 50 miles southeast from Lancaster; containing 84,718 inhabitants, of whom 24,091 are in the borough.  In Rochdale Town are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, Methodists of the New Connexion, the Wesleyan Methodists Association, the Society of Friends, and Roman Catholics. [1]

Rochdale had at least 20 smaller Church of England chapels of ease (chapelries), and district chapelries attached to it. See the "Church Records" section below for a more thorough list of these churches.


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.

Church records

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.

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Census records

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Yorkshire 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. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 679-686. Adapted.