Rock Ferry, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Rock-Ferry, a village and a chapelry in Bebington parish, Cheshire. The village stands on the river Mersey, and on the Birkenhead, a railway station, and a half-hourly steam-boat-ferry to Liverpool. The chapelry incules also the village and iron pier of New Ferry, and was constitued in1844. The church was built in 1842. A Wesleyan chapel is at Rock-Ferry; and a Brethren's chapel at New-Ferry.[1]

Bebington parish offers some additional information:

BEBINGTON (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirrall, S. division of the county of Chester; consisting of the ecclesiastical district of Tranmere, and the townships of Higher and Lower Bebington, Poulton cum Spittle, and Storeton. There are two churches of recent erection, now the district churches of Rock Ferry and Tranmere. The church at Rock Ferry is dedicated to St. Peter.[2]

Rock Ferry is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1844 from Bebington Ancient 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.

Church records

Non Conformist Churches

Census records

Poor Law Unions

Wirral Poor Law Union, Cheshire

Birkenhead 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

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Web sites


  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72), adapted 25 Jan 2013
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted 5 April 2013