Tranmere, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Tranmere St Catherine is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1842 from chapelry in  Nether Bebington, Cheshire Ancient Parish.

Tranmere is a suburb of Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. Administratively, it is also a ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Before local government reorganisation in 1 April 1974, it was part of the County Borough of Birkenhead, within the geographical county of Cheshire.

Its name was given by Norwegian Vikings who settled and colonised Wirral in the 10th century. Tranmere in Old Norse is Trani-melr, meaning "Cranebird sandbank" or "sandbank with the Cranebirds".

Until the early 19th century, Tranmere was the second most populous settlement in Wirral, with a population of 353 in 1801, centred mainly in the area of what is now Church Road and the nearby hamlet of Hinderton. By 1901, the number of residents had grown to 37,709.

Tranmere Old Hall and its estate, was situated around what is now Church Road. It was a large, gabled building constructed around 1614. According to the author Philip Sulley's The Hundred of Wirral (1889), in about 1860:

"... [Tranmere Old Hall] was pulled down by an ignorant boor who became possessed of it by some mischance, to make way for shops and houses."
Tranmere was absorbed into the County Borough of Birkenhead in 1877 and became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in 1974, on creation of the county of Merseyside.


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

Trenmere 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
Tranmere 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.

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Parish registers for St. Catherine's Church, Tranmere Microfilm copy of original record in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England.St. Catherine's is one of two chapelries in the township of Tranmere, in the parish of Bebington.
Cheshire Record Office no.: P157/1/1-4, P157/2/1-3, P157/4382/1-5, P157/4794/3-4, P157/6017/5.

Baptisms, 1831-1889. FHL BRITISH Film 1656604 Items 4 - 6
Baptisms, 1889-1910. Marriages, 1845-1904. FHL BRITISH Film 1656605 Items 1 - 5
Baptisms, 1910-1932. Marriages, 1904-1932. FHL BRITISH Film 2197439 Items 2 - 6
Marriages, 1932-1953. FHL BRITISH Film 2262739 Items 1 - 3
An index for this parish can be found at FamilySearch Historical Records

Non Conformist Churches

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

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

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