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Libraries Church register

This church register includes registers and copy registers of over 1500 churches and chapels held by us for Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, plus some bordering Derbyshire and Yorkshire areas. Registers not listed here may still be at the church, or at another archives service.


Most Anglican parish registers of the Diocese of Manchester (including Manchester Cathedral) are now available online at Ancestry UK.  This includes digitised original registers and a name index of baptisms (1500s -1915), marriages (1500s -1930) and burials (1500s -1985). Access is free from any Manchester City Council library. A guide to using the Manchester parish registers on Ancestry is available online.

Many non-conformist (Methodist, Baptist, Quaker and Presbyterian) registers of baptisms (1500s -1915), marriages (1500s -1930) and burials (1500s-1985) from Manchester, Wigan, Tameside, Bury, Oldham and Stockport are now also available at Access is free from any Manchester City Council library.

At Manchester Central Library 

  • Registers on microfilm (marked MFPR) are available in cabinets 1-7 on the ground floor of Central Library;
  • Transcripts (marked with a number prefix) are also available at Central Library - no appointment necessary;
  • More recent registers (marked Archives) are available in the Central Library search room - please note that an appointment is required to view original registers; and 
  • Please note that no original registers will be produced where surrogates are available.  

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