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.
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 Ancestry.co.uk. Access is free from any Manchester City Council library.
Roman Catholic and non-conformist microfilms (marked MFPR) and transcripts (marked with a number prefix) are available at Central Library - no appointment necessary. More recent registers (marked Archives) are available in the Central Library search room appointment required.