Other Sources to Consider

Trade directories: begin in the 18th century listing private residents and local tradesmen.

Local newspapers: begin in the early 18th century, and are particularly useful for reports of crime and inquests, but only begin to feature family announcements in the early 20th century.

School admission registers: mainly from the 1870s.

Monumental inscriptions: from churchyard surveys of gravestones.

Tithe maps: owners and occupiers of land in the 1840s.

Check our catalogue, search our databases including railway staff and Cheshire military records, view digitised trade directories, compare modern and historic tithe maps online, or to plan a visit.

Visit your local library for family history books and magazines for all levels of expertise. A Local Studies section will have maps and microfilm of church records and newspapers for their area. 

Local Family History Societies