About Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

The Cheshire Collection is an extraordinarily rich and comprehensive set of records provided by Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.

These records are essential to anyone with Cheshire roots or connections, as they cover not just the Church of England but also Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist registers, and, moreover, extend well beyond these core records of baptism, marriage and burial to a variety of other records giving biographical details for the residents of the county.

The records you can search in the Cheshire Collection are:

Bishop's Transcripts of the Parish baptisms
Bishop's Transcripts of the Parish marriages
Bishop's Transcripts of the Parish burials
Chester Wills and Probate records
Church of England Parish baptisms
Church of England Parish marriages
Church of England Parish burials
Electoral Registers
Marriage Licence Bonds and Allegations
Non-Conformist and Roman Catholic baptisms
Non-Conformist and Roman Catholic marriages
Non-Conformist and Roman Catholic burials
Workhouse Registers


The Land Tax Records will be published imminently on findmypast to complete the Cheshire Collection.

For additional help identifying records of interest there is a comprehensive guide to Cheshire towns and parishes and online mapping based on Cheshire tithe maps.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies collects, preserves and promotes interest in and the use of archives, records and printed material relating to the historic county of Cheshire. The service has in its care many thousands of records, some dating from as far back as the 12th century.

As well as the records which have been digitised and published on findmypast.co.uk, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies has extensive holdings of family and estate collections, hospital, asylum and school collections, local authority and court records, business collections including railways, chemical and motor vehicle manufacturers, diocesan, Chester Cathedral and parish collections.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies also holds collections of local newspapers from the 18th century onwards, photographs, and the major collection of books, pamphlets, printed maps, trade directories and other local studies material.