Ashton St Michael - Baptisms - there are two registers at Ashton Parish Church that have never been filmed. These are for:

16th August 1829 - 2nd May 1831
6th January 1833 - 6th August 1834

There doesn't appear to be any easy explanation as to why these two registers were omitted, apparently they are both in excellent condition and easy to read. It was the LDS that did the filming. Ashton Parish Church are allowed to hold their own records and are not required to deposit them with other Manchester Diocese Records at Manchester. These two registers contain 2,400 entries each and are volumes 5 and 7 of the Ashton Parish Church Baptismal Collection. The Dukinfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire has just been given permission to film these two registers.

Dukinfield St Mary's - This was the first Catholic Church in Tameside and as such recorded many baptism throughout the borough. With registers dating back to as early as 1823 and pre-dating other Catholic Registers in Tameside by several years - these had been unfilmed. The Church received lottery funding to record and rebind the registers. These records have now been filmed and deposited at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Library

This CD has been produced by St Mary's Parish Records Conservation Group. It contains information from the parish records of St Mary's R.C. Church, Dukinfield. St Mary's is the "mother" church for the surrounding areas of Cheshire and Lancashire. St Ann's and St Mary's in Ashton-under-Lyne, St Mary's in Oldham, St Paul's in Hyde and St Peter's in Stalybridge were all founded from the Dukinfield church.

The records of baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial date back to 1823 and are a valuable source of family, social and economic history of the Roman Catholic community in this corner of Cheshire and Lancashire.

The CD contains baptismal records from 1823 to 1906, confirmations from 1823 to 2004, marriages from 1837 to 1925 and burials from 1823 to 1955.

Their website gives details: http://www.stmaryscatholicchurch.co.uk/


Dukinfield Old Chapel:

Marriages from 1713-1754
Baptisms from 1713-1762
Burials from 1713-1761

Also the burial records after 1793 had not been filmed. The Dukinfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire has remedied this by filming all the burial books, along with recording the Monumental Inscriptions, and have produced these on CD. click here

Not on I.G.I or B.V.R.I.

We are quite lucky in Tameside in that virtually all the parish registers in the area have been filmed and are on the I.G.I. up until at least 1837 and beyond. These seem to be the exceptions:

Ashton St Peter's baptisms and burials 1824-1837. These can be viewed either on microfilm or in printed form, produced by the Lancashire Parish Register Society (LPRS) at Tameside Local Studies Library. It is also available to purchase via Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society on CD Rom reference number 2001.

Stalybridge Old St Georges - Although Stalybridge was in Lancashire until 1894 some of Stalybridge Old St Georges records appear on the I.G.I. in Cheshire (simply listed as Stalybridge Cheshire) - christenings 1782-1828 and burials 1779-1811 and 1813-1852 - So baptisms from 1828 - 1837 are missing from the I.G.I. and the microfilm at Tameside Local Studies Library would need to be consulted. Baptisms 1776-1865 and Burials 1778-1865 are available on microfilm at Tameside Local Studies Library. The burial registers are now available to search via the Churches website. stg.org.uk

Hyde St Georges Church 1832-1837 - these are availble on microfilm at Tameside Local Studies Library.

Mottram-in-Longdendale - I have recently checked the microfilm of baptisms between the years 1825-1834 and found most of the pages unreadable (too light, must have used pencil like the 1841 Census). Births after 1807 are not on the I.G.I., but are covered by the B.V.R.I., but I suspect that a lot will be missing after having viewed the film

Mossley St George's baptisms are on the I.G.I. from 1756-1821, so from 1821-1837 you will need to view the microfilm at Tameside Local Studies.

Stockport St Mary's - the only bits that are on the I.G.I. are Baptisms between 1584-1646 and 1782-1802. Baptisms between 1813-1833 are more or less covered by the B.V.R.I. Some marriages between 1813 and 1837 are on the B.V.R.I., but many years are missing. Since Stockport St Mary's was the official parish church for Hyde and Dukinfield marriages, Tameside Local Studies Library has the marriage index on microfiche for the years 1792-1837. For all other years, the microfilms at Stockport Heritage or Manchester Central Library would have to be consulted. I have checked the coverage on the Bertram Merrill Marriage Index and only 7820 marriages are included for the whole period 1586-1837, with the caveat that there are bits missing. Just recently, however, the Pauline Lytton marriage index has been produced on CD by the Family History Society of Cheshire covering all the marriages at Stockport 1754-1837.

Hatherlow Independant Chapel - Bredbury - Baptisms on the I.G.I. 1785-1837. Baptisms from 1732-1781 transcripts are available to view at Manchester Central Libary Archives by booking in advance - reference TR-1732-1781 929 3271H6.

Newton Heath- Baptisms are on the I.G.I. between 1664-1722 and 1754-1844. Those between1722-1756 are not on the IGI and marriages between 1729-1754, you will need to consult the microfilms at Oldham Local Studies or Manchester Central Library. Most of the Newton Heath PR's have now been published in volumes 158 and 159 of the Lancashire Parish Register Society

Prestwich St Mary's- Baptisms and Marriages are on the I.G.I. between the years 1603 and 1712. Because Prestwich St Mary's is the mother church to Oldham St Mary's and many Oldhamers married there. Oldham Local Studies Library have the marriages between 1713 and 1837 on microfilm. For other years and baptisms see Manchester Central Library.

Glossop - nothing seems to be on the I.G.I. or available on microfilm at Manchester Central Library before those of St Mary's Independent Church in 1786. Glossop Parish Records were transcribed some time ago by Glossop and District Historical Society. There are many gaps from late 1600s to early 1700s and baptisms circa 1780. Check out the following website: Marjorie Ward's Glossop Pages where she kindly offers to do look-ups, as time allows. Records for High Peak are held at Derbyshire Record Office at Matlock.

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