28 July 2012

Ancestry adds Lancashire parish records

There are more than 2.8 million records for Lancashire births, baptisms, banns, marriages, deaths and burials in these indexed datasets linked to images of originals from the Lancashire Archives.

Of the four datasets the largest is Lancashire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 with 931,033 entries. Earlier records are usually more difficult to read and contain less information, perhaps just a name and date in the case of a burial entry. There is a gradual increase in the number of entries, except for a decrease in the Commonwealth period, especially 1651 and 1652. 1655-1657 may have compensatory baptismal entries.

The second largest dataset is Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911

with 850,138 entries. Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936 has
645,187 entries and Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986,
441,009 entries.

You can search and view the indexed record and the image of the original and may browse the records by parish with division by year range.

This is a good candidate for periodic updating.

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