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Heaton Mersey, Lancashire Genealogy

Chapelry History

HEATON-MERSEY, a village and a chapelry in Manchester parish, Lancashire. The village stands on the river Mersey, at the boundary with Cheshire, 1½ mile SW of Heaton-Chapel r. station, and 2 W of Stockport; and has a post office under Manchester. Numerous respectable residences are in the village and its neighbourhood. The chapelry was constituted in 1852. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church Records

Online Records 

There are online transcriptions for Heaton Mersey chapelry as well as for the ancient parish (Cathedral) of Our Lady, St George and St Denys, for the baptism, marriage and burial registers for both. Displayed below are those online data-sets located at the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years: 

LOPCLancashire Online Parish Clerk
LBMDLancashire BMD
AC =
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1850-1910 1850-1916 1850-1888
LOPC None None None
MD None None None 


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1573-1872 1573-1889  None
LOPC 1573-1616;1777-1837 1573-1616;1782-1836 - part. yrs 1573-1616;1792-1836 - part. yrs
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1946 1837-1881 
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

To view a full list of (over 150) chapelries, ecclesiastical and district chapels comprising Manchester's ancient parish boundary, visit the MANCHESTER (CATHEDRAL) OUR LADY, ST GEORGE, & ST DENYSpage.

Original Records The original parish (chapelry) registers for Heaton Mersey are available at the Manchester Central Library archive.

FamilySearch also has microfilmed the original parish (chapelry) registers for Heaton Mersey St John the Baptist from 1850 to 1971, and these are found on Family History Library film #2113189 and #2113190.

Non Conformist Records

Census Records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions

Prestwich Poor Law Union

Probate Records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales(1870)