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Friday, 27 July 2012

2.8million Lancashire records added to Ancestry

Nearly 3million records from Lancashire, England, have been added to the Ancestrydatabase. There will be a large proportion of Irish people in these collections because the ports of the county, not least Liverpool, were first-stop (and often final-stops) for so many Irish, both Catholic and Protestant, fleeing the famine of the mid-1840s.

Even today, an estimated 75% of people in Liverpool has some Irish ancestry.

Here's a list of the collections newly available:
  • Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812: This collection of 931,033 entries contains baptism and burial records from 1538-1812 and marriage records from 1538-1753 for Church of England parish registers.
  • Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911: 850,138 records This data collection contains baptism and burial records from 1538-1812 and marriage records from 1538-1753 for Church of England parish registers in Lancashire County.
  • Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936: 645,187 records from Church of England parish registers.
  • Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986: 441,009 records from Church of England parish registers.
  • Confirmations, 1856-1922: 3,807 Church of England confirmation records from many of the parishes around Lancashire.