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Warrington Borough Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): CHS, LAN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Warrington Library
Museum Street
Tel: 01925 442889
Fax: 01925 411395
[email protected]
Contact: Peter Rogerson

Opening hours:

9.00-19.00 Monday, Tuesday, Friday
09.00-17.00 Wednesday
09.00-13.00 Thursday & Saturday
Material other than microfilm to be handed in 15 minutes before closing.

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? N/A

Provided by local Record Office? Cheshire Record Office provide a research service. Contact them for details.
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Not held

5. Census returns

1841-1901 Warrington and surrounding districts surname indexes for 1851 and 1881 census.
Transcript and index for Lancashire and Cheshire 1881
CD-Rom for British Islaes 1881 census.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

1824-1924 Lancashire
1850-1939 Cheshire

6(b) City and Town Directories

Warrington, etc 1871, 1876 (trade only), 1891, 1895 (partial household), 1908, 1935, 1951 (household)

1967 (separate trade and street household sections)

6(c) Telephone Directories

1937-to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Burgess 1847-1879

Parliamentary electoral rolls 1832-1879

United 1880 - Warrington town
1939 - post 1974 local government districts
1963 - Lymm
1966 - Culcheth

7(b) Poll Books

1832-1847 (incomplete)

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 fiche version: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Channel Islands

9. Unpublished Indexes

Warrington Guardian Index 1st April 1853-c1867
Index to selected documents

10. Parish Registers

Warrington and surrounding districts 16th-20th century on microfilm or transcript. Original registers (Warrington St Elphin) or Cheshire Record Office .

Complete (bar 1 volume) set of Lancashire Parish Register Society volumes & microfiche.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
Chetham Society, Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society (near complete runs)
Catholic Record Society
Family Tree 1986-date (incomplete)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Monumental Inscriptions Warrington and districts (transcript/microfiche)

Bertrand Merrill's Cheshire Marriage Index (microfiche)

Chelsea Pensioners Index 1806-38 (microfiche)

Wide range of MSS material, with much of that of genealogical interest microfilmed. Includes Archive of Penketh Preparative Meeting of Friends c1696-early 20c. Warrington Poor Law Overseers mid 18c-mid 19c (no Poor Law Union post 1834 records), Ratebooks 1771-1803, 1818-46 plus some samples late 19c. Tax lists date 18c-early 19c, Township papers/books. Various surrounding townships chiefly mid-18c-mid 19c.

Patten, Harrison and Lyons Deeds (Warrington indexed)

14. Guides to Collections

Forrest, D. Family Historians' guide to Warrington Library. 5th edition, 1994 ISBN 18 71247 985
(obtainable from Mr J. D. Griffiths, 9 Manor Road, Lymm WA13 OAY.)
UK & BFPO �2.95 incl postage and packing
(Cheques payable to Warrington Family History Group)

15. Local Record Offices

Cheshire Record Office
Duke Street
Chester CH1 1RL
Tel: 01244 602574
Fax: 01244 603812

Lancashire Record Office
Bow Lane
Preston PR1 2RE
Tel: 01772 263039
Fax. 01772 263050

Other information

First rate-supported Public Library in England.
Established under Museum Acts in 1848, based on private
library dating from 1760.
Present building dates from 1857.