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For a quick reference of what you will find on this website click on our Site Map. The searchable Message Forum is there for anyone to ask for help with their research, knowledgeable genealogists will, I am sure, try to help with your requests. The forum also allows you to search for names, places and other miscellaneous inquiries of interest relating to Sheffield and abroad. An extensive list of Genealogy Links and Getting Started are also a very good place to start if you are looking for information on Sheffield, England or genealogy references in general.
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When did the town of Sheffield become the City of Sheffield?
The Town of Sheffield was given its City Charter in 1893. [page 99 from 'A Popular History of Sheffield' by J. Edward Vickers]
Do you have any idea on how fast the population of Sheffield grew?
In the early 17th century, the population of Sheffield was around 2,000 inhabitants, and approximately 260 householders. There were outlying townships which were also part of the parish of Sheffield and it is unclear whether the population of these townships were included in this total. The chances are that if you have traced your Sheffield family back to the 1700s, any names that are the same in the 1600s will very likely be part of your family too. See also Population Growth Chart for Sheffield.
What is the 'Black Hole' of records St Peters and St Pauls Parish Church Cathedral of Sheffield?
The Black Hole is the Parish Church Cathedral records from about 1812 to present that have not been filmed by the LDS but are on fiche at Sheffield Archives.
See 'Historical Facts' for churches and their records since the nineteenth century which will give you the ecclesiastical history of Sheffield. It will show you that prior to 1846 when Sheffield was divided into 25 plus parishes there were very very few churches in the town. The whole town was one huge parish. This then makes the likelihood of your relatives being in the Parish Churches registers more likely. This of course is a Church of England church with a Catholic Chapel.
See also 'Other Church of England & Non-Conformist Records for Sheffield' for a list of Parishes, Churches and the location of their records or to give you some idea of what churches were available and the dates when records are available;
1. Parish Church (Cathedral) (1560) which included Hill Top Attercliffe (1719), Ecclesall (1784) and Shrewsbury Chapel (RC) (1520 to 1933)
2. St Philip's (1828)
3. St Mary's (Bramall Lane)(1830)
4. St George (1825)
5. St John Park (1836)
6. Darnall (1841)
7. Wicker (1847)
8. St James (1813)
9. Moorfields (1848)
10. St Paul (1767)
11. Brightside (1846)
Churches in the outlying areas included;
St James Norton. (1559)
Beauchief Abbey (1670)
Totley (1830) Part of Dronfield
Roman Catholic (RC)
Nethergate Hall, Stannington (1742) Reg St Vincent de Paul or Cathedral?
St Marie, RC (1783)
Birley Carr (1833)
Bow St (1826)
Brightholme Lee (1838)
Brunswick, South St (1833)
Carver St Methodist (1832)
Hallam Methodist Chapel (1783).No Reg
Mount Pleasant, Ecclesfield (1823)
Norfolk Sr Chapel (1804)
Oughtibridge Wesleyan Reform (1838)
Owlerton Wesleyan Chapel (1838)
Park Methodist (1833)
Ridgeway Eckington (1810)
Scotland St Chapel (1797)
Sheffield East Circuit (1799)
South St Chapel, The Moor (1828)
Surry St Chapel (1858)
Thirlwell Rd Chapel (1858)
Wesley College Chapel, Broomhill (1845)
Woodhouse Wesleyan Chapel(1850)
(Many but No early records)
Attercliffe Zion (1794)
Cemetery Rd (1859)
Ebenezer Chapel Stocksbridge (1829)
Fulwood Old Chapel (1820)
Garden St Chapel (1804)
Howard St Chapel (1780)
Lee Croft (1785)
Loxley Congregational, Wadsley (1799)
Mount Zion Chapel Westfield Terrace (1818)
Nether Chapel, Norfolk St (1748)
Queen St Chapel (1783)
Stannington Presbyterians (1718)
Underbank Stannington (1718)
Woodhouse Independent Chapel (1823)
Zion Chapel, Oughtibridge (1833)
Upper Chapel, Norfolk St (1681)
Society of Friends
Much of this information is available from SDFHS and I do advise you to purchase the two booklets as they have some information on the history of these Churches and Chapels.
Offers to do look-ups between 1812-1837 are very rare as they are very time consuming as the film is very poor in places and the original register has to be requested.
Between SDFHS marriage indexes to 1851 and copies of the actual registers done by S & N Genealogy (early dates), the Cathedral material still isn't easily available to those of us unable to travel to Sheffield Archives. The SDFHS have produced a disc covering 1752-1812 for the baptisms. The Archives have an index up to 1820.
Update May 2008: The Sheffield Indexers have been granted permission to transcribe the Baptisms for the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, now known as the Sheffield Cathedral. Click here for more Info...