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Parish Records General Info

Family History for Beginners
Detailed introduction on how to search Parish Records and historical information including; Hardwicke's Act, Rose's Act and Toleration Act. By kind permission of John Marsden.

Historical Facts
Information on Sheffield Churches since the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Sheffield City Council - Parish Registers
Information on the history of the Sheffield Parish Registers. See also the Sheffield City Council Family History Guides for Parish Registers in the Archdeaconry of Sheffield.

Time Line of Marriages
Sheffield District Family History Society Time Line of marriages in Sheffield by Church oldest to more recent.  See also Sheffield Parish Churches list and photos of the Parish Churches of Sheffield.

Sheffield & Area Genealogy Sites          
Sheffield Indexers collection of links to more family history websites for villages surrounding Sheffield.

Parish Registers History
Thomas Cromwell ordered that Parish Registers be kept from 1538 to record baptisms, marriages and burials.  Originally the parish registers were written on paper but, in 1598, parchment registers were introduced.

Historical Acts of Parliament
Very interesting website for transcripts of Various Acts of Parliament of Interest to the Genealogist by Guy Etchells including; He is a Bastard that is born before the Marriage of his Parents (1235), an Act for the better preventing of clandestine Marriages (1753 Lord Hardwicke’s Act), an Act for granting to his Majesty a Stamp-duty on the Registry of Burials, Marriages, Births, and Christenings (1783), an Act for better regulating and preserving Parish and other Registers of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials in England (28th June 1812 Rose’s Act) and much more!

Banns of Marriage
Similar to the Roman Catholic Church and according the rites of the Church of England (Marriage Act 1984): (1) Banns shall be published on three Sundays preceding the solemnization of the marriage at the time of divine service. (2) Banns shall be published in an audible manner and in accordance with one of the following forms of words: "I publish the banns of marriage between A.B. of (town) and C.D. of (town). If any of you know any cause or just impediment why these two persons should not be joined together in holy matrimony, ye are to declare it. This is the first [second or third] time of asking."

Divorce Records England & Wales
Divorce records between 1858 and 1937 are held at the National Archives.  The Divorce Registry is now part of the Principal Registry of the Family Division. If you need legal proof of a divorce in any court, from 1858 to the present day, the contact address is; Principal Registry of the Family Division, Decree Absolute Section, First Avenue House, 42-49 High, Holborn, London, WC1V 6NP.

Adoption, Search & Reunion          
This website provides information for adopted people, birth relatives and also adoptive parents in England and Wales. It also provides information for agencies, professionals and volunteers who provide services for adopted people and their birth and adoptive relatives. The information available on this website applies to adoptions that were made before the 30th December 2005.  See also the GRO Adoptions information page.

Church of England - Anglican
Parish Church websites including photos for the diocese of Sheffield, Wakefield, Derby, Manchester, Southwell and more - see map.

Catholic Church Local History & Genealogy
Extensive list of links to the Catholic Archdiocese, Diocese and more, for England and Wales.

Catholic Church in England & Wales
The basic administrative unit of the Catholic Church is the diocese - an area presided over by a bishop, sometimes with auxiliary bishops to help him. There are 22 dioceses in England and Wales. These are divided into parishes, the local communities of Catholics. See also the list of links to the Diocese of Hallam including; Sheffield North, Sheffield East, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rotherham.

 

Sheffield Parish Records                                    << Back to Top >>

Baptism Records
Sheffield Indexers online searchable baptism database for Christ Church (Fulwood), Christ Church (Pitsmoor), Church of the Ascension (Oughtibridge), Emmanuel Church (Attercliffe), Military Chapel (Hillsborough Barricks), St James Church (Midhope), St James Church (Norton), St John the Baptist Church (Owlerton), St Leonard's Church (Wortley), St Michael & All Angel (Neepsend), St Philip's (Shalesmoor) St Simon's (Sheffield Center), St Thomas (Brightside), Wadsley Church (Sheffield) and Strays - transcription and indexing ongoing.

Marriage Records
Sheffield Indexers online searchable marriage database for Parish Church Cathedral Banns (Sheffield), St James Church (Norton), St John the Baptist Church (Owlerton), St Leonard's Church (Wortley), St Philip's (Shalesmoor) and Strays - transcription and indexing ongoing.

BMD Certificate Index          
If you have a lot of Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates and are wondering what to do with them, why not index them where they can be seen by your potential Rellies.

C of E Baptism & Marriage Records
List of local Church of England Parish Churches and the location of their Baptism and Marriage Records for Sheffield, Abbeydale, Anston, Arbourthorne, Aston Cum Aughton, Attercliffe, Barnsley (Gawber), Beighton, Bolsterstone, Bolton On Dearne, Bradfield, Bramley, Brightside, Brightstide, Carbrook, Chapeltown, Clifton (Rotherham), Cookes, Crookes, Crookesmoor, Crosspool, Darnall, Dinnington, Eastwood (Rotherham), Ecclesall, Ecclesfield, Elsecar, Endcliffe, Firvale, Fulwood, Gleadless, Greasborough, Hackenthorpe, Handsworth, Harthill, Heeley, Herringthorpe, Highfield, Hillsborough & Wadsley Bridge, Hooton Roberts, Hoyland, Kimberworth, Laughton En Le Morthern, Maltby, Manor, Masbrough, Neepsend, Northfield (Rotherham), Norton, Norton Lees, Norton Woodseats, Owlerton, Park, Parkgate, Parson Cross, Pitsmoor, Ranmoor (Sheffield), Ravenfield, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, Sharrow, Shiregreen, Stannington, Tankersley, Thorpe Hesley, Thorpe Salvin, Throapham, Thrybergh, Thurgoland, Tinsley, Todwick, Totley, Treeton, Ulley, Wadsley, Wales, Walkley, Whiston, Wickersley, Wincobank, Woodhouse, Worsbrough, Worsbrough Bridge, Worsbrough Dale and Wortley.  [ 1 | 2 ].

Non-Conformist Baptism & Marriage Records
List of local Non-Conformist Churches and the location of their Baptism and Marriage Records for Abbeydale (Cong), Andover St. Chapel Burngreave, Attercliffe Road Wesleyan, Ben Lane Wadsley, Bethel Chapel Woodhouse, Bethel Church Beighton, Blackburn Chapel Wincobank, Bow St Chapel Sheffield, Broadfield Rd (Meth) Sheffield, Brunswick Chapel South St Sheffield, Brunswick Rd Sheffield, Bull House Chapel Penistone, Carbrook Chapel, Carver St Sheffield, Carver St (Wes) Sheffield, Cemetery Rd (Cong) Sheffield, Coleford/Industry Rd Darnall, Congregational Maltby 1, Congregational Maltby 2, Dearne St Brightside, Ebenezer Chapel Sheffield, Ebenezer Reform Chapel Carbrook, Ellesmere Rd Burngreave, Firmont/Cundy St Walkley, Frederick St Darnall, Garden St Indep Sheffield, Hartshead Quaker Sheffield, Harvest Lane Mission Burngreave, Howard St Sheffield, Howard St Chapel Walkley, Howard St Ind Sheffield, Independent Masbrough, Independent Woodhouse, Independent & Congregational Loxley, Independent Chapel Rotherham, Intake, Jenkin Rd Brightside, John St (PM) Sheffield, Lee Croft Ind Sheffield, Methodist Chapel Birley Carr, Methodist Chapel Bradway, Methodist Hoyland, Methodist Marsh Lane, Methodist Owlerton, Methodist Church Park, Methodist Penistone, Millhouses Lane (Meth) Sheffield, Montgomery Chapel Nether Edge, Mount Tabor Chapel Parsons Cross, Mount Zion Chapel Birley Carr, Mount Zion Ind. Sheffield, Nether Chapel Sheffield, New Connection Chapel Rotherham, Norfolk St Brunswick Park, Old Chapel Congregational Fulwood, Petre St Burngreave, Princess St Attercliffe, Pye Bank Chapel Pitsmoor, Quaker Balby, Queen St Sheffield, Scotland St (UM) Sheffield, Scotland St Sheffield, Soc of Friends Sheffield, Sothall Chapel Beighton, South St Sheffield, Southey Chapel, Spa View Rd, Hackenthorpe, St Andrew's Heeley (PM) Sheffield, St Catherine Attercliffe, St Catherine of Alexandria Burngreave, St Marie Cathedral Sheffield, St Vincent De Paul Sheffield, St Marks Chapel Malin Bridge, St Williams Lee Croft Sheffield, Surrey St Sheffield, Surrey St (Meth) Sheffield, Thirlwell Rd (Wes) Sheffield, Trinity Chapel Ecclesfield, Trinity Church Hillsborough, Underbank Chapel Ind Stannington, Unitarian Chapel Stannington, Unitarian Chapel Rotherham, Upper Chapel Sheffield, Wesley College Chapel Crooks Sheffield, Wesleyan Chapel Handsworth, Wesleyan Hillsborough, Wesleyan Normanton Spring, Wesleyan Oughtibridge, Wesleyan Owlerton, Wesleyan Rotherham, West St. Chapel Beighton, Weston Rd Crookesmoor, Wingfield, Worsbrough Dale, Zion Chapel Oughtbridge and Zion Congregational Attercliffe.

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

Yorkshire BMD
The Register Offices in the county of Yorkshire, England, hold records of Local births, marriages and deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

Parish Register LookUp Exchange
This website has been set-up with the aim of bringing together all family history fanatics who own copies of Parish Registers, Monumental Inscriptions or any other research resources which may be useful to others, and are happy to share the information with other genealogists.  Includes; A-Z County Parish Registers for the UK where available, Monumental Inscriptions, Census and Other Resources.

FreeREG Search UK Parish Registers
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K. FreeREG is a companion project to FreeBMD (a database of the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837) and FreeCEN (a database of census information).

Sheffield Anglican Clergy Records
Searchable online record database for Sheffield Anglican Clergy including records from;  Odom, William (1917) Fifty Years of Sheffield Church Life 1866-1916; Odom William  (1922) Memorials of Sheffield: Its Cathedral and Parish Churches; Sheffield Local Register; White’s 1919/20 Directory of Sheffield and Sheffield Diocesan Calendar 1934. Courtesy of Hugh Waterhouse.

Clergy of the Church of England Database
Searchable online record database of appointments and postings for curates, priests, bishops and other clergy.
 

Parishes & Cemetery Maps                                    << Back to Top >>

Sheffield Maps - by Eric Youle
Collection of historical Sheffield maps since 1637.

Sheffield Parish Maps
Old Parish maps of Sheffield and Sheffield North.

Cemetery Maps
Local maps and photos of Sheffield Cemeteries and Churches including; Abbey Lane, Attercliffe (Hill Top, Municipal), Burncross, Burngreave, Sheffield Cathedral, Christ Church (Attercliffe), City Road, Crookes, Crookes Congregational, Darnall, Ecclesall, Ecclesfield, General, Handsworth, Intake, Loxley, St John the Baptist, St John's (Park), St Mary's (Walkley), St Michael's, St Thomas, St Timothy's, Stocksbridge, Tinsley Park Cemetery, Wadsley, Wardsend and Woodhouse.

Street Index, Maps, Boundaries
Sheffield Indexers collection of links to maps, street indexes, surveys, regional and city boundaries and more.

Church of England - Anglican
Current Parish Church websites including diocese of Sheffield, Wakefield, Derby and more - see Diocese map of England & Wales.

Catholic Church in England & Wales
The basic administrative unit of the Catholic Church is the diocese - an area presided over by a bishop, sometimes with auxiliary bishops to help him. There are currently 22 dioceses in England and Wales. These are divided into parishes, the local communities of Catholics. See also the list of links to the Diocese of Hallam including; Sheffield North, Sheffield East, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rotherham.

A Church Near You
Website with online searchable database for current Churches in England, Dioceses, Churches in Continental Europe, Services and Events, Features and Facilities. It will also draw the current boundaries of that parish on the map - in progress.

Registration Districts in West Yorkshire (Genuki)
Civil registration districts in the West Riding of the county of York (Yorkshire) between 1st July 1837 and 31st March 1974. The same districts were used to compile the censuses returns for the years 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901.  See also the registration district of Sheffield.
 

Church Photos & Plans                                    << Back to Top >>

Sheffield Parish Churches
List and photos of the Parish Churches of Sheffield by the Sheffield Family History Society.  See also Time Line of Marriages in Sheffield by Church oldest to more recent.

Church Photos
Local maps and photos of Sheffield Cemeteries and Churches including; Abbey Lane, Attercliffe (Hill Top, Municipal), Burncross, Burngreave, Sheffield Cathedral, Christ Church (Attercliffe), City Road, Crookes, Crookes Congregational, Darnall, Ecclesall, Ecclesfield, General, Handsworth, Loxley, St John the Baptist, St John's (Park), St Mary's (Walkley), St Michael's, St Thomas, St Timothy's, Stocksbridge, Tinsley Park Cemetery, Wadsley, Wardsend and Woodhouse.

A Church Near You
Website with online searchable database for current Churches in England, Dioceses, Churches in Continental Europe, Services and Events, Features and Facilities. It will also draw the current boundaries of that parish on the map - in progress.

Churches of Britain & Ireland - Sheffield
Their ultimate aim is to have at least one photo of every existing church in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence.  See also list of Churches for South Yorkshire.

Church of England - Sheffield
Parish Church websites including photos for the diocese of Sheffield, Wakefield, Derby and more in England & Wales - see map.

360° Views
Views of South Yorkshire places of worship including; Sheffield Cathedral and St Nicholas's Church (Bradfield).

Sheffield Cathedral
The Cathedral building is a testament to the people who have been worshipping on this spot for over 1000 years.  See also more information.

Cathedral Church of St Marie
The Roman Catholic Cathedral in Sheffield.  See also more information.

St Mark's Church          
In 1871 the Victorian church of St Mark, Broomhill, Sheffield, was consecrated. The church was large, modelled on 14th century gothic design and could seat 950 people. The church perished in a fire caused by incendiary bombs dropped on the night of 12 December 1940. Only the tower and the spire remained in reasonable condition.

St Paul's Church of 1720 (now demolished)
In 1938 St Paul's Church was demolished to make way for an extension to the Sheffield Town Hall. The extension was never built, and the site subsequently became the Peace Gardens. The design of the town hall echoed to a certain extent the architecture of the adjacent St. Paul's Church.

Beauchief Abbey
The abbey was founded in 1176 or 1183 (sources differ) by Robert FitzRanult de Alfreton and dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Thomas Becket.

Church Plans Online  - Yorkshire
The Incorporated Church Building Society archive includes over 15,000 files relating to applications by parishes for grants from the Society. The earliest file is dated 1818 and the latest 1982.

 

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