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From: "Norman Buckley" <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] Registry Offices
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2000 11:48:51 +0100
Sorry I don't know the Congleton Registrar :-((
However,if you haven't seen it, I thought you might be interested in the
following from Brett Langston :-
Family historians are only too well aware of the problems which can
arise when ordering certificates from local register offices. The
General Register Office's indexes of births, marriages and deaths use
a completely different reference system from local registrars, and
frequent boundary changes between districts can make it very hard to
find out where the records are now held.
Ordering marriage certificates can be particularly difficult, since
in most cases the registers for each church are indexed separately,
and registrars may be faced with dozens, or even hundreds of sets of
registers to search through if the place of marriage is unknown. Not
suprisingly, the researcher may have their requests politely declined
in such cases.
But now all this is about tochange. The Cheshire West Register
Office, based in Chester, is now making the indexes to its older
records freely accessible via the internet, in collaboration with the
Family History Society of Cheshire. The aim is to eliminate lengthy
searches through the old handwritten indexes, which should benefit
family historians and registrars alike. The address of the web-site is:
As a first step, indexes to the marriages for the years 1837 to 1855
have been published on the web-site. These list the names of everyone
whose marriage records are held at the office, showing the year,
place of marriage, and a reference code which can be used to order
the marriage certificate. There are plans to gradually extend the
marriage indexes up to 1900, and also to make available indexes to
births and deaths for the same period.
This is the first time that a register office in England has
published the indexes to the records on the internet, and a
favourable response is likely to lead to similar projects in other
areas. Any comments about the web-site should be sent to:
The Family History Society of Cheshire
Norman Buckley - Bury,Lancashire,England,U.K.
CFHS2894 MC; MLFHS10533, BUCKLEY-L, LANCASHIRE-L
My Basic Genealogy Site :-
With Link to over 150 Colour Photos of Cheshire Churches.