The early baptism registers of St Cuthbert, Withington, Manchester in the Diocese of Salford have been released on CD by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society.
The CD can be purchased from their online bookshop
The Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society are delighted to announce the completion of the CD of baptisms for St Chad’s RC Church, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, covering the period 1772-1893.
St Chad’s is the Catholic mother church of Manchester with its origins in the mid 18th century, and spawned the daughter parishes of St Mary’s, Mulberry Street (The Hidden Gem), and St Augustine’s before relocating to its present site on Cheetham Hill.
The new CD contains transcripts, indexes and original scans of the first twelve volumes of baptism registers and will be an invaluable resource for anybody researching their early Catholic ancestors in Manchester.
The CD can be purchased from the MLFHS Bookshop.
The Salford Diocesan Archives are proceeding with a plan to digitise early parish registers from every one of churches in the diocese. The project is being supported by the diocesan hierarchy, and was given the support of the new Bishop, John Arnold in his recent Ad Clerum.
The project includes all baptism, confirmation, marriage and death registers deposited at Lancashire County Record Office, and those still held in the parishes, and covers dates up to the mid 20th century.
As of the end of August 2015, the registers from all churches in the Borough of Manchester have been completed, with exception to Mount Carmel, Blackley, and this church is now scheduled for September.
The Boroughs of Stockport and Tameside were started in August, Heaton Norris has been competed and Denton is scheduled for September.
The Borough of Salford is also underway with only the Cathedral, St Peter’s, Greengate, St Thomas of Canterbury, Higher Broughton and St Edmund, Little Hulton, still being outstanding.
Once scanned and in PDF electronic book format, different registers are being passed on to the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society, the Catholic Family History Society, the Lancashire Online Parish Clerks, and to other individuals for indexing and transcribing.
For more information the Salford Diocesan Archives can be contacted through their website below.
Records largely relate to French emigrés and their subsequent families. Baptisms are recorded from a number of Hampshire locations as well as in London. The earlier burials are almost all at St Helier, Isle of Jersey, and Winchester, as are many marriages, while those of 1813-14 are at Lymington. Much genealogical data beyond that normally found in such registers is provided.
The originals of these registers are held in the French National Archives at Nantes. A filmstrip copy was given to the Archivist of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese, and this was lodged for safekeeping and for wider access at the Portsmouth City Archives, located at the Portsmouth History Centre. References are provided to enable copies from the filmstrip to be obtained.
The transcriptions are provided in both date and surname order, in searchable PDF formats. You can purchase a copy by paying with a credit card here.
The Online Parish Clerks project for the County of Lancashire aims to extract and preserve the records from the various parishes and to provide online access to that data, free of charge, along with other data of value to family and local historians conducting research in the County of Lancashire. There are a number of Roman Catholic registers that have been transcribed and are available.
I recently posted about Latin used in marriage registers. The good news is that the baptismal registers that I have seen are quite a bit easier to understand as they are in tabular form. The image below is from St. Mary’s in Wigan in 1835 – if you click on it it should expand so that you can see the column headings. These are (with my translation):
We have the same abbreviation in the last column that I couldn’t translate in the marriage register. I’m pretty sure now that it means Apostolic Missionary. Parishes were not established until quite late and so the priest would be serving at a mission.
So this type of register is much easier to understand. Note that first names are in Latin and so again there can be uncertainty over James/Jacob etc. Another word that you will see is ‘olim’ in the Nomina Parentum column next to the mother’s name. This word means once and so gives the mother’s maiden name.