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Unknown Report 27 Jan 2014 16:24

I've got platinum membership (I know, woo hoo, right??), and paid extra for Parish Records, yet where are the parish records??
Am I missing something, like vision/sight??
Please help!! :-D


Inky1 Report 27 Jan 2014 16:41


There are some Parish Records available to you, but probably not as many as you may have thought.

GR's own statement:-
"Our collection includes both England & Wales birth, marriage and death index for 1837-2006 as well as an extensive collection of Parish records dating back as far as the 16th century."

On another thread today I read the phrase "economical with the truth". I feel that it applies here too.


jax Report 27 Jan 2014 16:47

It probably comes under the 'Births, marriages and deaths' section?


Inky1 Report 27 Jan 2014 16:58

Out of interest I have searched Births & Baptisms record sets for SMITH 1800. The search returned 1,035 hits. The listing was quite long – herewith the first few:-

Anglesey Baptisms 2 matches
British Nationals Armed Forces Births 1761-2005 110 matches
Caernarvonshire Baptisms 3 matches
Calderdale Baptisms 8 matches
Cambridgeshire Baptisms 46 matches
Canterbury Baptisms 77 matches
Carmarthen Baptisms 2 matches
Cheshire Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Registers (Baptism) 17th Century-1910 4 matches
Cleveland Baptisms 7 matches
Cornwall Baptisms 22 matches


Reggie Report 27 Jan 2014 17:57

Hardly any PR's have been transcribed.........anywhere.

Caveat emptor


Unknown Report 27 Jan 2014 20:30

I'm mainly hoping to find and search parish records in and around the Yorkshire/Lancashire areas.
Let's hope something turns up, eh?? :-D :-S


Reggie Report 27 Jan 2014 22:49



Inky1 Report 28 Jan 2014 10:50

Using Lancashire then Yorkshire in the GR Optional keywords box.

SMITH 1800 (births/baptisms)

Lancashire – just 1 hit

Liverpool Baptisms 1 match
Transcriptions © Liverpool and SW Lancashire Family History Society

Yorkshire – 86 hits

Calderdale Baptisms 8 matches **
Cleveland Baptisms 7 matches **
Doncaster Baptisms 11 matches
Elland St Mary Baptisms 4 matches **
Halifax St John Baptisms 12 matches **
Huddersfield Baptisms 24 matches
Pontefract District Baptisms 6 matches
Sheffield Baptisms 2 matches
Sowerby Bridge & Illingworth Baptisms 4 matches **
Wakefield District Baptisms 8 matches

Those marked **
Transcriptions © Calderdale Family History Society (marked**)

copyright Doncster Family History Society
Transcriptions © Huddersfield & District Family History Society
Transcriptions © Pontefract & District Family History Society
Transcriptions © Sheffield & District Family History Society
Transcriptions © Wakefield and District Family History Society

Reggie has provided the link to the LancsOPC. I use that site for my Lancashire research. The 1 Lancashire hit above was for the baptism of Hannah Smith, parents Thomas and Margaret. LancsOPC has 5 hits for the name Hannah Smith, including that one. And it has 228 hits for Smith.

The same search on Ancestry:-
Lancashire – 947 hits which included some deaths where the birth year 1800 was included in the record.
Yorkshire – 422 hits, again with a few deaths.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 28 Jan 2014 10:53

Check the coverage on and see if anything is relevant.



Potty Report 28 Jan 2014 11:51

Ancestry has transcriptions and images of some West Yorkshire parish records; also some from Lancashire;


Stephanie Report 29 Jan 2014 21:17

Ive got back to my x2 grandfather Joseph Cartwright I have his birth date/death/marriage, but I cant find any record, which parish record do I need for 1812 Newport Shropshire, any help appreciated


jax Report 29 Jan 2014 21:57

Welcome to the boards Stephanie

You should have started a thread of your own...but this could be him found on ancestry

England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
about Joseph Cartwright

Joseph Cartwright
Baptism Date:
29 Dec 1811
Baptism Place:
Thos. Cartwright
FHL Film Number:

Marriage from Family Search site

Joseph Cartwright, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

Name: Joseph Cartwright
Birth Date:
Spouse's Name: Lousia Smith
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 27 Jul 1835
Event Place: Gnosall,Stafford,England
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
Spouse's Father's Name:
Spouse's Mother's Name:
Marital Status:
Previous Wife's Name:
Spouse's Race:
Spouse's Marital Status:
Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01007-2
System Origin: England-ODM
GS Film number: 426548
Reference ID:

Infact the baptism could be found on family search as well.....which is free to use


Unknown Report 30 Jan 2014 20:01

The person who is of most interest to me at the moment is my great grandmother Catherine Halliday( maiden name was Flannigan, or a variation of this surname). I can find her on the 1911 census, but can't seem to find her anywhere else. She was born in april 1895.


MarieCeleste Report 30 Jan 2014 21:03

Hello Robert - was she actually married to your great grandfather? If so, when/where did they marry? Who was your great grand father?

When you found her on the 1911 was she still single (could have been a very young bride) - where was she? Where was she born?

If you give us as much as you can on her then we'll have a better chance of helping you.


MarieCeleste Report 30 Jan 2014 21:08

Is this the marriage?

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915

Name: Catherine Flannigan
Spouse Surname: Halliday
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1914
Registration District: Leeds
Inferred County: Yorkshire West Riding
Volume Number: 9b
Page Number: 771

Records on Page:
Catherine Flannigan
Walter Halliday

Her name has been mis-transcribed on the parish record on Ancestry:

West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935

Name: Walter Halliday - Labourer of 2 Ireton Street
Birth Year: abt 1892
Age: 22
Marriage or Bann Date: 11 Apr 1914
Parish: Leeds, St Mary
Father's Name: Joseph Halliday - Labourer

Spouse's Name: Catharine Hanagan (19) of 10 New Church Place
Spouse's Father's Name: John Hanagan - Labourer

Neither previously married.

Witnesses: William Henry Halliday & Catherine Halliday.

If you don't already have the record I can send it by pm.


MarieCeleste Report 30 Jan 2014 21:21

Possible 1901:

FLANAGAN, John Head Married M 45 1856 Bricklayers Labourer Leeds, Yorkshire
FLANAGAN, Catharine Wife Married F 41 1860 Rag Sorter Lincoln, Lincolnshire
FLANAGAN, John Son M 11 1890
FLANAGAN, Mary Daughter F 9 1892
FLANAGAN, Annie Daughter F 8 1893
FLANAGAN, Catharine Daughter F 5 1896
(No birthplaces recorded for any children on image)

Piece: 4222 Folio: 71 Page: 8
Registration District: Leeds
Civil Parish: Leeds

Address: 5, Dalbys Court, Leeds County: Yorkshire (West riding)