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Ministers were first ordered to keep registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in 1538. However, there are gaps in many of the sixteenth and seventeenth century registers.

It was not until 1813 that separate printed volumes were introduced for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, so before this date, the amount of information given varies.

Oldham Local Studies and Archives parish records

Oldham Local Studies and Archives have some local Anglican, Non Conformist and Roman Catholic Records on microfilm.

Below is a list of parish records held by Oldham Local Studies and Archives.

Access

You can access parish registers in microfilm, and where held in original format, at Oldham Local Studies and Archives.

Most Anglican parish registers of the Diocese of Manchester (including Oldham Churches) are now available on the Ancestry website. Free access to Ancestry.com is available at Oldham Local Studies and Archives.

For access to registers marked as Archives in the list below you will need official proof of name and address, and your signature (e.g. a driving license, utility bill).

Photocopying of these registers is not permitted.

Bishop's Transcripts are copies of the parish registers sent to the Bishop. There are cases where there are differences both of spellings and dates, omissions and inclusions. It is worth checking entries you have extracted from original registers with those of the transcripts and vice-versa.

Church of England registers

All Saints, Farnworth (Bolton)
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1880 - 1894 MF - R130
All Saints, Newton Heath
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1723-1842 MF-R2
Marriages 1729-1754 and
1837-1900
MF - R3
Burials 1725-1857 MF-Rl
All Saints, Northmoor
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1891 - 1985  MF-R108
Marriages 1892-1983 MF-R109, MF-R110
Christ Church, Chadderton
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1870-1901 MF-R5
Christ Church, Denshaw
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1863-1934 MF-R6
Marriages 1864-1963 MF-R6
Burials  1864-1920 MF-R6
Christ Church, Friezland
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1849-1974 MF-R7
Marriages 1850-1908 MF-R7
Burials  1850-1934 MF-R7
Christ Church, Glodwick
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1879-1922 MF-R111
Baptisms 1844-1931 MF-R132
Baptisms (Bishops's Transcripts) 1844-5 (incomplete) MF-R106
Marriages 1845-1938 MF-R111, MF-R112
Christ Church, Healey (Rochdale)
Record Dates Location 
Burials 1859-1995 MF-R144
Banns 1850-1051 MF-R144
Holy Trinity, Bardsley
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1844-1905 MF-R9
Baptisms 1844-1930 Alphabetical listing RI:FK:GO
Marriages 1844-1917 MF-R10
Marriages 1844-1920 Alphabetical listing RI:FK:GO
Burials 1844-1934 MF-R9, R10
Burials 1844-1934 Alphabetical listing RI:FK:GO
Holy Trinity, Coldhurst
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1848-1942 MF-R77
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1848-1875 MF-R107
Marriages 1849-1967 MF-R77, R78, R79
Holy Trinity, Dobcross
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1787-1920 MF-R11, R12
Marriages 1845-1910 MF-R12
Marriages 1845-1910 MF-R130
Burials 1787-1930 MF-R11, R12
Burials 1813-1993 MF-R130
Holy Trinity, Prestolee (Bolton)
Record Dates Location 
Banns 1901-1942 MF-R141
Holy Trinity, Shaw
Record Date Location 
Baptisms 1653-1837 MF-R13
Baptisms 1837-1889 MF-R113
Baptisms 1877-1965 RI:FV5 (Parish Magazine)
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1752-5, 1764, 1768, 1771, 1778, 1783-9 MF-R100
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1779, 1781-2, 1800-7 MF-R101
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1808-12 MF-R102
Marriages 1695-1752 MF-R13
Marriages 1836-1889 MF-R115
Marriages 1877-1965 RI:FV5 (Parish Magazine)
Marriages (Bishop's Transcripts) 1752-3 MF-R100
Burials 1695-1837 MF-R13
Burials 1704-1837 Microfiche with index
Burials 1838-1888 MF-R114
Burials 1877-1965 RI:FV5 (Parish Magazine)
Burials 1704-1837 Microfiche with index
Burials 1838-1888 Microfiche with index
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1752-5, 1764, 1768, 1771, 1778, 1783-9 MF-R100
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1779, 1781-2, 1800-7 MF-R101
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1808-12 MF-R102
Holy Trinity, Waterhead
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1845-1912 MF-R4
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts)  1847-1850 MF-R100
Marriages  1847-1911 MF-R4, R5
Burials 1847-1928 MF-R4
Burials 1847-1928 Microfiche with index
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1847-1850 MF-R100
St. Andrew, Oldham
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1868-1950 MF-R87
Marriages 1874-1977, 1986 MF-R88, R89
St. Anne, Lydgate
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1788-1812 MF-R116
Baptisms 1813-1839 MF-R14
Baptisms 1839-1924 MF-R117
Marriages 1845-1879 MF-R117
Burials 1788-1812 MF-R116
Burials 1788-1952 MF-R14, MF-R117
Burials 1847-1952 RI:FZT:GO (Printed)
St. Chad, Saddleworth
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1613-1800 RI:FZ:GO (printed)
Baptisms 1800-1888 MF-R15, R16, R91
Marriages 1613-1800 RI:FZ:GO (printed)
Marriages 1792-1935 MF-R16, R94, R95, R96
Marriage Index 1800-1837 LPRS Microfiche
Marriage Banns 1778 MF-R16
Burials 1613-1800 RI:FZ:GO (printed)
Burials 1801-1886 MF-R15, R16, R92,R93
Burials 1801-1886 Microfiche with index
St. Clements, Spotland (Rochdale)
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1835-1894 MF-R142
Burials  1864-1871 MF-R143
Banns  1859-1919 MF-R143
St. James, East Crompton
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1845-1935 MF-R133
Marriages  1847-1938 MF-R134
Marriages 1938-1951 MF-R135
Burials  1847-1964 MF-R135
St. James, Oldham
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1830-36 MF-R36
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1831 (incomplete) MF-R103
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1835 MF-R104
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1836-1848 MF-R106
Marriages (Bishop's Transcripts) 1835-1837 (incomplete) MF-R104, MF-R106
Burials 1830-32 MF-R41
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1831 (incomplete) MF-R103
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1835-1848 MF-R104, MF-R106
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1830-1836 with index RI:FT:GO (Printed)
St. John, Chadderton/Werneth
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1845-1901 MF-R17
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1846-1854 MF-R100
Marriages 1846-1920 MF-R17, R18, R19
St. John, Failsworth
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1845-1971 MF-R8, R22
Marriages 1847-1960 MF-R20, R21
Burials 1846-1976 MF-R20, R22, Microfiche with index
St. John, Hey
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1743-1842 MF-R23
Baptisms 1842-1896 MF-R118
Marriages 1860-1915 MF-R118
Burials 1747-1887 MF-R119
Burials 1744-1887 MF-R23, Microfiche with index
St. Luke, Chadderton
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1875-1888 MF-R122
St. Margaret's, Holyrood, Prestwich
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1851-1897 MF-R145
Marriages 1875-1918 MF-R145
Burials 1852-1905 MF-R145
St. Mark, Glodwick
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1876-1921 MF-R80
Marriages 1876-1925 MF-R80, R81
Marriages 1903-1925 MF-R133
St. Margaret, Hollinwood
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1769-1939 MF-R24, R82, R83
Baptisms 1769-1837 Printed LPRS RI:FP:GO
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1782-1853 (incomplete) MF-R100 to MF-R102, MF-R107
Marriages 1836-1955 MF-R24, R84, R85, R86
Marriages (Bishop's Transcripts) 1836-1843 (incomplete) MF-R100
Burials 1769-1840 MF-R24, Microfiche with index
Burials 1769-1837 RI:FP:GO (printed)
Burials 1840-1901 MF-R121
Burials 1840-1901 Microfiche with index
Burials of stillborn children 1861-1901 MF-R120
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1783-1853 (incomplete) MF-R100 to MF-R102, MF-R107
St. Mary, High Crompton
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1920-1974 RI:FV:GO Large Oversize
Marriages 1878-1922 RI:FV:GO Large Oversize
St. Mary, Oldham
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1558-1661 RI:FF:GO (printed)
Baptisms 1661-1902 MF-R25, MF-R26, MF-R35-R40, MF-R46
Marriages 1558-1661 RI:FF:GO (printed)
Marriages 1661-1930 MF-R19, MF-R25-R34, MF-R42-R44, MF-R46, MF-R59
Marriage Index 1813-1830 LPRS Microfiche
Marriage Index 1776-1800 MF-R46B
Marriage Index Men 1695-1725 MF-R46B
Marriage Index Women 1695-1750 MF-R46B
Burials 1558-1661 RI:FF:GO (printed)
Burials 1661-1932 MF-R25, MF-R26, MF-R40 MF-R41,  MF-R46
Giles Shaw Manuscripts
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1662-1733 MF-G95, MF-G96, MF-G97
Baptisms 1734-1796 MF-G97, MF-G98, MF-G99, MF-G100
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1779-1819 MF-R101, MF-R102
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1827-1844 MF-R103 to MF-R106
Marriages 1662-1733 MF-G95, MF-G96, MF-G97
Marriages 1734-1816 MF-G100
Marriages (Bishop's Transcripts) 1779-1799 (incomplete) MF-R101
Marriages (Bishop's Transcripts) 1813-1819 MF-R102
Marriages (Bishop's Transcripts) 1826-1837 (incomplete) MF-R103 to MF-R105
Burials 1662-1733 MF-G95, MF-G96, MF-G97
Burials 1734-1825 MF-G100, MF-G101, MF-G102, MF-G103
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1779-1819 MF-R101, MF-R102
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1826-1844 (incomplete) MF-R103 to MF-R106
St. Mary, Prestwich
Record Dates Location
Marriages 1713-1837 MF-R74 MF-R75
Marriages 1754-1800 Microfiche with index
St. Matthew, Chadderton
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1845-1871 MF-R122
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1848-1854, 1873-1875 MF-R100
Marriages 1857-1885 MF-R97, R98
Burials 1857-1890 MF-R99
Burials 1857-1890 Microfiche with index
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1873-1875 MF-R100
St. Michael, Tonge cum Middleton
Record Dates Location
Marriages 1922-1942 MF-R143
St. Paul, Ashton Road, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1877-1919 MF-R136
Marriages 1897-1902 MF-R136
Marriages 1902-1932 MF-R137
Marriages 1932-1949 MF-R138
St. Paul, Royton
Record Dates Locations 
Baptisms 1755-1919 MF-R47, MF-R48
Marriages 1839-1909 MF-R49, MF-R50
Burials 1757-1938 MF-R47 to MF-R49, Microfiche with index
St. Paul, Scouthead
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1889-1969 MF-R12
Marriages 1889-1969 MF-R12
St. Peter, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1768-1961 MF-R18, MF-R51-R55
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1778-1818 (incomplete) MF-R100 to MF-R102,
MF-R106
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1844-6, 1865-71, 1879-80 MF-R107
Marriages 1836-1961 MF-R55, MF-R56
Burials 1768-1876 MF-R40, MF-R51, MF-R55
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1782-1818 MF-R101, MF-R102,
MF-R106
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1844-46 MF-R107
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1768-1876 Microfiche with Index
St. Stephen and All Martyrs, Lowermoor, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1873-1931 MF-R141
Marriages 1873-1906 MF-R141
Marriages 1906-1950 MF-R142
St. Thomas, Friarmere
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1769-1916 MF-R57, R90
Marriages 1845-1892 MF-R90
Burials 1769-1909 MF-R57
Burials 1769-1992 Microfiche with index
St. Thomas, Leesfield
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1846-1909 MF-R58
Baptisms 1846-1941 MF-R144
Marriages 1848-1915 MF-R58, MF-R59
Marriages 1915-1950 MF-R145
Burials 1848-1905 MF-R58
Burials 1972-1996 MF-R145
St. Thomas, Moorside
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1861-1970 MF-R7
Marriages 1872-1915 MF-R8
Burials 1873-1977 MF-R8, Microfiche with index
St. Thomas, Werneth
Record Dates Location
Baptisms (Bishop's Transcripts) 1847-1854 MF-R100

Non-conformist registers

Baptist

Manchester Street, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1816-1837 MF-R62

Congregational

Delph Independent
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1780-1851 MF-R61
Burials 1783-1851 MF-R61
Ebeneezer, Uppermill
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1832-1837 MF-R62
Greenacres
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1763-1836 MF-R62
Baptisms 1816-1908 RR:FT:GO (printed)
Marriages 1851-1890 RR:FT:GO (printed)
Burials 1784-1836 MF-R62
Burials 1836-1908 RR:FT:GO (printed)
Hope, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1825-1837 MF-R62
Burials 1828-1837 MF-R62
Burials with index 1828-1837 RI:FFM:GO (Printed)
Providence, Regent Street, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1828-1837 MF-R62
Providence, Springhead
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1807-1837 MF-R62
Queen Street Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1829-1837 MF-R62
Waterhead
Record Dates Locations
Baptisms 1856-1963 RR:FUW:GO (printed)

 Independent Methodist

Bethesda Independent Methodist or Free Gospel, Broadway Street Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1883-1928 RO:FJ:GO (printed)
Alphabetical listing
George Street, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1820-1837 MF-R62
Baptisms 1847-1988 Alphabetical listing RO:FF:GO (printed)
Marriages 1927-1986 Alphabetical listing RO:FF:GO (printed)
King Street, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1854-1971 Alphabetical listing RO:FF:GO (printed)
Marriages 1906-1975 Alphabetical listing RO:FF:GO (printed)
Refuge Street, Shaw
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1832-1957 FO: FV: GO Large Oversize
Ross Street, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1928-1971 Alphabetical listing RO:FF:GO (printed)
St.Mary's Street, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1914-1956 Archives C-ABC1/1
Independent Methodist or Free Gospel, Smith Street, Greenacres Hill, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1890-1977 Alphabetical listing RO:FF:GO (printed)

Methodist New Connexion

Bethel, Failsworth
Record Dates Location 
Baptisms 1797-1831 MF-R60
Zion, Lees
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1829-1837 MF-R62

Moravian 

Salem Moravian
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1825-1840 MF-R62

Primitive Methodist 

Shore Edge, Shaw
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1902-1997 RO:FV:GO

Society of Friends (Quakers) 

Heyside, Royton
Record Dates Location
Burials 1665-1938 Transcript and index Microfiche
Burials 1665-1940 Archives C-AAR 1
Burials (Bishop's Transcripts) 1896 MF-R100

Unitarian

Dob Lane, Failsworth
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1701-1807 RU:EN (printed)
Baptisms 1804-1836 MF-R62
Burials 1701-1807 RU:EN (printed)

United Reformed

King Street
Record Dates Location
Births & Baptisms 1883-1990 Archives C-AAL 3/1/1
Marriages 1889-1948, 1965-1983,
1987-1988
Archives C-AAL 3/2/1-4

Wesleyan Methodist

Delph
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1786-1837 MF-R62
Luzley Brook, Royton
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1875-1959 RO:FW:GO
Nook, Shaw
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1906-1962 RO:FV:GO
St. Paul, Shaw
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1797-1855 RO:FV:GO
Baptisms 1816-1837 MF-R76
Baptisms 1857-1890 RO:FV:GO
Baptisms 1890-1996 RO:FV:GO Large Oversize
Burials 1817-1870 RO:FV:GO Large Oversize
Manchester Street, Oldham
Record  Dates Location
Baptisms 1791-1837 MF-R62
Uppermill
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1813-1837 MF-R62
Wrigley Head, Failsworth
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1830-1837 MF-R62

Roman Catholic

Corpus Christi, Hollinwood
Record Dates Location
Marriages 1881-1941 MF-R63
Confirmations 1907-1941 MF-R63
Baptisms 1877-1941 MF-R63
Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Patrick, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms (some with confirmation dates) 1898-1941 MF-R64, MF-R65
Marriages 1862-1941 MF-R65
Confirmations 1867-1940 MF-R65
St. Aidan and St. Oswald, Royton
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1883-1941 MF-R66
Marriages 1887-1941 MF-R66
Confirmations 1891-1937 MF-R66
St. Anne, Ashton
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1871-1879 MF-R65
Confirmations (some years missing) 1874-1940 MF-R66
St. Anne, Greenacres
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1878-1941 MF-R67, MF-R68
Marriages 1879-1941 MF-R6
Confirmations 1905-1936 MF-R68
St. Edward, Lees
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1874-1894 MF-R69
Baptisms 1898-1941 MF-R69
Confirmations 1900-1936 MF-R69
Marriages 1877-1940 MF-R69
St. Joseph, Shaw
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1874-1941 MF-R66, MF-R67
Marriages 1875-1941 MF-R67
Confirmations 1889-1936 MF-R67
St. Mary, Oldham
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1870-1941 MF-R70-R72
Confirmations 1869-1941 MF-R71
Marriages 1870-1941 MF-R72
St. Mary, Failsworth (The Immaculate Conception)
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1872-1941 MF-R68, MF-R73
Marriages 1871-1941 MF-R73
Confirmations 1877-1936 MF-R73
St. Patrick, Rochdale
Record Dates Location
Baptisms 1860-1889 MF-R73

Diocesan Record Office

Churches deposit their records at the Diocesan Record Office (for the Oldham area that is Manchester Archives and Local Studies).

If records have not been deposited at the Diocesan Record Office, then it can be assumed that they are still with the Church.

A list of Registers held at Manchester Archives and Local Studies is available at Oldham Local Studies and Archives.

Lancashire Parish Register Society

Copies of Lancashire area parish registers are available at Oldham Local Studies and Archives.