Parish records

Parish records are a great source of information for checking historical information about baptisms, marriages and burials.


Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives is the Diocesan Record Office for the Diocese of Manchester. Central Library cares for the historical records and registers of parishes, including those of redundant parishes.

Most parish registers of the Diocese of Manchester (including Manchester Cathedral) are now available online at

This includes digitised original registers and a name index of baptisms (1500s-1915), marriages (1500s-1930) and burials (1500s-1985). Free access to is available from any Manchester City Council library. Parish registers are not always complete and in some cases registers are still held by parishes.

Archives+ Heritage Collections Manager
Community and Cultural Services
Growth and Neighbourhoods Directorate
Manchester City Council

Central Library
PO BOX 532
Albert Square
M60 2LA

Tel: 0161 234 1979

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400