Hartford Genealogical Records

Hartford Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Cheshire Birth Index (1837-2012)

An index to births registered in Cheshire. This index lists sub-registration district, which helps to narrow down your search.

Cheshire Non-Conformist & Catholic Baptisms (1718-1908)

A database of almost 125,000 baptisms performed outside of the Church of England. Records are linked to digital images of original registers.

Diocese of Chester Bishop's Transcripts Baptisms (1576-1906)

A searchable database of 964,765 records, linked to original images of baptism registers. The records provide proof of parentage, occupations, residence and other details.

Cheshire Workhouse Baptisms (1837-1911)

A name index connected to digital images of registers recording the baptism of workhouse inmates' children.

Hartford Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Hartford Marriage Records (1837-1910)

Marriage registers record Anglican marriages in Hartford. They are the primary marriage document before 1837 and contain the same details as marriage certificates from then on.

Chester Archdeaconry Marriage Bonds (1606-1905)

Digital images of records of licenses to marry in the Archdeaconry. They contain details that may not be found in parish registers, such as age and father's name. The records can be searched by a name index.

Archdeaconry of Chester Marriage Licenses (1691-1719)

Abstracts of marriage licences from the Archdeaconry of Chester. These records may contain more details than marriage registers, including occupations, ages and parents' names.

Archdeaconry of Chester Marriage Licenses (1639-1644)

Abstracts of marriage licences from the Archdeaconry of Chester. These records may contain more details than marriage registers, including occupations, ages and parents' names.

Hartford Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Hartford Burial Records (1813)

Name index linked to original images of the burial registers of Hartford. Records document an individual's date of death and/or burial, age and residence. Some records may contain the names of relations, cause of death and more.

Cheshire Death Index (1837-2012)

An index to deaths registered in Cheshire. This index lists sub-registration district, which helps to narrow down your search.

Cheshire Non-Conformist & Catholic Burials (1718-1908)

A database of almost 40,000 burials consecrated outside of the Church of England. Records are linked to digital images of original registers.

Diocese of Chester Bishop's Transcripts Burials (1576-1906)

A searchable database of 720,459 records, linked to original images of burial registers. The records may include date of burial and/or death, residence, age and other details.

Hartford Church Records

Cheshire Clergy List (1541-1542)

A list of 16th century Anglican clergy in the Diocese of Chester.

Chester Diocese Ordination Book (1542-1558)

A transcription of a book recording early ordinations in the Diocese of Chester.

Cheshire Workhouse Creed Records (1872-1911)

Registers recording the admission of over 12,000 people for poor relief in Cheshire. Records include name, birth year, parish, occupation, religion, reason for admission and more.

Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts (1598-1900)

An index to over 2 million entries from baptism, marriages and burials sent by parishes to be held by the Bishop of Chester.

Cheshire Parish Registers (1538-2000)

An index to entries from Cheshire parish registers; recording over 4 million baptisms, marriages and burials.

Hartford Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Cheshire Electoral Registers (1842-1900)

A full name index, connected to original images of the registers. These records list those who were eligible to vote and may give a description of an individual's property.

Cheshire Freeholders of 1578 (1578)

A list of freeholders, organised by hundred, in the county of Cheshire. Contains their name, title and description of their estate.

Cheshire Pipe Rolls (1158-1301)

A collection of financial records maintained by the English Exchequer relating to Cheshire.

Cheshire Register of Electors (1842-1900)

An index to over 4 million names from registers recording those eligible to vote.

Hartford Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Chester Diocese Probate Images & Index (1492-1857)

A searchable index of testators connected to original images of their will and any probate documents. These records can help trace your Cheshire ancestors back to the 15th century.

Chester Diocese Probate, Admons & Depositions (1487-1620)

A calendar of probate, admon and testamentary depositions from Chester Diocese. The latter, deposition, are sworn statements at testamentary trials.

Chester Probate Registry Probate Images & Index (1858-1911)

A searchable index of testators linked to original wills proved in the civil probate court at Chester. This collection is not limited to residents of Cheshire.

Cheshire Wills and Probate (1492-1911)

A name index connected to original images of over 120,000 wills and probate documents. These documents are extremely useful in proving relationships back into the 15th century.

Newspapers Covering Hartford

Manchester Evening News (1870-1916)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Manchester area.

Manchester Times (1828-1900)

A record of births, marriages, deaths, legal, political, organisation and other news from the Manchester area. Original pages of the newspaper can be viewed and located by a full text search.

Chester Courant (1794-1831)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Chester area.

Chester Chronicle (1775-1869)

Local news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other local information from the Chester district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

Manchester Mercury (1759-1826)

Fully text-searchable articles from a local newspaper covering the Manchester district. It includes family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more.

Hartford Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Hartford Cemeteries

Cheshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Cheshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Cheshire Monumental Inscriptions (1870-1875)

Transcriptions of several thousand headstones in the county of Cheshire.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Hartford Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Cheshire (1934)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Cheshire (1923)

A directory of settlements in Cheshire detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Kelly's Directory of Cheshire (1923)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Cheshire (1914)

A directory of settlements in Cheshire detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Kelly's Directory of Cheshire (1914)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Cheshire Workhouse Admissions & Discharges (1781-1911)

An index to over 50,000 records detailing admissions and discharges to government poor houses in Cheshire. The index is linked to digital images of the records, which may record name, birth year, religion, occupation, name of informant and details of admission, death or discharge.

Cheshire Workhouse Creed Records (1872-1911)

Registers recording the admission of over 12,000 people for poor relief in Cheshire. Records include name, birth year, parish, occupation, religion, reason for admission and more.

Cheshire Inquisitions Post Mortem (1603-1660)

Transcripts of records assessing the estates of the monarch's direct tenants. Contains details of estates and families.

Cheshire Pipe Rolls (1158-1301)

A collection of financial records maintained by the English Exchequer relating to Cheshire.

Cheshire Workhouse Baptisms (1837-1911)

A name index connected to digital images of registers recording the baptism of workhouse inmates' children.

Hartford Taxation Records

Cheshire Tithe Maps (1836-1854)

Around 500 maps that record land ownership down to individual fields. These are referenced to documents to record landowners, occupiers, field names, land use and rents due.

Cheshire Land Tax Assessments (1700-1908)

An index to over 2 million names listed in records detailing land ownership and occupation in Cheshire. These records can be used to trace land ownership and succession to leases. Contains digital images of original records.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Hartford Land & Property Records

Cheshire Electoral Registers (1842-1900)

A full name index, connected to original images of the registers. These records list those who were eligible to vote and may give a description of an individual's property.

Cheshire Tithe Maps (1836-1854)

Around 500 maps that record land ownership down to individual fields. These are referenced to documents to record landowners, occupiers, field names, land use and rents due.

Cheshire Land Tax Assessments (1700-1908)

An index to over 2 million names listed in records detailing land ownership and occupation in Cheshire. These records can be used to trace land ownership and succession to leases. Contains digital images of original records.

Cheshire Inquisitions Post Mortem (1603-1660)

Transcripts of records assessing the estates of the monarch's direct tenants. Contains details of estates and families.

Cheshire Freeholders of 1578 (1578)

A list of freeholders, organised by hundred, in the county of Cheshire. Contains their name, title and description of their estate.

Hartford Occupation & Business Records

Smuggling on the West Coast (1690-1867)

An introduction to smuggling on the west coast of Britain & the Isle of Man, with details of the act in various regions.

Midlands Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the Midlands region of England.

Lost Pubs of Cheshire (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

UK Medical Registers (1859-1959)

Books listing doctors who were licensed to operate in Britain and abroad. Contains doctor's residencies, qualification and date of registration.

Hartford School & Education Records

Cheshire School Records Index (1796-1950)

An index to over 400,000 pupils extracted from Cheshire school records. Includes names of parents and residences.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Hartford

Victoria County History: Cheshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Hartford Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Cheshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Cheshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Cheshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Hartford Military Records

Memorials of the Civil War in Cheshire (1642-1651)

A history of the English Civil War from a Cheshire perspective.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls (1914-1920)

Index and original images of over 5 million medal index cards for British soldiers It can be searched by individual's name, Coprs, Unit and Regiment. Due to the loss of many WWI service records, this is the most complete source for British WWI soldiers

British Army WWI Service Records (1914-1920)

This rich collection contains contains records for 1.9 million non-commissioned officers and other ranks who fought in WWI. Due to bomb damage in WWI, around 60% of service records were lost. Documents cover: enlistment, medical status, injuries, conduct, awards and discharge. A great deal of genealogical and biographical documentation can be found in these documents, including details on entire families, physical descriptions and place of birth.

Hartford Immigration & Travel Records

Cheshire Poor Law Abstracts (1732-1746)

Abstracts of poor law cases in Cheshire quarter sessions, covering events such as removals, settlement, bastardy and vagrancy.

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Hartford Histories & Books

Cheshire Image Bank (1800-2000)

A database of over 20,000 images recording places and events in Cheshire. Images can be searched by meta-data.

Victoria County History: Cheshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Lancashire and Cheshire, Past and Present (370-1867)

A history of two Northern counties from the Germanic invasion to the Victorian period.

Cheshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Cheshire.

Memorials of the Civil War in Cheshire (1642-1651)

A history of the English Civil War from a Cheshire perspective.

Biographical Directories Covering Hartford

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Hartford Maps

Cheshire Tithe Maps (1836-1854)

Around 500 maps that record land ownership down to individual fields. These are referenced to documents to record landowners, occupiers, field names, land use and rents due.

Maps of Cheshire (1577-1920)

A collection of digitalised maps covering the county.

Cheshire Maps (1571-1831)

A series of maps depicting the county and routes passing through it.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Hartford Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Hartford Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

HARTFORD is a township and pleasant village, formed into a parish Sept. 15, 1863, out of Witton-cum-Twambrooks parochial chapelry in the parishes of Great Budworth and Weaverham, and is in the Northwich. division of the county, petty sessional division of Leftwich, Northwich union and county court district, second division of Eddisbury hundred, rural deanery of Middlewich, and archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, The village has a station on the Crewe and Warrington section of the London and North Western railway, and is about 1 ½ miles south-west from Northwich, 11 from Crewe, 12 ¾ south from Warrington and 168 ¾ from London. There is also a station here called “Hartford and Green Bank,” on the Cheshire Lines railway, 15 miles from Chester and 24 from Manchester. The river Weaver passes on the east and is crossed by a bridge to Davenham. The church of St. John the Baptist, entirely rebuilt in 1875 at a cost of £5,000, is an edifice of undressed Derbyshire, Runcorn and Eddisbury stone, consisting of chancel, transepts, clerestoried nave of five bays, aisles, north and south porches and an embattled western tower containing a clock and one bell: the south transept serves as an organ chamber and vestry: the reredos, of Caen stone, includes a representation of the Lords Supper, after Leonardo da Vinci, and the east window is stained: the tower was added, and a clock placed in it, in 1889, at a cost of £4,000: the church affords 470 sittings. The register dates from the year 1824. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value £250, net £240, with house, in the gift of Col. T. H. Marshall, and held since 1864 by the Rev. Edmund Eddowes M.A. of Jesus College, Cambridge. The Wesleyan chapel, erected in 1891 at a cost of £2,000, is an edifice of red brick, with stone dressings, in the Gothic style, and has, sittings for 300 persons. Hartford, according to the Domesday Survey (1086), was part of the Barony of Kinderton. Previous to the reign of Edward III. it was held by a family who assumed the local name, from whom it passed to the Horton, Massey, Holcroft, Marbury and Davies families. Lord De Tabley is lord of the manor. The Beach is the property of Col. Thomas Horatio Marshall C.B. of Bryn-y-Coed, Bangor; Hartford Lodge is the residence of Gustave Jarmay esq.; Beechfield, of George Gordon Macrae esq.; Beach Cottage, of Samuel Outram Hermon esq.; Hartford House, of Mrs. Leigh; Hartford Cottage, of Mrs. Knowles; Hartford Manor, of Edward Milner esq.; Woodlands, of Mrs. Royd; Hartford Hall, of George Hatt Cook, esq. and Hartford Grange, of James Munro Walker esq. The area is 1,056 acres of land and 14 of water; rateable value, £9,458; the population in 1891 was 648.

National School (mixed), built in 1889, for 300 children; average attendance 260.

Kelly's Directory of Cheshire (1896)

Surnames Found in Hartford

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Moore463.15
2Walker241.64
3Wilkinson231.58
4Hughes211.44
5Forster201.37
6Wright201.37
7Hilditch191.30
8Wood191.30
9Jackson181.23
10Cookson181.23
11Wrench171.17
12Johnson161.10
13Robinson161.10
14Winfield151.03
15Clarke151.03
16Jones140.96
17Hodkinson130.89
18Eyes130.89
19Pickering120.82
20Nancollis120.82
21Howard120.82
22Williams110.75
23Dutton110.75
24Prince110.75
25Bostock110.75
26Holland110.75
27Wren110.75
28Capper100.69
29Pimblott100.69
30Booth100.69
31Appleton100.69
32Leigh100.69
33Boden100.69
34Lloyd100.69
35Watson100.69
36Newport100.69
37Cowley100.69
38Stockton90.62
39Taylor90.62
40Baker80.55
41Grimsditch80.55
42Dale80.55
43Garrard80.55
44Barlow80.55
45Potts80.55
46Thompson70.48
47Mitchell70.48
48Platt70.48
49Mottershead70.48
50Dickenson70.48
51Downall70.48
52Goulden70.48
53Newton70.48
54Meekin70.48
55Beckett70.48
56Kean70.48
57Birtwistle70.48
58Barton70.48
59Cliff70.48
60Hassall70.48
61Sutton70.48
62Lewis70.48
63Rigby70.48
64Ledsham60.41
65Lambert60.41
66Syson60.41
67Norris60.41
68Woodcock60.41
69Malam60.41
70Hurst60.41
71Upton60.41
72Bennett60.41
73Ridgway60.41
74Fogg60.41
75Bell60.41
76Drinkwater60.41
77Bodon60.41
78Ridehough60.41
79Combey60.41
80Harris60.41
81Meek60.41
82Palin60.41
83Kingsland60.41
84Hoole60.41
85Gandy60.41
86Davies60.41
87Egerton50.34
88Littler50.34
89Newall50.34
90Lowcock50.34
91Maddock50.34
92Ramsden50.34
93Dwight50.34
94Blane50.34
95Deakin50.34
96Billington50.34
97Perrin50.34
98Mercer50.34
99Mullins50.34
100Chinery50.34