Portwood Genealogical Records

Portwood 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.

Portwood Baptism Records (1851-1906)

Baptism registers record the baptism of those born in and around Portwood and were subsequently baptised in an Anglican place of worship. They are the primary source of birth details before 1837, though are useful to the present. Records can include name of child, parent's names, residence, occupations and more.

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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood Marriage Records (1851-1910)

Details on those who married at Portwood between 1851 and 1910. Information given usually includes abode and marital status. After April 1837 father's names and ages are recorded.

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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood Burial Records (1851-1886)

Name index linked to original images of the burial registers of Portwood. 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.

Portwood Church Records

Portwood Parish Registers (1851-1910)

The parish registers of Portwood are a collection of books essentially documenting births, marriages and deaths. Their records can assist tracing a family as far back as 1851.

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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood 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 Portwood

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.

Bury Times (1858-1867)

A local paper including news from the Bury area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Rochdale Observer (1856-1866)

Original images of a local newspaper, searchable via a full text index. Includes news from the Rochdale area, business notices, obituaries, family announcements and more.

Huddersfield Chronicle (1850-1900)

A local paper including news from the Huddersfield area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood Directories & Gazetteers

Gazetteer of Greater Manchester Placenames (2002)

A gazetteer of the settlements that merged to create Greater Manchester.

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.

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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood Occupation & Business Records

Manchester Employers' World War I Roll of Honour (1914-1920)

A list of over 60,000 men from in and around Manchester that enlisted in the British Army or Navy during WWI. Gives details on an individual's employers.

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.

Portwood 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 Portwood

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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood Military Records

Manchester Employers' World War I Roll of Honour (1914-1920)

A list of over 60,000 men from in and around Manchester that enlisted in the British Army or Navy during WWI. Gives details on an individual's employers.

Manchester Pals Battalions' Photos (1914-1918)

Lists of over 11,000 men who served with the 16th to the 23rd Service Battalions, known as the Manchester Pals. Lists are supplemented with photographs of platoons.

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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood 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 Portwood

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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood 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.

Portwood Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

PORTWOOD is an ecclesiastical parish, formed June 3, 1844, from that of St. Mary: the church of St. Paul, in Great Portwood street, erected in 1850, is a building of stone in the Early English style, from designs by Mr. J. G. Crowther, and consists of chancel, nave of five bays, aisles, south porch and a western tower, with lofty spire, containing one bell: the church affords sittings, including galleries, for 650 persons. The register dates from the year 1851. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £310, in the gift of the Crown and Bishop of Chester alternately, and held since 1862 by the Rev. Jeremiah Coombes, who is a surrogate.

Kelly's Directory of Cheshire (1896)

PORTWOOD, is an ecclesiastical parish, formed June 3, 1844, from that of St. Mary: the church of St. Paul, in Great Portwood street, erected in 1850, is a building of stone in the Early English, style, from designs by Mr. J. G. Crowther, and consists of chancel, nave of five bays, aisles, south porch and a western tower, with lofty spire, containing 8 tubular bells; the church affords sittings, including galleries, for 650 persons. The register dates from the year 1851. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value, £280, in the gift of the Crown and Bishop of Chester alternately, and held since 1807 by the Rev. Francis Selwyn Macaulay Bennett B.A. of Keble College, Oxford.

Kelly's Directory of Lancashire (1905)