Church records

Even before television programmes such as Who do you think you are? many people had
begun to research their Family History and were discovering their ancestors. Among the best
resources, of course, are the records of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials held in Church
Registers and the Inscriptions on the Gravestones in Churchyards.
Our records date back to 1572 and in consequence are not open to public inspection.
However it is possible for us to search the records if you wish: the Church of England
fee is £31 for each hour (or part) for a straightforward search. A ‘straightforward’ search is
where you are able to supply a name and a date within five years of the event. The fees for
other searches are by negotiation. Please contact Mr Ball (details below).
In the 1980s Manchester Public Libraries filmed all our registers. These images from 1572
to about 1910 are available to buy.
Also available are all the Memorial Inscriptions (from 1608) and lists of the burial
places of everyone buried in our churchyards between 1892 and 2004. It is easy to search
through the more than 10,000 names recorded.
The images in pdf format are available on a memory stick (flash drive) for £34, including p & p.
Cheques should be made payable to Astbury PCC and sent to:
Mr W. B. Ball, Assistant PCC Secretary, The Old Vicarage, Reades Lane, Dane in Shaw,
Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 3LL.