Blackrod Parish Resources
The Church of St Katharine is located at Landranger Grid: SD 613110
A History of Saint Katharine, Blackrod, written by Margaret Green is available for download.
This booklet was produced as a fundraiser for the church so if you find it interesting you are encouraged to send a small donation to the church to help pay for building restoration. The church address is:-
St. Katharine's Vicarage
Bolton BL6 5EN
The Booklet is in PDF format and is a file 2.5Mbytes in size.
Parish records for the church exist as follows:
|Original Registers at Lancs. R.O.||
|Yes & BT||1606 -1837|
|Marriages||1607 -1955|| 1613 -1633
|Yes & BT||1613 -1837|
|Burials||1607 -1944||N/A||Yes & BT||  ; 1607 -1837|
The only other church in Blackrod is the following:
|Church Name||Years available at Lancs. Register Office||Notes|
|Roman Catholic (Dedication ?)||1732 - 1738|
The Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS) has transcribed some Monumental Indexes from St. Katharine's and the Society should be contacted for further information. MLFHS
The Lancashire Parish Register Society (LPRS) is a group of volunteers who have been working since 1898 to transcribe and make available copies of parish registers in Lancashire. Further information may be obtained here: LPRS
Eventually Parish Record Transcripts will be posted here, but in the meantime IGI records are available and a very limited number of lookups in LPRS fiche will be undertaken by the Online Parish Clerk. If you have any transcripts or information about St. Katharine's please contact the OPC by clicking on the paper icon on the left.
LancashireBMD is making progress in indexing births, marriages and deaths that were registered in this district. It is recommended to review their site. This provides access to births, marriages and deaths registered only AFTER 1st July 1837 and allows you to order the certificate from the local registry office instead of the national registration system. Do check the coverage link to see what records have been transcribed. Marriages at the parish church should also be in the parish church records.
FreeBMD may also be consulted for births, marriages and deaths registered in this district after 1st July 1837. This is also a work in progress that is not yet complete.
The Lancashire Image Archive is developing a database of historical photographs which may be of interest.
Transcripts of the 1841 census for the Blackrod area are being made available here:
You should also consult the FreeCEN site although it is only just getting started and not much may be available.
Copies of the census books have been made available or are in process by Stepping Stones, S&N Genealogy and Archive CD Project. The 1881 census can be searched online at: Familysearch
All census transcriptions should be used as an index as the original records may be in very poor shape and pencil was used to record much of the original information. Some searchers have found ancestors by searching on first names, so be creative.
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