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North West England Collections on Deceased Online

This week I summarize the full collection of burial and cremation records on Deceased Online from across the North West England
Dark clouds gather over the headstones of Fleetwood Cemetery, Lancashire
Since July 2017, when Deceased Online added burial and cremation records from the council of Cheshire East, the collection of records from across the modern counties of Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside has been one of the largest on the website. North West England is one of nine official regions of the country.

For anyone who has missed all the updates on collections from these areas, or if you just need to be clear on what is now available to search online, below is the full list.

Boundary changes
Be aware that the modern counties have only existed in their current form since 1974. In that year boundary changes created the metropolitan counties of Merseyside (including Liverpool) and Greater Manchester (including the city of Manchester). The northern part of the county (including Furness and Cartmel) was transferred to the newly-formed county of Cumbria. Also in 1974, Cumbria was created out of the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.

North West England region (c. Wikipedia)
Cheshire
Cheshire East Borough Council was established in 2009 from the former boroughs of Macclesfield, Congleton, and Crewe and Nantwich. Cheshire East is bordered by Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south and Cheshire West on its western border. 

Coppenhall Cemetery, Cheshire
Cheshire East Collection  (in partnership with Chester East Council/Orbitas Bereavement Services)
• Congleton Cemetery – 500 records from 2004 to 2015
• Coppenhall Cemetery - 10,400 records from 1861 to 2015
• Crewe Cemetery - 51,750 records from 1872 to 2016
• Nantwich Cemetery - 11,150 records from 1870 to 2015 *
• Sandbach Cemetery - 3,950 records from 1935 to 2015
• Weston Cemetery - 1,150 records from 1908 to 2015
• Crewe Crematorium - 52,100 records from 1954 to 2009 

The records comprise digital scans of all grave registers or cremation indexes and grave details for each of the graves and their occupants.
* Note that there is an historic lack of accuracy in some of the original register entries of older records in Nantwich cemetery.

Records for the Macclesfield area have been digitised and will be released later in the year.
The cemeteries are:
• Alderley Edge Cemetery – 4,000 records from 1906 to 2015
• Knutsford Cemetery – 7,200 records from 1902 to 2015
• Macclesfield Cemetery – 62,000 records from 1866 to 2015
• Meadowbrook Cemetery – 500 records from 2006 to 2015
• Wilmslow Cemetery – 6,600 records from 1907 to 2015

• Macclesfield Crematorium – 64,000 records from 1960 to 1997

Lancashire
The full list of the Lancashire Collections is as follows:

Wyre Council Collection (in partnership with Wyre Council)
  • Fleetwood Cemetery, Beach Road, Fleetwood, opened 1841 (nearly 27,000 burials)
  • Poulton New Cemetery, Garstang Road, Poulton le Fylde, opened 1929 (2,552 burials)
  • Poulton Old Cemetery, Moorland Road, Poulton le Fylde, opened 1895 (3,660 burials)
  • Preesall Cemetery, Cemetery Lane, Preesall, opened 1856 (3,000+ burials)
This collection includes full burial register scans, grave details showing all occupants in each grave, and maps indicating the section in cemeteries for all graves.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Collection (digitized in partnership with Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council)
  • Blackburn Cemetery (aka Whalley New Road): 1859 - 1997 
  • Darwen Cemetery: 1861 - 1998
  • Pleasington Cemetery: 1969 - 2001 
  • Pleasington Crematorium: 1957 - 2003
Blackburn and Darwen's records includes scans of the burial registers, details of those buried in each grave, and some also have detailed sections maps showing locations of the graves. The total number of individuals recorded in the three cemeteries' burial registers is over 276,000, and there are details of more than 63,000 cremations.
Lancashire (The National Archives)
Bethesda Congregational Churchyard, BlackpoolLancashireNorth West1844 to 1917
Congregational Church, SouthportLancashireNorth West1828 to 1885
Mount Street Burial Ground, BlackburnLancashireNorth West1813 to 1867
Old Church of St John, BuryLancashireNorth West1753 to 1880
Preston St Paul Churchyard, PrestonLancashireNorth West1810 to 1951
Redundant Church of St Johns, Silverdale, BlackburnLancashireNorth West1838 to 1915
Salford Northern Cemetery, SalfordLancashireNorth West1904 to 1973
St Bartholomew (Ewood), BlackburnLancashireNorth West1958 to 2003

These three sets of records were digitised in partnership witThe National Archives (TNA) and come from the collection RG37 which comprises records from over 200 cemeteries across many parts of England and Wales. They are the digital scan of original transcriptions, recorded over the period 1923-2007, from local authorities and Church Commissioners relating to burial ground removals. The lists above records each site by location and title, followed by the years covered by inscriptions on tombs and gravestones. The details of each record vary in content and range. 

Cumbria
Church of Holy Trinity, MardaleCumbriaNorth West1750 to 1915

Greater Manchester
Trafford Council Collection (in partnership with Trafford Council)
  • Dunham Lawn Cemetery
  • Hale Cemetery (Altrincham)
  • Sale Cemetery
  • Stretford Cemetery
  • Urmston Cemetery
  • Altrincham Crematorium
These records include burial register scans with up to 48 entries per scanned page, grave details providing information on all those buried in the grave as well as the grave reference and cemetery maps showing the section where the grave is located.

Bolton Council Collection (in partnership with Bolton Council)
  • Astley Bridge Cemetery, opened 1884
  • Blackrod Cemetery, opened 1887
  • Farnworth Cemetery, opened 1876
  • Heaton Cemetery, opened 1879
  • Horwich (Ridgemont) Cemetery, opened 1928
  • Tonge Cemetery, opened 1856
  • Westhaughton Cemetery, opened 1858
  • Overdale Crematorium, opened 1954
This collection includes burial records, register scans, and detailed maps of grave locations.
Manchester and Lancashire FHS Collection/Bolton Monumental Inscription Records (in partnership with Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society)
  • St Peter, Belmont
  • St Katherine, Blackrod
  • St Peter, Bolton Le Moor
  • St Stephen, Lever Bridge
  • Emmanuel. Bolton
  • St Paul, Astley Bridge, Bolton
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Fletcher Street, Bolton
  •  Christ Church, Walmsley
  • Unitarian Chapel, Walmsley
  • Old Chapel, Walmsley
  • St James, Breightmet
  • St Maxentius, Bradshaw
  • St Mary Deane (Old and New)
  • St Michael, Bolton
  • St John, Farnworth
  • St Paul, Halliwell
  • Holy Trinity, Horwich
  • Lea Lane Chapel, Horwich
  • Congregational United Reform, Little Lever
  • St Bartholomew, Westhoughton

Greater Manchester (The National Archives)
Ardwick Cemetery, ArdwickGreater ManchesterNorth West1750 to 1963
Burial Ground of St James Church, Birch in RusholmeGreater ManchesterNorth West1681 to 1980
Chorlton Green Graveyard, Chorlton-cum-HardyGreater ManchesterNorth West1708 to 1963
Dob Lane Chapel, FailsworthGreater ManchesterNorth West 
Platt Chapel Graveyard, RusholmeGreater ManchesterNorth West1746 to 1885
Rusholme Road Cemetery, Chorlton Upon MedlockGreater ManchesterNorth West1806 to 1949
Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-cum-HardyGreater ManchesterNorth West1868 to 1917
St Marys Graveyard, LeighGreater ManchesterNorth West1770 to 1965
St Peters Church Yard, OldhamGreater ManchesterNorth West1768 to 1876
Weaste Cemetery, City of SalfordGreater ManchesterNorth West1508 to 1969

Merseyside
Merseyside (The National Archives)
Christ Church Burial Ground, Hunter St, LiverpoolMerseysideNorth West1784 to 1877
Holy Trinity Churchyard, St Anne St, LiverpoolMerseysideNorth West1790 to 1887
St James Cemetery, LiverpoolMerseysideNorth West1756 to 1926
Wallasey Cemetery, WallaseyMerseysideNorth West1892 to 1955

Do you have ancestors from the North West England? Please do let us know about anyone you have found in the Deceased Online collections! We love to hear from you, either in the Comments Box below or on our Facebook and Twitter platforms.

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