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CONFERENCE   4 October 2014

We are pleased to announce that our Annual Day Conference and AGM will be held at the Salford Diocesan Archives, St. Augustine’s Hall, Grosvenor Square, All Saints, Manchester M15 6BW on Saturday October 4th 2014. This is the same venue as last year as it proved a most convenient and comfortable location. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new.

The two main speakers this year are:

A Family History Help Desk will be available at lunch-time and late afternoon. Please use this to ask any questions of our researchers to help your investigations and bring along any documents and materials that you would like to discuss.

The cost £15.00 (including lunch & all refreshments)

Tickets are available by post from:

Mrs J M Smith
10 Irving Close

Cheques payable to Catholic FHS please. You may also pay on the door but please let us know by email if you are intending to do this.


Saturday May 3 2014

The Catholic Childrens Rescue Society’s role in the field of adoption (Salford Diocese)

Speaker: Sister Philomena FSJM Venue: Salford Diocesan Archives, St Augustine’s Hall, Grosvenor Square, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BW

Saturday July 12 2014 11:30 am

Guided Tour of the new Local Studies Unit in Manchester Central Library followed by lunch and a guided walk around Manchester Catholic sites led by Pauline Lloyd

Saturday Nov 8 2014

The Tyldesley Family in the 17th and 18th centuries &em;–what can we learn from the Index of Nuns Project?

Speaker: Peter Tyldesley Venue: County Hall, Fishergate, Preston, PR1 8XT

All meetings start at 2 pm unless otherwise stated. Visitors welcome. Further information and travelling directions from the Meetings Organiser: Maureen Fitzgibbon Tel: 0161 903 9567 or email


The local and specialist contact for this area is Margaret Bowery, you may contact her through


JOURNAL CONTENTS can be found here.

Back issues of journals and Occasional Publications are available from -

Mrs Skelton
22 Cawston Way,
CV22 7NR

Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope (A5 size).
Back numbers of the journal are priced at £2.00 each inc p+p.

Please make cheques payable to Catholic Family History Society.
Non-UK:  Please send equivalent sum in own currency if more convenient.


All of our CD-ROMs and printed publications can be ordered on-line by using a credit card  here.

Manchester, St Anne - Baptisms 1848 - 1874
St Anne, Junction St, Ancoats, was founded in 1848. Approximately 9,000 entries with about 40,000 names in all, including godparents. Contains both a transcript and scanned copies of the original baptism register All names in the register are fully indexed.

Manchester, St Patrick's - Baptisms 1832-1860.
Founded in 1832 to cater for the huge intake of Irish people into Manchester St Patrick's Livesey Street quickly became Manchester's largest RC parish numerically with more than 1,000 baptisms in some years. This CD-ROM contains scanned copies of the original baptism register for the period 2 Mar 1832 to 30 Dec 1960. The index contains 26,093 entries in the form; child's surname, child's Christian name, mother's maiden surname, date of baptism, register page number,and image number.

Lancashire Catholic Wills 1492 - 1894
This is a valuable finding aid for those researchers with Catholic ancestors in Lancashire. It contains names which appear in the wills of persons reputed to be Catholics. Over 4,000 wills are included and the Index shows the names of nearly 50,000 testators, beneficiaries, family members and witnesses. In addition, wherever possible, the reputed Roman Catholic status of the testators and others has been confirmed by reference to other sources such as parish registers and Returns of Papists, which are also noted in the Index.

Lancashire Registers Volume 1 (CD-ROM)

The Roman Catholic Register of Wrightington Hall (later St Joseph's) and The Registers of Standish Hall (later St Marie's). Wrightington and Standish are two Lancashire villages about 2 miles apart, in a county which was perhaps the centre of English Catholicism following the Reformation and in which Bishop Leyburn confirmed 8,900 Catholics in 1687. Originally farming communities, they became more industrial during the development of the Lancashire coalfield. Wrightington Hall was the seat of the Dicconson family from the middle of the 17th century; it inherited the manor by marrying into the Wrightington family. Despite being predominantly Catholic the family managed to maintain its estates from the penal laws. As was often the case with Catholic gentry the hall chapel served the local Catholic community. The chapel continued in use until succeeded by St Joseph's in 1894. In a similar fashion Standish Hall became a centre for its local Catholic community. The original hall was probably built in the late 16th century but was rebuilt with a larger chapel in the mid 18th century, which continued in public use until 1884. The mission was succeeded by the church of St Marie of the Annunciation.

Manchester St. Patrick's, Livesey Street - Baptism Register 1832-1860 (CD-ROM)

St. Patrick's was founded in 1832 to cater for the huge intake of Irish people into Manchester. It quickly became Manchester's largest Roman Catholic parish numerically with more than 1,000 baptisms in some years.The CD-ROM contains scanned copies of the original baptism register for the period 2 Mar 1832 to 30 Dec 1860. The index contains over 26,000 entries in the form child's surname, Christian name, mother's maiden surname, date of baptism, register page number, and image number.

Manchester St. Mary's, Mulberry Street - Baptism Register 1820-1831 (CD-ROM)

St. Mary's is the oldest existing Catholic Church in Manchester and Salford. The Manchester Mission began in 1773, firstly in a room in Roman Entry (off High St.) and then from 1776 in St. Chad's Chapel, Rook St. (off Market St.) Opened in 1794 it has remained on the same site, as a functioning parish church to the present day. Baptismal Registers began in 1794. This CD-ROM contains scanned images of the second register and an index together with a short history of the parish and a catalogue extract giving references for the parish registers which are kept at Lancashire Records Office.

Manchester St. Patrick's, Livesey Street - Burial Register 1832 - 1858 (CD-ROM)

The plot on which St. Patrick's chapel was established in 1832 was big enough to include a sizeable graveyard. It soon became the focal point for the burial of Catholics over much of North Manchester, even as far afield as Openshaw. The period covered in this Index is from May 1832 to June 1858, when burials ceased. The entries total 27,094. As well as the name of the deceased and the date of burial, the cause of death and address are given in many entries. A considerable number of the deceased do not appear in the GRO Death Indexes, even as late as 1857.

The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London 1772 - 1841 (CD-ROM)

This CD-ROM contains transcriptions with indexes of 12 baptismal registers from the Sardinian Chapel in Lincoln's Inn Fields from 1772 to 1841. This mission has been rightly termed 'the Mother Church of the Catholic faith in the Archdiocese of Westminster'. In total the indexes contain over 60,000 names.

Miscellaneous London District Transcriptions - Volume 1 (CD-ROM)

This CD-ROM contains scans of 27 indexed transcriptions of Catholic parish registers from churches, chapels and missions in the County of Middlesex. All were located in the ecclesiastical division known as the London District until 1850, and thereafter that part of the London District which fell within the Archdiocese of Westminster following the reorganisation of 1850.

Miscellaneous London District Transcriptions - Volume 2 (CD-ROM)

This CD complements Volume 1 with scans of a further 23 indexed transcriptions of Catholic parish registers from churches, chapels and missions in the ecclesiastical division known as the London District until 1850. The registers on this CD cover:

Registers of the French Chapel Royal

This CD provides the following records of the French Chapel Royal, King St., Portman Sq., London.

Records largely relate to French emigrés and their subsequent families. Baptisms are recorded from a number of Hampshire locations as well as in London. The earlier burials are almost all at St Helier, Isle of Jersey, and Winchester, as are many marriages, while those of 1813-14 are at Lymington. Much genealogical data beyond that normally found in such registers is provided. The originals of these registers are held in the French National Archives at Nantes. A filmstrip copy was given to the Archivist of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese, and this was lodged for safekeeping and for wider access at the Portsmouth City Archives, located at the Portsmouth History Centre. References are provided to enable copies from the filmstrip to be obtained. The transcriptions are provided in both date and surname order, in searchable PDF formats.


Catholic Missions and Registers to 1880

Bibliographies for Catholic Family History;

Kelly's English Catholic Missions

The above basic works are available from Michael Gandy, but please note that these are not CFHS publications.

Michael Gandy
140 Hampden Way
London   N14 5AX

Please send s.a.e. for details.


The Catholic Familiy History Society has deposited many transcripts of Mission Registers there. These are on open access at the Catholic National Library at Farnborough Abbey. The library and our collection are free, but we would appreciate a donation to Catholic National Library for giving us this help. The library has most of the other classic works for post-Reformation Catholic history in England, Scotland and Wales. The list of registers is available here.


This is an index of approximately 14,000 nuns who were in the English Province of their Order. It is arranged alphabetically by the surname of each nun and usually gives date of birth, names of parents, religious name, dates of profession, date and place of death and name of Order. Request as for the census index above; there is no charge for this.

The records are being updated to incorporate all additions since 1996 and the updated index will then be published. This is a long term project and there is no planned date at the moment.



The current subscription rate is £15.00 per year, with an extra £2.00 for each additional member at the same address (one copy of the Journal). The subscription for overseas members is £20.00 per year (please pay in Sterling cheque or International Money Order).

The subscription years starts on the 1st January. New members joining during one year receive all the issues of the Journal for that year, so should renew their subscription the following 1st January.

Membership of the Society entitles you to attend any of the meetings organised by the Catholic FHS (though a small entrance fee is usually charged), receive copies of 'Catholic Ancestor', have your research interests listed and generally join in the activities of the Society.

Membership can be purchased on-line by using a credit card  here.

Membership forms are also available from the Membership Secretary or by using the link below:

Mrs KM Black
14 Sydney Road

Printable Application Form (PDF file)

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