St Andrew's and Family History
Like most English churches St Andrew's often receives requests for information from people researching their family trees.
Before the introduction of birth, marriage, and death certificates in 1837, the local registers of baptism, marriages, and burials were the main evidence of people's existence. However, we must point out that St Andrew's was only built in 1879, so our registers of baptisms and marriages date only from then, and do not extend back before the time of the civil registration of births, deaths and marriages. Furthermore, as St Andrew's does not have a graveyard we have no records of burials at all. Therefore it is important to note that family records from St Andrew's consist solely of baptism and marriage registers, and only date from 1879 onwards.
Baptism registers from before 28th July 1946 and marriage registers from before 20th March 1948 are no longer in possession of the church. These are now held at the Central Library in Manchester whose contact details are as follows:
St Peters Square
Tel: 0161 234 1983 or for Archives & special collections: 0161 234 1979
Email: email@example.com or for Archives & special collections: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, St Andrew's Marriage registers from 1880 to 1948 may be viewed online at this free website
Baptism registers from 28th July 1946 and marriage registers from 20th March 1948 onwards are still available through the church. The registers are not indexed, and research can therefore be quite time consuming. Please note that by law we are obliged to charge a fee for carrying out a search of the baptism or marriage registers on your behalf.
Before contacting us on these matters it may be helpful to consider the following:
Eccles is part of the City of Salford which is one of the 10 boroughs which together form the County of Greater Manchester. There is little point in carrying out a search based on the belief that a family might have come from somewhere in Greater Manchester or Salford. To put things into perspective, both areas are densely populated; Salford currently has a population of over 200,000, and Greater Manchester a population of over two and a half million. Furthermore St Andrew's is one of four Anglican churches within Eccles, all covering different parishes. We generally advise people that there is really only any point in undertaking searches with us if you have good reason to believe that a family member was baptised or married at St Andrew's, or that they definitely lived in the St Andrew's parish. Ideally you would need to know roughly the year of baptism or marriage too.
Should you have good evidence of a link to St Andrew's before the relevant dates, and you wish to pursue a search of the registers held at St Andrew's, then please contact us.
The following organisations may also be of use to you if you are researching an Eccles family:
Salford Local History Library,
(which holds local newspapers and census records for the Salford area, including Eccles)
Salford Museum and Art Gallery,
Tel: 0161 778 0814
Salford Register Office,
(which holds Birth. Marriage and Death Certificates for Salford including Eccles)
Tel: 0161 - 909 6501
You can read a brief history of the church here.
You can take a quick online tour of the building here.
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