Find your ancestors in Liverpool baptisms

What can these records tell me?

While the amount of information available varies, most transcripts will include the following details about your ancestor.

  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Father’s first name(s)
  • Mother’s first name(s)
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Parish
  • Church

Discover more about these records

These records were provided by Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society, which was established in 1976. The church of record for these baptisms is St Anne, Richmond, which opened in 1772.

Since censuses and official birth, marriage, and death records only go back to 1837 when civil registration was instated, parish records are vital to researching your family history. The requirement for parish priests to maintain a weekly register of baptisms, marriages, and deaths began in 1538 following King Henry VIII's split from the Roman Catholic Church. A fine was put in place for failure to comply, and from 1733 onwards, entries had to be written in English instead of Latin.