The History Centre has a comprehensive collection of microfilmed local church registers of all types and being a film of the original you may see your ancestors handwriting. An A4 print from the film costs under £1. See their catalogue for details of the church records held. Click here You can use, without charge, the Ancestry and Find My Past websites in The History Centre and Ancestry in local libraries. History Centre staff are happy to give general genealogy advice or advise how to take best advantage of their vast collections. See the Address Page for full contact details.
Bolton Archives and Local Studies service have overseen a project to create and develop a database recording all of Bolton’s war dead, and as much information as available about the service of those who survived. With information from war memorials, books of remembrance, rolls of honour, local newspapers and official records. Click here
The Registrars will allow you to search their paper indexes prior to ordering a certificate but using the Lancashire BMD website is usually the better option. See the Address Page for the full contact details.
Bolton Cemeteries and Crematorium
There are seven cemeteries and one crematorium in Bolton.
Astley Bridge Cemetery, opened October 1884
Blackrod Cemetery, opened January 1887
Farnworth Cemetery, opened February 1876
Heaton Cemetery, opened December 1879
Horwich [Ridgemont] Cemetery, opened March 1928
Tonge [Bolton] Cemetery, opened 31st December 1856
Westhoughton Cemetery, opened May 1858
Overdale Crematorium, opened 11th October 1954
Deceased on Line
The Bolton Municipal Cemeteries and Crematoria records are available at Deceased on Line but there is a charge for the full details.Click here For most interments much the same information is available on microfilm in The History Centre for free. Bolton MI's are available in the MLFHS Members Area database collection. The DonL website has detailed cemetery plans available. The headstones in the cemeteries often have the plot number engraved on the back which helps in establishing precisely where you are within the plots.
www.findagrave.com may have a photograph of a relevant gravestone.
The FreeBMD website has post-1837 birth, marriage and death register details for all of England & Wales.Click here
The huge collection of records that is Family Search includes some photographs of Bolton Parish Registers as well as the usual type of search results.
There is good coverage of the churches in the Bolton-le-Moors and Deane parishes.Click here or Click here Use the slide bar on the right to find more churches in this slightly odd listing.
Lancashire Births, Marriages & Deaths
The indexes to the Birth, Marriage and Death Registers that are held by the Bolton Registrars are being added to this website.
Marriages from 1st July 1837 to 31st December 1992 are complete whilst birth and death records are still being added. See the website for the current coverage.Click here
The records that are available are dependent upon the districts and the churches.You may find details of the baptisms, banns, marriages, burial registers and you will often find a church history.
There may also be details of other events, e.g. the Pretoria Pit Disaster under the heading Westhoughton, school admissions, Sunning Hill School under Daubhill and under St. Mark's, Great Bolton, there is a link to St. Mark's school records and much more.
As more is constantly being added check the website for current coverage.Click here
Bolton relevant data can also be found via the main MLFHS home page at Online Data / Members Area / Main Menu / Bolton document collection. Bolton Memorial Inscriptions are included in Online Data / Members Area / Main menu / Databases / Index to Memorial Inscriptions. It may take several seconds for the data to appear after you have submitted your search.
Information is available about the graveyard at St Peter's Halliwell, including a location plan, and help on how to do a burial search using their online search facility. Click here