Today we launched online the Liverpool Catholic Registers, 1750-1900 and the Liverpool Church of England Parish Registers, 1659-1974; both of which are vital resources for anyone researching their Merseyside roots before Civil Registration in 1837.
Parish records are fantastic surrogate for BMD records, so these will be of monumental importance for anyone with Liverpudlian ancestors.
The importance of the records stretches beyond the Mersey, and through to Ireland. In fact, Liverpool has the strongest Irish heritage of any English city according to recent research, with huge numbers of Irish immigrants arriving in the city during the 1800s en route to North America. Then in the 1840s these numbers grew due to the mass exodus that resulted from the Great Famine.
On a more personal note, I was excited to discover that the records include the grandparents of The Beatles, specifically Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
So whether you are from Liverpool yourself, have an ancestor from there, or are a simply a Beatles fan, this collection details 315 years of one of our major cities, which has a rich and varied history, so I urge you to click here and spend some time searching these vital records.
If you find an ancestor in these records, we would love to hear from you so please do share your discoveries with us here on this blog.