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Several members of the Royton Local History Society have formed a specific group devoted to researching their family backgrounds.

The group is headed by Philip Ellis who has considerable experience in this interesting and absorbing field.

This page has been compiled to help those wishing to research their family members who have lived in Royton.

Archives and Libraries

    Local studies information is held at Oldham Library.

Local Newspapers

    The Oldham Evening Chronicle is a good source for lots of other information.
    They have a very comprehensive local organisations links page.


    Cemetery Rd, Cemetery
    St Paul, Church St, Church of England (Graveyard no longer exists apart from 19 specific gravestones laid out in a line on the  southern side of the Church
    Turf Lane, Society of Friends, Heyside


    Details about the census records, and indexes for Royton.


PRO piece

LDS film

Indexes, transcripts etc.








A surname index (Vol 48) has been produced by the Manchester & Lancashire FHS.












Indexes, and transcriptions can be found in the Lancashire section of the fiche produced by the 1881 census project and on the CD available from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.








Can be accessed online at the National Archives

Church Records

    Oldham Road, Baptist
    St Mark, Perth St, Church of England, Heyside
    All Saints, Rochdale Lane, Church of England
    St Anne, St Anne's Ave, Longsight, Church of England
    St Paul, Church St, Church of England
    Hebron St, Congregational, Heyside
    Middleton Rd, Congregational
    Independent Methodist
    St John, Market Street, Methodist
    Trinity, Radcliffe St, Methodist
    Bethesda, Rochdale Rd, Particular Baptist
    Oldham Road, Primitive Methodist
    Zion, Fir Lane, Primitive Methodist
    St Aidan and St Oswald, Vaughan Street, Roman Catholic
    Spring Garden St, Salvation Army
    Turf Lane, Society of Friends, Heyside
    Shaw Rd, United Methodist Free Church, Higginshaw
    Edge Lane Road formerly Lawson St, Wesleyan Methodist, Higginshaw
    Manchester Rd, Wesleyan Methodist, Luzley Brook
    St John, Chapel St, Wesleyan Methodist

        N.B. Some of the Churches listed above no longer exist.

Registration Records

    The Register Office covering the Royton area is Oldham.

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Royton was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.

Phil has also compiled a list of useful web sites that he has found very useful.
If you know of any others please let Phil know and he will add them to the list.
A subscription only site containing almost everything under one roof plus links to other sites. Available free at any library in the Oldham group as
A list of birth, marriage & death certificates transcribed onto the web from Government originals by a group of volunteers.
It is incomplete and may contain errors but a very useful start for b.m.d. from 1837 to 2000 +
A similar homepage link to the government website. It's enormous !!!! It also links to the 1901 census.
but    will take you straight there

To search for misc. websites relating to your family name, use any search engine you have available and enter either:    name      or     "name family history"
A personal web site with a local flavour

Some other web sites - no comments as I have not used them for some time. uk

If you know of any other sites that might be useful or would like any help please email Phil at