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It stands on the Mersey, and by its position, and wealth, has become the second port in the kingdom. It is, on the whole, a very handsome and commodious town; and the public buildings are numerous, and highly ornamental to it. The churches, the municipal edifices, the custom-house, the exchange, the charitable institutions, the markets, and the theatres, seem to have been constructed for the gratification of taste, as well as for their various and peculiar uses. But the docks are the most remarkable feature of the town; and the construction of them has enabled it to take its distinguished position in the commerce of the world. Its inland trade is aided by the rivers Irwell and Weaver, by the canals, and by the railroads, which converge there. It is 206 miles from London. Population, 286,487.

(From Barclay's Complete and Universal Dictionary of 1842.)

Archives and Libraries

Liverpool Record Office
City Libraries,
William Brown Street,
L3 8EW
Tel: 0151 233 5817


Liverpool Cemeteries Office (North)
The Lodge
Priory Road
Liverpool 4

Mike Faulkner is building a searchable database of St James Cemetery.


Details about the census records, and indexes for Liverpool.

Residents of the Liverpool Sheltering Home taken from the 1891 census.

Church History

Caryl Williams has produced a list of Liverpool churches with details of when they were founded.

A listing of churches in 1902, taken from Gores Directory.

Church Records

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Liverpool area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

There is a list detailing records of Catholic Churches in Liverpool.

The names of the Brides and Grooms extracted from the parish register of St.Mary's, Kirkdale, Liverpool, 1874-1883, as filmed by the LDS, on film #1545938.

Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Liverpool area is Liverpool.

Description and Travel

Some pictures of Liverpool.

Information about the Canning area of the city.

You can see pictures of Liverpool which are provided by:



Ask for the gazetteer for a calculation of the distance from Liverpool to another place.


ENG-LIVERPOOL is a mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the City of Liverpool, and surrounding areas.

Historical Geography


A description of Liverpool in times past.

Local history from Mike Royden.


View maps of Liverpool and places within its boundaries.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ343906 (Lat/Lon: 53.408098, -2.989805), Liverpool which are provided by:

Military History

The Liverpool Scottish Regiment.

Military Records

Regimental HQ
Liverpool Kings Regiment
Derby Square


Caryl Williams has provided a number of items culled from Liverpool Mercury newspapers dated 1811-1943.

Various Merseyside newspaper extracts.


LIVERPOOL PHOTOGRAPHERS. A database of Liverpool, England photo studios, to help you date photographs taken in this area.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

The 19th Century Poor Law in Liverpool and its Hinterland: Towards the Origins of the Workhouse Infirmary.

The Workhouse site has an interesting description of Liverpool workhouse.

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Liverpool 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.


Information about Liverpool schools.


Liverpool & SW Lancs FHS are the society covering the Liverpool area.

You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.

Town Records

Voting Registers

Liverpool Poll Book 1832.