Principal Sources

Lancashire Parish Church Records

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Liverpool Muster Rolls

Liverpool Ship Registers

Liverpool Street Directories

Liverpool Vestry Books

Henry Peet, ed., Liverpool Vestry Books, 1681–1834, 2 vols. (Liverpool, 1912).

Lloyd’s Register of Shipping


Billinge’s Liverpool Advertiser
Gore’s Liverpool General Advertiser
Liverpool Chronicle
Lloyd’s Lists
London Gazette
Manchester Mercury
Williamson’s General Advertiser

Occupation Codes

Marco H. D. van Leeuwen, Ineke Maas and Andrew Miles, HISCO: Historical International Standard Classification of Occupations (Leuven, 2002)

Plantation Registers

David Richardson, Kathy Beedham and M. M. Schofield, ‘Liverpool Shipping and Trade, 1744–1786: A Computerised Edition of the Liverpool Plantation Registers’ [1992]


Indexes to will and administrations proved in the Consistory Court of Chester
Probate Act Books, Lancashire and Cheshire
Original wills proved in the Consistory Court of Chester