Records and Registers

Are you trying to trace an ancestor? Trying to conduct research into your family's history? Or just interested in genealogy?

This web page may be able to help you.

Note that most of our records and registers relate to the parish - a specific geographical area within Oldham. Click here for a map of the parish

Note that some of these registers have now been digitized. Click here to search them at

Where are records held?

St. Paul's Church:

Entries from the following registers are held in St. Paul's Church.

Baptism Registers:1966 to present
Marriage Registers:1971 to 2021
Confirmation Registers:1967 to present

Manchester Central Library:

From the church's consecration on 26 May 1880, varied information is held in Manchester City Council Archives and Local History.

Baptism Registers:1877-1966
Marriage Registers:1880-1971
Confirmation Registers:1904-1906, 1943-1967
Preachers' Books & Registers of Services:1880-1996
Correspondence and papers about the formation
of the parish and application for a school
Parish magazines:1960-1975
Orders of service:1958-2014
History of St Paul's Church Oldham:1980
Churchwardens Accounts:1909-1933
Specification of the different works required in the erection of a Church:1878
Building Fund Subscriptions:1877-1886
Agreement for sale and purchase of organ:1886
Vestry Minutes:1900-1918
Parochial Church Council Minutes:1948-1977
Minutes of Thursday Group:1988-2006
School Minutes:1880-1949
Sunday School Accounts:1922-1925

(This is cut and pasted from the listing at Greater Manchester Lives .)

Oldham Local Studies and Archives: Parish Records

Baptism Registers:1877-1919
Marriage Registers:1897-present

(This is cut and pasted from the listing at Oldham Council Local Studies and Archives .)

Other Sources

If the person you are researching was a prominent member of the church, then it is possible that they are mentioned in reports of events, minutes of meetings etc.

More recent records are likely to be found in the Church itself.

War Memorial

The church has a War Memorial . Follow the link to find photographs of the names on it.


Please Contact the church to make an appointment or enquiry.

Please ensure that you have read the above information before making an enquiry.

If your enquiry relates to a more recent date, you will need to give the approximate date of a wedding or baptism.


The fee for a copy of a Baptism Certificate is £18 (2024). From May 2021, Church of England Parishes are no longer allowed to issue Marriage Certificates. Instead you must apply to Oldham Council Registrar.

All fees are set nationally by the Church of England.