Copies of the following Parish Registers are available at Clitheroe Library in the Reference Collection
1558 to 1812 on Micro Fiche
1558 to 1991 in book form
Please note The Library Staff, unfortunately do not have the resources to undertake searches of the registers, or other resources on your behalf . But are more than willing to provide help on using the resources within the Library.
Clitheroe Library has census returns for most of the Ribble Valley Borough area for the years;
1841 to 1891 on micro fiche
There are surname indexes available for the 1851 and 1871 censuses
The Ribble Valley branch of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society (LFHHS) has transcribed many of the Ribble Valley churchyards and the Clitheroe 'municipal Cemetery. The M.I.s are indexed by name and place and contain a plan of the churchyard and are an invaluable resource.
Clitheroe Library has all the first edition 6" to the mile Ordnance Survey maps, which were published in the early 1840s and all the first edition OS .25" to the mile maps published in the 1890s for the Ribble Valley Borough. The library also has many other early maps including some tithe maps.
Brian Stott of the LFHHS has indexed the wills from the Craven area which are held in the Borthwick Institute in York. If you find a name on the index, photocopies of the wills can be obtained from the Borthwick Institute.
The library has the "Clitheroe Advertiser & Times" from December 1888 to the present time and "The Clitheroe Borough Record" from 1926 to 1962 on microfilm.
The library has original and photocopied trade directories from the 1800s to the 1950s. If your ancestors had trades or professions, they can often be found in the trade directories.
To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book a microfilm or microfiche reader in advance of your visit if resources you want to use may be in these formats.Clitheroe Library Church Street Clitheroe, BB7 2DG Tel: (44) 01200 428788 Fax: (44) 01200 443203
You may be interested to link to some of my Gisburn genealogical webpages, mainly involving the Lancasters of the area.
My own Lancasters can be traced back to Colne, but we long suspected a link to Gisburn (hence my interest), which seems to be proven now both by DNA (I administer the Lancaster DNA project) and by some references I have found to early Methodism in the area.
Indeed, if anyone can help me learn more about sources available about early Methodists, this would be very helpful. I'd even be happy if someone could just point me in the direction of someone who might know more.
Lastly, a small point, concerning the origin of the name Paythorne, I notice your webpage on the subject focuses on the "n" spelling but the oldest spellings had Pa and Thorpe as the two components. I do not know what Pa means, but it is in several places around Gisburn (Nappa etc). Thorpe is of course a word for a village.
Researching mainly the Thornber and Cragg families in East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Summaries of Thornber family trees supplied by other researchers. A survey of the distribution of the name. Links to genealogy sites, in particular Lancashire and Yorkshire. Usefull research information including Topographical Notes: Bowland and Craven, Tips for Proving Ancestry, Select Bibliography: Pendle, Bowland & Craven, Churches and Chapels near Clitheroe and their Registers, Transcription of Chapel Registers, Glossary of Medical Terms used in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society have a wealth of local expertise and resources and are worth contacting and supporting if you are researching your family history.
Online Family Search Extensive searchable online databases.
Uk and Ireland Genealogy Information Service, contains many services geographical in organisation.
Extensive resource of links the most comprehensive directory of internet genealogy