This is a list of publications and online resources that I’ve found particularly useful in my research. If there are any other resources that you’ve found useful in your research that you think would be appropriate to list here, please let me know and I’ll add them.



A History of Newton-le-Willows

John Henry Lane published his two-volume history in 1914 and 1916. This abridged version of 63 pages was published in booklet form in 1992 by Peter Riley. (ISBN 1 874712 01 8).

A History of Widnes

An in-depth account of the development of Widnes from the earliest evidence of settlement until 1961, the year of publication. 192 pages; 6 illustrations. By George E. Diggle, published by the Corporation of Widnes.

Widnes Through the Ages

A richly-illustrated update on Diggle’s history with an extensive bibliography that draws on material that wasn’t avaliable at the time the earlier account was written. 284 pages. Arthur Whimperley 1991, published by Halton Borough Council.

A History of Warrington

Warrington’s past is brought to life in Alan Crosby’s engaging and superbly illustrated history. 189 pages. Alan Crosby, 2002, published by Phillimore. (ISBN 1 86077 222 6).



Lancashire Parish Register Society

Rootsweb HOUGHTON surname list HOUGHTON surname list

Charles Vella’s Houghton Surname Project

Steven Dowd’s Newton-le-Willows site

Liverpool & SW Lancs Family History Society

The Old Mersey Times website

Old Liverpool website

Lancashire resources at GENUKI

Cheshire resources at GENUKI

Search for Births, Marriages and Deaths in Lancashire

Search for Births, Marriages and Deaths in Cheshire

Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project

Toxteth Park Cemetery burials

Cheshire Tithe Maps Digital Archive

Martin Ruston’s Rushton Spencer local and family history website

University of Leicester’s Historical Directories of England & Wales