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The aim of this section is to gather as much genealogical information as possible on families connected with the town, however distant, so if you would like a link to your own site, a list of the names you are researching put here, a plea for help posted or to have your work made available on this site to assist others please get in touch.
Many thanks to the people who have donated material already but we always want more so that the site will grow into a truly useful source of information / reference for anyone researching families in or from Rishton.

Ask not what this site can do for you - ask what you can do for this site.

I have broke this section up in several ways -

  • Church Records. Found in the Churches section of the site, these include any birth records, death records, cemetery records, and marriage records that I have so far.
  • Census Records. All the census records together in one place for Rishton only. Found under Censuses.
  • Directory Listings. These include any directories that have been complied about Rishton, including Barrett's, Manex, and Kelly Directories. These are found under the Directories Section of the site.
  • Immigration Records. I have included these in the Census section of the Website

I hope these help you find your way around the site, see the rest of this page for more help.

External Internet Sites.

A list of other helpful Genealogy websites is available by following this link. These can help you find information which you may be looking for such as censuses.

Family Genealogy Sites

Want to include your families website? A full list of submitted sites related to Rishton families can be found here. If you would like to include your own web site please contact me.

Rishton Family's which are stored on this web site can be found here.

Other Documentation.

The will of Jeffray Taylor 1776.

The meaning of Paul, and My Birth Date.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Genealogy, compiled by Barbara Youds of the Great Harwood Family History Yahoo Group.

The People and Families Listings.

These are people who have either been born in Rishton, or have done something for Rishton, making it into the town we love so much today….. in no particular order!

  Joe Duckworth - Football Goalkeeper.
Kiera Haworth - European Disco Dancing Queen. 
John Peters John Peters - Clogmaker The last clog maker in Hyndburn.
George Clarke-Brickmaker Started the ball rolling by helping to build Rishton’s biggest mill. George Clarke & Family
George Thomlinson George Thomlinson Former Minister of Education, born in Rishton.
Harry Allan-Hangman The last working Hangman lived in Rishton. Harry Allen
Thomas Counsell Thomas Counsell Local Photographer.
William Coleman Local coal merchant and hauler. 
Paul Wilkinson Paul Wilkinson-Web Author Creator of this web site
Edward Holditch Competition winner with a brass band. 
  Joseph Baron Lancashire Dialect Poet.
Jackie Chew Former Burnley Football Player. 
 David Hill Rishton resident
Jon Anderson Former Yes songwriter, and partner to Vangelis. 
  Anna Newell Netball Player
Sydney Barnes Cricketer Sydney Barnes
John Bray John Bray Bury Footballer 1965 – 66 season
Gerry Newton Former Rishton Street Sweeper. Gerry Newton
  Stacey Holdsworth local swimmer.
Thomas Brierley Rag N Bone chap. 
 Elizium Local rock group.
Derek Barden Local Engineer based in Daisy Hill Mill. 
  Rennie Simpson Former Anglican priest.
Father John Aukes First Vicar and founder of Saint Charles Church. 
H. H, Cormack H. H. Cormack One of the first authors of a book about the history of Rishton.
Martin Dobson One time Burnley and Everton footballer, and played for England under Sir Alf Ramsey Martin Dobson
  Fred Fielding from Clayton, murderer.
Sir Douglas Hacking major politician from Accrington who started his political career at Rishton. Hacking
  John William Banks was the Chairman of Rishton Urban District Council for many years.
Thomas Lancaster, lived in Rishton and played cricket for Enfield and Lancashire.  
Sir Ernest Marsden Ernest Marsden born on Hermitage Street, he went on to discover the nucleus of the atom.
William Gornell, born in Darwen and Ordained in Rishton, read about him here.  
  Father William Crook.
  Vinny Hammerton
Eric George Lucas, former coalman and milkman. 
  Walter Barnes Local coach driver.
Ivy Heys, Hyndburn's oldest citizen 
  Edward Rishton Priest from the Dunkenhalgh family in 1500.
Jim Hargreaves, awarded the MBE in 2003.  
  Jenni Wainwright, lost a friend, and meet the Prince of Wales.
Robert Walsh, from nothing to owning half of Rishton, Bob Walsh became one of Rishton 1st Millionaires.  
  Chung Lee Soo, famous Chinese Conqueror born in Rishton.
John Harper, born at the Dunkenhalgh, he went on to become a famed architect.  
  Eric Easton, The first manager of the Rolling Stones rock group, born in Rishton of course!
Claire Hamilton, youngest councillor in the Country at the time of her appointment to office.  
  Eartha Kitt Actress
Vincent Carter, solider who died in WW1.  
  William Whittaker - Poet.
Joseph Hodgson - Rishton Poet