The Kay Family Association UK

Lancashire before 1800

The information in this map is derived from our Parish Register Database, and groups the results into the original (pre-1837) parishes; given the wild variations in spelling at the time, no attempt has been made to analyse a breakdown of different names. Hover over a parish to see the proportion of the total that were living there. If you are using a device with a touch-sensitive screen, you can also touch the parish to show the information. Note that:

  • The figures shown for detached areas of a parish are for the whole parish, not just for that area.
  • The figure shown in square brackets after the parish name is the number of registers that have been covered.

What you see when the page is first displayed is the number of birth, death and marriages we have from before 1800. Under the Key box, there are two check boxes that allow you to focus in on the 17th or the 18th century. Although we’ve tried to cover as many registers as we could, some registers just haven’t survived so we may have patchy coverage in some areas for the early part of the 17th century – the numbers have been adjusted to allow for this.

Some parishes were bigger than others which would affect the number of Kays we’ve found. Use the check box provided to show the figures adjusted for the area of the parish. It’s a bit arbitrary, but gives an idea of ‘Kays per square mile’.

As with the map of England and Wales, you can use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the Key box to change the weights given to numbers, and overcome what can only be described as the ‘Bury effect’ that you can see here. For more detail on Bury, click here.

Boundaries based on data from the Lancashire Archives
17th century
18th century
Adjust for area