The existing church of St Michael in Farnley is comparativelynew, though built on the site of older chapels. Baptisms and burials were
carried out here from an early period; some memorial stones in the church
yard date back to the 17th century. Known records date back to 1624.
Earlier records appear to be with Leeds Parish registers and the earliest
independent Farnley Baptisms appear to be loose pages at the back of the register
that started in 1794. These loose pages cover 1790-1793 and are so faded that
the dates are invisible, though the names have been re-inked. The entries
with missing dates can be found on the IGI.
In the early 1960's, some entries for St James in New Farnley and St Pauls in New Blackpool are entered in the St Michaels register, sometimes duplicating entries that appear in the other churches own registers.