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  • Search over 3.3 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 3.3 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 3.3 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

Our Free Drop-in Helpdesk at Manchester Central Library is open to all from 10.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday

Eventbrite Booking Links

Saturday 2nd December 2.00pm

Anglo Scottish FHS Meeting

Anglo Scottish FHS Christmas Get -Together.

Wednesday 10th January 7.30pm

BOLTON FHS - they went to work in a Russian cotton mill and stayed 40 years

The story of how my Grandma's uncle, an Operative Cotton Spinner and wife, a Cotton Winder, went o work in a Russian cotton mill in 1861.

Saturday 13th January 2.00pm

MLFHS, Oldham & District Branch

'Life and Work in Cotton Lancashire, c1830-1914' an illustrated presentation given by Dr. Michael Winstanley

Wednesday 17th January 10.30am

Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme: A Postcard Heritage - Michael Billington

Join us for a fascinating journey through Urmston, Flixton, and Davyhulme's postcard heritage with Michael Billington on January 17th, 2024

Wednesday 17th January 1.00pm

The Deansgate Story - Keith Warrender

Deansgate "Discover the stories behind the buildings and businesses on this famous thoroughfare,

Wednesday 7th February 7.30pm

BOLTON FHS - Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day

An entertaining talk with wide appeal and plenty of local interest in a 45-minute romp through 180 million years of northern history.


Unique resources for members

Join us and get access to our extensive databases. We specialise in indexing local resources which you will not find on other sites. How about virtually all the recorded memorials for Manchester's old churchyards? Or institutional records: Bolton Workhouse creed books, admissions to the schools for the blind and the deaf? Or the early motor vehicle registrations in Salford? There are hundreds of sources and over 3.2 million name references, and new data is being added all the time.


Our friendly Helpdesk is Open!

Our knowledgeable and experienced Helpdesk volunteers help people from all over the world – members and non-members – to begin or expand their family histories, whether their ancestors originated from the Greater Manchester area or elsewhere. The Helpdesk sessions run from Monday - Friday, 10.30am - 3:30pm. Helpdesk volunteers can also help you to access the vast repository of microfiche and microfilmed records.

Our Virtual Helpdesk remains open for members only. Please Click Here for more information.

Books, maps, CDs and more

Visit our online shop!

Our MLFHS shop sells a large range of books, maps, CDs, downloads and books for recording your research. 

We stock local Alan Godfrey maps, a wide range of books published by Neil Richardson, the ever-popular Ancestral File for recording your search in a practical way, and CDs or downloads of records and transcriptions of Catholic church registers, Presbyterian records, monumental inscriptions, Manchester police, Rolls of Honour and much more.

Latest: All MLFHS CDs/DVDs are now available as downloadable files.

What We Do


Share your research problems via our online forum with hundreds of members worldwide who are prepared to help with look-ups and solutions.

More > Members Forum


Want to help the Society? We need help to grow. Here’s what you can do as a volunteer in one of our projects or other areas of Society activity.

 More > Volunteering


See how we encourage children and young people to discover their family histories with guidance, supervision, support and research strategies and techniques.

More > Explorers


Share your research, submit an article. Use our massive collection of back copies to learn from others how to knock down brickwalls, research obscure resources or overcome incomplete records.

More > Manchester Genealogist

Public Resources

Roman Catholic Records

Our shop sells CDs, DVDs and downloads of registers for numerous Roman Catholic churches in and around Manchester. Click below to search our index of over 1.1 million names which appear in these records.

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