• Search over 2.8 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 2.8 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 2.8 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

Our helpdesk is now open Monday - Friday 11.00 - 2.30, we look forward to meeting our visitors again.

Getting Back to Normal

Researching and Meeting

Our Helpdesk is Open Again!

We are open again at the Manchester Central Library. Our opening hours are Monday - Friday, 11.00am - 2.30pm.


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 2.8 million name references already 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 has reopened and sessions will be running Monday - Friday as usual. However, we will be operating restricted sessions hours 11.00 - 2:30 until December.   Our Virtual Helpdesk is now for members only -  CLICK HERE to find out more.

Books, maps, CDs and more

Visit our shop!

Our MLFHS shop sells a large range of books, maps, CDs, downloads and books for recordsing your research. We stock all the 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 and more.

The shop is open! Our dedicated team work from home so occasionally there might be a slight delay, but otherwise it is business as usual.

Other upcoming events

Wednesday 20th October 7.00pm

Famous Mancunians

Who is your favourite Mancunian? Who is your favorite? Jean Bailo Blue Badge Tourist Guide of Manchester and the North West

Wednesday 27th October 7.30pm

The Two Irish Wives of Friedrich Engels: Dr. Aidan Beatty

The life of Engels and his two wives, find more about them.

Wednesday 3rd November 7.30pm

Bolton FHS Meeting - Researching Welsh Ancestors

This session will look at why Welsh ancestors emigrated from Wales, starting with a historical overview of life in Wales.

Saturday 6th November 2.00pm

Irish Family History

Get the most out of your Irish research

Saturday 13th November 2.00pm

Family Life in the Industrial Revolution - autobiography of Benjamin Shaw

MLFHS, Oldham & District Branch, free monthly meetings on zoom ... a talk given by Dr Alan Crosby

Saturday 20th November 2.00pm

Anglo Scottish FHS Meeting Palaeography and the Kirk Session Records

Anglo Scottish Branch Meeting

More Society and Branch Meetings

Members can attend any branch or society meeting free of charge*
Manchester Ancestors
Anglo Scottish
Oldham & District

The 1921 Census of England and Wales

"The 1921 census is a landmark event for family historians, capturing life just after the trauma of the first world war. Find out how this census can help you to find a new generation of your family."

Our Database

Guide to Datasets

Discover more about our 2.8 million records and how to search them.

New Records

Recent additions

See at a glance the newest additions to our databases and documents collections.

Virtual Help

Help Online

Our Virtual Helpdesk is still open but has now reverted to a privilege of membership.


Discover More

Browse our list of documents, all are available to our members

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.


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.


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


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.


Roman Catholic Records

Our shop sells CDs and DVDs of registers for numerous Roman Catholic churches in and around Manchester. Click below to search our index of over 800,000 names which appear on these disks.

War Memorial Index

We have indexed the names from over 900 war memorials in Greater Manchester. Search our free index for your ancestor. Find the memorials on which he appears - most of them with photographs.

* Occasionally a meeting may incur an additional charge, such as admission to a place of interest, payable by all attendees.