• 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

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, our society meetings and helpdesk services are now online and we continue to welcome new members.

DATABASES

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.

HELPDESK

Our friendly Helpdesk is here for you

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. Sadly, owing to the coronavirus lockdown we have to be closed but CLICK HERE to find out about our Virtual Help Desk

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

Thursday 15th April 2.00pm

Anglo Scottish Family History Society. Ancestral Brickwalls

Anglo Scottish Branch Meeting

Wednesday 21st April 10.30am

Manchester Street Names + AGM

History of Manchester told from the viewpoint of its Street Names.

Saturday 24th April 2.00pm

To the Manor Born

John Marsden talks about Manor Records and how they can help Historians today.

Saturday 1st May 2.00pm

The Flour Dealer in Georgian England

The story of one flour dealer of Manchester whose personal history reveals the story of travel and politics in Georgian England.

Wednesday 5th May 7.30pm

Bolton FHS Meeting - Females in the Family: Ladies, Ships, Locomotives...

Many sources in this talk are particularly, though not exclusively, relevant to researching women and developing the maternal side of family

Saturday 8th May 2.00pm

Confessions of a Country Lane Researcher ... by Tony Foster

Oldham & District Branch of MLFHS ... free online talk Saturday 8th May at 2pm 'Confessions of a Country Lane Researcher' by Tony Foster

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 Helpdesk is still open but has moved online during the present restrictions

Documents

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.