• Search over 3.2 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 3.2 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 3.2 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

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Other upcoming events

Wednesday 5th October 7.30pm

Exploring Family History - A beginners guide. A ZOOM meeting

A talk that has a distinct Lancashire theme and uses information from the Lancashire Archives to add colour to a family history.

Wednesday 5th October 7.30pm

Exploring Family History - beginners guide - a LIVE ROOM meeting

Tickets are NOT required to this meeting. NON-Members of MLFHS pay £3 at the door.

Saturday 8th October 2.00pm

“Not just the 3 R’s” : Life in a Lancashire School"

Monthly hybrid meeting of the MLFHS, Oldham & District Branch given simultaneously on zoom and in the Performance Space at Oldham Library

Wednesday 12th October 7.00pm

The History of Carnival . An online talk for Black History Month

An online talk for Black History Month in collaboration with Archives+ at Manchester Central Library, given by Linford Sweeney.

Wednesday 2nd November 7.30pm

Records and Research Using the CWGC Archives - ZOOM Meeting

The talk “Records and Research Using the CWGC Archives” will cover the history of the CWGC archive and how to access its contents,.

Wednesday 2nd November 7.30pm

Records and Research using the CWGC Archives - A LIVE ROOM meeting

Tickets are NOT required to attend this meeting. NON-Members of MLFHD pay £3 at the door.


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 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, Presbyterian records, monumental inscriptions, Manchester police, Rolls of Honour and much more.

More Society and Branch Meetings

Members can attend any branch or society meeting free of charge*
Manchester Ancestors
Anglo Scottish
Oldham & District
* Occasionally a meeting may incur an additional charge, such as admission to a place of interest, payable by all attendees.

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 3.2 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.

MLFHS receives commission, at no cost to the user, on transactions completed using these links to affiliated organisations
[for more see Affiliate Links].