• 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

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Our Helpdesk is Open Again!

We are open again at the Manchester Central Library. Our opening hours are Monday - Friday, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Other upcoming events

Wednesday 19th January 10.30am

The Moravians

Fairfield Moravian Settlement is the largest of the model Moravian settlements that inspired reformers like Robert Owen and the later Garden

Wednesday 19th January 7.30pm

​Irish Unmarried Mothers in Britain Speaker:​Dr Lorraine Grimes

Being a single mother can be extremely challenging. Being a single mother in Ireland from the 1920s to 1980s was arguably even more so.

Saturday 29th January 2.00pm

The 1921 Census : What can we discover?

The 1921 census is a landmark event for family historians - find out how this census can help you find a new generation of your family.

Wednesday 2nd February 7.30pm

Exploring the 1921 census

Owing to the first MLFHS talk on the 1921 census being sold out - by popular demand, a further talk on the subject for those disappointed.

Wednesday 2nd February 7.30pm

Dating by Design

A welcome return visit of one of our regular speakers at Bolton FHS who has come to tell us about his new book, "Dating by Design".

Saturday 5th February 2.00pm

Anglo Scottish FHS Meeting Scottish Kirk Session Records

Anglo Scottish Branch Meeting

Manchester Hub for Free Access to the 1921 Census

The 1921 census, is now available, free to view, at Manchester Central Library The MLFHS helpdesk team and library staff will be there, on the ground floor, to help. You will also need a library card to access the library computers, these can be arranged on arrival.


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 11.00am - 2:30pm until December.   Our Virtual Helpdesk is now for members only. Please Click Here for more information.

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.

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 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.

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