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  • Search over 3.3 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

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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

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

Helpdesk Volunteers Required to cover the holiday season 


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.

Eventbrite Booking Links

Wednesday 4th October 1.00am

The Clifton Hall Tunnel Disaster, Temple Drive, Swinton - Carol Lee

Join us for a chilling encounter at "The Clifton Hall Tunnel Disaster, Temple Drive, Swinton

Wednesday 4th October 10.30am

Teaching the Deaf and Dumb in Victorian times - Ed Baines Seashell Trust

Step back in time to the Victorian era and join Ed Baines at the Seashell Trust as he enlightens us on how the deaf and dumb were taught.

Wednesday 4th October 7.30pm

BOLTON FHS - Lancastrians: Mills, Mines and Minerals

A talk by well known local author, Paul Salveson, based on his book "Lancastrians: Mills, Mines and Minerals"

Saturday 7th October 2.00pm

Anglo Scottish FHS. Maps at the National Library of Scotland

Anglo Scots Branch Meeting

Saturday 14th October 2.00pm

MLFHS, Oldham & District Branch, Monthly Meeting

A Trip to Switzerland in 1916... an illustrated presentation given by Tony Foster

Wednesday 1st November 7.30pm

BOLTON FHS - Researching First World War Soldiers

"Researching First World War Soldiers: Using The example of the William Harcourt Diary” by Dr Jim Beach.

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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