• 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.

Marjorie Pollard

We were saddened to learn of the death of our Vice President, Marjorie Pollard, a long-serving member and friend of the Society, on Wednesday, 29th April at the age of 94. An obituary will follow in the autumn edition The Manchester Genealogist.

Her funeral, a humanist service took place on Wednesday, 12th May at 2.00 p.m. at Altrincham Crematorium.

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

Saturday 15th May 2.00pm

Anglo Scottish Family History Society The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Anglo Scots Branch Meeting

Wednesday 2nd June 7.30pm

Bolton FHS Meeting - Liverpool Cowkeepers: A family history

Dave Joy draws on his own family history to tell the story of the lives and times of the Liverpool Cowkeepers.

Saturday 5th June 10.30am

A practical guide to help you get the most out of your Irish research

A practical guide to help you get the most out of your Irish research

Saturday 12th June 2.00pm

Market to Supermarkets and beyond ... 200 years of shopping

Oldham & District Branch of MLFHS ... free online talk Saturday 12th June at 2pm 'Market to Supermarket & beyond ... 200 years of shopping'

Saturday 19th June 2.00pm

Anglo Scottish FHS The Mitchell Library and its Holdings

Anglo Scottish Branch Meeting

Wednesday 23rd June 7.00pm

Zeppelin Ship of Dreams Presentation by David Skillen.

David is an engaging, animated and entertaining professional speaker on a variety of historical subjects.

More Society and Branch Meetings

Manchester Ancestors
Anglo Scottish
Bolton
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 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.