• Search over 2.7 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 2.7 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 2.7 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic,  all society meetings are cancelled, until further notice. However, our online services are all available and we will welcome new members. See the Blog article - "A New Pace" for news about our helpdesk

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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 2.7 million name references already and new data is being added all the time.


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

Our Events

New Meetings Planned

It now seems certain that the Society and its branches will be unable to resume a regular programme of meetings at any of its venues, either Quarterly, Beginners Talks or branch meetings, until well into 2021. As a result we are switching attention to providing a series of Zoom-based virtual talks for members in the new year. Meantime, some talks will be held on a trial basis in the interim, organised by the branches.  

The first of these will be arranged by Bolton branch on 4th November with a trial run on 28th October. This event will be followed by others from the Anglo-Scottish and Oldham branches before Christmas. Full details will be announced here and  on other Society platforms as well as Eventbrite when arrangements have been finalised.

Other upcoming events

Wednesday 6th October 7.30pm

Research using education records - David Tilsley

The schooldays of our Lancashire ancestors in the nineteenth century

Wednesday 1st September 7.30pm

Researching illegitimate ancestors - Anna Watson

Retired professional archivist Anna Watson explains how Church Court Records can help to find our illegitimate ancestors

Wednesday 4th August 7.30pm

The Cotton Famine and how badly was Bolton affected? - Victoria Coyle

The Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-65 and how badly affected was Bolton?

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.