• 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.

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

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.

Saturday 26th June 2.00pm

Pit Lasses: The Female Miners of 1842. Speaker Denise Bates

Pit Lasses tells the story of around 6,000 women and girls aged between 5 – 75 years old who were working underground in coal mines .

Wednesday 7th July 7.30pm

Bolton FHS Meeting - Jerome Caminada, the real Sherlock Holmes

Jerome Caminada was a 19th-century police officer in Manchester who was reputedly the real Sherlock Holmes

Saturday 10th July 2.00pm

A Brief History of the Canals ... around Oldham and Manchester.

Free monthly online talks, on zoom, on the 2nd Saturday each month, from the Oldham & District Branch of MLFHS . Saturday July 10th at 2pm.

Wednesday 21st July 7.00pm

“Dating and understanding your old family photographs”

“Dating and understanding your old family photographs” How to get the most out of your photographs, date them and learn from their past.

Wednesday 4th August 7.30pm

Bolton FHS Meeting - The Cotton Famine and how badly was Bolton affected?

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

More Society and Branch Meetings

Members can attend any branch or society meeting free of charge*
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.



* Occasionally a meeting may incur an additional charge, such as admission to a place of interest, payable by all attendees.