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About Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

What we do

We help our members - and non-members - to become better family historians by finding, preserving and transcribing records, by meeting quarterly and inviting speakers who entertain, inspire and educate, by working with our partners to make records and histories accessible, by holding regular weekday helpdesks and by hosting our online forum.

The Owens Manuscript

When one of our members discovered the Owens Manuscript, a handwritten diary and account of Manchester and events nearly 200 years ago, the Society immediately took steps to secure this valuable document. Volunteers have transcribed and indexed names and we hope to make the document more accessible in the future.


We study and research the past but we use the best of modern technology to do this. Our new website is making it easier than ever to search over 2.7 million records and is opening a new chapter of making more information accessible to members and non-members. Follow our Blog where we will introduce new additions to our collections.


Our partnership with Archives+ at the Manchester Central Library has helped us to scan, transcribe, index and make available more records than ever. We also work with many their organisations to save or open up archives that have previously been difficult to access. Have a look at our current list of Partners and the archives being transcribed.

Help and Advice

At the Manchester Central Library we have exclusive use of a suite of computers each weekday between 10.30am and 3.30am (holidays and pandemics excluded). Our experienced staff are happy to help with all kinds of family and local history questions. Our Virtual Helpdesk is also open to everyone who cannot access the Library.

Private Research

Since 1964 our flagship quarterly journal has recorded and printed members' research and to made it available to other members. The archives are a valuable resource and fully indexed online. Every member of the Society receives a copy of The Manchester Genealogist quarterly, to which every branch of the society contributes.

Upcoming Events in Manchester

Showcasing the 60th Anniversary of our Society and our 3.4 million records

11.00am 13 Mar 2024 - Manchester Central LIbrary

Join us to see how things have changed and how we have progressed from how we start at Avros to where we are now in Central library


Talk by Paul Hindle 'Salford Through Time' followed by the AGM

10.30am 22 May 2024 - Manchester Central LIbrary

Join us for a fascinating talk by Paul Hindle on 'Salford Through Time' followed by our AGM, happening in person


Before the Renaissance: the state of Manchester in the 1950s and 1960s

1.00pm 22 May 2024 - Manchester Central LIbrary

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the vibrant history of Manchester in the 1950s and 1960s before it blossomed into the Renaissance