Our Branch and individual research activities can include anything and everything that we can discover about our ancestors, their lives and their stories.
It's been written that there is a novel in all of us, just waiting to be written. Well, I'm not so sure about that! However, I do believe that there is a story in all of us, waiting to be given a 'voice'.
The links below, in our 'Pictorial Index' will take all our visitors to the numerous website pages where you can find stories, galleries and articles about our Oldham & District history and ancestry.
Please note ... some of the links may take you to a .pdf, in which case, it will open in a new tab.
Snippets from the Monthly Oldham & District Newsletter
Links, to a selection of Articles, Transcriptions and Gallery Images,
in the archived 'Owls' newsletters.
Find them on this page and click on the required newsletter.
St Paul's Methodist Church, Rochdale Rd., Shaw
Links to :
Details of over 400 Burials; History; the 150th Anniversary Booklet (38 pages); Gallery of Pictures; 1920 fundraising Autograph Book of WW1 soldiers (124 pages scanned); and List of Ministers from 1791.
The September 2021 Branch meeting review with a list of the original 28 Rochdale Equitable Pioneers, compiled by Dorothy Greaves, and included courtesy and © of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.
The story of Elisabeth Rose Hoyle/Waller/Cheetham, née Martin, born in Yorkshire before being widowed, after her first marriage, and coming to Oldham as an innkeeper.
Courtesy of Calderdale FHS,
© David Johnson 2020 CFHS 2021
List of mills extracted from :
'The Cotton Mills of Oldham' by Duncan Gurr & Julian Hunt. Published in 1998
Links to five .pdfs, each listing all the mills, in columns, with dates, names, locations and some notes. Each file has the data sorted differently, facilitating different search criteria.
* 'A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain' Vol. 2, written by John Bernard Burke and published in 1853.
* Bulletin of the Saddleworth Historical Society' in Number 1, , Vol. 15, (1985) © Saddleworth Historical Society
*A Genealogical Memorial of the Family of Buckley of Derby and Saddleworth' by Henry Fishwick, published in 1900
Hartley Bateson wrote “A History of Oldham” in 1949, in which he states that coal mining grew in Oldham with “…the arrival in town of two poor Welsh labourers, John Evans and William Jones, sometime before 1770.”
Well, not quite!
Courtesy of Alan Blow
'The Court Leet Records of the Manor of Manchester'
'The Court Leet or View of Frank Pledge,15th October, 1819'
Ancestry and Local History Articles
A menu of articles, with links, to be found on the Oldham HRG website.
The articles cover a wide variety of subjects, contributed by readers.
The Gallery Page
A collection of photos and pictures with links to our local district,
contributed by our website visitors.
The 1st/10th Bt of the Manchester Regiment, the Oldham Territorials, were there, and suffered many losses.
Find their names, and those of local men in other regiments, who lost their lives, in Gallipoli, from April to December, 1915.
The 16th(S) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, in the Second Battle of the Somme, at Manchester Hill, 21st March,1918,
An Account of the Battle; names of local men who died; and the names of all other men in the 16th, who died on the day or from the wounds received.
Although we are always more than happy to receive articles, pictures etc., for the pages, copyright is always a tricky issue so do please make sure that you have the right to use any text or illustrations that you send! It is also helpful if you include a record of the source material that you use.
The copyright of any contributions that you send will pass to the MLFHS unless you inform us, of your wish to retain copyright yourself, at the time of sending. The Branch Website Editor reserves the right to edit any contributions before publication.
The Hidden pages (below) are really pages 'in waiting'; they are waiting for new content to be added. They will then be the subject of a link from the 'Pictorial Index'. At the moment, their only link is to the 'in waiting' page with the Oldham graphic and sometimes partial, in progress content.