Family History Societies - Lancashire (M-R)

This section lists county associations of Lancashire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Manchester and Lancashire FHS:


3rd Floor
Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square
M2 5PD


If you wish to contact them, please use their contact form.


Founded in 1964 the Society is one of the largest in the world. Members are all interested in genealogy, but are also interested in other related fields.

Various databases are accessible, which include:

  • Catholic Churches in Manchester and Salford
  • Catholic Register Index
  • Cross Lane: Index to Tony Flynn's History
  • Hankey Park: Index to Tony Flynn's History
  • Looking Back at Hulme: Index to Chris Makepeace's publication about the area
  • Luftwaffe over Manchester: Index of WW2 Casualties
  • Manchester Crematorium Obituaries
  • Manchester War Memorials 
  • Members' Interests Index
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Oldham Church International Genealogical Index (IGI) Batch Numbers
  • Radical Salford: Index of E & R Frow's book regarding episodes from Labour History
  • Reedmaker Index
  • Salford Boy: Index of W Bereton's Book regarding his childhood in Broughton 1923-1933
  • Strays Index: People who have moved from their birthplace, e.g. a man from Manchester moved to America and died there

The Society's help desk is situated in Manchester Central Library on the ground floor. 

The Library is next to St Peter's Square Metrolink Station, with trams serving Altrincham, East Didsbury, Eccles and Bury.  

If travelling by bus, most buses from South Manchester stop in Portland Street near to Oxford Street, which is approximately 5 minutes walk from the Library.  Other services could stop in Shudehill Interchange or Piccadilly Bus Station.  These stops are approximately 15 minutes and 10 minutes walk from the Office respectively.

No parking is available at Central Library, and parking is expensive in the surrounding car parks, so you are advised not to travel by car unless it is absolutely necessary, and to use the Metrolink.

The Library is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

The Society has many branches, which include:

Anglo-Scottish Branch

Meetings are held in Manchester Central Library.  All resources held by the main society in the Library can be utilised by this organisation.  Other resources held include:

  • International Genealogical Index (IGI) (1981) by Country
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI) (1992) for Scotland by County
  • Old Parish Register Indexes by County (OPR)
  • Typed Transcripts of Baptismal and Communion Rolls of early Scottish churches in Manchester

A Scottish Marriage Index is also accessible.

Bolton and District

Meeting Location:

Montserrat Room
1st Floor
Old Links Golf Club
Chorley Old Road


Many articles and other information are available on the site, which include:

  • Births, Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, Deaths and Burial Records: information regarding where to find them
  • Bolton-Le-Moors, Great Bolton, Little Bolton, Bolton Information
  • Bolton Buildings of Interest
  • Bolton Churches
  • Bolton History
  • Bolton People
  • Bolton Poor Law Union
  • Major Local Employers
  • Maps
  • Photographs

Old issues of the branch's newsletter are also accessible.

Oldham and District

Meeting Location:

The Lees Suite
Civic Centre


A list of prominent people who have a connection with Oldham is on the site.

Many articles and other items of interest are available, which include:

  • Church Records for Oldham and District found on the IGI
  • First Known Burials in Oldham Metropolitan Borough
  • Mills of Oldham
  • Oldham Men Lost in Gallipoli
  • Paradise Mill, Oldham: Wage Records 1852-1858

Old editions of the Oldham branch's newsletter are also accessible.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Catholic Church Register Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Deserter Index CD-ROM
  • Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants
  • Directories
  • Edinburgh Almanac 1817
  • Local History Books
  • Manchester City Battalions - Rolls of Honour
  • Maps
  • Oldham Absent Voters List 1918
  • Oldham Chronicle WW1
  • Oldham's Battalions 1899-1938
  • Parish Register Indexes
  • Presbyterian Church of England Records of Manchester Presbytery
  • Prestwich Asylum Index to Admissions 1851-1901
  • Reference Books
  • Scots Living in England and Wales


North Meols (Southport) FHS:


Stephen Benson



The association was founded in 1990 and aims to provide encouragement and support for people who have an interest in genealogy, specifically in the area of North Meols.

An ancient parish, North Meols comprised the two townships of Birkdale and North Meols. This included Churchtown, Crossens, Marshside and Banks. Most of this parish is what we now call Southport.

Photographs are accessible on their site.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Census Indexes
  • Church Extracts
  • Churchtown: Portrait of a Village
  • Local History Books
  • NMFHS Magazines (Back Issues)
  • North Meols Tithe Maps Apportionment Book
  • Old Ordnance Survey Maps
  • One Name Extracts from Census Returns
  • One Name Extracts from North Meols Parish Records


Ormskirk and District FHS:


27 Bath Springs
L39 2XP


Guide HQ

(Research Library):

Scout Hall
Wigan Road



The area covered by the Society includes Aughton, Bickerstaffe, Burscough, Downholland, Halsall, Hesketh with Becconsall, Lathom, Lydiate, Maghull, Melling, Ormskirk, Rufford, Scarisbrick, Simonswood, Skelmersdale and Tarleton. Most of the places were originally named by the Vikings.

Many resources are accessible in their Research Library, situated in Scout Hall, Wigan Road, Ormskirk.  Please be aware that you have to climb some steps to enter the building, and the Society is based upstairs, but items can be brought down to the lower level if required.

The railway station, bus station and car parks are a few minutes walk from the Centre.

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also accessible.


Craig Thornber has developed a website relating to family and local history in East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.  This site includes some church and chapel register transcriptions along with information regarding the Thornber family.