Lancashire Family History Society

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

Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society

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

Contact Information


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


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

Society Databases

Various databases are accessible on their site, 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

Society Location

The Society 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.  

Transport to the Library

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.

Library Parking

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.

Library Accessibility

The Library is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Society Branches

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.

Society Publications

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


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