• Search over 2.7 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 2.7 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

  • Search over 2.7 million records, unique to MLFHS

    Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

    Search Records

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, our Helpdesk at Manchester Central Library is closed and all society meetings are cancelled, until further notice. However, our online services are all available and we will welcome new members.

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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 2.7 million name references already and new data is being added all the time.


Our friendly Helpdesk is here for you

Visit our Helpdesk and computer suite at the Manchester Central Library! 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. Our Helpdesk is staffed Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 3.30pm – please see our Helpdesk page for latest information before travelling.

Our Events

Quarterly meeting and AGM

Our October Quarterly Meeting will begin with a talk by Richard Bond about the Rylands and Longford Estate and will be followed in the afternoon by Keith Warrender talking about Manchester’s Lost District (now the Arndale shopping centre). Our picture, opposite, is of the renowned John Rylands Library, built in his memory and home to many rare books and manuscripts. For the latest information please visit Manchester Meetings.

Other upcoming events

Saturday 9th January 2.00pm

Just Taken your DNA test with Ancestry

How do you work through your Ancestry DNA test results?

Wednesday 14th October 1.30pm

Manchester’s Lost District – Life before the Arndale

Manchester’s Lost District: Life before the Arndale

Wednesday 14th October 10.30am

The History of the Ryland & Longford Estates

Richard Bond will talk about the Rylands and The Longford Estate

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.