• 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 society meetings and helpdesk services are now online and we continue to welcome new members.


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

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. Sadly, owing to the coronavirus lockdown we have to be closed but CLICK HERE to find out about our Virtual Help Desk

Our Events

New Meetings Planned

It now seems certain that the Society and its branches will be unable to resume a regular programme of meetings at any of its venues, either Quarterly, Beginners Talks or branch meetings, until well into 2021. For the foreseeable future all of our meetings will be held online via Zoom.  

We now have an Eventbrite booking link on the Society Calendar of Events page (Manchester) and on the Bolton, Oldham and Anglo Scots branch pages, together with more details of each meeting on the Meetings pages in each section.

Our Records

Guide to Datasets

Discover more about our 2.7 million records and how to search them.

New Records

Recent additions

See at a glance the newest additions to our databases and documents collections.


Help Online

Our Helpdesk is still open but has moved online during the present restrictions


Where to Start

Our guide to a series of talks for beginners, delivered by our experienced members.


Other upcoming events

Saturday 30th January 2.00pm

MLFHS Talk Beginners Talk Starting Your Family Tree Zoom event

Always wanted to start your family tree, Sheila will guide you through the steps you need to take.

Wednesday 3rd February 7.30pm

Bolton FHS Meeting - AGM and Research on Criminals in Bolton

Rogue's Gallery: Crime and Criminals in Bolton 1625-1645

Saturday 6th February 2.00pm

Exploring our New Website Zoom Meeting

Beginners or Experts something for everyone

Saturday 13th February 2.00pm

Oldham and District FHS The Life of Annie Kenney

Oldham and District Branch Meeting A talk by Carol Talbot on the life and times of Annie Kenney

Saturday 20th February 2.00pm

Tracing the Irish in Scotland

Anglo Scottish FHS

Wednesday 3rd March 7.30pm

Bolton FHS Meeting - Irish Research

A practical guide to help you get the most out of your Irish research

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.