If there is one thing that the Manchester Central Library is not short of – it’s books! And if that is not enough, we also have a collection of our own books and records at the library including histories and transcriptions written before the arrival of personal computers. Our holdings of physical books are all recorded as part of the MLFHS Resources database - try searching for ‘Scotland’ or ‘Scottish’ to see what the Anglo Scottish FHS has to offer.
Over the years we have tried to source and make available information that will help our members trace their Scottish family in the Manchester area. Our volunteers have digitised some of those earlier transcripts and documents, some of which contain hundreds of names of Scots in this area, a valuable resource for our members. Most of these documents have not been indexed and do not appear in the society’s databases, but they are listed on the Anglo Scottish resources page where members can access the transcripts.
We also encourage our members to record their research, their methods and their results, in the MLFHS quarterly magazine, ‘The Manchester Genealogist’. Every volume in the archives has now been digitised and indexed creating a treasure trove of information that could provide that elusive clue to a family mystery, whether you are looking for ancestors in Scotland or Scots in Manchester and Lancashire, have a look at The Manchester Genealogist.
Over the centuries there have been several huge movements of Scots from their homeland. The Scottish Marriages Index was set up to record marriages of people born in Scotland but married elsewhere - whether it be just south of the border, in any part of England, in Ireland, Australia, North America or anywhere else. Out Scottish Marriages Page gives more information on how to search and how to contribute to the Index. Start your search at Scottish Marriage Index
Our meetings are our highlights; recently we were proud to be the first society outside of Scotland to welcome representatives from ScotlandsPeople and Scottish Records to our meeting. This was made into a special double-feature weekday meeting and the meeting room at the library was full to capacity.
Anglo Scottish meetings are open to all members of the society and often to non-members, too (there is usually a charge of £3 to non-members, refundable if you join the MLFHS at the end of the meeting, but do check booking arrangements on Eventbrite first).
We invite speakers who are both entertaining and knowledgeable in their subjects, whose experiences enhance our own knowledge and inspire our continuing research. A wide range of subjects have been covered at recent meetings including DNA and Irish research, when we welcomed Jill Williams to tell us about the Irish records that are available to researchers, a very popular speaker. Some of our meetings are more causal and social in nature and give members a chance to exchange information and ideas, views and opinions, and to find those more nuanced ways of developing their skills or sharing their knowledge and experience. Find out more about our upcoming meetings.
The MLFHS also runs series of beginners talks throughout the year – follow the society’s calendar to find dates and timings of beginners talks on Scottish and Irish family history research.
Our monthly newsletter brings you the latest news and views on Anglo Scottish research, together with some lighter moments, and is free to all! Follow the link to the Newsletter page where you can view the current newsletter, sign up to receive a copy every month by email and browse our newsletter archives.
The Anglo Scottish helpdesk is open for a few hours before our monthly meetings, using reserved computers on the third floor of the Manchester Central Library where experienced members of the society are available to help and advise on Anglo Scottish research. Please see our Anglo Scots Helpdesk page for up to date information.
Members of the Anglo Scottish branch also volunteer at the Society's main helpdesk in the library on weekdays, up to date information on opening hours and availability can be found here.