Oldham & District : About


The Oldham & District FH Society is a friendly and welcoming Branch of the M&LFHS. Membership of M&LFHS automatically includes membership of all the associated Branches - one or all! 

The meetings are held each month (coffee and biscuits on arrival!) when an invited speaker will give the audience an interesting talk on a subject of particular research interest to themselves. Topics are wide-ranging, including both family and local history, or people of famous or even infamous note!  Have a look at our Events/Meetings page for our current programme and our Events/What's New page for more information.

We also send out a monthly, digital newsletter keeping our readers up to date with other meetings or events of interest, in the wider district, together with pictures and short articles. Society members and non-members alike can sign up, on the Newsletter page, to receive a monthly email link, to the latest newsletter. You will also find a link to the page of archived copies, including the current issue. 

Here, on the Branch pages of the website, you will find anything and everything that we can find about the history, and lives of the people, in Oldham and our wider local district. It's an on-going project and, on our About/Ancestry & Local History page. you will find an invitation to contribute you own story or research, to share with our internet visitors.

About the Branch ... and what we do.

The Oldham & District Branch came into being in 1996. An Extraordinary General Meeting had been held in December 1995 at which the Anglo-Scottish FHS and the Bolton FHS had been formally established as branches of MLFHS. Oldham followed suit in 1996 and the Oldham & District Branch was established. Chatting to founder members, long-time committee members and reading reports in the archived MLFHS journals, the Manchester Genealogist, it's been possible to chart the Branch's progress through the following years ... Read more

Our Ancestry & Local History Articles

It's been written that there is a novel in all of us, just waiting to be written. Well, I'm not so sure about that! However, I do believe that there is a story in all of us, waiting to be given a 'voice'.  Family history research is all about identifying our ancestors, their names, births, baptisms, marriages and deaths; their own parents and siblings ... and so the research goes on, reaching further back in time, until that inevitable brick wall is reached! However, that needn't be the end of it ... these ancestors were real people; they weren't just names and dates. They lived lives that had all the usual, or unusual, ups and downs, experiencing joy and sadness, sickness and loss. They had to earn a living and their occupation would probably be dictated by the area in which they lived. Local History! Now comes the fascinating stage of our family research ... fleshing out the bare facts of history by finding the real story of their lives ... Read more

Latest News!

Of course, we have no monthly meetings at the moment, but our members' research continues. If you are a new visitor to the website, please take time to browse the Oldham pages, in the various categories identified in the 'breadcrumbs' (the yellow header on each page).
To help return visitors find 'what's new', HERE is a link to a list of updated, and new items or articles, added to the Oldham pages.

Help and Advice

The team of volunteers who man the Society Helpdesk, in Manchester Central Library, includes some of our own Branch members. The Branch committee members, and other volunteers, are always willing  to help members and visitors, with any queries that they might have, after our own monthly meetings. In addition, our monthly newsletter includes an 'e-postbag', in which readers can contribute or request information on a subject of personal interest. Newsletter

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Oldham and District FHS The Life of Annie Kenney

2.00pm 13 Feb 2021

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


Oldham and District FHS "A Gartside sent to Van Diemen's Land"

2.00pm 13 Mar 2021

"A Gartside sent to Van Diemen's Land ... Man's Inhumanity to Man”


Oldham and District Branch, Memories from Holidays Past

2.00pm 10 Apr 2021

Oldham and District Branch, Memories from Holidays Past a talk given on zoom, by Chris Helme