If you are a complete beginner (or perhaps you have some gaps in your experience) then our series of "Where to Start" articles will point you in the right direction. There is more information on a variety of specialist topics in our series of downloadable Research Guides and, if you need one-to-one help, our helpdesk is there to help with specific problems.If all else fails or you are simply looking for someone to research for you, then our "Find a Researcher" page may be for you. Where to start
There is a wealth of free information online, some of it on this web site but lots too on the ever-expanding number of specialist sites around the world. Our Weblinks pages provide you with a route to the most helpful web sites to help with your research whether in Manchester, elsewhere in the UK or even overseas. Closer to home on this site we offer a free search of our extensive databases (though only members will be able to access the details from some of these). Weblinks
We are not inward looking! We work to engage both members and non-members in advancing family history research. Our magazine, The Manchester Genealogist provides a place to publish your findings and preserve them for the benefit of future researchers. Our constant programme of projects brings ever more material into public view and enables members to contribute to the widening of access to resources. And, if you are a young person who is looking for some first steps in family and local history, our Explorers pages will offer you something challenging.
In this section you will find some immediately useful references, starting with a lengthy list of local record offices, archives, register offices and cemeteries, all of them organisations which you are likely to encounter in your research in the Manchester area. Local addresses is full of information - you might also find some new resources amongst the list. Our FAQs are useful guides to accessing the members area, renewing subscriptions and accessing the members forum, and the Manchester Timeline is useful for placing lifespans in their social contexts.
We don't know everything! But there is a vast resource to be tapped in the knowledge and experience of our members. Our Member Forum gives you access to the knowledge of over 500 of our members. Equally important, you can share your knowledge with them - everyone wins! Members forum
One of the most useful local resources is a free index to the Alan Godfrey series of Ordnance Survey maps for Manchester. It will pinpoint the maps you need and link you straight to our shop where yo can order them online, Godfrey Map Index
The largest collection of documents and databases is in the Manchester Research section, and covers Greater Manchester, much of Lancashire and occasionally ventures into the adjacent counties, too. It would be impractical to split this list into documents and databases as many of these documents are now indexed in The Great Database, the remainder can be viewed using the View Documents button at the end of the list. this is a quick and easy way to browse through our holdings and get a good idea of the scope of our holdings.
Our new 'everyday name' of Manchester Ancestors reflects our central location but our research covers a much wider geographic area and our branch societies have contributed their local research to add to our knowledge database. Our member area holds a large collection of documents which have been created by the Anglo Scots, Oldham and Bolton branches and details are listed in each branch's Research Section, followed by a 'View Documents' button. The volunteers of the society and its branches continue to create and transcribe more records.
Click on any of the links in the Research Documents boxes above to take you to the Manchester general record collection (which includes databases), or the document collections for Anglo Scots, Oldham and Bolton,
Or, use the Branches tab on the main menu to find the holding branch (which includes the Manchester tab), then nevigate to Research / Documents section for that area.
Members and non-members can see the list of databases and documents, but will need to log in to view the documents. Joining the society is easy, just select the "Join" button at the top of the page to find out more.
You can access any of the document pages as above, or you can go to Member Area button at the top of any page, then scroll down to Document Collections. The link will take you to the Documents listing which includes the documents in the General Record Collection and the branch document collections. From there you can select any document to view its contents.