Archive Services & Genealogical Research
family history and public records for Manchester, the Northwest region
of England, as well as National Records & Archives.
Family Tree Searches - Important
are unable to assist in personal genealogical or family history
having neither the manpower, time nor resources to undertake such
So please don't ask!
However, some of the resources listed below might help in
of British Genealogical Research
guide to researching British ancestry both locally and at a distance.
Information for the family historian wanting to know about the IGI,
using parish registers, Civil Registration system, the 19th century
Census returns and dozens of other archives. Website: www.genuki.org.uk/big/EmeryPaper.html.
- Access to Archives
The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held throughout
England and dating from the 900s to the present day. Website: www.a2a.org.uk
...which is soon to be changed to: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a.
Family History Research
Service searching the Family Record Office in London including GRO certificates,
census returns and wills. Website: www.aglab.co.uk.
A collection of photographs of ancestors gravestones located anywhere
in the UK.
Photographic service providing exclusive, tailor made portfolios of
subjects relating to your family heritage. Based in England and covering
the British Isles. Website: www.ancestraleye.com.
Links to websites researching family history in the United Kingdom.
Genealogical Research for England & Wales
befginners guide to the basics of English & Welsh research.
Family history research for English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
Certificates of Births, Marriages and Deaths as well as professional
research. Website: www.bigfamily.co.uk.
- Bolton Archive
& Local Studies Service
The Archivist, Central Library, Civic Centre, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton
Tel: 01204-332185. Fax: 01204-332225. Email: email@example.com
Archives: extensive records of local government, families, estates,
individuals, trade and industry, clubs, societies, nonconformist churches,
charities and other groups and organisations relating to the Bolton
area, as well as maps and microfilms of Census returns.
- British Army
Records at Ancestry.Com
Comprehensive help for family research in England, Scotland, Wales,
Ireland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man and
St Helena. Part of the WorldGenWeb Project.
Britain Forces Regiments
Information and search facility on Britsh, Empire and Commonwealth
military history including details of regiments and corps, uniforms,
badges and wars. Links to internet resources related to British Forces
and foreign campaigns. Website: www.regiments.org/milhist/uk/uk.htm.
- British Telephone
Directories from 1880
Burke's Peerage & Gentry - the definitive genealogical guide to
the family histories of the British Isles.
- Bury Archive
1st Floor, Derby Hall Annex, Edwin Street, Bury BL9 OAS
Telephone 0161-797 6697. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Records of Local Authorities 1675 to the present including Poor Law,
Electoral Registers, Rate Books, Building Plans, Nonconformist churches
1782-date, Political parties, Trade Unions, Tithe maps of parts of Bury
and Prestwich parishes and Schools from 1726 to the present.
Research services by the well-known genealogist, Lady Teviot, including
family history and probate searches. Website: www.census-searches.co.uk.
- Cheshire &
Chester Archive & Local Studies
Their service collects and preserves historical records relating to
both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire, the diocese and the
City of Chester. It makes the records available for study free of charge
by members of the public. It also provides a records management service
for Cheshire County Council and houses the Local Studies Library. Website:
- Cheshire Family
The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to
advance the study of family history and genealogy, and helps researchers
whose ancestors originated in Cheshire.
War Graves Commission
The Commission's database lists the 1.7 million men and women of the
Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000
cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated.
The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth
civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.
- Discover Military
Medal cards, service records & more online at The National Archives.
Parish and Probate Records
A database of historical parish and probate registers in England. Records
date from the early 16th century to the late nineteenth. A few documents
date from the twelfth century. Parish records, baptisms, marriages,
and burials, etc. Website: www.ancestry.com?db=5877.
Resources for research of entertainer's families including circus, showmen,
theatre and music hall. Mainly United Kingdom but also worldwide. Website:
Offers genealogical research services for families originating in England
and Wales. Links to genealogy sites. Website: www.angelfire.com/sd/education4u/index.html
List and extracts of current month's articles as well as ifnroamtion
on how to subscribe.
UK family history researchers. Website: www.family-line.co.uk.
of Family History Societies
An international organisation based in the UK which represents, advises
and supports over 220 family history societies and genealogical organisations
worldwide. Website: http://ffhs.org.uk.
Based on, and provided by, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (Mormons) database, another good place to start researching family
history and genealogy.
- Federation of
Family History Societies
An international organistion whose principal aims are: to coordinate
and assist the work of societies or other bodies interested in family
history, genealogy and heraldry; to foster mutual cooperation and collaborative
projects to help researches, and to represent the interests of our members,
and family historians generally, especially in the preservation and
availability of archival documents.
- First World
Find your ancestors for free - Search 350 million records
& Family Reseach UK
Online application form to apply to have the research done for you.
- Genealogy Guide
A useful and friendly directory of where to start looking for those
wishing to learn more about their family history and provides useful
advice regarding tracing their family trees. What documents are available
and what information do they hold? How to set about researching your
family history? .
Help for Private Researchers
Genealogy Help provides help for UK family tree researchers. Includes
census and parish records, also village histories and photographs. Website:
- General Register
Office for England & Wales
Contains records of births, marriages and deaths for the UK. The GRO
can often provide guidance and information if you are investigating
your family genealogy, etc., and has a Traceline aimed at re-establishing
contact between family and friends. Website: www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content.
Professional company which helps to trace ancestors in the United Kingdom.
GenesConnected - UK family tree and genealogy website where you can
search for ancestors and build your family tree for free. English, Irish
or Scottish ancestry search in a database of millions of names.
- GENUKI - UK
& Ireland Genealogy
The Genuki web site provides an excellent starting point for those beginning
to research their family history in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
- Greater Manchester
County Record Office
GMCRO stores historical records relating to the Greater Manchester area,
and to make them available for members of the public for research. Some
records date back to 1197. Contains records of estate papers, birth,
marriage or a death certificates, vehicle registration records, and
can carry out searches via the post at an hourly research charge. Microfilm
records available to the public. Website: www.gmcro.co.uk.
- Greater Manchester
Museum of Science and Industry Archives
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4JP. Tel: 0161-832-2244.
Keeps Business records including engineering, machine tool, mill engines,
electrical engineering, locomotive and motor car manufacture, textile
(with fabric samples), photographic materials and chemical firms, photographs
National Paper Museum, and offers a typescript guide to its collections.
Also now keeps the Mining Reference Library, formerly kept by the Lancashire
Mining Museum at Buile Hill, now closed, (See Main Entry). This collection
has 15,000 volumes, including early works, as well as Coalmining, Metalliferous
Mining and Quarrying records.
- Greater Manchester
Past Finder (GMPF)
Record Offices of the ten metropolitan councils in Greater Manchester.
They are Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport,
Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan councils - together with the Greater Manchester
County Record Office (GMCRO) which is run jointly by the councils. The
Record Offices collect, preserve and make accessible to the public important
records of the life and history of their areas. The GMCRO provides certain
technical services and cares for archives relating to the conurbation
as a whole. Website: www.gmcro.co.uk/hlf/past_finder.htm.
- Greater Manchester
Record Office - Will & Probate
Records include probate records, wills, inventories and the letters
of administration granted to an executor where the deceased has not
left a will. Indexes to probate granted in England and Wales 1858-1951
New York Port Arrival Records, 1846-1851 at Ancestry.Com.
Website link: www.ancestry.com?db=5969.
of Man Genealogy - Gedcom files
- Jewish Genealogical
Society of Great Britain
Manchester Regional Group Chairman: Lorna Kay. Email: email@example.com.
- Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LW. Tel: 0161-834 9879.
Retains deposited records of the Jewish communities in the Greater Manchester
region. For records of official Jewish organizations see Manchester
City Archives (above).
- John Rylands
University Library of Manchester
1). - At Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL. Contact: Main Library Archivist
Tel: 0161-275 3738.
Please note that a Manchester University Library card is needed and
visits should preferably be by appointment. Keeps University archive,
including papers of former staff, Business records including Guardian
and other newspaper archives, records of English textile companies and
of the Manchester Medical Society.
2). - At Deansgate Building, Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH. Tel Administrator:
Keeps Western and Eastern manuscripts - ancient, mediaeval and modern,
as well as Family records including papers of many Cheshire and Lancashire
- Lancashire Family
History & Heraldry Society
The main aims of the Society are to
advance the study of genealogy, heraldry, and family history, to find,
publish, and make accessible relevant documents and records, to promote
the preservation of these documents and records, especially by transcribing
original sources, to collaborate with organisations and bodies who have
custody of records and to operate an information service and build up
- Lancashire Online
Parish Clerk Project
This site aims to extract and preserve the records from the various
parishes of Lancshire and to provide online access to that data, free
of charge, along with other data of value to family and local historians
conducting research. Website: www.lan-opc.org.uk.
Vast holdings of archives dating from the early 12th Century to the
present day - general information for genealogists. Website: www.lancashire.gov.uk/education/d_lif/ro/index.asp.
Forces of Britain, the Empire & the Commonwealth
Information and search facility on military history, regiments and corps,
uniforms, badges and wars. Links to internet resources related to British
Forces and foreign campaigns.
Archives and Local Studies
The Principal Archivist, Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester
M2 5PD. Tel: 0161-234 1980.
Manchester Archives and Local Studies, on the first floor of the Central
Library, is home to a wide range of materials relating to the history
of Manchester, its organisations, its buildings and its people. Anyone
studying the city and its history is welcome to use the range of reference
facilities available. Collection includes microfilms of Parish Registers,
Census Records, Electoral Registers, Town & City Directories, etc.
& Lancashire Family History Society
Founded in 1964 as the Manchester Genealogical Society, the Society
encourages and supports family history research in the Greater Manchester
area including Bolton and Oldham. Based at Clayton House in central
Manchester. Website: www.mlfhs.org.uk
A facility available
on the 'Manchester Online' website (by the Manchester Evening News
newspaper). Specialises in reunited Mancunians, Lancastrians and ex-pats
and in publicising reunions.
Post your message free at www.manchesteronline.co.uk/intouch
- National Archives
- Military History Records
Medal cards, service records & more online at The National Archives.
- North West
Manchester Metropolitan University, Minshull House, 47-49 Chorlton Street,
Manchester M1 3EU.
Tel: 0161-247 3097. Fax: 0161-247 3098. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By appointment only. The Archive keeps 21,000 items showing life in
Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside from 1896 to
the present. The collection includes cinema newsreels, documentaries
publicity films, television programmes and home movies. Complimentary
collections of photographs, taped interviews and ephemera related to
the history of the region's film and cinema industries are also held.
- North West Sound
Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1AZ.
Contact - Sound Archivist Tel: 01200 427897. Email: email@example.com
100,000 recordings largely relating to the North West. By prior arrangement
many recordings can be made available at The Greater Manchester Listening
Centre based at GMCRO (above). Collections of regional and national
significance - Solidarity, Radio Astronomy. Large collections of BBC
and ILR programmes, and regional oral history material, dialect and
western classical music. Free computer information search service and
leaflet on archive available. Website: http://lancashire.gov.uk/education/lifelong/ro
- Oldham Local
Studies and Archives
84 Union Street, Oldham OL1 1DN. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 0161-911 4654. Fax: 0161-911 4654.
Holds records of predecessor authorities as well as Urban Districts
of Chadderton, Crompton, Failsworth, Lees, Royton, Saddleworth, Springhead
and Uppermill. Details of local Cooperative Society and textile trade
unions, Higson antiquarian collection, Personal papers of Dame Sarah
and Majory Lees of Werneth Park, including suffrage material, and the
Rowbottom diaries: daily events in Oldham 1787-1829.
- Parish the Thought
A free record source for a growing list of parish and other record transcriptions
of Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Sussex, with links to other sites of interest
to genealogists. Many of the Lancashire transcriptions can be found
indexed under their various parish names on the Lancashire OPC website:
- Peoples' History
Museum: Labour History Archive & Study Centre
The Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC) is the only specialist
repository for the political wing of the Labour movement. It holds records
for working class political organisations from the Chartists to New
Labour. Website: www.peopleshistorymuseum.org.uk.
A service offered by a professional researcher who will search records
held by the London Public Record Office for family histories of individuals
who served in the military, the navy or in colonial positions in 17th
to 19th centuries. Website: www.users.dircon.co.uk/~searcher.
Family History Society
Information on the records held by the Society of Friends, a British-based
- Rochdale Local
Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ.
Tel: 01706-864915. Email: email@example.com
Archival material includes Municipal and other Administrative records,
Trades Union and Political Records, Rochdale Pioneers Minutes, Industrial
and Commercial Records, Manor Records, Family Records. They also carry,
on microfilm, local census returns, parish registers, Burgess Rolls,
1858-1881, Wills 1553-1810, as well as Poor Law and Landowners records.
- Salford City
Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford M5
Tel: 0161-736 2649. Fax: 0161-745 9490. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archive holds a huge collection of photographs, documents and newspapers
relating to Salford's past. These include Local authority records including
Poor Law Union, Public records including Quarter Sessions, Coroner (Salford
City) transferred to Greater Manchester County Record Office, Religious
including Nonconformist, Family records, Trade Unions and details of
societies and charities.
Record Offices and Archives on the Web
Arranged alphabetically by county. Website: http://www.oz.net/~markhow/scotsros.htm.
Our Library is the foremost in the British Isles with a large collection
of family histories, civil registration and census material, and the
widest collection of Parish Register copies in the country (over 9,000).
They are arranged with local histories, poll books and directories,
other topographical material, and the publications of county records.
- Stockport Archive
The Archivist, Central Library, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1
Tel: 0161- 474 4530. Email: email@example.com.
Keeps Local authority records, Public records including Borough Magistrates
Court, Hospital records, Family records including the Bradshaw-Isherwood
estate, and publishes a Guide to Stockport Family History. Website:
- Tameside Archive
Closed on October 9th 2004 for 3 months during move to a brand new building
next to the Central Library, Old Street in Ashton-under-Lyne. Tel: 0161-338
2708 and 3831. Fax: 0161-303 8289.
Keeps Local authority records including Turnpike Trust (Saltersbrook),
Public records including Hospital, Religious records including Nonconformist,
Family records including Clarke family of Hyde, Stamford estate, Business
including Trade Unions and Manchester Regiment archives. Also offers
a free guide to the archive collection: "Tracing your Family".
- Trafford Library
Local Studies Service
The Local Studies Librarian, Trafford Local Studies Centre, Sale Library,
Sale Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF. Tel: 0161-912 3013. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Records include St. Catherine's House Index 1837-2000, Census Returns
for the Trafford District 1841-1901, Parish Registers on microfilm,
Local Newspapers, maps, Gas Industry Genealogical Index, Rate Books,
Electoral Registers, Local Authority records, Local Societies and a
photographic collection. Offers 2 guides for free: "Trafford
Local Studies and Archives" and "Sources for Family
Website: www.gmcro.co.uk/guides/gmguide/reposit.htm .
- UKBMD - UK
Births, Marriages & Deaths
This site provides links to many websites that offer online details
of births, marriages and deaths and offers links to many UK census transcriptions.
You can also select and search for websites that are dedicated to providing
online information for genealogists researching births, marriages and
deaths in the UK. Website: www.ukbmd.org.uk.
Family History Online
Links to public records, registers, plus news, events, and advice.
Family History Research
A comprehensive genealogy service, tracing family history throughout
Free online search databases and other resources for those researching
their family tree.
- UK Genealogy
Includes old maps, UK genealogy search facility, Electoral Roll search,
Birth Adoption Records and other useful information for family searches.
Portal for UK research. Website: www.ukgenealogy.co.uk.
Genealogy, Heraldry & History
Free United Kingdom genealogy resources online including parish registers,
herald's visitations and a name database. Website: www.uk-genealogy.org.uk.
Containing an index of Web pages relating to genealogy or family history,
site submit facility and contact information. Website: www.kbnet.co.uk/brianp/webring.html.
Searchable database comprising more than 60,000 UK placenames.
Website: www.digital-documents.co.uk/archi/placename.htm .
A family and local history directory, specific to the UK. Includes forums,
projects, transcriptions and extracts, links & more. Website: www.ukancestor.com.
Kingdom & Ireland Records
United Kingdom and Ireland Records. Searchable database contains records
of births, marriages, deaths and censuses, etc. Website: http://userdb.rootsweb.com/uki.
Consortium of Research Libaries (COPAC)
Copac, based at the University of Manchester, is a union catalogue which
provides free access to the merged online catalogues of 24 major university
research libraries in the UK and Ireland, as well as the British Library,
the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell
- The Family Business
A genealogical and historical research service for North Wales and the
- War Records
Death indices for all WWI battles, army lists, roll calls & records.
Genealogy Research Site
Search facilities of the 1881 census and links to websites in the UK.
- Wigan Family
& Local History Society
Promotion and encouragement of research into family and local history.
Our aim is to provide support, help, ideas and advice for members and
non-members alike. Attendance fee is £1.00 for members and £1.50
for visitors. Light refreshments are served after the meeting which
usually last about one hour.
Postal Mail Enquiries: Tony Haslam, 15 Welbeck Road, Ashton in Makerfield,
Wigan WN4 8AR.
Email: email@example.com. Website: http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/familyhistory/.
- Wigan Record
Contact: The Archivist, Town Hall, Leigh, Wigan WN7 2DY.
Tel: 01942-404430. Fax: 01942-404425. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Collection includes Local authority records including Poor Law Unions
for Leigh and Wigan, Public records including Quarter Sessions and Petty
Sessions, Coroner reports, Hospital records, Census microfilms, Religious
records including Parish, Methodist and other Nonconformist churches,
Family records including Anderton of Ince, Crawford of Haigh estate,
Holt, Leigh family, Standish of Standish, The Edward Hall collection
of diaries, Trade Unions records and societies. Offers a range of guides
to the archives and specialist local topics. Website www.wlct.org/Culture/Heritage/archives.htm.
- World War I
Find your ancestors for free - Search 350 million records. www.GenesReunited.co.uk/war/records.
- Yorkshire: Huddersfield
& District Family History Society
The Society caters particularly for those researching and with interests
in the Metropolitan District of Kirklees, which comprises Batley, Colne
Valley, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Holme Valley, Kirkburton,
Meltham, Mirfield and Spen Valley. Within its boundaries lie the 11
ancient parishes of Almondbury, Batley, Birstall, Dewsbury, Emley, Hartshead,
Huddersfield, Kirkburton, Kirkheaton, Mirfield and Thornhill. Website: