Lancashire Family History

Lancashire parish records, births, marriages, deaths, family history resources, societies, burials, cemeteries and much more.


Lancashire Archives
Liverpool Archives
Manchester Archives

Births, Marriages & Deaths

Lancashire BMD
Lancashire BMD has over 10.8 million births, 4.5 million marriages and 6.5 million deaths available to search and view for free.
Lancashire Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

CemSearch UK has databases of monumental or headstone inscriptions from cemeteries and graveyards in Lancashire, including Accrington, Colne, Bacup, Blackburn, Burnley, Little Hulton, Loveclough, Manchester, Nelson, Preston, Salford, Tyldesley, Weaste, Wheatley Lane and Whitworth.

Free to search and view, a database of Rossendale WW1 Casualties, Wargrave Photos in Blackburn, Bingley, Birkdale, Utley Cemetries and New Mills and Cowling Parish Churches.

Free to search and view Pauper’s Graves in Weaste And Peel Green Eccles Cemeteries In Salford Manchester.

Free to search and view in Providence United Methodist Free Church, Loveclough. Lancashire, St Bartholomew’s Church, Whitworth near Rochdale, St John The Evangelist and Ebenezer Baptist Chapel in Bacup, Wharton Presbyterian Chapel, Little Hulton, Manchester.
Manchester Burial Records
Manchester Cremation Records 1818-2001
Oldham Burial Records
The Oldham council website gives free access to its burial records, including cremations, on its website.
You can search and view records from:

  • Chadderton Cemetery
  • Crompton Cemetery
  • Failsworth Cemetery
  • Greenacres Cemetery
  • Hollinwood Cemetery
  • Lees Cemetery
  • Oldham Crematorium
  • Royton Cemetery

St James’ Cemetery Burials Liverpool
The St James’ Cemetery Liverpool website has almost 15,000 burial records in its online database. Search by name, surname, date of birth and date of death.
Tameside Burial Records
Records are available from: Ashton Cemetery, Audenshaw Cemetery, Denton Cemetery, Droylsden Cemetery, Mossley Cemetery.

Census Records

1939 Register
UK Census 1841-1911

Criminals and Convicts

Lancaster Convict Database 1800s
Manchester Prison Records 1847-1881

Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers 1832-1932
Manchester Electoral Registers 1832-1900


Liverpool Genealogy Forum
The Liverpool Genealogy Forum covers queries within the area of Lancashire between the Ribble and the Mersey including Liverpool, Southport, Warrington, Skelmersdale, Leigh and Widnes.
RootsChat Lancashire

Historical Directories

Lancashire Historical Directories
Liverpool Directory 1766
Liverpool & Birkenhead Directory 1870

Local History

Domesday Book Lancashire
Genuki Lancashire
Liverpool Lives
Liverpool Lives shares people’s stories with a focus on people sharing their post-war memories of Liverpool life throughout the years. Anyone can get involved as long as the topic is about Liverpool.


Old Lancashire Maps

Military Records

Lancashire Fusiliers
Lancashire Infantry Museum
Liverpool Pals 1914-1918
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Lancashire Roll of Honour
Manchester Regiment
St. Helens Roll of Honour

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Collection 1710-1953
Old Mersey Times
Liverpool and Merseyside history and people from old transcribed newspapers with births, deaths, marriages, criminals, divorce, emigration, memorial inscriptions and much more.


Lancashire Police Records
The Lancashire Police Record Search website allows you to see if your ancestor was in the police. You can then request further details through the website. The site provides a list of names of police officers, particularly those who served with the Lancashire County Constabulary from the force’s inception in 1840 up to 1925.
Manchester Apprentices 1700-1849
Manchester Police Index 1812-1941

Parish Records

Lancashire Parish Records

Photos and Postcards

Lancashire Lantern
The Lancashire Lantern is an image archive of local old photographs, postcards and other images.
Manchester Local Images

Poor Law Records

Manchester Workhouse Registers 1800-1911
Withington Workhouse, Chorlton Births

School Records

Manchester School Admissions 1776-1807
Manchester School Admissions 1807-1837
School Admission Registers 1870-1914

Societies and Groups

Lancashire FH & Heraldry Society
Liverpool & SW Lancashire FHS
Manchester & Lancashire FHS

Surname Research

Lancashire Surname Interests
The Surname Interest search provides details of surnames being researched by members of the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society, usually specifying a particular period and county, and often a locality within the county.
Lancashire Surnames 1881
Top surnames from the 1881 census in Lancashire.

Wills and Probate

Lancashire Wills & Probate 1457-1858
More than 229,000 Lancashire wills and probate records. Find out if your ancestor’s will survived the centuries.
Lancashire Will Search
The purpose of Lancashire Will Search is to aid one in finding a will of a person who died in Lancashire, England from the time period of the mid sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century. This resource should only be used as an index and a search of the original probate records should always be done to overcome transcription errors and omissions. A record found in the index does not guarantee that a will can be found since not all wills were microfilmed due to the fact that many were lost or destroyed.
List of Lancashire Wills 1748-1792