Family History Societies - Lancashire (A-L)

This section lists county associations of Lancashire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Furness FHS:

Address:

Miss Julia M Fairbairn
c/o Furness FHS
64 Cowlarns Road
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA14 4HJ

E-Mail:

julia.fairbairn@furnessfhs.co.uk

Information:

The association was established in 1993 and covers the area which is bounded by the sea to the South, Windermere and Cartmel to the East, River Duddon and Dunnerdale to the West and Langdale valleys to the North.

Many databases are accessible, which include:

  • List of Newspapers
  • Migration and Movement: Abbey Activities, Coniston Copper, Iron Industry, Manufacturing Industries and South Africa
  • Significant Surnames
  • Timeline of History Highlights in relation to Britain and Furness

A list of churches in the area is also available.

Website: 
http://www.furnessfhs.co.uk 


Lancashire FH and HS:

Address:

Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society
Sharman Walmsley
56 Longbrook Avenue
Bamber Bridge
Preston
PR5 6XG

E-Mail:

secretary@lfhhs.org.uk

Information:

The association was founded in 1973 and aims to advance the study of genealogy and heraldry whilst helping to find, publish and make available records and documents. 

They also hope to provide an information service and library.

In addition, they help to transcribe and preserve original documents and records. It now has thirteen centres across the county and one in London. The centres in the county are:

Blackburn and Darwen

Meeting Address:

Ewood Park Working Mens Club
318 Bolton Road
Blackburn
BB2 4HY

Email:

blackburn@lfhhs.org.uk

Many reference books and microfiche relating to the local area are held by the branch, which include monumental inscriptions.


Bury

Meeting Location:

The Kay Room
Church House
The Wylde
Bury
BL9 0LA

Email:

bury@lfhhs.org.uk

Many resources are held by the branch, which include:

  • Bury Cemetery Burials 1890-1979
  • Census Indexes
  • Maps
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Register Indexes
  • Reference Books

Chorley

Meeting Location:

Cunliffe Hall (Chorley Masonic Hall)
Cunliffe Street
Chorley
PR7 2BE

Branch Contact:

Steve Williams
Branch Secretary
24 The Cedars
Eaves Green
Chorley
PR7 3RH

Telephone:

01257 262028

Email:

chorley@lfhhs.org.uk

Fylde

Meeting Location:

St Martin's and St Hilda's Church
Fleetwood Road South
Carleton
Poulton le Fylde
FY6 7NL

Email:

chorley@lfhhs.org.uk

The Fylde branch of the LFHHS was established on 15th Feburary 1984.  Their aims are to promote and encourage the study of family history and heraldry, to make documents accessible to the public, to preserve these documents and to build up a library.

Fylde covers the area of Lancashire between the rivers Ribble and Wyre.

Some maps and photographs are available on their site.

Many resources are accessible through the Society, which include:

  • Catalogue of Directories and Poll Books
  • Census Indexes
  • Hearth Tax and Association Oath Rolls
  • Lancashire Strays
  • Land Tax Assessments 1690-1950
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Marriage Licences - Abstracts and Indexes in the Library of the Society of Genealogists
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Parish Register Indexes
  • Parish Register Indexes
  • Poll Books 1696-1872
  • Reference Books

Website:
https://fyldelfhhs.com


Heraldry Group

Meeting Location:

St Stephen's Church Centre
Bird Street
Preston
PR1 8DY

Email:

heraldry@lfhhs.org.uk

Hyndburn

Meeting Locations:

With a Speaker:

Accrington and District Blind Society
32 Bank Street
Accrington
BB5 1HP

Workshops:

Accrington Library
St James Street
Accrington
BB5 1NQ

The area covered by Hyndburn branch includes:

  • Accrington Church
  • Altham
  • Clayton-le-Moors
  • Great Harwood
  • Huncoat
  • Oswaldtwistle
  • Rishton

Email:

hyndburn@lfhhs.org.uk

Irish Ancestry Group:

Meeting Location:

2 Straits
Oswaldtwistle
Lancashire
BB5 3LU

Email:

irish@lfhhs.org.uk

Lancaster and Morecambe

Meeting Location:

Morecambe Heritage Centre
The Promenade (Next door to the Winter Gardens)
215 Marine Road
Morecambe
LA4 4BU

Email:

lancaster@lfhhs.org.uk

London and South

Meeting Location:

Brompton Library
210 Old Brompton Road
London
SW5 0BS

The Society meets with members of the Cumbria FHS.

Email:

elizabethprior@btinternet.com

Pendle and Burnley

Meeting Location

Colne Library
Market Square
Colne
BB8 0AP

Email:

pendle@lfhhs.org.uk

A list of places covered by the Society is available on their site.

An Index of Memorial Cards, Silk Ribbons and Press Cuttings is available on their site.  A list of Family Pedigrees held at the Colne Library is also accessible.

Many databases are on their site, which include:

  • Burnley Cemetery Burials 1856-2010
  • Burnley St Peter Burials 1690-1982
  • Burnley St Peter Memorial Inscriptions
  • Earby (Wheatlands) Cemetery (formerly Yorkshire) Burials 1887-1960
  • Earby (Wheatlands) Cemetery Memorial Inscriptions
  • Great Marsden St John Memorial Inscriptions Receipt and Grave Books
  • Habergham Eaves (Burnley) Holy Trinity Burials 1837-1960
  • Habergham Eaves (Burnley) Holy Trinity Memorial Inscriptions
  • Little Marsden St Paul Burials 1813-2010
  • Little Marsden St Paul Memorial Inscriptions

Many resources are available for sale, which include:

  • 1851 Map Of Lancashire
  • Baptism Indexes
  • British Vital Records
  • Burial Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Diary of Rev. Peter Walkden 1725, 1729-30
  • Family Histories
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Genealogical Memoirs of the Family of Marsden 1194-1901
  • Lancashire Association Oath Rolls - 1696
  • LFHHS Journals 1975-2004
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • The Pedigree Population Database
  • Reference Books
  • Wills Index

Some of these resources relate to other counties of the United Kingdom.

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also available.

Website:
http://www.lfhhs-pendleandburnley.org.uk/


Preston

Meeting Location:

Kingsfold Methodist Church
Padway
Penwortham
Preston
PR1 9EJ

Contact:

Stewart McLoughlin
4 Dudley Close
Longton
Preston
Lancashire
PR4 5WH

Email:

preston@lfhhs.org.uk

The Society was established in February 1977.  Some resources are held by the branch, which include:

  • 1881 Census of Lancashire
  • CDs
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI)

You are able to download copies of their newsletter from their section of the main site.


Rochdale

Meeting Location

St Andrew's U.R. Church
Entwisle Road
Rochdale
OL16 2HZ

Contact:

Mrs Rosemary Fitton
13 Bowlers Walk
Rochdale
Lancashire
OL12 6EN


Rossendale

Meeting Location:

Longholme Methodist Church (Near Bus Station)
Bacup Road
Rawtenstall
BB4 7ND

Contact:

Mrs Rita Hirst
Tower House
17 Victoria Street
Haslingden
Rossendale
Lancashire
BB4 5DL

Email:

rossendale@lfhhs.org.uk

The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society was originally established as Rossendale Society for Genealogy and Heraldry in 1973, holding meetings in Bury and Rawtenstall.  When the main Society changed its name on 1 January 1985, the Rawtenstall Group became the Rossendale branch.  Areas covered by the branch include:

  • Bacup
  • Edenfield
  • Haslingden
  • Rawtenstall
  • Whitworth

Many publications are available for sale through the main Society, which include:

  • 1851 Map of Lancashire
  • Brindle - St Joseph RC - School Registers  (1872-1980)
  • Brindle - St Joseph RC - Baptisms 1816-1916, Marriages 1834-1934 and Burials and Memorial Inscriptions 1815-1999
  • Census Indexes
  • Census of the Catholic Congregation of Preston
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Heraldry in the Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle
  • Lancashire Graveyards and Burial Grounds
  • LFHH Society Journals 1975-2004
  • Local History Books
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Osbaldeston, St Mary's RC MI and Images
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Preston Directories
  • Prominent People of Blackburn and District
  • Radcliffe Smyrna Street Methodist Church Bap Reg

Some items of clothing are also available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Dark Green Sweat Shirt (different sizes)
  • Light Blue Polo Shirt (different sizes)
  • Red Polo Shirt (different sizes)
  • Yellow Polo Shirt (different sizes)

Website: 
http://www.lfhhs.org.uk