Family History Societies - Lancashire (L)

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

Lancashire Parish Register Society:

Address:

Mr Alan Kenwright
c/o LPRS
19 Churton Grove
Shevington Moor
Wigan
WN6 0SZ

E-Mail:

akenwright@yahoo.com

Information:

Founded in 1898, the association has published around 250 volumes on CD, in hardback or on microfiche. Their aims are to transcribe Parish Registers, to edit and publish them and also to help preserve the original documents.  All Parish Registers from the 16th Century have now been transcribed.

Some transcripts are available in Manchester Central Library's Archive Department.

Some Parish Registers are available to purchase in printed volumes or on CDs.

Website: 
http://www.lprs.org.uk 


Lancaster and District FH Group:

Address:

Lynn Murray
c/o Lancaster Family History Group
402 Heysham Road
Heysham
Lancashire
LA3 2BJ

E-Mail:

secretary@lfhg.org

Information:

Founded in 1991 by people interested in family history, the group aims to promote genealogical research, compile indexes of local monumental inscriptions and also to increase the holdings of the association.

Many photographs are available on the site, which include photographs of:

  • Armed Forces Day
  • Bolton Le Sands
  • Carnforth
  • Caton and Brookhouse
  • Galgate
  • Garstang
  • Glasson Dock and Cockerham
  • Hornby
  • Lancaster
  • Morecambe
  • Over Kellet

Website: 
http://www.lfhg.org 


Liverpool and SW Lancs FHS

Address:

Frances Fraser
c/o LASWLFHS
35 Greenhill Road
Allerton
Liverpool
L18 6JJ

E-Mail:

secretary@liverpool-genealogy.org.uk

Information:

The association was founded in 1976 as the Liverpool Family History Society with a relatively small number of members but as more members joined, more branches were set up by people residing outside of Liverpool.  These were St Helens (disbanded), Southport, Skelmersdale, Leigh, Warrington and Widnes.

The association changed its name in order to accommodate the groups, firstly to Liverpool and District FHS and then to its present name of Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society.

Many groups form part of the Society, which include:

  • Leigh
  • Liverpool
  • Skelmersdale and Upholland
  • Southport
  • Warrington
  • Widnes

Leigh

Meeting Location:

Derby Room
Leigh Library

Some memorial inscriptions have been recorded by Society members, which include:

  • Abram St John's
  • Ashton-in-Makerfield St Thomas's, Warrington Road and Heath Road
  • Golborne St Thomas's
  • Leigh Cemetery
  • Lowton St Mary's
  • Westleigh St Paul's

Some photographs of old Leigh have been placed in their section of the L&SWLFHS website.


Liverpool

Meeting Location

Top Floor Meeting Room
Liverpool Library
William Brown Street
Liverpool
L3 8EW

Photographs relating to old Liverpool are on their section of the main site.


Skelmersdale and Upholland

Meeting Location:

Upholland Library Community Room
Hall Green
Upholland
WN8 0PB

Photographs of Old Skelmersdale are available on the site.


Southport

Meeting Location:

Lord Street West United Church (small hall)
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 2BH

Help Desks:

Southport Library
Atkinson Centre
Lord Street
PR8 1DB

Formby Library
Duke Street
L37 4A

Crosby Library
Crosby Road North
L22 0LQ

Photographs of old Southport are accessible on their site.


Warrington

Meeting Location:

Halliwell Jones Rugby Stadium
opposite Tesco Supermarket
Winwick Road
Warrington

Photographs of Warrington are accessible on the site.


Widnes

Meeting Location

John Dalton Community Centre
Our Lady of the Perpetual Succour
Mayfield Avenue
Off Royal Avenue
Ditton
Widnes
WA8 8PR

The group was established in 1994 with 13 members, them meeting in Widnes library.  20 people now come to the monthly meetings.  They welcome new members and look forward to meeting you.

Their aims are to promote and encourage interest in family history and to transcribe records, making them accessible to the public.

Photographs of Widnes are accessible on the site.


A forum is also available on the main site.

Some databases are accessible, which include:

  • Change of Street Names: Old street names and the names substituted for them (from 1865 Gore's Directory)
  • Liverpool Auxiliary Firemen: People in the Auxiliary Fire Service during World War II.
  • Liverpool Firemen

Some of these databases are accessible to members only.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Directories
  • Great Hurricane 1839
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Registers
  • Parish Register Transcripts
  • Poll Books
  • Reference Books
  • Surname Atlas

Website: 
http://www.liverpool-genealogy.org.uk