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Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby ianw16 » Mon May 16, 2016 3:43 pm

I thought I'd list a few of the resources I use for my family research, most of which is in the Manchester area. I suspect most people with an interest in this region will already know about these resources, but beginners, or others with interests mostly based elsewhere, may not be aware of them.

Lancashire online parish clerks: Free. Easily searchable database. Can search whole county, whole town, or a specific church; http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/

Lancashire BMD: Free. Similar to FreeBMD. One advantage is that they have now transcribed many of the maiden names of mothers on baptisms. Also have age at death from 1837, as opposed to 1866 for FreeBMD. Very handy when weighing up which certificates to shell out for. Direct link to Manchester City Council for ordering certificates; http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/

Manchester City Council Burial Records: Searchable database of all the main cemeteries in Manchester. Fee payable only if you want extra info on the deceased. For free you can search, find the relative, and then see who else was buried in that plot. When used in combination with Lancs BMD, can be useful in identifying deaths; http://www.burialrecords.manchester.gov.uk/

Artus Family History: Free. Not Manchester specific, but has excellent resolution street maps of various cities, including Manchester from 1857, 1874, 1922, 1930 & 1935, and Stockport 1940. Worth a look to see if your town is included. http://www.artus-familyhistory.com/sour ... 0Maps.html

A Vision of Britain: Free. Not Manchester specific. Excellent maps (not street maps), freely available. Requires a form to be filled regarding non-commercial use. Handy if a putative relative got married in a certain town, but lived elsewhere. How close by was it? http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/

Manchester's Unfilmed 1851 Census: Free. Images are available at Ancestry, but has a search feature, including street name; http://www.1851-unfilmed.org.uk/intro.htm

Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society: Some freely searchable records, but requires a fee to search the members area database. Not expensive, and worth it if the region is your main area of interest. Includes employee records from some of the larger mills; http://www.mlfhs.org.uk/

Those are just some of the resources I use, as well as the major genealogy sites. One final thing; if Manchester/ Lancashire is your main area of research, and you only want one subscription to a major site, then it has to be Ancestry. Practically everybody within a stones throw of the city used the old cathedral for b, m & d. Doing it at another church generally meant paying a fee to that church as well as the cathedral. So the poor tended to cut out the middle man. Ancestry has those records, as well as good coverage of the rest of Manchester and Lancs.

Happy hunting.
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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby pete25 » Mon May 16, 2016 3:57 pm

Brilliant! Knew of some but there are other links I didn't know about...going to take a look later.

Thanks for these links.

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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby AdrianB38 » Mon May 16, 2016 4:12 pm

Thanks for that - I'd not seen the Artus maps site - or not realised what was on it if I had - and Manchester street maps are just what I need right now! :)
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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby ianw16 » Mon May 16, 2016 4:27 pm

You're welcome, chaps. With regard to the Artus maps, be aware that they are split into sections, so you'll need to be precise about where you click to enlarge. I got various areas and joined them in Photoshop (other image editing software is available!).

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Actually, I should be more specific; from memory, each image on the page is divided into NW, NE, SW & SE. However, each of these areas contains a right, left and central portion. Where you click within each division will determine which part you see.
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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby Mick Loney » Tue May 17, 2016 5:49 am

Ian
Thanks for the tips, especially the 'throwaway' comment towards the end concerning Ancestry and Manchester Cathedral. I was often puzzled why my lowly ancestors were christened in the Cathedral, now it makes sense.



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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby JaneyH » Tue May 17, 2016 7:43 am

Many thanks for this! I must file it away and re-check the small handful of my husband's ancestors who lived in Liverpool for a while before settling in Cheshire.

Being a southerner myself, and with most of my own family roots in the West Country, I'm most grateful for the pointers.


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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby ianw16 » Tue May 17, 2016 11:08 am

Mick Loney wrote:Ian
Thanks for the tips, especially the 'throwaway' comment towards the end concerning Ancestry and Manchester Cathedral. I was often puzzled why my lowly ancestors were christened in the Cathedral, now it makes sense.



Hi Mick. Yes, it was basically the only option for the poor. Interesting short article on the Cathedral here: http://www.aidan.co.uk/article_manchester_cathedral.htm
It was also right on the edge of the poorest areas surrounding Angel Meadow. For anybody with relatives from that particular area (once featured on Time Team), or just a general interest in Victorian Manchester/ England, I would highly recommend Dean Kirby's book: 'Angel Meadow - Victorian Britain's most savage slum.' A real eye opener.
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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby ksouthall » Tue May 17, 2016 7:39 pm

Mick Loney wrote:Ian
Thanks for the tips, especially the 'throwaway' comment towards the end concerning Ancestry and Manchester Cathedral. I was often puzzled why my lowly ancestors were christened in the Cathedral, now it makes sense.


Would this be the case in other cathedral cities such as St Albans? Would those cathedrals also charge on top of a local church fee?
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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby AdrianB38 » Tue May 17, 2016 8:19 pm

ksouthall wrote:... Would this be the case in other cathedral cities such as St Albans? Would those cathedrals also charge on top of a local church fee?

In fact the practice started well before the church became the Cathedral, so "cathedral" as such was not the reason (or excuse).

http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Manchester/Cathedral tells about about the number of marriages. That link refers to "the charter of the Collegiate Church" so it may be that Manchester was unique - or other collegiate churches (no, I don't know either) might have had similar charters.
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Re: Manchester & Lancashire genealogy

Postby ksouthall » Tue May 17, 2016 8:46 pm

AdrianB38 wrote:
ksouthall wrote:... Would this be the case in other cathedral cities such as St Albans? Would those cathedrals also charge on top of a local church fee?

In fact the practice started well before the church became the Cathedral, so "cathedral" as such was not the reason (or excuse).

http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Manchester/Cathedral tells about about the number of marriages. That link refers to "the charter of the Collegiate Church" so it may be that Manchester was unique - or other collegiate churches (no, I don't know either) might have had similar charters.


Thanks for replying Adrian. I'll see if I can find out any more although it's not top of my lists of things to find out.
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