Lancashire Family History

Lancashire family history, parish records, births, marriages, deaths, societies, burials, cemeteries and much more. We have separate pages for Liverpool and Manchester.


Births, Marriages & Deaths

Burials & Cemeteries

  • CemSearch
    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.
  • Chorlton Upon Medlock Burials 1821-1933
    61,000 registers from the Rusholme Road Cemetery.
  • Lytham Park Burials
    An index of burials (1927 onwards) and cremations (1958 onwards) from Lytham St. Annes. PDF or Excel files of the records can be downloaded.
  • 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
  • Tameside Burial Records
    Records are available from: Ashton Cemetery, Audenshaw Cemetery, Denton Cemetery, Droylsden Cemetery, Mossley Cemetery.
  • Wigan Burial Records
    Wigan World has online indexes from Wigan, Gidlow, Hindley, Ince, Westwood and Howe Bridge cemeteries. There’s also much more of interest for local family historians on their website.

Census Records

  • Census 1841-1921
    Search the census records from 1841-1921, plus the 1939 Register which includes over 4,000,000 Lancashire registers by person or address..
  • FreeCen
    Has a good, but not complete, selection of free records to search and view.

Criminals and Convicts

Electoral Registers


Historical Directories

Local History


Military Records

Newspaper Archives


  • 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.

Photos and Postcards

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

School Records

Societies and Groups

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

Workhouse Records

  • Oldham Workhouse 1867-1917
    Search over 150,000 records from Oldham, Alkrington, Chadderton, Crompton, Middleton, Royton, Thornham and Tonge.