Manchester Family History

This Manchester family history and genealogy research page links to online resources and websites to help you find your Manchester ancestors.


BMDs & Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

  • Manchester Burial Records
    Manchester Burial Records has approximately 800,000 records dating back to 1837, relating to Manchester General, Gorton, Philips Park, Blackley and Southern cemeteries, and they are an invaluable historical reference to our past and provide an insight into the lives of your ancestors.
  • Manchester Cemetery Records
    These burial registers cover Ardwick Cemetery, Rusholme Road Cemetery, Cheetham Hill Wesleyan Cemetery, Withington Workhouse (Chorlton Union) death registers 1857-1949 and Withington Workhouse (Chorlton Union) interment registers 1898-1922.
  • Manchester and Oldham Burials
    There are over 250,000 transcripts in these records covering the years 1573-1992.
  • Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project (Archived)
    The project is being undertaken by a team of volunteers whose intention is to transcribe as many of the headstones within Manchester General Cemetery as possible before they are lost forever.
  • Manchester Cremation Records 1818-2001
    These 17,000+ records were provided by Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society and are transcribed obituaries and narratives from newspapers and Manchester Crematorium memorial plaques.

Census Records

  • Manchester Census 1841-1921 & 1939 Register
  • Manchester Rate Books 1706-1900
    Search over nine million names of tax payers to see if they owned or rented a property. The information includes: Name of occupier (head of household), name of owner, description of the property (house or business), street address/township/parish, rate to be paid (e.g. poor rate, water rate), amount to be paid, date paid or any default on payment.

Criminals & Convicts

Electoral Registers

  • Greater Manchester Electoral Registers 1820-1940
    These (over 25 million) records are made up from Parliamentary registers, Burgess rolls, Parochial registers and Citizen rolls.
  • Manchester Electoral Registers 1832-1900
    The Manchester Electoral Registers 1832-1900, include both the registers for local government elections, Citizens’ Rolls and Burgess Rolls, and the registers for Parliamentary Elections, Parliamentary Electoral Registers. The registers recorded a person’s name, address and why they qualified for a vote – what type of property they owned or rented.


Historical Directories

Local History


Military Records

Newspaper Archives


Photos and Postcards

  • Manchester Local Images
    Search over 80,000 images of Manchester, its people, streets and buildings from a period stretching well over 100 years.

Poor Law Records

School and University Records

  • Manchester School Admissions 1776-1807
  • Manchester School Admissions 1807-1837
  • Manchester School Registers
    The Manchester School Registers contain records from the following schools:
    – Albert Memorial School
    – Armitage Street Board School
    – Ashton under Lyne Holy Trinity School
    – Birley Street School
    – Brookdale Park School
    – Bury St. John School
    – Chapman Street School
    – Cheetwood Junior and Infant School
    – Chester Street Board School
    – Christ Church School
    – Ducie Technical High School Boys Department
    – Gaythorn County Primary
    – German Street Sunday School
    – Grosvenor Street Wesleyan School
    – Hague Street Primary School
    – Heath Street School
    – Heaton Norris Christ Church School
    – Holland Street Schools
    – Holy Trinity School
    – Manchester Jews School
    – Nelson Street School
    – Oldham St. Mary School
    – Openshaw Technical High School
    – Princess Road School
    – Ross Place School
    – Southall Street School
    – Strangeways
    – South Hulme Secondary Modern School
    – St. Alban’s Roman Catholic Secondary School
    – St. James Church of England School
    – St. Michael’s Roman Catholic School
    – St. Oswald’s Church of England Primary School
    – St. Paul’s School
    – St. Philip Free National School
    – St. Thomas’ School
    – Wenlock Primary School
  • The Victoria University of Manchester: Register of Graduates up to 1908

Societies & Groups

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