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We all have ancestors and they all have unique stories to tell! Discovering these stories can take a great deal of time and you will need to be very methodical and patient. You may find it difficult to make the right connections and in some cases it may be impossible to be certain you have found your ancestors.

Lancashire County Council offers a number of services to help you find out about your ancestors, especially those who lived in Lancashire.

Archive Service

Lancashire Archives holds millions of unique historical documents relating to the county and its people. We are open to the public, you can consult any of the archives free of charge and you don't have to visit us to make use of our resources. Visitors to the Archives can access Ancestry, Find my Past, Dictionary of National Biography and more online resources for free. See the Archives website for more information about our collections and how we can help.

Community Heritage Team

The Community Heritage Team works with the Heritage, Local and Family History collections of Lancashire libraries, museums and archives. We promote and publicise these vibrant, exciting and stimulating collections by holding events that inspire, inform and capture the imagination to serve as a gateway to other activities and learning opportunities for all.

Library Service

Learn more about the history and heritage of Lancashire and its people using printed and online resources including free access to Ancestry and Find my Past, British Library 19th century newspapers, books and pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, directories, maps, photographs and free access to the internet. Find out more about online family history resources in libraries. Events and introductory classes are held in some libraries.

Museum Service

Researching your family history? Let us help you to find information about your ancestors who served in local Lancashire regiments and information about the textile industry in Lancashire.

Registration Service

Lancashire Certificate Services can supply you with copies of certificates relating to births, marriages and deaths which took place in the current county of Lancashire. You can request your copy online or contact us by phone, by mail or in person. Certificate requests
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