Sites to help with your family history research
NEW! You can now search and access images of Church of England baptism, marriage, and burial registers from parishes in Lancashire. Parish records are the best way of discovering births, marriages and deaths before the mid-19th century,and remain an important source after this. Lancashire Archives partnership with Ancestry lets us provide you with some of the most crucial family history records from the county of Lancashire.
NEW! You now have access to a new improved version of Ancestry, the largest online library of family history information, available free from the Peoples Network PCs in Lancashire Archives and Libraries. The collection includes Census Records, Birth Marriage and Death Indexes, Military records, Immigration and Emigration, and many more public records from the UK and around the world.It is constantly updated and enlarged. Ancestry create their own indexes, so you may be able to find records that were missing on other websites.
Only available free in Libraries, Find My Past is an easy to use website with hundreds of sets of public records from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland going back to 1200 and they are constantly adding more. The collection includes Census records, Parish registers, Occupational records, Travel and migration, and many more. Find My Past do their own indexing, so you may be able to find records that were missing on other websites.
Our Lancashire Lantern site features an Image Archive of historic photos and the Local Resources index to local newspapers and other sources of historical information, as well as listings for local societies and events.
Lancashire County Council's mapping site containing local maps and aerial photographs for the whole county. Some historic maps for the region are also available. You can select a location and then overlay historic maps, photographs and information. This site also provides interactive information on administrative boundaries and local census and social statitistics.