Links Around Manchester

This page brings together links to web pages concerning Manchester and its history. It specifically excludes links to local archives - for these look at the "Useful Addresses" page in the Information Base or, better still, install the MLFHS Toolbar. If you have a favourite site you would like to see added to this page, contact the society and we will be happy to consider adding a link.

Genealogical Pages    
Genealogy UK and Ireland GENUKI The UK's premier site for family history. Country-by-country and county-by-county summaries of societies, archives and local resources. Links to countless other valuable sites.
Genealogical Links Really Useful Sources John Gough originally compiled this rapidly growing collection of links to assist other MLFHS members. It has a Lancashire leaning but contains many links of a more nationwide relevance.
General Information A large site providing useful information for beginners and addresses for UK archives.
Introduction to Family History Genealogy Guide How to get started in research, information about basic sources and notes on compiling a family tree.
Research Interests Free research interests listing page. Searchable by all-comers. Free registration required to list your own interests.
Family Tree Resources Rachel Dunkley's site has information about a wide variety of sources which can be used in your family research.
General Local Pages    
Lancashire Surname Interests LancsList John Burns' Lancashire Surname interests list (and downloadable 1901 Census decoder)
Lancashire GENUKI Lancashire page Lots of general information, useful addresses and links to some interesting information sources.
Lancashire Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Information about Lancashire parishes. Includes an increasing number of transcriptions of baptism, marriage and burial registers.
Local Photographs Carl's Cam A Cheshire page which occasionally overlaps into Lancashire. Local photos especially of war memorials including transcripts of names.
Mailing Lists and Bulletin Boards    
Manchester Mailing List RootsWeb. A ROOTSWEB discussion list for those with Manchester interests.
Manchester Forum Manchester & Salford family History Forum A forum specifically for family history interests in the Manchester and Salford area. Requires registration.
Manchester Mailing List Manchester People A new discussion list for those with Manchester Interests. Requires you to register with to access the list.
Genealogical Bulletin Board Roots Chat UK and Ireland bulletin board divided into county sections including Lancashire
Manchester Bulletin Board Manchester Community Forum Includes a genealogy forum alongside others related to Manchester history and  more general Manchester-related interests.
Genealogical Discussions etc. Family Tree Forum Discussion lists, online data, a genealogical "Wiki" and an online magazine.
Top Dog Web Site Top Dog FREE mutual help in tracing ancestors. An international, but friendly community,  membership ranges from enthusiastic amateurs to professional genealogists.
Miscellaneous Pages    
Manchester Regiment The Manchester Regiment 1881-1958 The official site of The Manchester Regiment Group. Lots of information about the Manchesters including extensive histories of each of the battalions and many photographs.
Manchester Regiment Ashton Territorials Pages dedicated to the 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment including complete listing of officers and men and many contemporary newspaper cuttings.
Trafford War Dead Trafford War Dead George Cogswell's excellent site listing all those Trafford residents who died in the Boer War and the first and Second World Wars. Contains often substantial personal information about individuals listed.
Greater Manchester Air Raid Victims Greater Manchester Blitz Victims George Cogswell's extensive index of victims of WW2 bombings. Contains 1,409 names, many with extensive personal details. Includes also a section on WW1 Zeppelin raid victims.
Local Maps Rohan Computing San Diego University has a number of maps of Manchester, Salford and Eccles on this page.
Graveyard Plans Photographs of UK Churches Martin Baird's site has photographs of numerous UK churches, but a recently added feature is a collection of scanned plans of cemeteries and church graveyards.
Lancashire Chartists Chartist Ancestors The Chartist Cooperative Land Society was launched by the National Charter Association in 1845 with the aim of resettling industrial workers from the cities on smallholdings. This site offers lists of names, occupations and addresses of the company subscribers for several Lancashire towns.
Local Pages    
Blackley St. Peter Blackley The church's official web site which contains, amongst other interesting items, an index to the gravestones in the Upper Churchyard.
Bolton Welcome to Bolton Extensive and well-indexed site with lots of information about Bolton and the surrounding area.
Bolton Bolton Revisited The Bolton Information Network's site with a history of Bolton, photographs and residents' memories of Bolton in the past.
Bolton Bolton Photographs Between 1937 and 1938 Humphrey Spender took over 900 pictures of Bolton at the request of Tom Harrisson, one of the founders of the Mass-Observation project. Spender's "Worktown" photographs offer a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people living and working in a British pre-War industrial town.
Bolton Bolton Remembers the War Bolton Remembers the War is an oral history project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has aimed to record and preserve representative living memories of Bolton people who shared the life of the town during the Second World War.
Burnage Burnage Heritage Rev. Dennis Nadin's pages about the history of Burnage with photographs and details of publications about the district.
Burnley Burnley in the Great War Burnley's part in the Great War. Rolls of Honour, lists of casualties, memorials etc.
Clayton St. Cross Church The home page for St. Cross includes a good history of this historic church as well as information about services and events..
Gorton Gorton Tank Dave Gosling's page includes the history of Gorton Locomotive Works and Dave's reminiscences of his apprenticeship there in the early 1960s.
Levenshulme Levenshulme Then and Now A personal view of Levenshulme, South Manchester, during the 1940s,1950s & 1960s. Compiled by George Nixon. A resident of Levenshulme from 1949 to 1973.
Manchester Manchester 2002 A useful information page about the city with some readable essays on the city's history
Manchester Our Manchester Lots of good local photos and information. A particularly good section relating to Belle Vue Gardens.
Manchester Virtual Manchester Lots of local information about the city and the services it offers. Not much history but very useful if you plan to visit.
Manchester Spartacus Educational A concise Manchester history with many links to topics of local interest.
Manchester ManMates Good collection of local photographs and reminiscences of old Mancunians
Manchester Photographs of Manchester Aidan O'Rourke's page has a large collection of excellent photos of present day Manchester.
Manchester Manchester Maps John Rylands University Library Map clooection. Includes many maps of Manchester and further afield.
Manchester Manchester Local Image Collection Manchester Archives and Local Studies' collection of over 77,000 images of Manchester from early prints and photographs. Has a good keyword index.
Manchester Old Photos of Manchester Part of a wider photographic archive. A small number of nevertheless excellent photographs of Manchester apparently from old postcards.
Manchester Manchester Family History Research Gerard Lodge's pages offer a variety of interesting sources including several listings relating to prison inmates and a useful summary of available workhouse records.
Manchester Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project Information about this important project to photographically record and to transcribe the memorials at MGC.
Middleton Middleton, Manchester Joan White's pages with lots of local information and relevant links
Oldham Visit Oldham Local information, history and heritage.
Oldham Oldham Historical Research Group Active group which meets regularly in Oldham.
Prestwich Prestwich and Whitefield Heritage Society Articles, photos and meetings programme.
Rochdale Welcome to Rochdale The borough's official page. Use the Site Map to find your way around this vast site.
Rusholme Rusholme and Victoria Park Archive This website is about a history of Rusholme & Victoria Park. You can search the website by entering a keyword in the search box at the top of each page The archive has been compiled by a Rusholme resident who has been collecting old postcards, photos, books and other memorabilia which illustrate the ways in which the area has changed over the past 100 years.
Salford Salford Roots
(Internet Archive)
Joan Lawler's pages contain a wealth of Salford information including register and census extracts. [This site ceased in 2007 - the link is to an archived copy]
Salford Salford Local History
(Currently unavailable)
Derek Antrobus manages this site which provides information about Salford and has many local history links
Salford Salford Hundred
Historical & Genealogical Information
Elaine & Roger Hart's goldmine of data about the Salford Hundred within which Manchester and Salford located.
Salford Kersal Flats The history of Kersal and of Kersal Flats with musical accompaniment.
Simister Simister in the Twenties and Thirties Edith Oughton's new (2005) pages with stories and photographs of Simister people and places.
Tameside Tameside Local & Family History Gay Oliver's site is an invaluable resource for information relating to this area, including many transcribed local records.
One Name Studies    
MORT of Lancashire MORT Family News, Photographs, Stories, Pedigrees and a searchable database provide extensive information about MORT families in Lancashire.
Newspaper Indexes    
Ashton Guardian  Glenn Piper's developing index to the Ashton Guardian (Ashton-under-Lyne). Scanned copies on CD can be obtained from Glenn who also welcomes prospective indexers.
Manchester Guardian British Library Online Archive A number of scanned editions of the Guardian for various dates in 1851, 1856 and 1886. Fully searchable using key-words. Also similar for Daily News, News of the World, Penny Illustrated and Weekly Dispatch.
London Gazette Gazettes Online Scanned copies of The London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes. Fully searchable but coverage currently limited to the periods of the World Wars. Go to the Archive section on the appropriate Gazette page.

Updated 30 April 2018 - John Marsden