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Manchester City Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/arls
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): GTM, LAN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Manchester Archives and Local Studies
Central Library
St Peter's Square
M2 5PD
Tel: 0161 234 1979 or (Archives only) 0161 234 1980
Fax: 0161 234 1927
[email protected]
Contact: Richard Bond (Archives and Local Studies Officer)

Opening hours:

Monday: 09:00-20:00
Tuesday: 09:00-20:00
Wednesday: 09:00-20:00
Thursday: 09:00-20:00
Friday: 09:00-17:00
Saturday: 09:00-17:00

NB The Archives are only open Monday to Thursday, 09:00-16:00

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? -

Provided by local Record Office? No

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations The Registrar General's indexes for England and Wales 1837-1980 are available locally at Greater Manchester County Record Office, 56 Marshall Street, New Cross, Manchester M4 5FU, details on http://www.gmcro.co.uk/
Alternatively, the indexes can be viewed on-line in Manchester Archives and Local Studies, via the Ancestry website

5. Census returns

1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901. City of Manchester only
Alternatively, the records for England and Wales 1841-1901 can be viewed on-line in Manchester Archives and Local Studies, via the Ancestry website

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Lancashire 1818-1924
and directories for many other parts of the country, e.g. London

6(b) City and Town Directories

Manchester and Salford 1772-1969

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Manchester Burgess Rolls/Electoral Registers 1832 to 2002
Salford Burgess Rolls/Electoral Registers 1852-1993

7(b) Poll Books

Several for Manchester, 1837-1867, and a number for other parts of the country

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992, microfiche - for all British Isles

The latest IGI can be viewed on-line in Manchester Archives and Local Studies, on the site

9. Unpublished Indexes

Name, place and subject indexes to archives
Biographical and information indexes to printed sources

10. Parish Registers

Original registers for parishes in Manchester Diocese (many on microfilm)
Microfilm copies of many registers for parishes in Chester Diocese; also some for Dioceses of Liverpool and Blackburn
Lancashire Parish Register Society unpublished transcripts
Lancashire Parish Register Society published volumes
Many other published transcripts for various parts of the country
Original Baptist, Congregational, Presbyterian, Unitarian and Jewish records for the City of Manchester; Methodist records for a large area of Greater Manchester, and Society of Friends (Quaker) records for much of South Lancashire

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Manchester Court Leet records
Manchester Constables' Accounts

13. Other material

Extensive archive collections, including apprenticeship indentures, deeds, rate books and school records
Microfiche copy of National Probate Indexes 1858-1943
Published census indexes for 1851 and 1891 (Manchester area) and 1881 (national index, on CD-ROM)

Other published CD-ROM's, including National Burial Index, Vital Records Index, Irish Wills Index
77,000 digital images of Manchester 18th century to present day - see online at

14. Guides to Collections

The 2004 edition guide to Registers in Manchester Archives ans Local Studies, Manchester Central Library is available, price �5.50, plus 75p UK postage, or �1.50 overseas.

Manchester Archives and Local Studies Guide to Business Collections, as held by our archives section, available on our website, which includes guides to other collections, including Jewish records; poor law records; court and prison records; and school records. A collection level listing of all our collections is available via the Pastfinder website

15. Local Record Offices


Other information

Many catalogues of our archive collections are available via the A2A website http://www.a2a.org.uk/