Lancashire Family History

This page was created by the Family History website to help Family History Researchers and Genealogists in the county of Lancashire, England, UK to help trace lost relatives and ancestors living in the region. There are many resources to help your research available through our website.

Lancashire Family History Society

This society was formed in 1973 as the Rossendale Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (Lancashire). The growing society has 12 branches in the county along with one in London where members meet regularly. Membership is available for a small fee and with it comes benefits such as: a starter pack of leaflets, a free Quarterly Magazine, attend meetings in any of the branches for free, attend all of the conferences the society holds, and to use any of the societies’ resources to help with your personal research.

Lancashire Record Office

The service run by Lancashire Archives & Record Office includes an online catalogue ‘LANCAT’ which includes over 1.5m record descriptions, some dating from the 12th century and including church and parish records, baptism, marriage, and burial records and school records. There are a vast range of documents that may be of use to your family history research, the team are happy at the Record Office to provide advice on which documents may be helpful towards your research. The service is centred in Preston.

Wills & Probate

We have teamed up with the popular family history website FindMyPast to bring you a number of local Lancashire record sets to help you with your research:

Lancashire Wills and Probate

Lancashire Wills Proved At Richmond, 1457-1812
– Research through over 38,000 Lancashire wills proved at the Archdeaconry of Richmond.

Lancashire Newspaper Archives

Local Newspaper Archives and Historical Newspapers provide an invaluable information source for Family Historians. A lot of personal information can often be found in these newspapers that is not available in parish records, or censuses. We are able to provide a direct link to Lancashire Newspaper Archives from a variety of different newspapers, covering a range of time periods. Here is the link and information on the historic Lancashire newspapers and time periods covered:

British Newspaper Archive – historic newspaper records in the Lancashire area
This newspaper archive holds records and news from a selection of historic local newspapers in the Lancashire and from many of the major towns. The year of issue together with links to the relevant newspaper are listed below:

Local Newspaper RecordsRecord Years
Barnoldswick & Earby Times 1940-1955
Blackburn Standard 1835-1840
1845-1869
1872-1873
1875-1882
1884
1886-1896
1898-1900
Blackburn Times 1860
1862-1865
1876
1882-1883
1889
Burnley Advertiser 1853-1880
Burnley Express 1877-1895
1897
1899-1954
Burnley Gazette 1863-1883
1885-1891
1893-1897
1899-1900
1902-1914
Burnley News 1912-1932
Chorley Guardian 1871-1874
Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 1875-1877
1880
1883
Lancashire Evening Post 1886-1910
1916-1921
1924-1926
1929-1935
1937-1947
1953-1957
Lancaster Gazette 1801-1836
1838
1841-1848
1850-1885
1887-1894
Lancaster Guardian 1855
1857
1860-1862
1866
1877
1894
1937-1939,
1941-1956
Nelson Leader 1929
1931-1937
1940-1949
1951
1953-1957
Northern Daily Telegraph 1889
1892-1893
1898
1900
1903-1904
1906
1909
Ormskirk Advertiser 1857
1867-1871
1940
Preston Chronicle 1831-1885
1887
1889-1893
Preston Herald 1863-1877
1882-1896
1899-1909
1911-1918
Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 1855-1877
1879-1895
1898-1910
1912-1918