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Family History Resources

Here you will find information on tracing your ancestors. Genealogy is one of the fastest growing pastimes and the internet is quickly becoming an invaluable resource. There are now searchable databases like the Mormon Church website, census online etc. (links below) and others which make life a lot easier.

We include local resources, links and general information

Local Resources

These resources will hold records like local birth, marriage and death indexes, census returns, trade directories, parish registers, monumental inscriptions, non-conformist records, cemetery records, electoral registers, rate books, local newspapers, probate records, maps and photographs.


Trafford local studies centre - based at Sale Library. Information on all the records held at the centre

Carl's Cam - fascinating collection of photos (includes a gazetteer, boundary, timeline. Photos: memorials, buildings, places. Web Site: surname index, links) covering Cheshire plus bits of Lancs, Yorks and Derbys. Too extensive to describe fully so click on link to see what he has to offer.

Local Register Offices

Get copies of of birth, death and marriage certificates of any of your known relatives who lived in the area.

Trafford Registration District
Town Hall
Sale Waterside
Sale M33 7ZF
Tel 0161 912 3026
Fax 0161 912 3031


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) The Family History Centre, Altrincham Rd, Wythenshawe. Tel: +44 (0)161 902 9279

The Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Family History Society of Cheshire

NEW FHSC Sale branch

Stockport Central Library and Local Heritage Wellington Rd Sth, Stockport Tel: +44 (0)161 474 4530


National Resources

General Register Office As well as providing easy links to the GRO online certificate ordering service, it will contain information on the registration of birth, adoption, stillbirth, marriage, civil partnership and death together with guidance on family history and the use and availability of the GRO birth, death and marriage indexes.

The Family Records Centre closed in March 2008. Reference can be made to the online ordering service and guidance on family history pages on the GRO website.

The Mormon (Latter Day Saints) Family History Website They collate world genealogical records and these are available on line.

Starting out in genealogy

Start with relatives - talk to older family members and build rough family tree with what they can remember of names, dates, places.

Search family for copies of any certificates - birth and marriage most likely. Also check for any other family papers, letters etc.

You can start from this known information and check it out with the official records using the sources above.

Read some introductory books - there are lots about these days. A good one is 'Short Cuts in Family History' by Michael Gandy. published 1998 by Countryside Books and the Federation of Family History Societies.
ISBN 1 85306 3169

Some General Links to genealogy sites worth looking at

There are plenty of free sites as well as paid for ones.

Starting Points
Genuki Provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.
Guild of One Name Studies Studying one name, then start here.
Ancestry One of the top three paid for sites. Offer access to thousands of records (with pay as you go options), from the basics such as birth, marriage and death records, through to more specialised data including occupational records, emigration records and parish registers.
Find My Past One of the top three paid for sites.
The Genealogist One of the top three paid for sites.
Free UK Genealogy Free, online access to family history records. Open source organisation using volunteer transcribers.
Family Search One of the world's biggest family history websites, with millions of names compiled by and for the International Genealogical Index of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Cyndi's List Part of a US-based website run by genealogy enthusiast Cyndi Howells. thousands of links to UK family tree websites are divided into regional categories, with the option to search alphabetically.
Federation of Family History Societies We ensure that family history news, book reviews and guidance on how to learn more about the subject are readily available to member societies and to the general public.
Society of Genealogists In depth information and news for family historians.
Cheshire Genealogy  
Cheshire archives Shared service providing archive services to both Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils.
Historic Cheshire churches Gazetteer of historic churches.
Cheshire on Genuki A complete resource for Cheshire.
Cheshire local history A wide ranging local history site
Historic Society of Lancs and Cheshire Promotes the study of any aspect of the history of the Palatine counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.









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