Welcome to the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society
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People interested in the North West region, your local area and its past

* Do you know what used to be on your street
before your home was built?
* How long has your road been there?
* What did it look like in the past?
* Where did your ancestors live or work?
* Do you know where to find this information?
* Can you help us to help you to find this information?

Across the North West of England, libraries and archive services have thousands of original maps, photographs and research which can answer these questions and more, but they are fragile and often only available at these sites. We want to create a website which links digital maps, photographs, plans and other images. Most of these maps would be digitised in colour for the first time. Digital technology also offers us the chance to preserve the maps.

Users would be able to pick a specific place and instantly see digitised archive maps for that location. Archive maps could be linked to current maps and potentially satellite images, allowing easy, accurate comparison. They could also be linked to local photographs and other archives and research.

We need your help to explore the potential for a new and exciting project which is all about opening access to maps. We have developed a survey to collect your views and ideas on the project. This survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and is totally anonymous.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dm20189

It closes at 5pm on Sunday13th January.

Certificate Search Now Available 

Our Certificate search provides details of certificate donated to the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society, which are availale to purchase.

"Latest Certificates added on 03/08/2018"

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Surname Interests

Our Surname Interest search provides details of surnames being researched by members of the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

If you have ancestors in Lancashire but are not a member then why not join us and add yours ?

"Latest records added on 30/11/2018"

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Our aims:

  • To advance the study of genealogy, heraldry, and family history
  • To find, publish, and make accessible relevant documents and records
  • To promote the preservation of these documents and records, especially by transcribing original sources
  • To collaborate with organisations and bodies who have custody of records
  • To operate an information service and build up a library

Formed in 1973 as the Rossendale Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (Lancashire), the Society now has twelve branches in Lancashire, together with one in London where members meet regularly. The society also has a worldwide community of family historians with roots in Lancashire. Please check out the benefits of membership for yourself.

The area we cover is shown shaded green on the adjacent map. The Society has branches in Blackburn, Bury, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster & Morecambe, Pendle and Burnley, Preston, Rochdale and Rossendale. There are branches covering Heraldry and Irish Ancestry. The London and South branch holds joint meetings with members of the Cumbria Family History Society.

On joining the Society members are entitled to visit and take part in meetings held by all the branches. Members can use the facilities of any branch, such as its library, holdings of microfiche and CDs. Some branches have fiche readers that can be borrowed for use at home.

Each branch organises its own programme of events and activities. Details of these, together with locations and meeting timetables, can be found in the Branches section of the website and in the Society Journal.

benefits of membership Lancaster & Morecambe Branch Fylde Branch Pendle & Burnley Branch Hyndburn Branch Blackburn with Darwen Branch Preston Branch Heraldry Group Rossendale Branch Chorley Branch Rochdale Branch Bury Branch Irish Ancestry Group London & South

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