Bolton Library and Museum Services

Family History links

If you are thinking of visiting Bolton Archives:

Click on the menu items below to take you to links to useful websites related to the following areas:


Bolton related sites

Bolton Archives pages

The section you are in now.

Bolton Council Website

Access to all the Council's online services.

Museum and Archive collection search

Search through historic images of old Bolton and images from the Museum collections

Bolton Library and Local Studies Catalogue

Browse the Local Studies catalogue or book online.

Bolton Museum Local History pages

Stories from the Museum social history collections

Bolton Steam Museum

A museum run by the volunteers of the Northern Mill Engine Society. Keep an eye out for their free open days when you can literally see Bolton's industrial heritage in motion.

Halliwell History Society

Halliwell Local History Society was formed in 1986 by a group of people who were intent on recording and keeping alive the history of the Halliwell Township.

Bolton Museum Local History pages

Stories from the Museum social history collections

Bolton Remembers the war

An oral history project

Famous Boltonians

A single-handed attempt to document as many noteworthy Boltonians as possible!

Bolton Revisited

A project documenting local stories and images contributed by Boltonians.

Links in a chain

A site celebrating the lives and achievements of over 540 local men and women who have served their communities as Mayors of Bolton since 1838

Horwich Heritage

On this website you will find details of how to become a member of Horwich Heritage, dates of forthcoming meetings and events, a list of publications available from the society and information about the permanent exhibition and archive at the Heritage Centre.

Manchester, Bolton and Bury canal

The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal ran from Salford to Prestolee, near Little Lever, from where one arm ran to Bolton and another to Bury.

Thomas Shires Collection

The Thomas Shires Collection is a website dedicated to the photographs of Thomas Atherton Shires who lived and worked in Bolton at the end of the 19th century and the very beginning of the 20th century.

Greater Manchester Lives

Greater Manchester Lives is a searchable website which allows users to find information about documents, books, maps, photographs and more held by archives and local history libraries within Greater Manchester.

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Family History

A2A database

Contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 1900s to the present day.

Ancestry Library Edition

This is a subscription only site but access is free to History Centre users.

BBC Family history

BBC site on how to start your family history

British Isles Genealogy

Web sources on Family History in the UK and Ireland

Church of The Latter Day Saints

Search site of the LDS (Mormon) Church and a site listing all the Family History Centres run by the Church in the UK.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Search the Debt of Honour Register

Family History Societies

Includes a number of useful online leaflets and contact details for Family History Societies.

Family History Society of Cheshire

Founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy.

This site, provided by the consortium, aims to help you find the government records and other sources you need for your family history research.

Find My Past

Research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Requires a subscription to access premium services.

Free BMD (Births, Marriages, Deaths)

A site provide free Internet access to transcribed records

Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society

The Society has 14 branches in the Lancashire area

Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society

The society was formed in 1964 and is now one of the largest family history societies in the world

National Archives

Search the online catalogues and lists including the 1901 census Surname Index.

Official UK Statistics

The official UK Statistics Site-information about Civil Registration, Adoption and purchasing certificates

On-Line Parish Clerks Lancashire


Genealogical resources with searchable databases and much more.


Voluntary based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access

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Lancashire regiments

Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

Fusiliers Museum, Bury

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Mass Observation

Mass Observation Archive

View this incredible archive online. This is a subscription only site but access is free to History Centre users.

Bolton Worktown

Browse photographs taken in Bolton by Humphrey Spender, and view related material from the Mass Observation.

The official Mass Observation site

Up to date information about the archive.

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UK Records offices

Manchester Council Website

Manchester Council's online services