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This list is to discuss genealogy and/or local history in the FYLDE registration district of Lancashire, particularly the seaside city of BLACKPOOL, and surrounding parishes and hamlets including Bispham, Carleton, Fleetwood,
Hardhorn, Kirkham, Layton, Lytham, Marton, Poulton le Fylde, Singleton,
Thornton, and Weeton.
Discussion of family history, migration patterns, immigration, historical sketches, census data, wills, vital records (births, marriages, deaths), and web sites relating to this area is encouraged. Please only send details about ancestors you know came from or lived in this area or who had other connections with the area.
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* List information, archives and subscription links:
* Other mailing lists: http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail.html
Family History Societies:
* Furness Family History Society: http://members.aol.com/FurnessFHS/fpw.htm
* Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society: http://www.lfhhs.org.uk/
* Lancashire Parish Register Society:
* Liverpool & SW Lancs FHS: www.liverpool-genealogy.org.uk
* Manchester & Lancashire FHS: www.mlfhs.org.uk
* North Meols FHS: http://www.nmfhssouthport.co.uk
* Ormskirk & District FHS: www.odfhs.freeserve.co.uk
* Wigan F&LHS: http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/familyhistory/default.asp
Lancashire family history research:
* Blackpool - Issuing of Certificates and Family History Research:
* Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service:
* Bury Archive Service:
* Cyndi's List - Lancashire: http://www.cyndislist.com/eng-lan.htm
* Family history searches in Salford:
* Footsteps Photographs - Lancashire:
* GENUKI Fylde registration district page:
* GENUKI Salford pages: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Salford/
* GENUKI Manchester pages:
* GENUKI Lancashire pages: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/
* Greater Manchester Archives: http://www.gmcro.co.uk
* Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks: www.lan-opc.org.uk
* Lancashire Will Search: http://www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/lws.htm
* Lancashire Surname Interests: http://www.lancslist.com/
* Lancashire Record Office:
* Lancashire Churches: http://www.lancashirechurches.co.uk/
* Leyland Historical Society:
* Liverpool Cemeteries: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~liverpoolcem/
* Liverpool Family history:
* Manchester Central Library (MCL): www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/central/
* Manchester Archives & Local Studies - Family History:
* Manchester Chartists: http://www.chartists.net/Manchester-Chartists
* Manchester 2002: http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/
* My ancestors were from Lancashire:
* North East England History Pages:
* Old Liverpool Newspapers Online:
* Oldham Local Studies & Archives:
* Our Manchester: http://manchesterhistory.net/
* Rochdale's Local Studies Libraries:
* Salford Roots: www.salfordroots.com
* Salford Hundred: http://www.mancuniensis.info/index.htm
* Salford Local History: http://www.geocities.com/derekantrobus/SLHNews.html
* Spartacus Educational: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/ITmanchester.htm
* Spinning the Web - The Story of the Cotton Industry:
* Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre:
* Warrington Family History:
* Welcome to Bolton!: http://www.bolton.org.uk/index.html
* Wigan Archive Service: http://www.wlct.org/Culture/Heritage/archives.htm
Sites for general England family history research:
* RootsWeb's home page www.rootsweb.com contains additional information
and a wealth of tips.
* To find other mailing lists: http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail.html and
* GENUKI, genealogical information for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the
Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man at http://www.genuki.org.uk/
* FamilySearch.org for the 1881 census, IGI, and much more:
* The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm
* Government records and other sources: http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk/
* A2A database (archives held throughout England): http://www.a2a.org.uk/
* 1901 census: http://www.1901census.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
* Available British census indexes, transcripts, and images:
* Links to on-line transcriptions of UK births, marriages and deaths by county:
* FreeBMD -- transcriptions of the Civil Registration index of births, marriages
and deaths for England and Wales: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/
* BMD exchange site (find and exchange unwanted certificates):
* Order BMD certificates online: http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/
* BMD tutorial: http://www.dixons.clara.co.uk/Certificates/bmdintro.htm
* Passenger lists, shipping and immigration information: http://TheShipsList.com/
* UK geography, boundaries, etc.:
* Old maps: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Maps.html,
* Modern maps: http://uk8.multimap.com/map/places.cgi,
* Trade and post office directories: The Digital Library of Historical Directories at
* Cyndi's List, categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources
on the Internet: http://www.cyndislist.com/
* To find a Family History Centre near you:
* Parish locator - PARLOC - freeware can downloaded from:
* GENUKI Church Database: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/churchdb/search.html
* Search IGI batch numbers:
* FreeCEN : UK Census Online Project: http://freecen.rootsweb.com/
* Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain - http://www.jgsgb.org.uk/
* Jewish Historical Society of England - http://www.jewishgen.org
* Society of Genealogists: http://www.sog.org.uk/
* Guild of One Name Studies: www.one-name.org
* British Counties, Parishes, etc. for Genealogists:
* E-mail etiquette tips:
http://www.dm.net/handbook/netiquette.html, or just search Google.com for
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