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About the Manchester Collection

The Manchester Collection is a rich series of records provided by Manchester City Council's Libraries, Information and Archives.

They give details about how Manchester ancestors lived, particularly in the Victorian period, thereby providing colour to family history. Even if you do not live in Manchester now, you may have had ancestors there and these records will prove to be an essential resource.

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Available Records

Manchester Burgess Roll 1848 Manchester baptism register

Manchester birth register

Manchester marriage register

Manchester death register

Cemetery records

Manchester rate books 1706-1900

National school admission registers and log books

National school admission registers & log books 1870-1914 image browse

Manchester apprentices

Manchester electoral registers browse 1832-1900

Manchester industrial school

Manchester workhouse registers 1800-1911

Manchester naturalisation society 1896-1909

For in-depth background information and comment regarding Manchester archival records and especially those relating to its industrial schools, prisons and workhouses, we recommend Gerard Lodge's Manchester Family History Research website

Plan a visit to Archives+, the new exciting Manchester city centre repository for archives and family history in the Manchester Central Library or follow them on Flickr.


As well as the records from Manchester City Council's Libraries, Information and Archives, you may be interested in other Findmypast collections from the area. For instance, our British newspapers collection includes the following local and regional titles:

Manchester Weekly Times
  • Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 1825 - 1916

  • Manchester Evening News 1870 - 1940

  • Manchester Mercury 1752 - 1830

  • Manchester Times 1828 - 1900