Irish Ancestry Branch

The IAB was set up in 1994 by Margaret Thurston, as a special interest group to cater for, and draw together M&LFHS members with Irish Ancestry.

Meetings are held on the second Monday in each month (except for Bank Holidays or as announced in the IAB pages of the Manchester Genealogist). Meetings start at 1.30 P.M. and are held at Manchester Central Library. See the society meetings calendar for full details.

We have invited speakers on subjects related to the group's interests. Workshops, discussions and advice sessions are also popular.

The IAB has its own section in the 'Manchester Genealogist', and any articles, descriptions of research successes, or failures, or sources of information or literature of general Irish Family interest are welcome.

Membership of the M&LFHS is world wide and interest in Irish Ancestry by members whose ancestors lived in the Manchester area at some time is growing daily. A number of projects to help make information more easily available are always in progress.


1861 Census of Manchester

The creation of a surname index of all persons noted as from Ireland is in hand. 1861 was chosen for this index since large parts of the 1851 census are unreadable.

Indexes have been published for most areas of Manchester.


Roman Catholic Records

Several Roman Catholic church registers are being transcribed and alphabetical surname indexes provided. Projects have been completed relating to St. Edmund, Miles Platting and St. Wilfrid, Hulme. Work is in progress on the registers of St. Chad and St. Augustine.

View details of Irish Ancestry Branch Publications

View details of books about Irish ancestry research

[Last updated 25 March 2014 - John Marsden]