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.
Available RecordsManchester baptism register
Manchester birth register
Manchester marriage register
Manchester death register
Manchester rate books 1706-1900
National school admission registers and log books
National school admission registers & log books 1870-1914 image browse
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 Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 1825 - 1916
- Manchester Evening News 1870 - 1940
- Manchester Mercury 1752 - 1830
- Manchester Times 1828 - 1900