Family History Society

The Anglo-Scottish FHS was formed in 1982 by members of the M&L FHS to assist in tracing their links back to Scottish origins. We have members in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We are full members of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies and send a representative to their meetings in Edinburgh.We were one of the founder members of SAFHS


Our meetings are held on the third Saturday of every month (except December and August ) at 2.0 pm at Manchester Central Library, when there is an invited speaker, a talk by one of our members,  workshops or discussions.

We  exhibit at the North West Group of Family History Societies' and other local Fairs and members regularly attend the annual conferences of the Scottish Association at various venues in Scotland. Local members are volunteers at The Family History Help desk at archives+ in Manchester Central Library, St. Peter's Square.

See the meeting programme below.


Our quarterly Bulletin is  incorporated into the main Society's magazine "The Manchester Genealogist". We have articles of particular Scottish interest, reviews of past meetings and news from Scottish repositories and libraries. We also accept members' queries for publication.


The ASFHS has full use of the main Society's reference collection at Manchester Central Library. We have the 1992 IGI for Scotland by county and the 1981 edition by country. We also have fiche of the complete OPR indexes (old parish registers) by county. There is free access to Ancestry and FindMyPast

We also have a comprehensive collection of Scottish books including the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, Blacks "History of Scottish Surnames", Edinburgh's Old Town 1851 census and many published and transcript memorial inscriptions covering many areas of Scotland

We also hold typed transcripts of baptismal and communion rolls of the early Scottish churches in Manchester and numerous other indices which include people of Scottish origins..


ASFHS has published many aids to research which are itemised below. They are available from the main Society's Bookshop where many other books of Scottish interest are also available. They may be ordered by Mail Order


View details of ASFHS Publications on CDROM

View details of books about Scottish Research





Surnames beginning with letter:


To access/download the database you need to have Acrobat Reader

Click the file which is likely to contain the name in which you are interested.

Please note details about the Spouses are listed under their own name.

One of the stumbling blocks for any family historian trying to trace Scottish ancestors is when those ancestors have emigrated, or it is suspected that they have emigrated when the trace is lost.  Or it could be that descendants of someone outside Scotland  are trying to trace the family back in Scotland.

The Society have built a database based on a marriage because recording details of the couple and their parents, gives, in most cases, four family names, the place where the Scot was born,  the place where they were married and the dates of the events.  The database is called The Scottish Marriage Index and can be accessed here, on this site.

The majority of the  marriages listed here took place outside Scotland.  However, as some contributors sent in every marriage involving a Scots-born person in their family tree, then many of the marriages, celebrated abroad, are linked to their roots back in Scotland.

If you wish to make contact with the person who contributed a particular marriage, then e-mail MLFHS quoting the Source Number.   If there is no Source Number then it means that we do not have a contact address. Click here to email the Administrator.

If you would like your family details listed then email the following data to the Administrator. 

Please put Scottish Marriage Index in the Subject Line

Names of the couple (send details of both, even if only one is Scots-born) their dates and places of birth, the names of their parents, the date and place of marriage.  Your postal address.

AS SAFHS Report 2012


AS SAFHS Report 2013


Meeting Programme  2015 

Saturday 17th January 2015

Quiz and Social


Saturday 21st  February 2015


Annual Meeting

Members Heirlooms



Saturday 21st  March 2015


Robert Adam- Culzean Castle and The Adam Style

 Timothy Farnworth


Saturday 18th  April 2015




Dating Your Victorian Photographs


Linda Clarke from Cheshire RO

Saturday 16th May 2015


Ancestry Workshop

Questions and Answers



Saturday 20th  June 2015


Trip to Clayton Hall



Saturday 18th July 2015






August 2015

No meeting


Saturday 19th Sept 2015


Ancestral Breakthroughs



Saturday 17th October 2015


WW1 Research





Saturday 21st  November 2015

Scottish Family History on the Web

Ina Penneyston

December 2015

No Meeting


 Last Updated  12th February 2015 by Ina Penneyston