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  2014 

Saturday 18th January 2014

Quiz and Social


Saturday 15 th February 2014


Scotland's Places Project

Andrew Nicoll

Saturday 15th March 2014


Venue - Clayton House

Colin Campbell - The First Lord Clyde

Ruth Farnworth and Timothy Farnworth


Saturday 12th  April 2014

Please Note Change of Date due to Easter  on The Third Sat

Venue - Manchester Central Libray


Annual Meeting

Members Heirlooms Talks


Saturday 17th May 2014

Venue - Manchester Central Libray

Ancestry Workshop

Questions and Answers



Saturday 21st June 2014

Venue - Manchester Central Libray


Researching Records in Australasia


Ken Nisbet

Saturday 19th July 2014

Venue - Manchester Central Libray





August 2014

No meeting


Saturday 20th Sept 2014

Venue - Manchester Central Libray

Ancestral Breakthroughs



Saturday 18th October 2014

Venue -Manchester Central Libray

Crooks & Coffin Ships: Quarantine & Cholera

Part 2


David Muil


Saturday 15th November 2014

Venue - Manchester Central Libray

Scottish Family History on the Web

Ina Penneyston

December 2014

No Meeting


 Last Updated  15th August  2014 by John Marsden