Brief History, Access to Returns,
Recovering Lost Souls
THE RECOVERY PROJECT
WHERE TO FIND IT
CDROM, Online, Libraries
FREE NAME INDEX
Search for Your Ancestors
FREE STREET INDEX
Find streets and places
You can access the recovered records in a
number of ways. Those with extensive interest in 1851 Manchester may find
purchasing the CDROM editions the most economical option while those with
interests may find the online version more cost-effective. For those who can get
to central Manchester, the MLFHS Resource Centre offers a warm welcome.
Publications on CDROM
Manchester and Lancashire FHS have published all of the recovered material
on a series of CDROMs. Each CDROM contains images of the reconstituted pages
and full name and street indexes. The information is presented in Adobe
Acrobat format and can be fully searched using the Acrobat Reader "Find"
facility. For full details see the "CDROM" section at the
MLFHS Online Bookshop.
The CDROMs can also be purchased online from the MLFHS stall on the
GenFair web site. Please CLICK HERE for an order
form if you would prefer to send in an order by post.
On the Internet - FindMyPast
The data is available on FindMyPast. A free
name index provides access to the images of the reconstituted pages which
can be downloaded for a small charge. Click on the advert at the bottom of
any screen to connect to FindMyPast
On the Internet - Ancestry
As a completely separate and unconnected project, ancestry.com have scanned the
damaged material and this material is now available on their web site. They
have also indexed those entries which they were able to read from the
The limitations under which Ancestry were working
means that their indexes contain fewer recovered entries than
were obtained by the volunteers who worked with the original documents,
consequently, the transcribed details on the FindMyPast and their associated
index provide a more complete and accurate reproduction of this material.
Many entries which do not appear on the Ancestry transcriptions and cannot
be read on the scanned pages can be found in full on the FindMyPast
transcriptions. However, the Ancestry images do provide a good view of the
original enumeration books.
for more about the comparison of the two transcripts.
Click the advert at the bottom of the screen to connect to
In Public Libraries
A full set of the transcribed returns is available at
The National Archives
in Kew. The original returns remain closed to public access owing to their
fragile condition. Copies of the Manchester returns are available to
personal callers at
Manchester Archives and Local Studies
which is located in Manchester Central Library, St. Peter's Square,
Manchester. MALS cannot supply printouts by post and does not hold the data
for Salford, Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham.
At the MLFHS Resource Centre
The reconstituted pages and indexes can be accessed at the Manchester &
Lancashire FHS Resource Centre at Clayton House. A small fee is charged for
the use of the centre which contains a wide variety of other material of
value to the local and family historian. See the
MLFHS web site for details of opening
Last modified 11 April 2012