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 indices ;which nclude 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




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 mant 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 this may be possible where we have details. A 'Contact' button will appear against the entry in the index.

If you would like your family details listed then these can be contributed online.

Please put Scottish Marriage Index in the Subject Line

To access the Scottish Marriage Index, click the 'Marr Index' menu tab above.


AS SAFHS Report 2012


AS SAFHS Report 2013

MEETING PROGRAMME 2019 (scroll down for links to handouts)

September 21
Saturday 2.00pm

Bruce Keith

“Bridgescapes” -  From the magnificent trio of 19th, 20th and 21st century bridges at the Queensferry Crossing to Medieval bridges, from John Rennie and Thomas Telford to Louis Harper and Alexander Nimmo, Bruce will celebrate the long and illustrious history of bridges within Scotland, and the contribution Scottish engineers have made to bridges around the globe. Bruce is a surveyor and environmentalist with a passion for Scottish history, geography and landscapes.

October 19
Saturday 2.00pm

Chris Paton

“Down and Out in Scotland: researching ancestral crisis” – Chris goes in search of the records of ancestral hardship in Scotland to discover just what our ancestors had to endure. From poverty and illness to eviction and emigration, Chris searches for the greater story of how our ancestors overcame their struggles. Chris is a popular writer and blogger on Scottish history and a regular contributor of articles for the genealogy magazines.

November 16
Saturday 2.00pm

Carol Wells

“Using Irish FH Websites” – Carol takes Irish research to a personal level, using ‘real-life’ searches to show us how to navigate civil records, parish records, townlands and Griffith's Valuations as well as several other valuable resources, to track down those elusive Irish ancestors wherever possible. Carol has been researching Irish Ancestors for twenty years and has been to Ireland several times, most recently in June 2019, to visit all the family research centres in Dublin, and can draw upon her firsthand knowledge to help us with our searches.


No meeting in December.

Links To Meeting Handouts

Scottish Heritage Day 16th May 2019 by ScotlandsPeople and NRS

Useful Websites for WW1 Research by Ken Nisbet

Sources for Scottish Research March 2019 by Anglo-Scottish FHS

Last Updated 16th September 2019 by Hilary Hartigan