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





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




Saturday 20th January 2018

Quiz and Social


Saturday 17th February 2018


DNA Double Helix & UK


Dr Jerome De Groot


Saturday 17th  March 2018


Annual Meeting


Saturday 14th  April 2018




EveryDay Life for Our Scottish Ancestors

 Shan Bristow, Quarry Bank, Styal

Saturday 19th May 2018


Connecting to Life Through Death
What Death Certs can tell Genealogists,Historians, Demographers


 Dr Eilidh Garrett

Saturday 16th  June 2018


Ancestry Workshop

Questions and Answers


Saturday 21st July 2018


 Trip to Elizabeth Gaskell House

 Details Later


August 2018

No meeting


Saturday 15th Sept 2018


Researching WW1

Kenneth Nisbet

Saturday 20th October 2018


Scottish Resources at Central Library



 Larysa Bolton

 Heritage Collection Office

Saturday 17th  November 2018

Ancestral  Breakthroughs


December 2018

No Meeting


 Last Updated  15th February 2018 by Ina Penneyston