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

Society News


The Anglo Scottish FHS has taken the decision to cancel our March meeting and AGM which was scheduled for March 21st at the Central Library. In the light of the Coronavirus situation, the care and safety of our members and visitors was considered to be of prime importance. There will be no meetings of the Anglo Scottish FHS until further notice.

The MLFHS Forum will be running as usual and if you have any research questions you are more than welcome to post them on our forum and see if any other members can help.

The Anglo Scottish branch webpage will be updated very soon. Please continue to follow our FB posts and our website for any updates.

Our Facebook page is @angloscotsfhs .

Society News

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The Adventures of No. 10 Mountain Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, as recorded by Gunner Arthur Wood. Gunner Arthur Wood



Meetings of the Anglo Scottish FHS have been cancelled until further notice.

Meetings Calendar

Members' Heirlooms - Cancelled


AGM and Members' Heirlooms
Sample Objects


The Anglo Scottish AGM will be held at 2.00pm followed by talks about Members' Heirlooms.

If you have an heirloom - be it a letter, an item that belonged to someone in your family or a curiosity that has a story to tell, please bring it along and tell us why it is important to you. We usually have a variety of items to discuss in a friendly session, the owner describes the item and the story behind it and, if it's not fragile, allows members a closer inspection that isn't possible at a larger meeting. Items brought so far have varied from Edwardian badges and military binoculars to some old coins and a handmade copper box, from WW2 love letters and a book found at a fair to photographs and medals, all of which have stimulated interesting discussions.

You can give us advance notice of your heirloom, by all means, by emailing us at

Ancestral Research Workshop - Cancelled


Ancestral Research Workshop
ASFHS Books Image


Our 'brickwall' event! This is a friendly, quite informal meeting, where we share our ancestry problems: the 'who, how, where, when and why' of tracing that elusive piece of information that you need to further your research. Bring with you the essential information - a mini tree, perhaps, or a profile of the person, property or ship, or other fact that you are tracing - and between us we will endeavour to suggest a way forward. If help is needed with one of the main family history websites we can usually give pointers or help you plan a visit to our Help Desk another day, where online access is available. The subjects covered in the past have been many and varied and included some lively discussions on whether DNA might help solve a particular puzzle.

You can give us advance notice of your question or subject if you wish, as it helps to plan the meeting, by emailing us at

"The Great Tapestry of Scotland" - Cancelled


Sue Whittaker
Great Tapestry Scotland


There has been a recent 'tradition' of making large tapestries to depict Scottish life, beginning with Helen Crummy who designed the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. More recently the author Alexander McCall Smith initiated the idea of creating a tapestry that would cover 12,000 years of Scottish history. Creation of this tapestry - twice as long as the Bayeux Tapestry - involved numerous embroidery groups across the length and breadth of Scotland and over a thousand volunteers of all ages to create the tapestry, the panels taking on average 500 hours of work each to complete.

Sue Whittaker worked on Panel 116 and will talk about the creation and stitching of the tapestry, supported with photographs, and also the complexity of managing and volunteering in such a complex project, something which, we suspect, might not always have been sailing! This promises to be a talk that will appeal to many of us, from historians and project managers to artists and embroiderers. Booking is essential so check the Eventbrite link on our Home Page to see when booking opens, you can also 'like' our page on FB at for booking information or check here in April.

Your Favourite Resources - Cancelled


Useful sources of information
MLFHS Home Page

Our June meeting is always more of a social event, a chance to tell us about, or just to learn about, favourite websites and other resources. These may not be the most well-known sites, they might be little gems that lurk in corners of the internet. We will be working hard to pull another set of 'gems' out of the hat this year and will be delighted if you bring along a few of your favourite websites or resources, too.

"Gems of Manchester"

It is too early to say whether this meeting will take place. If it is possible to meet, then booking will be via Eventbrite; this page will be updated and Eventbrite will be updated.

To be decided

Walking tour of Manchester
Holding Picture for Walking Tour

Watch out for the Booking notices on Eventbrite for this meeting. As usual, we trust that July will bring us the ideal weather for a stroll around Manchester, and this time we will join Jonathan Schofield for a walking tour that takes in the Free Trade Hall, the Midland Hotel and the Refuge Building. These are three iconic buildings, full of architectural and social history interest, and a walk that should suit everyone. INFORMATION ABOUT BOOKING & MEETING PLACE will be posted here and on social media nearer to the date.


Quarterly Journal

The Manchester Genealogist

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 would also like to receive your articles for consideration, whether short (250-750 words) or longer. We like to include a mix of articles based on research and fully referenced and lighter articles that tell a story of your family or a place of interest, or an account of how you discovered the information, all are welcome for consideration.


The Anglo Scottish FHS 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, and we have 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




It is not always easy for any family historian, trying to trace Scottish ancestors, when those ancestors have emigrated, or it is suspected that they have emigrated, when the trace is lost; and it is just as difficult, sometimes, for those of us who are part of those 'removed families' who just cannot find the link back to Scotland.

Here at the Anglo Scottish branch, we are inviting all members of the MLFHS to contribute to a database based on a marriages because recording details of the couple and their parents, gives, in many cases, four family names, the place where the Scot was born, the place where the couple were married and the dates of the events: the "Scottish Marriage Index".

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.

It may be possible to contact the person who contributed a particular marriage if we have details. A 'Contact' button will appear against the entry in the index.

The Scottish Marriage Index is shown as "Marr Index" on the menu bar, above. From there you can also add your family details if desired. Please put "Scottish Marriage Index" in the subject line of the message to aid your enquiry.

You can also add your own family details to the Index, if desired, from the same link, just put "Scottish Marrige Index" in the subject line of your message.

Notes and Handouts

Links To Meetings 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


"Crossing the Solway: tracing the Rickerbys of Dumfriesshire and Cumbria"

February 15th, 2020
Saturday 2.00pm

Dr Alan Crosby

Rickersby is a small village just east of Carlisle, and became a locative surname (one derived from a place) in the medieval period. By the early 18th century there were several families with this name living on the Solway Plain west of the city, sometimes with several related groups within one small village.  This talk traces the development of one of these lines, showing their social and economic status, and then follows the trail of one of the Rickerbys who crossed over the Solway to Dumfriesshire.  He became a leading figure in the burgh of Dumfries, while among his descendants was a Jamaica merchant and a group of key people in the civic and commercial life of early 19th century Liverpool and Philadelphia, a fascinating story of how one branch of one family spread widely and 'made good'.

January 18, 2020

Saturday 2.00 pm

Our annual social event, with a fiendish Scottish-themed quiz (this year we had multiple choice answers!) and two general quizzes to start the proceedings and to get everyone talking, followed by light refreshments and socialising around the shared table.  Enjoyed by all who attended and it is always a pleasure to meet new members.

16 Nov 2019

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.

19 Oct 2019

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. The meeting will be held at the Manchester Central Library.

21 Sep 2019

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.


AS SAFHS Report 2012


AS SAFHS Report 2013

Last Updated 18 February 2020 by Hilary Hartigan