Wigan Family & Local History Society


A collection of useful links to help with your research.


FFHSFFHS - First Steps in Family History
The Federation of Family History Societies' guide to starting your family research.

Cyndi's ListCyndi's List - Beginners
A categorized & cross-referenced index to 1,000's of genealogical sites on the Internet.

General Genealogy

A "virtual reference library" of genealogy with particular relevance to the UK & Ireland.

The oldest and largest free genealogy site.

Family SearchFamily Search
Site from the Latter Day Saints has the 1881 UK census and the International Genealogical Index tracing ancestors before the 1837 registrations.

See the Births, Marriages and Deaths index for free on here from 1837

Same as FreeBMD site but small fee for searching.

Lancashire BMDLancashire BMD
See Births, Marriages and Deaths for regions of Lancashire for free. Wigan Registrations will be going on this later in year, updated regularly. Marriages 1837 to 1950 and Births 1837 to 1910 of Wigan & Leigh now online.

Cheshire BMDCheshire BMD
See Births, Marriages and Deaths for regions of Cheshire for free.

The National ArchivesThe National Archives
Explore over 1,000 years of history from Domesday to the present day.

Set up to provide guidance on WHERE to find information on your ancestors in England and Wales.

Wigan Genealogy

Wigan specific surname list. Also 1869, 1881 Wigan Directories, Wigan Cemetery Index.

The Parish of WiganThe Parish of Wigan
Huge resource site containing baptisms, marriages, burials and much more.

St Matthew's Church, HighfieldSt Matthew's Church, Highfield
Burial registers from 1923 to 1989. Includes a graveyard plan to help the identification of individual graves.

Members' Sites

Wogan Family Web SiteWogan Family Web Site
John Wogan's genealogical look into the Wogan family from the origin of the name, the Coat of Arms, the Family Motto and a bit of early history.

Arkwright & Meadow of LancashireArkwright & Meadow of Lancashire
Marian Elder's website devoted to research into Lancashire and Wigan ancestry containing lots of local surnames.