Where to Find the Unfilmed Returns

Brief History, Access to Returns, Unfilmed Census, Recovering Lost Souls

History, Methods, Publication and Statistics

Manchester, Chorlton, Salford, Ashton-under-Lyne, Oldham

CDROM, Online, Libraries

Search for Your Ancestors

Find streets and places

Elizabeth Gaskell
Samuel Bamford



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 more limited 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.

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 scanned images.
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. CLICK HERE for more about the comparison of the two transcripts.
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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 (MALS) 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 Help Desk
The reconstituted pages and indexes can be accessed by Society members at the Manchester & Lancashire FHS Help Desk at Manchester Central Library. See the MLFHS web site for details of opening hours.

Last modified 1 February 2015