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England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916
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Lancashire, England
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Record Description
Record Type Miscellaneous
Collection years 1700-1916
FamilySearch Resources
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Manchester Archives and Local History

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains indexes of miscellaneous records acquired from the Manchester Central Library for the years 1700-1916. The records include Apprenticeships, School Admissions, Prison Registers, and Workhouse Registers. The indexes and images are provided in cooperation with Find My Past.

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What Can These Records Tell Me[edit | edit source]

The information in these records usually include the following:


  • Full Name
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Name of master
  • Place of business
  • Master’s Occupation

School admissions

  • Date of admission
  • Name of child
  • Date of birth
  • Name of parents or guardians
  • Address
  • Name of previous school
  • Date of withdrawal
  • Name of school sent to following withdrawal

Prison registers

  • Name of prisoner
  • Crime committed
  • Date of crime
  • Summary of conviction
  • Date and place of birth
  • Physical description

Workhouse registers

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Admission date
  • Discharge or death date

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information

John C Smith England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records
Name John C Smith
Event Type School enrollment
Event Year 1904 - 1925
Event Place Lancashire, England
Name John Smith
Event Type Workhouse admission
Event Date 1877
Event Year 1877 - 1880
Event Place Lancashire, England
Age 23
Birth Year (Estimated) 1854
Name John Smith
Event Type Imprisonment
Event Date 1873
Event Year 1873-1874
Event Place Lancashire, England
Age 40
Birth Year (Estimated) 1833

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of record

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age to calculate the year of birth
  • Use the date of birth to search for a birth or baptism record
  • Use the names of the parents on a school admissions record to search for a marriage record
  • If your ancestor was married, search for a marriage record using their first name and surname, along with the names of parents
  • Use the residence (or last residence) to search for your ancestor in a census
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same workhouse

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
  • Search the records of nearby localities
    • Cheshire to the south
    • Derbyshire and West Yorkshire to the east
    • Lancashire to the north
    • Merseyside to the west

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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