Advice and Assistance

BFHS are happy to try to assist anyone with advice regarding the researching of your family.

There is a Help Desk before, and after every Bolton Meeting, and on the first Saturday of the month, 10am to 12 noon in Bolton History Centre,
or you can send research advice enquires to

There are free BFHS booklets at the links below or available from the Bolton History Centre, and at our monthly meetings

A Beginner's Guide to Family History Research

An Advanced Guide to Family History Research


The MLFHS home page has a series of advice sheets listed under the "INFORMATION" tab

The MLFHS have a Help Desk, 10.30a.m. to 3.30p.m., Monday-Friday, in Manchester Central Library.

MLFHS are also able to offer mentoring on a number of topics that might prove helpful to you, the subjects available are:

Ancestry, Internet websites

Brickwall Bursting Skills, House History, Parish Registers, Wills and Probate,

Commonwealth War Grave Commission website, Cemeteries & Memorials in France, Belgium and England, Naval records,

The Counties of East Kent, Essex, Kent, Lancashire, Norfolk, West Sussex, the Midlands [esp. Staffs],

Irish History, Scottish Research,

Manchester area before 1837, Salford Workhouse, Swinton Industrial School,

Contact the Help Desk for more information about this one to one, one hour long service.

To contact the Society return to the Home Page of this website and use CONTACT on the top line.

Most Archives have free Advice Sheets on how to do your researching:

Bolton History Centre Advice Click here

Lancashire Archives Advice Sheets Click here

The National Archives Advice Sheets Click here