Ormskirk Market Day

W Lancs coat of arms

News update

Next meetings...

Wednesday 22nd November 2023

Annual quiz, social evening and raffle (Please note, we do not meet in December)

Plus some talks by our Librarian, Kathryn MacDonald:

Monday 27th November 10.30 Ormskirk Library - Ormskirk Gingerbread Ladies
Monday 27th November 2pm Burscough Library - Around Ormskirk in Six Objects (Phone 0300 123 6703 to book)
Thursday 7th December Ormskirk Library - Ormskirk Gingerbread Ladies

Ormskirk Library Help Desk - Monday 4th December 2023 10.30a.m -11.30a.m.

No need to book, come along on the day if you need help with starting or progressing your family history research.


See "Events" and "Meetings" pages for details of upcoming talks and other activities



Welcome to the Ormskirk and District Family History Society,

covering the sixteen ancient parishes and townships of Western Lancashire


 Lancashire Administrative Map 1832 part

  • Aughton
  • Bickerstaffe
  • Burscough 
  • Downholland 
  • Halsall
  • Hesketh with Becconsall
  • Lathom
  • Lydiate
  • Maghull
  • Melling
  • Ormskirk
  • Rufford
  • Scarisbrick
  • Simonswood
  • Skelmersdale
  • Tarleton

Lancashire Administrative Map 1832

The Society was founded in 1980 as a focus for local history and genealogical interests. 



Cheques are still gratefully received. However, you may find it more convenient to pay directly online by Bank Transfer or Parish Chest (see Membership)




Buy our products or pay your fees online: Parish Chest has gone live - click on this link...


(Latest update to Parish Chest 08/08/2020)


Would you like to place an advert in our magazine?

A quarter-page space (6.3cm by 9.2cm/21/2 inch by 35/8 inch) has become available; advertising rates £12 per year.

We publish three magazines each year, so each advert costs £4. Please get in touch for further details - contact Kate at: chairman[at]odfhs.email


Meetings should be on the fourth Wednesday of each month (excluding December when there is no meeting) at the Guide HQ, Moorgate, Ormskirk L39 4RU at 7.30 pm, with various speakers and topics (see the meetings page for future meeting details). Free to members.  Non-members are very welcome; we request a donation of £2 from visitors.

Our Research Library is now located at the Scout Hall, 7 Wigan Road, Ormskirk L39 2AP

To join the Society please use the links to go to the Membership page.

You can email us on secretary -[at]- odfhs.email, (change the " -[at]- " to @ in the email).

We publish three journals a year, and we have items for sale to aid research - something for everyone! What can start out as a curiosity can end up as a rewarding hobby!

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Regular visitors will have noticed that things are changing on this site, so please bear with us during refurbishment - all the original notes are still there, but not necessarily in the right order (as someone once said). Feel free to contact the website manager if something seems broken.

ODFHS is a member of the Family History Federation


Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street