Ormskirk Market Day


W Lancs coat of arms COVID-19 Alert - see below


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.

We hold regular meetings in Ormskirk for members and visitors, and support a wide range of family history resources and expertise.

Please feel free to use the revised Q&A Forum link (Main Menu) if you have questions about local family history or would like to participate in ongoing online discussions .


COVID-19 Alert

In view of the current coronavirus situation, it has been decided that we should cancel all face-to-face activities (meetings, library help desk, etc.) until further notice. Please watch the Meetings and Facebook pages for updates.

Meanwhile, please feel free to use the updated "Q&A forum" (Main menu) for ongoing discussion.


RENEWAL CHEQUES - are still gratefully received AND we can now cash them (see Latest News)

NEW BUMPER Magazine out now. Emags have been sent to all overseas & those who subscribe for an Emag. Check your Spam box as well! Postal Mags will be posted out soon.

Buy our products: Parish Chest has gone live - click on this link...


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

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 8.00pm, 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 £1 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!

Note: These pages are best viewed in desktop view mode, and this is now supported by most small-screen devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.). If things don't look right on your chosen device, go to the browser menu (top right-hand corner, usually) and activate the "Desktop site" option.

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