Ormskirk Market Day


Coming soon...

Our next Virtual Family History Chat will take place on Thursday 9 December 2021 at 11a.m. (GMT).
If this is something that you’d be interested in, please contact Kate Hurst (ODFHS Chair) at chairman[at]odfhs.email to request a link to the meeting. [Please replace [at] with @ ]
And some past events...
Virtual Really Useful Family History Show - Friday 12 and Saturday 13 November 2021 
ODFHS volunteers attended the Family History Federation’s Virtual Really Useful Show, which proved to be a good opportunity to find out what other family societies have been doing in recent months, and also allowed us to discover a few new family history resources and projects that will be mentioned in Issue 86 of our Magazine.
During the summer of 2021, we have been trialling a Virtual Family History Chat via Zoom. Knowing that we have members and supporters all over the world, from November 2021, we will be alternating between 11.00am and 2p.m. (UK) time, in the hope that it will allow both UK-based and overseas supporters to join in.
For reference, 11.00a.m. (Greenwich Mean Time) is:
3a.m. Seattle
5a.m. Chicago
6a.m. New York/Ottawa
9p.m. West coast Australia (Perth)
11p.m. East coast Australia (Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney)
Midnight. New Zealand
2.00p.m. (Greenwich Mean Time) is:
6a.m. Seattle
8a.m. Chicago
9a.m. New York/Ottawa
Midnight. West coast Australia (Perth)
2a.m. East coast Australia (Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney)
3a.m. New Zealand

ZOOM Virtual Family History Chat: Thursday 14 October 2021 - 11:00am (UK)

Sanitation, public health and hygiene were prominent topics, with everything from drowning and the practical benefits of draining West Lancashire’s waterlogged soil, to night soil, cholera and epidemics being mentioned. The ongoing pandemic prompted reflections on the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19, quarantine practices and management of infectious diseases, before a discussion on ancestors’ wills and how they can assist research followed.

ZOOM Virtual Family History Chat: Thursday 16 September 2021 - 11:00am (UK)

Boatmen who were missing from the 1939 register, famous ancestors, the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?, records for local schools and a hospital for tuberculosis patients in Rufford were some of the topics under discussion during a virtual meeting attended by members from France, New Zealand, Australia, and three different areas of England. Details about the Western Australian Military Digital Library were also shared.

ZOOM Virtual Family History Chat: Thursday, 12 August 2021 - 11:00am (UK)

Eager to find new topics to feature on our social media channels, we used this meeting as an opportunity to gather some suggestions from willing volunteers, before the discussion moved onto finding local school records and church records, Martin Mere, our boat families website and geography in West Lancashire. Working together, attendees then tried to solve one member's puzzle over a mysterious ancestor who apparently vanished between the 1861 and 1871 census nights . . . 

ZOOM Virtual Family History Chat: Thursday, 8 July 2021 - 11:00am (UK)

Eight people (including residents of Australia and New Zealand) joined our Zoom meeting for an informal conversation about newspaper archives, Catholic records and the village of Scarisbrick, before one overseas participant shared some family snapshots and a few views of the Ring o'Bells area of Lathom, prompting a brief explanation of the distances between the villages around Ormskirk.

ZOOM Virtual Family History Chat: Thursday, 10 June 2021 - 11:00am (UK)

Ormskirk and District Family History Society held a virtual alternative to the face-to-face Help Desk that we operated at Ormskirk Library before the COVID-19 pandemic.

FHF Virtual Really Useful Exhibition: Saturday 10 April 2021

ODFHS joined more than 40 regional and specialist family history societies from the UK and overseas, and other commercial organisations for a one-day online family history exhibition. We dealt with several virtual queries, and also had a chance to catch up with other like-minded societies, to find out how they had been managing during the lockdown period.

FHF Virtual Really Useful Exhibition: Saturday 14 November 2020

Our only public event of 2020 was also our first experience of a virtual family history show, and proved to be a good opportunity to "meet" visitors and other societies with an interest in family history without having to leave home! A review of the day will be published in Issue 84 of our magazine very shortly.

Westhead Carnival: Saturday 6 July 2019

This year was on the 6th of July 2019 and WE were there! Yet again it was a very well-run event.  A little drizzle at the beginning did not mar the enjoyment of everyone present.

Gingerbread Festival: Sunday 14 July 2019

To celebrate all things Ormskirk there was an event on Sunday 14th July 2019.  This event has become an Ormskirk Institution and the centre of Ormskirk was packed with entertainments and activities.  There were also groups such as ourselves with all our records of Ormskirk.

Church Tower Open Day: Saturday 21 September 2019

Christ Church, Aughton held their Open Day with trips up the Tower (in good weather, views are to North Wales & beyond Blackpool - even to the Lake District) and ODFHS were present on the day.

Dig Up Your Roots: Saturday 5 October 2019

Dig up your roots

For the first time since 2012, Ormskirk and District Family History Society hosted a family and local history fair in Ormskirk. Dig Up Your Roots In West Lancashire took in the Langham Hall, at the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Ormskirk, on Saturday 5 October 2019. 

Supported by a grant from the North-West Group of Family History Societies, ODFHS was supported by a variety of organisations, including the North-West branch of the Catholic Family History Society, Cumbria Family History Society, Lancashire Archives, North Meols (Southport) Family History Society, Ormskirk Historical Society, and Skelmersdale and Upholland Family History Society.

 for a video review of Dig Up Your Roots 2019

...or see here for more.



Images of Burscough Exhibition: Saturday/Sunday 19/20 October 2019

On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019, ODFHS attended the Images Of Burscough and Surrounding Areas Exhibition at the Stanley Club, Liverpool Road, Burscough.

The free exhibition offered a chance to see more than 650 historic images of Burscough, Ormskirk, Scarisbrick, Parbold and other local villages, including a diverse selection of images of people who lived and worked in West Lancashire during the past. A range of local information sheets were also available.

The ODFHS display included our collection of articles, magazines, local records and gravestone transcriptions on CD and DVD, and postcards for sale, and several visitors came to us with their family history questions.

Images of Burscough website


Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street