Welcome to South West Lancashire

the home of the Ormskirk & District Family History Society.


In September, all is back to normal. We are at the Scout HQ on Wigan Road each Monday 2-4pm and in the Public Library on Burscough Street 10-12 noon where we have free access to the computers



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image showing map of West Lancashire

The area we cover is green on the diagram opposite & includes Aughton, Bickerstaffe, Burscough, Downholland, Halsall, Hesketh with Becconsall, Lathom, Lydiate, Maghull, Melling, Ormskirk, Rufford, Scarisbrick, Simonswood, Skelmersdale and Tarleton.  Many local places were first named by Vikings.

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month (excluding December when there is no meeting) at the Guide HQ, Moorgate, Ormskirk 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 fee of £1 from visitors.

Our Research Library is now located at the Scout Hall, Wigan Road, Ormskirk. Please see the 'Library' link which has a map of the area, showing the locations of both the Guide HQ and Scout Hall.

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

You can email us using the email address at the top of the page, or see the Contact Information page for more information.

For queries other than about our Society can Members quote their Membership Number, otherwise a Donation would be greatly appreciated!

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

If you are new to family history research, click on the "Getting Started" link on the left for information about how to proceed.