The Liverpool & South West Lancashire Family History Society (L&SWLFHS) has been established in Liverpool since May 1976, when it was called the Liverpool Family History Society and its first meeting was attended by 30 people. The area covered was that part of the Ancient County of Lancashire known as the Hundred of West Derby.


Since then the Society has grown to include six groups in Liverpool, Leigh, Southport, Skelmersdale and Upholland,  Warrington and Widnes. with a membership of nearly 1,500. The groups each have their own web pages detailing their calendars of regular meetings throughout the year, relevant information from around the area and details of the Help Desks, which are run by volunteers who assist anyone needing help or information.

Members of the Society have the right to attend any or all group meetings.

Social Media

We welcome like minded researchers to join us in discovering our ancestors and enjoying our Meetings, Journals and Help Desks. We are available on Facebook, Twitter and our Forum where there is a friendly, helpful crowd who do their best to resolve queries.
For full details of our help desks please click here

Constitution, Aims and Organisation

Our constitution and organisation information can be read by clicking on the links, as can our cookie policy.



If you would like to see a larger magnifiable image of the above map then click here

Click here for a hand drawn map showing parishes ...

..and here for a map of the area's townships

The area we cover is the West Derby Hundred in Lancashire, within which lie the parishes of Altcar, Halsall, Aughton, North Meols, Childwall, Huyton, Liverpool, Walton, Sefton, Warrington,Wigan, Prescot, Winwick, Ormskirk and Leigh.
For more information about the area click here.