About Us

The Leigh Group, formed in 1982, is one of the six groups of the Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society. Meetings are held in the Derby Room at Leigh Library throughout the winter months.

These are held on the third Tuesday of each month except June, July and December, and start at 7.30 pm but a Help Desk is available from 7.00 p.m

The winter session starts in August and usually takes the form of a Beginners Evening, when members and newcomers are able to use the Group's library facilities to carry out their own research.

Other meetings usually have a family history related speaker but members are always able to browse and borrow books from the Group's library.

The recording of Monumental Inscriptions is carried out regularly by members and the following churchyards and cemeteries have been recorded.

  • Abram St. John's
  • Golborne St. Thomas's
  • Westleigh St. Paul's
  • Lowton St. Mary's
  • Ashton-in-Makerfield St. Thomas's, Warrington Road and Heath Road
  • Leigh Cemetery

All the above are available on CD from the shop. The MIs for most of Leigh Cemetery are now available at Leigh Library Local Studies Section.

Help Desk

The Group run a help desk at the Archives & Local Studies Section, 2nd Floor, Leigh Town Hall (lift available) every Monday from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The purpose of the Helpdesk is to give assistance to the public with any enquiries and requests concerning their own ancestry including how to go about tracing their family line back through the ages.

Unfortunately we are unable to carry out detailed research.


Below is a link to a public consultation survey on the proposals for the future development of the Archives & Leigh Local Studies. This is simply a short survey that anyone interested in the Archives/Local Studies and the development project are being asked to complete


Please can you take a few minutes to have a look and complete the survey if you are able, and also send links to contacts, friends and family, to encourage as many people as possible to take part.

It's important that as many responses as possible to the questionnaire are received, not only to gather information about how the service is used/viewed but also to demonstrate to the Heritage Lottery Fund that there is a good level of engagement with the project.

Leigh Group Projects

The Group have been involved in many projects over the years. The first project was a compilation of the whereabouts for all church records for the whole area covered by Leigh & District and its surrounding areas.

Members have also been involved in indexing the birth, marriage and death indexes of the whole of the Wigan & Leigh Registration District from 1837 – 1950, and these are now available on the Lancashire BMD web site.