Libraries Research service for archives and local history

Record agents

The following are all self-employed researchers working for a fee. Their inclusion in this list should not be taken to imply that they are employed or approved by us. We cannot guarantee the quality of their work or enter into any negotiations between researchers and clients. We also offer our own paid research service.

Manchester Archives +, St Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD.
Tel: 0161 234 1979

A simple search £17.50 (30 minutes) & complex research £35 an hour. Apply online via our website.

General Register Office indexes of births, marriages and deaths, church records (which are not already online), directories, electoral registers, probate records, court records, maps, vehicle licensing records are amongst the specific sources which can be searched for you. Where possible a photocopy or print of the entry will be provided (please include your full postal address when you contact us so that we can post prints to you.

Dr Peter Franklin, 46, Fountain Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 0QP.
Specialises in: Latin translations and English transcripts by email and by post.
Medieval and manorial records, also early modern and later wills and probate records.

Mr J E Lloyd, 1 Royston Road, Firswood, Manchester M16 0EU
Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire; Also 60+ vol. indexes & abstracts to parish registers, deeds, tax, legal papers, maps & Catholics 1004-1837. Copy of PCC wills for GM.

Simon D Martin, BSc (Hons), Cert. H. E., 21 Petticoat Lane,
Higher Ince, Wigan, WN2 2LH
Tel: 01942 702594
All old Lancashire, including Wigan, St. Helens, Liverpool & Manchester; Cheshire inc Stockport, all available sources inc Probate & Marriage Licence & Bishops’ Transcripts, Anglican Clergy searches; member of AGRA.

Ms J Moore, 21 Shawe Hall Avenue, Flixton, Manchester M41 6FW
Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, family, company & property histories.

Mrs K Stout, 13 Bramley Drive, Brandlesholme, Bury BL8 1JL
Tel: 0161 258 9535
Mobile: 07708 177220
Web site:
Greater Manchester including Ashton under Lyne, Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Middleton, Oldham, Rochdale & Salford. Research is carried out at the Lancashire Archives and Manchester Archives+ & other local repositories. Parish registers (Roman Catholic, Methodists & Church of England), census returns, birth/marriage/death indexes 1837-2016, newspapers, electoral roll registers etc.

Grace Tabern, 38 Coach Road, Barrow Nook, Bickerstaffe, Ormskirk, Lancs. L39 0EU
Tel: 01695 724372
Web site:
All areas of family history research, covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside & Cumbria. Training & experience in transcribing old documents & wills, from 17th century on. Associate member of AGRA, Advanced Diploma in Local History.

Leslie Turner, 27 Hartley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4AY
All areas of family history research, particularly within the Greater Manchester area. Research tailored to suit your needs. Look ups through to larger projects including adoption/probate/house & local history research. Brick wall help & additional guidance can also be provided for those wishing to continue research on their own. 


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