Libraries Research service for archives and local history

Record agents

Manchester Archives+

As well as the self-employed researchers listed later on this page, we offer our own paid research service.

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

Costs vary but start at £17.50; more complex research is charged at £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.


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. 

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 and abstracts to parish registers, deeds, tax, legal papers, maps and 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 and Manchester; Cheshire inc Stockport, all available sources inc Probate and Marriage Licence and Bishops’ Transcripts, Anglican Clergy searches; member of AGRA.

Anne Mealia, 1 Castle Cottage, Dobroyd Road, Todmorden, OL14 7JJ. Tel: 07714 313257 or email: Website: All aspects of genealogy research in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire 16th - 20th century. Small and large projects, brickwall research and transcriptions of old documents. Member of AGRA, MA in History and Higher Certificate in Genealogy.

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

Helena Sanderson, Adventures in History, 62 Hayclose Road, Kendal LA9 7NE Email:  Family and Local History: Comprehensive research 16th - 20th centuries in all areas, including Parish Registers, Bishop's Transcipts, probate, apprenticeships, etc. Also background research and photography. Areas Covered: Historic counties of Westmorland, Cumberland, and Lancashire (includes Furness, Greater Manchester and Merseyside)

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 and Cumbria. Training and experience in transcribing old documents and 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 and local history research. Brick wall help and additional guidance can also be provided for those wishing to continue research on their own. 


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