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 July, August and December, and start at 7.30 pm, but a Help Desk is available from 7.00 p.m

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

We have recorded Monumental Inscriptions at the following churches and cemeteries

       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 Local Studies Section.


Help Desk


Wigan & Leigh Archives & Local Studies have temporarily closed to the public  until further notice, when they will re-open in Leigh Library, whilst the Town Hall is refurbished.

The Leigh Group Help Desk is now operating at the back of the Leigh Library on Mondays from 12 noon until 2.00 p.m.  Until the Archives & Local Studies re-open we only  have access to a computer.  However, you are welcome to bring along any information you already have on your family history research and a volunteer will try to help you with the next stage of your research.

Unfortunately we are unable to carry out detailed research.



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.