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

The Group run a help desk at the Archives & Local Studies Section, Leigh Town Hall (ground floor) press intercom for access. every Monday from 12 noon - 2.00 p.m. 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.



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.