England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916 .
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Manchester,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Miscellaneous
Collection years 1700-1916
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Manchester Archives and Local History

What is in the Collection?

This collection contains records for the years 1700-1916

This collection contains indexes of miscellaneous records acquired from the Manchester Central Library. The records include Apprenticeships, School Admissions, Prison Registers, and Workhouse Registers. The indexes and images are provided in cooperation with Find My Past.

What Can These Records Tell Me

Apprenticeships may contain the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Name of master
  • Place of business
  • Master’s Occupation

School admissions may contain the following information:

  • Date of admission
  • Name of child
  • Date of birth
  • Name of parents or guardians
  • Address
  • Name of previous school
  • Date of withdrawal
  • Name of school sent to following withdrawal

Prison registers may contain the following information:

  • Name of prisoner
  • Crime committed
  • Date of crime
  • Summary of conviction
  • Date and place of birth
  • Physical description

Workhouse registers may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Admission date
  • Discharge or death date

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of record

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate the year of birth.
  • Use the date of birth to search for a birth or baptism record.
  • Use the names of the parents on a school admissions record to search for a marriage record.
  • If your ancestor was married, search for a marriage record using their first name and surname, along with the names of parents.
  • Use the residence (or last residence) to search for your ancestor in a census
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same workhouse.

I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  • Search the records of nearby localities.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:

"England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From various Manchester collections. Databases and images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com : n.d. Citing Manchester Archives and Local Studies.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916.

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