Ormskirk Market Day


W Lancs coat of arms

 Next meeting...

Wednesday 24th May 2023

Annual General Meeting followed by

Old Photographs of Ormskirk and District

The evening will include a chance to see and show photographs, it will also feature videos from the Society's YouTube Channel and another chance to see displays from the Library Open Day.


                                                If you have any family photos you would like to share,

                                                please bring them along.

                                                          The meeting will take place at the Guide HQ, Moorgate,

                                        Ormskirk, L39 4RT.

                                               Doors open at 7p.m.; meeting starting at 7.30   

                                               Visitors welcome; £2 admission.


Next Ormskirk Library Help Desk

Monday 5th June 2023 10.30-12.00

No need to book, come along on the day if you need help with starting or progressing your family history research.



Programme - Spring 2023

Wednesday 28th June 2023

Westhead Through Time

Jean Dutton


                                                      Wednesday 26th July 2023

                                                    Edge Hill University in Ormskirk 

                                          with Edge Hill University Archivist, Dan Copley

See "Events" and "Meetings" pages for details of upcoming talks and other activities


New to the ODFHS Library




Welcome to the Ormskirk and District Family History Society, covering the sixteen ancient parishes and townships of Western Lancashire


 Lancashire Administrative Map 1832 part

  • Aughton
  • Bickerstaffe
  • Burscough 
  • Downholland 
  • Halsall
  • Hesketh with Becconsall
  • Lathom
  • Lydiate
  • Maghull
  • Melling
  • Ormskirk
  • Rufford
  • Scarisbrick
  • Simonswood
  • Skelmersdale
  • Tarleton

Lancashire Administrative Map 1832

The Society was founded in 1980 as a focus for local history and genealogical interests. 



Cheques are still gratefully received. However, you may find it more convenient to pay directly online by Bank Transfer or Parish Chest (see Membership)




Buy our products or pay your fees online: Parish Chest has gone live - click on this link...


(Latest update to Parish Chest 08/08/2020)


Would you like to place an advert in our magazine?

A quarter-page space (6.3cm by 9.2cm/21/2 inch by 35/8 inch) has become available; advertising rates £12 per year.

We publish three magazines each year, so each advert costs £4. Please get in touch for further details - contact Kate at: chairman[at]odfhs.email


Meetings should be on the fourth Wednesday of each month (excluding December when there is no meeting) at the Guide HQ, Moorgate, Ormskirk L39 4RU at 7.30 pm, with various speakers and topics (see the meetings page for future meeting details). Free to members.  Non-members are very welcome; we request a donation of £2 from visitors.

Our Research Library is now located at the Scout Hall, 7 Wigan Road, Ormskirk L39 2AP

To join the Society please use the links to go to the Membership page.

You can email us on secretary -[at]- odfhs.email, (change the " -[at]- " to @ in the email).

We publish three journals a year, and we have items for sale to aid research - something for everyone! What can start out as a curiosity can end up as a rewarding hobby!

Note: These pages are best viewed in desktop view mode, and this is now supported by most small-screen devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.). If things don't look right on your chosen device, go to the browser menu (top right-hand corner, usually) and activate the "Desktop site" option.

Regular visitors will have noticed that things are changing on this site, so please bear with us during refurbishment - all the original notes are still there, but not necessarily in the right order (as someone once said). Feel free to contact the website manager if something seems broken.

ODFHS is a member of the Family History Federation


Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street