Ormskirk Market Day


ZOOM Virtual Coffee Morning: Thursday, 10 June 2021 - 11:00am (UK)

Ormskirk and District Family History Society invites you to join them for a virtual alternative to the face-to-face Help Desk that we operated at Ormskirk Library before the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the summer of 2021, we’ll be trialling a Virtual Coffee Morning via Zoom, and all are welcome to drop in for a bit of social interaction, as well as a chance to get some help with your family history research (or maybe share some research tips of your own) - see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1054362305090122/?ref=newsfeed
Knowing that we have members and supporters all over the world, we have chosen a morning time (UK) in the hope that it will allow both UK-based and overseas supporters to join in.
For reference, 11.00a.m. (British Summer Time) is:
7p.m. West coast Australia (Perth)
9p.m. East coast Australia (Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney)
10p.m. New Zealand
If this is something that you’d be interested in, please contact Kate Hurst (ODFHS Chair) at chairman[at]odfhs.email to request a link to the meeting. [Please replace [at] with @ ]
We are conscious that Los Angeles and Vancouver are around 9 hours behind British Summer Time, with Washington, New York and Ottawa around 6 hours behind, so if our Canadian/North American members and followers would be interested in a similar virtual get-together somewhere around mid-afternoon/early evening UK time, please let us know - we’ll see what we can come up with!

And some past events...


FHF Virtual Really Useful Exhibition: Saturday 10 April 2021

ODFHS joined more than 40 regional and specialist family history societies from the UK and overseas, and other commercial organisations for a one-day online family history exhibition. We dealt with several virtual queries, and also had a chance to catch up with other like-minded societies, to find out how they had been managing during the lockdown period.


FHF Virtual Really Useful Exhibition: Saturday 14 November 2020

Our only public event of 2020 was also our first experience of a virtual family history show, and proved to be a good opportunity to "meet" visitors and other societies with an interest in family history without having to leave home! A review of the day will be published in Issue 84 of our magazine very shortly.


Westhead Carnival: Saturday 6 July 2019

This year was on the 6th of July 2019 and WE were there! Yet again it was a very well-run event.  A little drizzle at the beginning did not mar the enjoyment of everyone present.

Gingerbread Festival: Sunday 14 July 2019

To celebrate all things Ormskirk there was an event on Sunday 14th July 2019.  This event has become an Ormskirk Institution and the centre of Ormskirk was packed with entertainments and activities.  There were also groups such as ourselves with all our records of Ormskirk.

Church Tower Open Day: Saturday 21 September 2019

Christ Church, Aughton held their Open Day with trips up the Tower (in good weather, views are to North Wales & beyond Blackpool - even to the Lake District) and ODFHS were present on the day.


Dig Up Your Roots: Saturday 5 October 2019

There's always a lot going on behind the scenes at ODFHS, but just lately, there has been a bit more activity than usual.

Dig up your roots

For the first time since 2012, Ormskirk and District Family History Society hosted a family and local history fair in Ormskirk. Dig Up Your Roots In West Lancashire took in the Langham Hall, at the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Ormskirk, on Saturday 5 October 2019. 

Supported by a grant from the North-West Group of Family History Societies, ODFHS was supported by a variety of organisations, including the North-West branch of the Catholic Family History Society, Cumbria Family History Society, Lancashire Archives, North Meols (Southport) Family History Society, Ormskirk Historical Society, and Skelmersdale and Upholland Family History Society.

 for a video review of Dig Up Your Roots 2019

...or see here for more.



Images of Burscough Exhibition: Saturday/Sunday 19/20 October 2019

On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019, ODFHS attended the Images Of Burscough and Surrounding Areas Exhibition at the Stanley Club, Liverpool Road, Burscough.

The free exhibition offered a chance to see more than 650 historic images of Burscough, Ormskirk, Scarisbrick, Parbold and other local villages, including a diverse selection of images of people who lived and worked in West Lancashire during the past. A range of local information sheets were also available.

The ODFHS display included our collection of articles, magazines, local records and gravestone transcriptions on CD and DVD, and postcards for sale, and several visitors came to us with their family history questions.

Images of Burscough website


Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street