Ormskirk Market Day


                                                                                                           Update:                November 2017

The boatfamilies website continues to grow and now contains over 36,000 names in 4 main family trees.  It is hoped that eventually we will be able to merge them all into 1 large tree.  We are indebted to our members and visitors to the site for sending us their family information, which enables us to keep adding more names.  All information is checked by Keith Jenkins, who is the Administrator of the site, before it is added.  We have now been able to link into boatmen not only in Lancashire, but in Yorkshire, Cheshire and beyond.  The names on the site are searchable and so it is easy to see if your ancestor is mentioned.  New names are being added all the time, so keep checking back on the site.

The Society is indebted to the family of the late Mona Duggan who have donated a lot of her research material to us. This is material which she collected and used in writing her books on Ormskirk and the surrounding area, and covers a wide variety of topics.  Our Librarian is in the process of sorting, filing and cataloging it all.  Once this is completed we propose to put a list of what is available into the member's section of the website.

Further donations have been received from Dr. Betty Underwood and the late Anthony Daly.  These have been catalogued and are available in our Library.

 Whilst researching at Lancashire Archive, Bow Lane, Preston, one of our members came across Burscough Town Books, ref: DP/437/1.  It covers the period 1770 to 1850 and contains names of Churchwardens, Constables, Overseers of the Poor etc.  We were able to photogaph the Book, and it has now been transcribed into a searchable document. The Society is hoping to produce a CD of the information.

Likewise a document listing poor inhabitants of Burscough who were given beef each December, ref: PR1270.  It covers the period 1801 - 1825, with some missing years.  Again this has been transcribed with a view to producing a CD.  This will prove invaluable to those with ancestors in the area, as it is not often that information on poorer people is found.

We would like to thank Lancashire Archives for allowing us to photograph these records.  Watch out for these records on our Sales page.


Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Regal, Ormskirk
Regal Cinema

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street