Ormskirk Market Day

 Crowdfunding News

The fundraising stage of our Crowdfunding project, Sharing People's History of West Lancashire, is now complete.

We are delighted to announce that we reached our funding target.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and also to Lancashire County Council who pledged half of our total.

Over the next few months we will be busy researching and gathering information to produce the two booklets

promoting the history of West Lancashire.





Next meeting...

Wednesday 27th September 2023

Workhouse Ancestry   

By Louise Wade

The meeting will take place at the Guide HQ, Moorgate, Ormskirk, L39 4RT

Doors open at 7p.m. - meeting starts at 7.30p.m.   

Visitors welcome (£2.00 admission)

Refreshments available (£1.00)


Monthly Meetings Programme Autumn 2023


Wednesday 25th October 

Clothing the Skeletons by Ernie Savage


Wednesday 22nd November

Our annual quiz and social evening


We do not meet in December



Zoom chats and talks


Thursday 12th October

Zoom Family History Chat 6p.m. (BST)


Wednesday 6th December Via Zoom 2p.m. (GMT) and 7p.m. (GMT)

Is It Art?  The Creative Branch of My Family Tree (via Zoom)

Kate Hurst will be repeating her fascinating talk about the artists she has discovered in her family.

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 Ormskirk Library Help Desk


Monday 2nd October 2023 10.30a.m -11.30a.m.

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



New book from ODFHS




 The fascinating stories behind Ormskirk's famous gingerbread sellers.  

 Price £4.00 

Copies can be purchased locally from;

Scott's Butchers, Bloom and Brew and Kas Social

(located in Church Street, Ormskirk)


For those further afield copies are available via Parish Chest


for more information contact;

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






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!

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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