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About The Federation

Since the early 1970s there has been a remarkable growth in popular interest in the local and family history of Lancashire . All over the County and beyond its borders, individuals have become actively involved in research and writing, in local history groups and societies. Today there is scarcely a town in the County Palatine that does not have a local history society and there are several major family history organisations to cater for those who are tracing their Lancashire ancestors.

Cromwell Bridge
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"Cromwell Bridge (the ruin)", west of
Great Mitton. circa 1561

Across the pre-1974 County and taking in parts of what are now Cheshire , Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cumbria , the LLHF helps to co-ordinate the activities of the numerous local and family history societies and organisations that are its members. We act as a clearing house for the exchange of information and the promotion of the varied activities that local societies undertake.

The Federation was founded in 1973 so that individuals and societies could work together and could share their ideas and knowledge. These aims have remained central to its work ever since. Today the Federation has a large membership of eighty societies and many more individuals and is one of the biggest such organisations in Britain .

The Federation holds several meetings each year, with a varied and interesting programme.

Spring Day Schools. Recent subjects have included Manchester & Liverpool histories. Speakers are chosen for their depth of knowledge of the subject, and help to provide a very interesting and worthwhile day.

knott end ferry
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"Knott End to Fleetwood Ferry", circa 1917.

At Home With. Each year a member society is "At Home" for the day to act as hosts and to organise a combination of talks and visits to reflect their own locality or sphere of influence. This is usually combined with our AGM (which takes up only about half an hour). In recent years we have been at home in Halliwell, Liverpool, Longridge, Ramsbottom, Lancaster, St Helens, Birkdale & Ainsdale, Blackburn, Ewecross and Littleborough, thanks to the local societies. We would be delighted to hear from any society which would like to host an At Home, and can give full guidance to assist them to make it a success.