England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index of miscellaneous records acquired from the Manchester Central Library.


“The records include Apprenticeships, School Admissions, Prison Registers, and Workhouse Registers. The indexes and images are provided in cooperation with www.findmypast.co.uk”


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[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Learn from these Records?[/su_heading]

  • Full Name
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Name of master
  • Place of business
  • Master’s Occupation

School admissions

  • Date of admission
  • Name of child
  • Date of birth
  • Name of parents or guardians
  • Address
  • Name of previous school
  • Date of withdrawal
  • Name of school sent to following withdrawal

Prison registers

  • Name of prisoner
  • Crime committed
  • Date of crime
  • Summary of conviction
  • Date and place of birth
  • Physical description

Workhouse registers

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Admission date
  • Discharge or death date

[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Do with This Information?[/su_heading]

  • “Use the age to calculate the year of birth
  • Use the date of birth to search for a birth or baptism record
  • Use the names of the parents on a school admissions record to search for a marriage record
  • If your ancestor was married, search for a marriage record using their first name and surname, along with the names of parents
  • Use the residence (or last residence) to search for your ancestor in a census
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same workhouse”


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