Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/9/2004

Manx National Heritage – Isle of Man

Researching your family history can be an exciting hobby and most of the sources for the study of Manx genealogy are available at the Manx National Heritage Library.

Many of these records are held on microfilm or microfiche and are available on a ‘self help’ basis in the Reading Room. Please note that visitors wishing to consult microfilm or microfiche material need not book a reading machine in advance.

Help is at hand at every stage of your research and if you need assistance the staff will be only too happy to help.

Anyone considering research on their family history is strongly recommended to consult ‘The Manx Family Tree: a beginner’s guide to records in the Isle of Man’, by Janet Narasimham (2nd Edition 1994). This booklet gives guidance on how to set about research and the types of records which can be searched and is available from the Manx Museum shop and at most Island bookshops.

You are also advised to join the Isle of Man Family History Society.

Sources
Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
Records of the compulsory registration of births and deaths began in 1878 and for marriages in 1884. Certificates can be obtained, for a fee, from the General Registry, Finch Road, Douglas. The Library cannot supply certificates but has a microfiche copy of the indexes of births, marriages and deaths, covering the period 1878 to the present.

Non compulsory marriage certificates were issued from 1849 for dissenters who chose not to have their union solemnised in a parish church.

Manx Parish Registers
Some years ago all the then available church registers were called in by the General Registry and copies were made. These copies were subsequently microfilmed and cover from the early 1600’s to 1883 and are available on microfilm in the library.

These are indexed by parish for baptism and marriage entries as a result of being collected for the I.G.I. (see below).

The Isle of Man Family History Society has produced detailed transcripts of some burial registers.

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