References and further reading

Fraueyn as Banglaneyn -- Isle of Man Family History Society

fhs logo Founded 1979. Publishes quarterly Journal - see Index and copies of journal held on this website.

Meets, 7:30pm, every third Friday of the month at Union Mills Methodist Church hall, (Union Mills is some 3 miles out from Douglas on the Peel Road)- visitors are always welcome. It also operates a library above Christian St, Peel (almost opposite the bus terminus near the Cathedral) where members are welcome - check opening hours first.

Has extensive list of publications of Memorial Inscriptions, Burial Registers and indexed 1851 and 1881 census records.

See their new Web-site<> for addresses etc. of current membership secretaries & some on-line data (there may still be additional information on thier old page - <>.

Manx Museum

The Manx equivalent of the British Museum, National Art Gallery and British Library all rolled into a single organisation! Founded in 1886.
[Manx Museum Library Extension] Its main site in Douglas occupies what was Noble's Hospital, opened in 1886 and converted to house the Museum in 1922. The Library, which houses a priceless collection of documents, is housed in a 1960 extension to the building, giving five floors of Library Stacks.

A short guide to other, possibly useful, holdings is given by Miriam Critchlow in Beyond the Microfilm readers in FHS Journal Vol 11.sp pp4-5

The Museum publishes Sources for Family History Public Information Sheet #4 which is a free, 4 page, introduction to Museum holdings.

The Manx Museum and National Trust
Isle of Man IM1 3LY
Tel +44 (0)1624 648000; Fax 648001

E-mail <> but response can be slow as all fax, post and email enquiries are dealt in order of arrival by the staff who also have to man the counter for personal callers - see also for access to on-line (pdf only) version of the very useful Manx Museum Library Factsheets

Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday to Saturday - there is no admission charge for either the Museum or for using the Museum Library. The library is closed for the last week in January for stock checking etc (the Museum remains open).

General Registry

[General Registry] The General Registry incorporates the Office of the High Court and the Companies, Deeds, Probate, Land and Civil Registry.
Its functions include the issue of summonses and processes for all divisions of the High Court, the incorporation of companies, the making of grants of Probate and the registration of deeds and documents leading to title to real estate in the Island.

A guide to its holdings can be found in Records held in the General Registry FHS Journal vol 11.sp pp45-47
Certificates can be obtained by post, but please give the details you know as simply as possible. The name, approximate date and the parish if known should be given; for marriage and death certificates state the occupation.
Please remember when writing for information keep letters simple and to the point, print the details known on a separate piece of paper to your letter and state clearly the information you require. Remember that no information can be given except in the form of a certificate and that civil registration only existed in full from 1878.

Web site - <> has a guide to what they do and the costs involved.

The Registries, Deemsters Walk, Bucks Road, Douglas IM1 3AR
It comprises:
Companies Registry (Tel: 685233 Fax: 687004).
Deeds Registry (Tel: 685250)
Land Registry (Tel: 685249 Fax: 685296)
Civil Registry (Tel: 687038 Fax 685976)
Public Records Office: Unit 3, Spring Valley Industrial Estate, Braddan (Tel:613383 . Fax: 613384)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - 'Mormons'

A guide to How to start on your family tree also gives some of the 'theological' background as to why the Mormons are interested in Family History. It also helps explain why most Roman Catholic records (and those of certain other denominations) are not released to them.

You may also be interested in Gunnison's 1852 History of the Mormons and my introductory comments thereupon.

I guess it is one of life's little ironies that although the Mormons preach it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children [Book of Mormon Moroni 8:9] it is indeed the baptismal records of children that are so valuable!

Mormon Microfilms

William Cubbon in Island Heritage recalls how a visit by a granddaughter of George Cannon, Miss Ann Cannon, in 1926 led in 1944 to the request to microfilm all historically important books in the Record Office. At that time some 250 rolls of microfilm were taken recording some 350,000 separate pages some dating from 1417 - many other documents were filmed in a latersession in the 1960s. It is the availability of these microfilms that allows much research to be done off island - however be warned that many records need considerable experience to read the handwriting.
An excellent guide to the LDS films is given by Alison Glenie and included, by permission on this site.

Family History Centres

These are centres, generally co-located with Mormon Temples or other meeting places, which have a collection of computer/microfiche records and other support for tracing your family history. Most are in North America though a growing number are now opening elsewhere, see Mormon pages for list. A small charge is normally made for film hire.


The International Genealogical Index is produced by the Church of LDS and lists all births/baptisms and marriages extracted from various registers. It does not index deaths/burials. Now computer based it is regularly updated - the complete IGI for the Isle of Man is available on some 15 microfiche and can be bought for a few dollars (see guide to the LDS films ). Selective printouts or disc copies (names/parishes) are also available at FHCs. Most major public libraries in the UK will have the fiches.

An on-line version of the IGI (+ other vital records) is now available - at times the service is swamped and access may be rationed.

However useful the IGI is as an index, or finding tool, you should still confirm entries from the microfilms of the parish registers. Entries in the IGI (especially the latest on-line version) may also arise from entries both in LDS records (e.g. 'sealings for the dead') or from 'patron submitted data' - both should be treated with great suspicion, many are totally erroneous and indicate wishful thinking for 'records that should be there'. Even the parish register details are a 3rd generation transcription as they derive from the Rolls Office 1910/1911 compilation of transcriptions of parish registers and not directly from the registers themselves - see information on Batch Numbers.

Reference Books

Those in print may be obtained from any of the Island bookshops. Several of these may also stock secondhand copies of out-of-print items.

Guide to Records

The Manx Family Tree: A Beginners Guide to Records in the Isle of Man 2nd edition 1994 (ISBN 0-9523963-0-0) edited by J. Narasimham, N. Crowe and P. Lewthwaite. A 3rd edition 2000 is now available - it provides an excellent guide to what records are available and how to obtain and interpret them.

Ancestral Trails (ISBN 0-7509-1418-1) by Mark D. Herber Sutton Publishing/Society of Genealogists 1997 (reprint 1998) is an invaluable reference to British (mainly English) sources. As a guideline to what is available and where to find it, I have not seen its equal - should be on the bookshelf of anyone researching any family with English connections.

Family Histories

There may well be more such family histories - I would appreciate any notification; A major problem is however their lack of availability; usually published in small runs for family use they are often not taken even by the major copyright libraries. The Manx Museum and the IoM FHS will usually have copies (for consultation not loan) of those published on the Island. A.W. Moore started collecting material on Old Manx families, some of which appeared in Manx Note Book - a transcription with many additional updates/corrections was done by Joyce Oates and is available on-line and covers many of the names mentioned below.

History of the Allen Family unpublished but manuscript in Manx Museum ref MD15041
See Article by Nigel Crowe in IoM FHS journal Vol 1 #3 p10-14
Much has been written about the extensive Christian family
An overview is given by A.W.Moore in Old Manx Families - The Christians of Milntown in the Isle of Man and Ewanrigg Hall in Cumberland.
Mrs Hicks Beach "The Yesterdays behind the Door" Liverpool 1956, reprinted 1973, covers the Christians of Milntown, Unerigg etc.
The Christians of Greenland is held in Manuscript in the Manx Museum MD15048
Records of the Cosnahan Family E.H.Stenning in Proc IoM Natural History and Antiquarian Soc Vol IV No. IV pp516/526 March 1945
Old Manx Families The Curgheys /Curpheys of Ballakillinghan A.W. Moore Manx Note Book
A Manx Family James Stowell Kenyon, 1972
Covers Gell/Gill family of Kennaa and Malew.
R Serjeant The Graves Family of Peel IoMNHASoc VI #4 pp509/524
gives brief family tree (refers to full tree deposited in ManxMuseum)
"Twas Thus and Thus They Lived" I.M.Kelley Douglas: 1989 - covers Kelly family of Ballavitchal Braddan
The Seed of Issac Rev R. Kissack Douglas: [1985]
'A one name publication' - it covers the whole of the Kissack sept from known records on the Island. Now out of print.
The MacIsaacs : possible origins of a Scots-Manx surname 1991 Douglas priv pub Author
The later book discusses the probable 14C Scottish base for the name (+ some corrections to earlier book).
A family history was written in 1895 by John Corlet LaMothe (and gives the interesting history of this French-Manx family
A Bibliographical Account of Works relating to the Isle of Man W.Cubbon Vol 2 part L10/2 pp1470/80
William Cubbon devotes considerable space to the Lewthwaites as they were the major paper manufacturer on the Island from 1790 onwards.
The Moores of Ballakilley, Marown by Nigel Crowe in Proc IoM Natural History and Antiquarian Soc Vol X No. 2 pp17/40 March 1993
Covers the important family of Douglas Merchants.
A Quota of Qualtroughs - early settlers to New Zealand from the Isle of Man Elizabeth Barlow, NewZealand 1984?
Old Manx Families: The Quayles of Clychur.. A.W.Moore Manx Note Book
Radcliffes of Andreas by Constance Radcliffe in Proc IoM Natural History and Antiquarian Soc Vol VIII No. 2 pp172/196
Covers several branches of this Anglo/Irish/Manx family.
W.H. Gill in A Third Manx Scrapbook 1963 includes a section on the English background to the Skillicornes

Parish Histories

Some of these contain extensive biographies of leading families in the Parish - those by the Radcliffes are particularly recommended.
For a guide to each of the parishes see my Parishes section.

Kirk Bride: A miscellancy William and Constance Radcliffe Douglas:Manx Museum 1982
less useful than the others for biographical detail.
The Annals of Kirk Christ Lezayre R.D. Kermode Douglas:Norris Modern Press 1955 - contains brief family histories for major Lezayre families - Christians of Milntown, Curghey/Farrants of Ballakillingham, Garretts of Ballabrooie, Crowe of the Nappin and Standish of Ellanbane
A History of Kirk Maughold J.W.Radcliffe and C.K.Radcliffe Douglas:Manx Museum 1979
Particularly recommended for its wealth of biographical detail
Shining by the Sea C.K.Radcliffe Douglas:

Organisational Histories

Some histories of specific organisations often contain lists of personnel as well as short biographies of key people

IoM Steam Packet Company

A.W.Moore IoMSPCO 1830-1904 especially chapter 5 with biographies of Captains


G Turnbull The Isle of Man Constabulary Manks-Svenska Publishing Co 1984 (ISBN 0-907715-20-6) has a list of all police officers from c1830 


 The Royal Manx Fencibles B.E.Sargeaunt 1947 has list of officers
The IoM and the Great War has a Roll of Honour of Manx dead in WW1


A list of deaths 'on Guinea Coast' extracted from F Wilkins' study is available.


Never to Return by Hampton Creer Douglas: Manx Heritage Foundation 2000 (ISBN 0-952-4019-7-5)

Collected Biographies

Currently the key collection of individual biographies is A.W. Moore's Manx Worthies which covers many of the key people in Manx public life who had died by c.1900. A Master list of all biographies on my site is available - see also Memorial Notices in Manx Quarterly

An updated collection is promised as part of the millennium collection to be published under the auspices of the Centre for Manx Studies.

Other useful addresses

Manx Postage Stamps

Manx stamps (UK stamps are not valid on mail from the Island) can be obtained from:
IoM Post Office
Philatelic Bureau,
P.O.Box 10M,
Isle of Man IM99 1PB
Tel +(0)1624 686130; Fax +(0)1624 686132 or e_mail
Besides their usual sales for stamp collectors, they will also supply stamps for postage to UK & Europe or elsewhere. They will supply via a credit card order - just tell them for what purpose you need the stamps. It can be considerably cheaper than using IRC's.

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© F.Coakley , 2001