It is sometimes worth consulting the online finding aids of those archive services which hold collections relating to Lancashire before 1974, when the size of the County was significantly reduced by local government reorganisation.

Manchester City Archives
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?categoryID=448&documentID=440

Greater Manchester County Record Office
http://www.dswebhosting.info/GMCRO/

Liverpool Record Office
http://archive.liverpool.gov.uk/dserve.exe?dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=Search.tcl

Bury Archives
http://archives.bury.gov.uk/

Bolton Archives
http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/bolton-archives/archives-indexes/

Cumbria Archive Service
http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives/Online_catalogues/default.asp

Wigan Archives
http://www.wlct.org/Culture/Heritage/arc_coll.htm

Catalogues of Lancashire Record Office and the repositories given above can also be searched online at:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/advanced-search.aspx?tab=1

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