The Family History Society of Cheshire

...a helping hand in Cheshire Genealogy Registered Charity No. 515168

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Bramhall News

Please find below Bramhall library books & CD lists to go on web-site - also last news-letter, tho' nearly out-of-date, it has an interesting article by Ian Cameron in it. No doubt, we'll put all his articles on the new web-site.
Our latest news-letter should be following soon.
Newsletter Summer 2015
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 23:04

Autumn Talks at Mobberley Research Centre


Monday 23rd November at 2pm 

     Michael Watts on ‘Army Records’    

Thursday 26th November at 10.30am

     David Lambert on ‘Looking at and Understanding old legal documents’

     using examples held at Mobberley

Monday 7th December at 10.30am

     Michael Stonehewer on ‘Surnames and One-Name Studies’

Sign up now, numbers limited.

Normal Research Centre fees apply.

Tel: 01565 872210

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:23

Society AGM Saturday 7th November

At Hartford Methodist Church Hall doors open 2.00pm.

Click here to download a poster with lots more info

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2015 12:25

Crewe Family History Units move

The Family History Unit (FHU) will be moving from Crewe Library to a suite of rooms in the Municipal Building.  This relocation is due to the construction of the 'Lifestyle and Wellbeing Centre'. the library will move but there is not space for our research archives.

We will be housed on the 2nd. floor of the Municipal Building.
Opening hours will remain the same, as will facilities, but with more space.  In order to undertake this move the FHU will close to visitors on Tuesday 13th. October at 4p.m.
The proposed date for reopening is Monday 4th. January 2016.  If we are able to reopen earlier than this date a notice will be posted on the website and in Crewe Library

Find My Past FREE this weekend

News just in - Find My Past (all World records) will be free this weekend
from 12 noon on Friday 18th until 12 noon on Monday 21st September.
Existing subscribers will have their subscriptions automatically extended by 3 days to compensate.
Those subscribers who only subscribe to a Local service (e.g. Britain) will additionally be able to access all world records for the weekend.

This offer excludes the UK Electoral Registers (2002-2014) and the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2014) record sets.

More details at

FindMyPast is particularly useful to Cheshire researchers as it includes access to Cheshire Parish Registers and other local records – see
Other special collections can be found at

FindMyPast also includes access to the British Newspaper Archives via its own search page at

No doubt this will be very popular and you may experience difficulty accessing the records at peak times!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:12

Events at Chester Record Offices

Something for everyone click here to download Events_programme_Aug-Oct_2015.pdf

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 22:09


A Family History Course is planned, for beginners or as a refresher, starting September 2015 at the FHSC Research Centre, Mobberley.

The Tutor for this six week course is Jean Laidlaw.

The cost will be £4 per session; charge includes use of the Research Centre Facilities: Microfilms/Fiche - Reference Library - Free access to Ancestry - FindMyPast - The Genealogist

Topics to be covered will include: Recording and Managing your Information - Civil Registration - Census Returns - Parish Registers - Non Conformist Records - Internet Research - Printed Sources - Wills

For more information, please email Jean Laidlaw ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or give your name and contact details to the Duty Volunteer at Mobberley Research Centre.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 09:33

Volunteer Required

We urgently require a volunteer to take over the 2nd & 4th Friday afternoon sessions at the Mobberley Research Centre.

The volunteer is needed for October starting on 23rd and then every alternate Friday thereafter.

Training will be given and you will be made most welcome.

Please contact Kay Brown at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 0161 485 5579
Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2015 14:54


Starting Monday 11th Jan 2016

for beginners or as a refresher
non-members welcome

at the FHSC Research Centre, Mobberley

Tutor: Jean Laidlaw

Six week course - £4 per session
Includes use of the Research Centre Facilities:
Microfilms/Fiche - Reference Library
Free access to Ancestry - FindMyPast - The Genealogist

Topics to be covered will include:

* Recording and Managing your Information
* Civil Registration * Non Conformist Records
* Parish Registers * Census Returns * Wills
* Internet Research * Printed Sources

Enquiries to the FHSC Macclesfield Group Leader
Jean Laidlaw – macclesfield @
or give your name and contact details to the
Duty Volunteer at Mobberley Research Centre

Download a poster about this event.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 15:32

November 2015: Photo of the month

Congregational Church, Wilmslow, early 1900s

This postcard was published by Jones Stationers of Wilmslow
and posted in Manchester in 1912 to Miss Dora Rogers, Wootton Villa, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.

The Congregational Church, now the United Reformed Church, stands on the corner of Alderley Road and Chapel Lane in Wilmslow.

Some of the resources held by the FHSC Research Centre at Mobberley for Wilmslow:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:18

Click to read your Cheshire Ancestor

Click here to download your copy of the Cheshire Ancestor

Editions are published here at the beginning of March, June, September and December. You will need to login in as a member of our Society

If you are already logged in click here to go direct to the Ancestor page

If you have forgotten your login details please contact our webmaster: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:43

Journal Editor required

Jean Laidlaw will be standing down as Journal Editor after producing the next  issue (December 2015).
If anyone is interested in taking over the role, please contact Jean for more information about what the job entails.

Note that it is not essential for the Editor to live in Cheshire, but of course you must be an FHSC member.




The Allen y-DNA Project and Allen Guild of One Name Studies is seeking direction and guidance in establishing contact and research relationships with interested and relevant Allen participants in all locations around the world.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 22:19

Downloading and Reading the Electronic Cheshire Ancestor

This article explains how to use a portable device such as a smartphone, tablet or Kindle to read the Electronic Cheshire Ancestor.

(Click on 'read more' below to read the full article).

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 21:55

Pam Whyte of Macclesfield

We were saddened to learn of the death of Pam Whyte, wife of former Macclesfield Group leader Dennis Whyte, who passed away in Macclesfield Hospital on Thursday 2nd April 2015. Pam was a great help to Dennis for many years during his time as group leader of the Macclesfield group: she gave us a friendly greeting on arrival and organised the refreshments, until ill-health prevented her from attending meetings. She was also well-known to other members as a helper at the Society Research Centre when it was at Alderley Edge, and at Society open days at Northwich. We send our sincere condolences to Dennis.

The funeral will take place at Macclesfield Crematorium, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BU on Thursday 30th April at 12 noon .

Family flowers only by request; if desired, donations may be made to the East Cheshire Hospice.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 21:33

Membership Changes - These Affect You All


For the new membership year commencing 1st July 2015 your key decision is whether you wish to continue receiving a printed version of the Cheshire Ancestor or accept an online alternative.  Page 40 of March Ancestor leads you to see how it looks.

The online file will not be sent as a personal copy: a link will be delivered directly to your email address.

To keep our copyright secure you will need your membership login.

Full details of the new subscription rates; with new bank mandates and other payment forms, are printed in the centrepages of the current editions of CHESHIRE ANCESTOR.

Every member must advise Renewals of their intentions



ALL existing members - must advise Membership Renewals of their choice for the new membership year commencing 1st July 2015.


Electronic Copy Choice – Renewals must also be given your current email address.

 Printed Journal Choice - You must adjust your payment method for the new rate and confirm your postal address


Will regretfully no longer receive a printed copy of CHESHIRE ANCESTOR,

You must advise Renewals of your current and correct email address.

The 2015/2016 subscription rate for all OVERSEAS MEMBERS is £13.00 – a reduction!  So you will need to adjust your payment system

Special and individually negotiated rates to can be arranged at cost for overseas members unable to accept the online journal: contact Membership Renewals.


This whole new system requires that:

1.   we must have your current email and postal addresses

2.   you must check your email reasonably regularly

3.   You will need to login to the Society website, needing to know your login details and password.  You can find out there what other treasures the website contains to help you!

Note That Standing Order Mandates Must Be Sent Directly To Your Bank: not to the Renewals Officer!

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:46
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