The Family History Society of Cheshire

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

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The Family History Society of Cheshire

Bramhall Newsletter Summer 2016

Here is a copy of our latest newsletter: Click to download

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:55

Reprieve for Family Tree Maker

Ancestry made the following announcement to users of Family Tree Makerâ„¢ in early February 2016

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.


We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. You can find additional details about these Family Tree Maker partnerships on our blog. We also encourage you to continue to check back on our blog for future updates in the coming months.

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

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


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

NEW UKBMD Tutorials

Ian Hartas has visited many if not most of our groups to demonstrate the most effective ways of using his UKBMD website.  To make this information available to a wider audience he has created a series of video tutorials.  These are short 5-7 minute videos available via YouTube.

Please click the following link to go straight there and to find out more information:

Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2016 22:25

EATON DNA Projects

I am Douglas MacMillan, Director of the DNA program for the EATON Families Association here in the U.S. We have been operating since 2006 and have nearly 140 DNA samples by now. Most of these are U.S. Eatons, although we also have a sprinkling of samples from the U.K., Scotland and Ireland. We have so far isolated about 6 or 7 Eaton "sub-clans" residing in the U.S.

Our most urgent need is to find an Eaton male descending from any Eaton from the 15th or 16th century in Cheshire.

In particular, from Richard Eaton, Vicar at Coventry, who went on to be Vicar at Great Budworth, Cheshire, in the years before his death in 1600. Two of his college-educated sons came to America. One of them, Theophilus, later founded a new colony in southern New England, where he became the first Governor of our State of Connecticut. He died in that role in 1658, whereupon his widow brought their children back to the Great Budworth area.

We would be glad to hear from such Eatons. Ultimately, we would want to have a DNA sample drawn from any contestants, as the final proof positive. (The sample is simple and painless: our lab would mail a "kit" containing a couple of sponge swabs to be wiped on the inner cheeks, rewrapped and sent back to Houston, Texas.) The cost of the test is US $149. We would be glad to review lineages presented, and if we felt they were truly strong, we would pay for the test.

We look forward to receiving paper trails at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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

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.



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.

At the moment due to illness we need two volunteers to cover every Thursday morning session.

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 Wednesday, 13 January 2016 13:39
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