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

Saturday openings at Crewe

We will be open on Sat.10th. Sat 22nd. Oct and Sat 19th. Nov.
Open from 9.30 a.m. - 12.30p.m.
Venue - Municipal Building, Crewe, CW12BJ

Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 14:46

Volunteer urgently required

From the 1st September 2016 we have a vacancy for a volunteer to cover every Thursday morning at the Research Centre in Mobberley.

Training will be given and you will be made most welcome by our team of friendly volunteers.

If you would be interested in joining us please contact Kay Brown on 0161 4855579 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2016 20:14

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 .


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

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

Family History Course Starting September

Jean Laidlaw will be starting classes again on 26th September at Mobberely Research Centre £5 per sessions.

Bramhall Newsletter Summer 2016

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

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 22:33

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.

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

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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