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

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 those 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 Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:20

Electronic Ancestor

From July we are launching differential membership rates - the main ones as follows:

£13.00  - no increase , but you must opt to receive an electronic copy of the Ancestor

£18.00 - if you still wish to receive a paper copy

 It is  especially easy to read electronic copies via an iPad, Kindle or Tablet device. You can try out electronc copies by clicking on Cheshire Ancestor in the Main Menu and following the instructions from there. You must be logged in to view.

You must let our Membership Renewals Officer know your membership intentions and you must let us have a current email address if you want to take advantage of testing electronic copies.  You need an email addrsss to be able to login to our website and to receive society emails etc,

A more detailed article will appear here soon.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 21:49

Proposed trip to Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015

The Macclesfield Group is planning a trip to WDYTYA? Live
9:30am – 5:30pm on Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th April at the NEC, Birmingham.

More information about the show and the workshops can be found on the website at


If you wish to book tickets (£10 each) please  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for information. Bookings must be received by midday on Monday 9th March.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:49

January 2015: Photo of the month

Alderley Park, c. 1905

This postcard was sent at 7:15pm on Christmas Eve 1905 to Master R Haigh, Post Office, Chelford. It reads: "With best wishes for Xmas from Bainy (?) Alderley Dec 1905".

The postal service must have been a lot better in 1905 than now, if a postcard franked at 7:15pm on Christmas Eve reached its destination in time for Christmas Day!


Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015 22:06

Bracey/Bracy DNA Study

 I am the administrator of a project investigating the genetic relationships between male holders of the Bracey name and it’s variants. We have recently found a cluster of Bracey/Bracy chaps in the USA who are all the genetic descendants of William Bressee of Isle of Wight County, Virginia in the seventeenth century. 
 The Bracey surname is historically found in three locations in England, South Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Norfolk (apart from a London population from at least 1600 that are considered likely migrants, possibly from all three of those counties). We know that the South Gloucestershire family are genetically distinct from that of the Virginia patriarch and our group would like to probe the relationship between the Cheshire Bressy/Bracey family and these two clusters.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 20:21

Research resources at Mobberley

I am pleased to announce that we have subscribed to a Worldwide membership for This is available to search for free at the Research Centre on one computer.

As a result of this Find my past will only be available to view on three computers .

Membership for The Genealogist Diamond edition has been renewed for another year.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 21:16

Library Holdings at Mobberley

Joan Irving (our Librarian) has catalogued most of our holdings at Mobberley Research Centre and these are indexed in a new section of our website by going to our main Mobberley page and clicking on the Library Holdings link underneath Available Resources.
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2012 11:39

Any Members having Problems Logging In?

There is more to see here if you are a member of our Society – some areas are only available to members, but you may be having problems logging in.

Our new website was launched in November 2008 and at that time anyone with a known email address was sent their individual log in details, and for new members these are automatically generated and sent to you by email. However, we all forget our passwords at times and forget to tell people when we change our email addresses. In order to log in our society MUST have your current email address, so if you have changed addresses recently or have never told us before please get in touch with Maurice Stokes via: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If anyone with a known email address is having problems remembering their user names of passwords click on Frequently Asked Questions in the left-hand main menu, where you should find a solution - it you are still having problems please contact our webmasters via: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Saturday, 09 July 2011 10:10

Forgotten your Login Details?

Please do not use our Forgotten Your Password link - it no longer works.  We will soon launch a new website, but until then just contact our webmaster to ask to have your password details reset: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 10:06

March 2015: Photo of the month

Cottage Homes, Greendale Road, Port Sunlight, early 1900s

This postcard is unused but the reverse tells us it was printed and published by Lever Brothers Limited, who built the homes at Port Sunlight Village in 1888. A boy is merrily bowling his hoop along the road and two girls are chatting together - all three are smartly dressed and wearing hats.

Port Sunlight is now a visitor attraction and you can even book some of the cottages for a holiday! More information about the village can be found on their website at


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:43

February 2015: Photo of the month

Astbury, c. 1907

This postcard was sent on September 18th, 1907 to Miss H. Brugess (sic), The Lowe farm, Buglawton, Congleton and bears an intriguing message:

"Dear Harriett, will you ask your mother if she will let you meet me at the Town Hall at quarter to seven on Thursday night. I sent to J.R.(?) and he will tell T. with fond love from a Friend N. I."

So - who is the mysterious N.I.? Did he meet Harriett at the town hall?


Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 11:14

Family History Day 10 May 2014

  Our Family History Day is only 5 weeks away!  I hope you will join us at The Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port, on Saturday 10th May. This year we will be having 3 speakers, including Dr Nick Barratt who is one of the original presenters of the TV programme "Who Do You Think You Are?".  This is in addition to our usual attractions. If you are interested in Family History this is the place to be!! Click here to download a poster with more details.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 19:02

Online Members' Research Guides

Login and click on ONLINE RESEARCH RESOURCES in the bottom right hand members' menu. All these guides have been reviewed and some brought totally up-to--date with the latest information and web links

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 18:56

Up-dating Your email Addresses

 It is important to keep your email address up-to-date especially:
  •  If you forget your login details,
  • If you have listed your surname interests with us,
  • For the Launch of our Email Members' Forum
This Mailing List will be formally announced in our December Ancestor magazine, but you can apply now by emailling our web administrators  for more details and and invitation.

To check your registered email address: after logging in, click on Change Your User Details in the Members Menu and change it if necessary.  Can you also contact our Membership Renewals Secretary so that he can up-date our main database.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 22:07

Members' Only Research Resources

A new section has been created on our website for members to submit their stories.  These are long articles - much too long for the Ancestor, but probably a little too short for private publishing.

You will need to be logged in, then go to the Members Only menu in the bottom right-hand corner and click on the link for On-line Research Resources. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 August 2012 10:45

Ten Reasons To Join

 1. You will receive our quarterly ‘Award Winning’ magazine the Cheshire Ancestor packed full of articles, forthcoming events, reports from our groups, and our in-house computer supplementNet that Serf.

  2. Access to growing members only content via our prize winning website eg, research guides and information, and surnames being researched by other member.

  3. Two well-resourced research centres at Mobberrley and Crewe Library which both have substantial holdings of parish registers on film, monumental inscriptions, CD/DVDs, fiche and books.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 11:45

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