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

Electronic Ancestor

From September we will be 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 Secretary 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.


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.

A direct train from Macclesfield to Birmingham International station takes about 1½ hours; fares vary depending on departure time.
The show is about 10-20 minutes walk from the station, depending on which part of the NEC it is in, but a large part of the journey includes standing on a travelator rather than actual walking.

If we have sufficient interest we may consider booking a minibus.

Tickets purchased through us will cost £10 each, including a free copy of the show guide and two free pre-booked workshops. Tickets are valid for any day but if you wish to take advantage of the free workshop advance bookings, these must be made when the tickets are booked (you can also book free workshops and talks on the day but places are not guaranteed).

We do not need to travel together or attend the same workshops so you can book your ticket and workshops through the group and then travel independently on a different day if you wish. We will go as a group on the day most members want to go.

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

If you wish to book tickets please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send a deposit of £5 per ticket, or payment in full, by Sunday 8th March.
If you wish to travel as part of a group, please state your preferred day (this will be confirmed prior to booking).


Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 15:57

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

Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith (Life Member) is fine, Lyn McCullloch visits her regularly. She has recently downsized and her family donated some of her books and papers to our Mobberley Research Centre, a misunderstanding arose that this was a posthumous donation.  She really is fine!

Our Society is really sorry for any upset we may have caused Brenda and her family.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:24

Wirral Archives Programme for 2014

Wirral ArchivesService presents a series of free local history workshops to be held at 2 p.m. on the following dates in the Lower Ground Floor Conference Room, adjacent to the Search Room


Toolbar Removal

As a society we are recommending you remove our FHSC toolbar since Conduit have installed many files deep in your registry, to be able to target advertising especially if you use Internet Explorer as your browser. Many people have been reporting slowing down of their systems, aggressive pop ups. This has only happened with the latest toolbar updates.

We have been searching for the best way to remove the toolbar and the above web link seems to be the best option. It is easy to follow and FREE. Be sure to follow everything step by step.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but there were no issues when we first suggested our toolbar as a convenient way to store family history links.

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

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

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 Saturday, 31 January 2015 22:02

Letter to an Unknown Soldier

Angela McSherry, producer of LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, wrote to us with information about the project, in the hope it may feature on our website to encourage our readers and members to participate.  

A national arts initiative inspired by the statue of the Unknown Soldier in Paddington Station ( LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER is a new kind of war memorial created by Kate Pullinger and Neil Bartlett, and commissioned by 14-18 NOW:

"This is everyone’s chance to be part of a new national conversation about remembering the war, and to have their voice heard…"


Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014 22:50

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

Toolbar Again

Alan is suggesting that users invest in a commercial Spy Ware scanner to run
alongside their anti-virus software. It makes life easier in the long run
for circa £30 per year.

There is a review you can choose from at:

A lot of these are combined Virus and Spyware checkers that you may already have installed.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 23:20

Our Community Toolbar

The latest version of our toolbar has been creating problems, especially for people who use Internet Explorer as their web browser. Computers have become markedly slower, aggressive popups and several components being interpreted as Malware.  We have decided to discontinue its use.

We are looking for an alternative solution, which is likely to mean that the links will be added to the links page of this website. However this could take some time, so in the meantime you might like to favourite the following page from my personal website:  There are nearly 600 links to useful  websites and it is regularly up-dated.


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
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