The Family History Society of Cheshire

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

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February Newsletter

Cheshire Family History Fair:  Saturday 19th February at Northwich from 10.00pm – 4.00pm free parking and £2.00 admittance fee – full details and organizations represented available on our website:  This is the biggest fair of its kind locally.

Lancashire OPC: have just added some marriages 1900-1921 at Stamford Road Wesleyan Methodists.

1911 Scottish Census to be Released in April

The Registrar General for Scotland has announced that the 1911 census will be released on Tuesday 5 April 2011. This census details information collected from more than 4.7 million Scots – marking a century since the data was first gathered. The records will include the name, address, age, occupation, birthplace and marital status of everyone counted in the 1911 census, as well as details about their children. For the first time, the census data will be presented in full colour rather than black and white.

You can read the press release at
The records will be available on for a fee. You can read more at

Find my Past: lots of new records and a price cut!!

Two million new Derbyshire Registrar’s Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations – so if you haven’t found your registrations before, it’s worth checking again.  These are searchable under parish records, so not a very obvious place to look.  Much more information here:

This page also lists their new additions with links in the left-hand column.  These include nine million new records courtesy of the Society of Genealogist mostly from London:



Date range

of records




Apprentices of Great Britain



Boyd's Inhabitants of London & Boyd's Family Units



Boyd's London Burials



Boyd's Marriage Index



Boyd's 1st Misc Series



Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations



Vicar-General Marriage Licence Allegations



Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index



St Andrew Holborn Marriage Index



St Leonard's Shoreditch burials



St Leonard's Shoreditch workhouse deaths



Teachers' Registration Council Registers



Trinity House Calendars



Their subscription rates have also reduced with a full £20 knocked off their full subscription, new price £129.95 – see here for full details of all their packages:  also remember that FMP offer 20% loyalty discount when renewing subs.

What else is planned for 2011 on 




Unbeatable birth, marriage and death records. Once we fully name index our death records, overseas BMDs and BMDs at sea (in the next month or so), you'll benefit from the most comprehensive online BMDs resource available. No other website makes finding BMDs quicker and easier


Millions more parish record updates, published in association with the Federation of Family History Societies. We will add thousands of new parish records to every month - ours is the most extensive parish records collection anywhere online. Look out for 3 million new Derbyshire parish records coming soon


We'll make your searching easier: soon you'll be able to effortlessly record your progress by saving records you've already viewed. We're also making big improvements to our census searches


We're redesigning our family tree to include lots of fantastic new features


We'll launch exciting new records in association with The National Archives: Militia records,merchant seamen records and crime, courts and convicts records


Our hugely anticipated project with The British Library continues: digitising up to 40 million historic pages from the national newspaper collection. This is the most significant mass digitisation of newspapers ever in the UK


Welsh parish records from the Welsh archives which include images of original parish registers


British Origins are making searching for our ancestors Wills much easier:

Just added to their national Wills Index

British Record Society Probate Collection NEW!

·  Berkshire Probate Records 1508-1710

·  Bristol Probate Records 1572-1792

·  Cambridgeshire Probate Records 1513-1857

·  Devon & Cornwall Probate Records 1540-1800

·  Dorset Probate Records 1500-1801

·  Essex Probate Records 1400-1858

·  Gloucestershire Probate Records 1541-1800

·  Huntingdonshire Probate Records 1479-1652

·  Leicester Probate Records 1495-1750

·  Lincoln Probate Records 1320-1659

·  London Probate Records 1363-1700

·  Norfolk Probate Records 1550-1603

·  Northampton Probate Records 1677-1800

·  Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills & Administrations 1383-1700

·  Somerset Probate Records 1537-1799

·  Suffolk Probate Records 1354-1700

·  Sussex Probate Records 1482-1800

·  Worcestershire Probate Records 1601-1652

·  Yorkshire Probate Records 1389-1688


Next Month –  Chris Makepeace will be coming along to talk about dating photographs – he came to talk to us on the same subject about seven years ago, so most of you will not have heard him talk on his most popular subject.  Chris is a real expert on the subject and has published several books on the subject, do come along.

Programme for 2010-2011:

March 9 – Chris Makepeace – “The Camera as Historian”.

April 13 – Peter Higginbottom – “Gruelling Experience” Three Hundred Years of the Workhouse.

May 11 – Visit still to be arranged – possibly Fairfield Moravian Settlement”

June 8 – Keith Warrender – “Underground Manchester

July 13 – Gordon Read – “Migration to the USA and Canada

Any changes or alterations to this programme will be posted on our Society website: click on Groups and then Dukinfield

Meetings are held in the Old Chapel schoolrooms, Old Road, Dukinfield, on the second Wednesday of each month (except August), starting at 7.00 pm. £1.50 for members and £2.00 for non members, tea and coffee on arrival.

Gay Oliver: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   February 2011