NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO JOIN OUR SOCIETY: Joiners in April get 15 months membership for 12 months cost and five editions of the Cheshire Ancester. Come and look at some sample editions of the Ancestor and ask me for membership forms also please remember to Gift Aid. Societies are beginning to struggle and Gift Aid lets us claim back an extra 20% from the government at no cost to you.
Grave undertaking as Manchester's Victoria Station cemetery is departing from Platform 1
Cholera Victims from Walker’s Croft are to be dug up whilst building work progresses at Victoria Station. Any bones will be exhumed put in coffins and reinterred at Southern Cemetery. Read more here: ManchesterEvening News http://bit.ly/16LCQOo
Welsh Newspapers go on-line: Several of the Welsh mailing lists have had messages about the launch of the BETAversion of Welsh Newspapers Online. It might be of interest to some of you, particularly the North Walesnewspapers.http://welshnewspapers.llgc.org.uk/en/home
Hope you all had a good Christmas. Spare a thought for some of our ancestors who spent Christmas in the Workhouse. Take a look at Peter Higginbotham’s webpage: http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Christmas/ some fascinating facts and a recipe for Christmas pudding for 300.
2012 is fast becoming a distant memory, but before it fades completely I would love to hear of any of your main success stories or brickwalls demolished. In the dark days of January it’s sometimes hard to find much to look forward to in the New Year and there’s not much sunshine around and every time we turn on the TV it can be very depressing, but Ancestry is bringing us some very good news in February.
Kevin Bolton the Archivist for Manchester City Archives has announced:
Manchester City Archives is the Diocesan Record Office for the Diocese of Manchester (Church of England). The Diocese of Manchester covers the majority of Greater Manchester including Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Leigh, Newchurch, Stretfordand Old Trafford, and Ashton under Lyne.
All our Church of England parish registers of baptisms (up to 1915), marriages (up to 1930) and burials will be published online at Ancestry.co.uk in early February. Over 6,000,000 records have been digitised and name indexed. It also includes the parish registers for Manchester Cathedral. Free access to Ancestry.co.uk is available at any Manchester City Council library. We hope to add non-conformist church registers for Greater Manchester later on in the year.
I have now finished designing rack cards and a roll up banner, which were circulated to members prior to this meeting and have taken on people’s suggestions. I hope to have these available at our meeting in December. I would also love it if people could bring raffle prizes next month. I will also need people to email me with numbers for our potato pie supper. I’m really looking forward to our speaker and it should be an excellent evening.
The Moravians trace their history to a religious movement instituted in Bohemia by John Huss. Originally simply known as the "United Brethren", they settled in Saxony and a small village community at Herrnhut was built. Benjamin Ingham (1712-1772), a Yorkshire man and member of John Wesley's original society at Oxford, accompanied Wesley to Georgia where he saw some of the missionary work of the Brethren at first hand. He visited the village at Saxony and on his return to England began to evangelize in Yorkshire, Cheshire and the Midlands. Dukinfield was one of the first places he had success and here, a small band of followers formed a society in 1738. In 1743 the Brethren began to meet at the house of John Kelsall, which was licensed for the purpose and in 1751, the first Moravian Chapel was opened. A chapel house was also built on the east side to accommodate visitors (see illustration).
I’m feeling lots better so I am still hoping to arrange a visit for our May meeting – a guided tour of the Fairfield Moravian Settlement. This is rather late in the day to arrange so we may still have to have a question and answer session, with demonstrations of effective searching. I’ll keep you all informed by email.If you are new today and want to become a member of my email group to be informed of future meetings, make sure you add your email to the signing in sheet.
I am pleased to say that I now have volunteer chauffeurs to all the Society meetings I need to attend this year.
I was hoping to arrange a visit for our May meeting – possibly a guided tour of the Fairfield Moravian Settlement, but at the moment I am having lots of difficulty walking.I may know more after Xrays next week, but unless someone else want to take on the organization of this visit, we may just have to have a question and answer session, with demonstrations of effective searching.
I need VOLUNTEERS to take me to the following meetings this year:
Cheshire Family History Fair:Saturday 19th February at Northwich from free parking and £2.00 admittance fee – full details and organizations represented available on our website:fhsc.org.ukThis is the biggest fair of its kind locally.
Go back to where you started:So much more information is now on-line that when I started in 1996 – must go back to the beginning and seek out information which wasn’t available then.
Don’t forget the women in our trees: OK!It might be more difficult, but just think how hard they worked.One of mine took on five sons and two daughters when she married and went on to have eleven more children.Fifteen of these survived to adulthood and yet her name is hardly mentioned in the records. Another had a famous father and I would never have known.
Cheshire Toolbar - All your favourite links have been handpicked to create a toolbar which sits neatly at the top of your browser.You only have to install it once and from then on it will be automatically up-dated – no need to reinstall.It currently has 250 links and new ones will be added over time
You candownload it direct from our websitefrom the new main menu item or from the banner at the bottom of the page. The banner lets you see how it would look on your browser.At the moment it only works with Internet Explorer or Firefox for Windows users or on Safari for MAC users.
What’s more it’s totally free, so please download and use it, since each use generates income for the society, If you have any ideas for further content then let us know at
Cheshire BMD –celebrates its 10th anniversary on 15th October 2010.From its small beginnings in 2000 it has continued to grow steadily over the years as volunteers from the Family History Society of Cheshire work with local register offices to put online the birth, marriage and death indexes based on the original records held by local register offices.
Also a recent announcement from Bob Kirk:
The latest announcement of updates to CheshireBMD is a major milestone for the Tameside Registration district. These additions complete the Indexing of the BMD records of the Tameside Register Office which is one of the few Register Offices to have all their deposited registers indexed and online.
Our new collection, Casualties of the Boer War, 1899-1902, lists over 50,000 men who were killed, wounded or captured during the conflict. The records provide detailed information on these Victorian war heroes, including regiments, service numbers, ranks and, for those who were killed, places of death. If you believe your ancestors may have fought in the conflict, it’s an essential, and fascinating resource, which you’ll currently only find online with us.
Saturday, 25 April 2009 17:15
Mrs G.J. OLIVER (SK15 3EA)
Bob Kirk and his team in Tameside Register Office have recently been going over the early Registrar Attended Marriages checking for any errors and ommisions, and have also been listing the various venues where the Registrar went out to conduct these marriages. He has produced a list downloadable here in PDF format. This list is very much worth reading to understand the sheer diversity of venues. The very early registers also include some chapels in Oldham since Ashton and Oldham Registration Districts were combined until 1848. Regrettably there are no Hyde venues listed, since these came under Stockport Civil Registration district. So if you are still searching for a marriage in Tameside between 1837-1879, you could try searching CheshireBMD again.
Old and New St Georges, Stalybridge - Burial Records and Monumental Inscriptions.
Alan Smith has been digitising George Clark's hand written copies of the burial registers and inscriptions for Old St Georges Church and the burial registers for New St Georges Church. Alan is an active member of the church congregation and also a member of the Family History Society of Cheshire.
In addition the partially complete Monumental Inscriptions for New St Georges are also now on-line and easy to search. They have only covered the south of the church up to row 12 so far and this section will be up-dated as work progresses.
Our old group website contained a list of names people were researching in the Tameside area. It is now a little too difficult to host it on this new website and could conflict a little with our new and revised Cheshire Surname List (see Quick Links). I have now moved the Tameside list to my Tameside Family History website: tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk/surnames.htm I hope people don't mind, but I didn't want to lose it completely.
This was the first project undertaken by the newly formed Dukinfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire. Originally it was only to be a survey of the grave yard and a record of the Monumental Inscriptions therein. However