Who are we?

  • The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy.
  • The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and also the North West Group of Family History Societies.
  • All our officers and officials are unpaid volunteers, helping in their spare time.
  • We produce a large number of Publications relating to Cheshire family history.
  • You can keep up to date with us via Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) - see the links at the bottom of this page

Why you should join

  • Four copies a year of our ‘Award Winning’ magazine the Cheshire Ancestor (SAMPLE).
  • Members only web site content e.g., research guides and information.
  • Surnames interests being researched by other members.
  • Help from our Volunteers at our two well stocked libraries/research centres.
  • An interesting programme of events throughout the year at group meetings.
  • Help and advice at group meetings and via the online forum.
  • Click here to download our Reasons to Join Flyer  pdf Reason to Join July 2020 (54 KB)

Where are our groups?

See the Groups menu above to find the locations of all our groups across the county.


Covid 19 up-date
1st April Continuing to follow Government guidance, our Research Centres must remain closed. Whilst face-to face Group meetings are also on-hold, Nearly all our groups are now meeting via zoom and these sessions are very well attended by group members and many other members from further afield. checkout our events page
Our regular Lockdown newsletters will continue.Checkout some of our other research facilities via our website.. See Recent News Articles for more details.

Use the Membership Options menu to see all the membership options. You can either browse the site, simply register (without any charge) to use the web-site and later upgrade to a paid membership or you can join directly and pay the appropriate fee.