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Latest news re Cheshire Records Office

Please note that the Cheshire Records Office will now close from 8th August, when access to the collections at the Records Office will be on hold until the new centres open in Crewe and Chester from Winter 2025/26. 

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Remember that you can get help from FHSC Research Centres at Crewe and Mobberley, where our knowledgeable volunteers are always keen to help. 


Chester Festival of Ideas: 4-7th July 2024

The Festival of Ideas is a programme of free, inclusive, and accessible public events on a wide range of themes in and around Chester, co-created by the University of Chester, alongside other including the Grosvenor Museum, Chester Market and Chester Cathedral

For full deatils, whats on etc then click on the Event webpage link 👉


Discover Lindow
This May and June Cheshire Arichives will be joining in marking the anniversary of the discovery of Lindow man by sharing the story of the Lindow Moss landscape and its people from their collections.
Historic photos, maps, artefacts and a film will be on display at Wilmslow Library between the Tuesday, 7 May - Friday, 14 June so why not drop in and find out all about peat cutting, ‘common’ life and ancient bog bodies!
Free access to Australia and New Zealand records for Anzac Day on MyHeritage

Press Release;

In honour of Anzac Day, all 130 million historical records from Australia and New Zealand on MyHeritage will be free to access from April 23–28, 2024.

Over the past year, MyHeritage have expanded their collection to include a vast array of historical newspapers. This new collection comprises over 24 million pages from 1,705 newspaper titles, covering every state and territory in Australia.

They also host many essential military collections, including the esteemed Anzac Memorial records and the comprehensive Australian World War II Nominal Roll, 1939–1945.

These resources, among others available on MyHeritage, can illuminate Australian and New Zealander relatives’ military service and contribute to a richer understanding of their lives.

PLEASE NOTE:  you may have to sign up for a free trial to view records, so be mindful of the T&Cs 

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Letters of George Herbert Leigh-Mallory published

The letters of George Herbert Leigh-Mallory (1886 –1924), mountaineer who participated in the first 3 British Mount Everest expeditions, have been published on the Magdalene College, Cambridge website.

The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence between Mallory and his wife Ruth from the time of their engagement in 1914 until his death on Everest in 1924. Among them is the very last letter he wrote to her before his final Everest summit attempt.

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Latest news re Cheshire Records Office Closure

Hot off the press this morning [17th April]


The Record Office will now close to research visitors on Thursday 25 July, not 27 June as originally planned. There has been a small delay in getting the sites ready for our contractor to start work. 

All online services are unaffected, and we will continue to respond to research and digitisation requests. Please let me know if you or your members have any questions.

An amazing set of WWI artifacts

These amazing treasurers, a set of WWI dog tags and medals together with the envelope they were delivered in, were brought into the Crewe Research Centre today by a FHSC member.  We are helping Sue to research her family history, and these belonged to an ancestor, who happily survived the war.

The dog tags, over 100 years old, astounded us all, they were very light in weight but perfectly preserved and have obviously been treasured by the family – it was a privilege to be able to hold such a tangible set of artifacts from WWI

Find your postal worker ancestors for free

The Addressing Health Data Mapper is a tool to present and share data generated by the Addressing Health project. The project examines the health of UK postal workers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It uses information about sickness-related absences and retirement derived from pension records and other sources of evidence.

Find out more and access the data base at this link 👉

British Placename Mapper

Members may be interested in this new little webapp -  British Placename Mapper - created by Robin Wilson, It allows you to search for place names that match various criteria (starts with 'great', ends with 'burgh' etc) and plot them on an interactive map

Link to try it out 👉

Image is of placename search I did for places ending in 'wich'