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Who Do You Think You Are line-up for 2024

The 2024 series will mark 20 years of the programme and the new series will be broadcast in the 'summer'! 

The seven celebrities taking part are - 

Melanie Chisholm, known as Mel C, rose to fame as Sporty Spice in 90s girl band the Spice Girls

Singer-songwriter Olly Murs, a runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009 and now a judge on The Voice

Actor Vicky McClure starred in the This Is England series and BBC crime drama Line of Duty

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is a retired track and field athlete specialising in the heptathlon and 100 metre hurdles. She won the gold medal in heptathlon at the 2012 London Olympics. 

TV star Gemma Collins who ose to fame on reality show The Only Way Is Essex 

Comedian, actor, writer, and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness 

Actor Rose Ayling-Ellis is best known for playing Frankie Lewis in EastEnders and winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2021, where she appeared as the programme’s first deaf contestant.

Ancestry offers free access to over 400 million military records to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

Ancestry is offering free access to its entire international military collection from June 5th to June 11th to commemorate the 80th anniversaryof D-Day

To find out more here 👉https://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/ancestry-free-records-d-day

As always, if you do sign up for this offer, mind the T&Cs 

Free online events for June

1st of the month, white rabbits and all that - also my usual list of free online events.

Please note that there are no events from the The National Archives this month, this is because they have paused all online public talks due to take place during the pre-election period. As a government department, The National Archives is bound by government guidelines and much of their usual work is paused during the official pre-election period until the new government is formed.

As always the link below each event has more information and full registration details, Enjoy and do report back on anything that you attended.

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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. 

For more infomation  👉https://www.cheshirearchives.org.uk/about-us/about-us.aspx

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 👉https://festivalofideas.chester.ac.uk/

 

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 

Link 👉 https://www.myheritage.com/research/catalog?location=Oceania

 

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.

Link 👉https://magdalene.maxarchiveservices.co.uk/index.php/mallory-george-herbert-leigh

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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