in Cheshire

Monthly meetings are held at the Upton-by-Chester Pavilion in Wealdstone Lane, Chester CH2 1HD, at 7.30 pm on the last Thursday of the month apart from August and December. There is easy access and ample carparking space. A map showing the new location is at the bottom of the page. A downloadable copy of the 2024 Programme can be found under the Chester Library menu item to the left and then under Chester Public Documents.



Welcome to our 2024 meetings programme

25 January   Carolyn Barnwell - Lost at sea
These three words written on the back of an inherited photograph led to some surprising discoveries

29 February   Edward Hilditch - Houses through the ages, a long view

28 March   Gill Campbell - Estate and manorial records

25 April   Jill Burton - The Servants of Erddig

30 May   John Whittingham - History of Chester Station
The station celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2023

27 June   Open meeting - Family history discoveries

25 July   AGM and Victoria Doran - A Mersey pilot

26 September   Mike Royden - Coming of the canal to Chester and re-cutting of the Dee

31 October   Gavin Hunter - History of Thornton Manor and its residents

28 November   A seasonal miscellany


Most meetings feature a speaker on an aspect of family history or local interest. As well as a talk, there is a family history help desk and the opportunity to discuss family history topics with other members. Many members have particular areas of knowledge on family history or experience with using computers and the internet for family history. There is an entry charge of £2.00 for members and £3.00 for visitors. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available free of charge at the end of the meeting.

We also run a family history help desk at the Library at Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester CH1 2AR, from 10 am to 12 noon on Tuesdays which is open to everyone looking for help with their family history.

If you are a newcomer to family history or are looking for some local knowledge or have run up against a brickwall or would like some help on a computing or internet aspect of family history, just ask. There is always somebody who would be pleased to help.

For enquiries or further information please contact .


Wealstone Lane 31, Upton, CH2 1HD, United Kingdom