Monthly meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm at the church hall at All Saints Church, 2 Vicarage Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ. The church is on the left hand side of Hoole Road coming into Chester from the north east from the M56 and A41. The entrance to the church hall and car parking area is behind the church and access is immediately on the left off Vicarage Road. 


Following latest government advice, meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Meetings will resume as soon as possible. Keep checking here for further updates. 

Thursday, 26 March

Carolyn Barnwell - Transportation to Australia

Following independence of the American colonies, England turned to Australia as the destination for convicts sentenced to transportation. From the First Fleet of six convict ships, two escorts and three store ships setting sail from England for the new colony of New South Wales in 1787 to the final convict ship arriving in Fremantle in Western Australia in 1868, more than 160,000 convicts were transported to Australia and Tasmania. After serving their sentences, many went on to become sturdy, hardworking citizens of the new country. Discover if convict Thomas Young, transported in 1852, was one of these successful Australian citizens.

Thursday, 30 April

Tony Bostock - The Colour of Heraldry

How well do you know your escutcheons and your tinctures? From the very earliest times heraldry has been used to denote rank, heritage, achievements and aspirations. From medieval gentlemen and their ladies to modern corporations heraldry creates identity and recognition. Tony Bostock will tell us more about the symbolism and colour of heraldic designs and their relevance to family and local history.

Thursday, 28 May

Linda Clarke - The Golden Age of the Picture Postcard

The decade before the First World War was the golden age of the picture postcard. Before the era of the telephone and with postal deliveries often twice a day in urban areas, postcards became a universal form of communication - some just simple messages, some greetings from holidays or for birthdays and Christmas, some funny, some sad, some mysterious. Postcards were the social media of the day. Come and find out more.

Thursday, 25 June

Gavin Hunter - The History of Thornton Manor and its Residents

Thornton Manor was built in the 1850s. It is best known as the residence of Lord Leverhulme who founded the famous soap manufacturing business and model village at nearby Port Sunlight. The house has been expanded and developed many times over the years and it remained in the Lever family until 2000. It is now a privately owned hotel and popular wedding venue.


Meetings are open to all members of the Family History Society of Cheshire and visitors are always very welcome. There is an entry charge of £1.50 for members and £2.00 for visitors.

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 also a raffle and tea, coffee and biscuits are available free of charge at the end of the meeting.

From time to time the group hosts a bookstall run by the Family History Society of Cheshire and arranges visits to places of local or historical interest.

We also run two family history help desks. The help desk at the Chester History and Heritage Centre previously at St Michael's Church in Bridge Street, Chester, is now at the Grosvenor Museum in Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD. Opening times are 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.  There is also a help desk at the Library at Storyhouse from 10 am to 12 noon on Tuesdays.

So, 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.

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