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Latest news from the FHSC

Suspension of Lift Access at Municipal Buildings Crewe

The lift at the Municipal Building will be out of action for 3 weeks [8th-27th April] meaning that access to FHSC facilities will be by use of the stairs only.

We apologise for this; the issue is beyond our control.

In the meantime - please email if you require any lookups or help in the meantime.

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 โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰

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 ๐Ÿ‘‰

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


British History Online website

Some news from the British History Online which you may like to take advantage of - 

On February 29 2024, we upgraded our website to Drupal 10, and moved server. In the process, there have been a number of problems with subscriptions, logging in, and searching the content. We are working to fix these problems, and appreciate your patience whilst this is accomplished. In the meantime, we have lowered the paywall, and are allowing access to all our material to all visitors.

Link ๐Ÿ‘‰


Wirral History and Heritage Fair 2024

 The Wirral History and Heritage Association annual Fair takes place this Saturday 23rd March at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight between 10am - 4pm


FHSC along with other Historical Societies will be in attendance


Admission is free, as is the parking and the site is level access with a cafe - a good day out in other words! 

The venue postcode is CH62 5DH, [Bolton Road, Bebington] just off the A41, 5 minutes walk from Port Sunlight Station

Any queries to                             


New feature on National Library of Scotland Map Images

The National Library of Scotland Map Collections have just added a new feature to their Map Images Website

You can now search by postcode in the Map Finder or Georeferenced Viewers.

Find out more here ๐Ÿ‘‰

Watch out also for our May Seminar, when Chris Fleet from the National Libraries of Scotland is coming to talk to us about the map images collection, how to use it and get the best out of this wonderful free resource. Full details will be out soon but keep 15th May free! 

The National Archives seeks bidders to digitise Home Guard records

The National Archives (TNA) has announced a contract to digitise, transcribe and publish the four million records of the Home Guard in the Second World War and 1950s.

The records are among 14 million records of personnel who served in all branches of the armed forces between 1920 and 1963 which are currently being transferred from the Ministry of Defence to TNA.

Reaad more ๐Ÿ‘‰

Guinness employee records go online

Over 1.6 million historic records of employees at Dublinโ€™s famous Guinness Storehouse have been published online in time for St Patrickโ€™s Day.

The records were digitised by family history website Ancestry in partnership with the Guinness Storehouse Archives.

Ancestry has added two sets of records โ€“ โ€˜Guinness Trade Ledgers, 1860-1960โ€™ (consisting of 1,452,426 records) and โ€˜Guinness Employee Records, 1799-1939โ€™ (consisting of 204,605 records).

Carry on reading ๐Ÿ‘‰
A New Website for Exploring Historical Newspapers - by MyHeritage
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