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Free Access to French Census Records for Bastille Day

Celebrate Bastille Day with free access to French census records on MyHeritage from July 11-16!  

Discover your French roots and explore 17 collections with over 131 million records.

Mind the T&Cs as always

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Why not sign up to the new FHSC newsletter where you will get information on all the latest free or reduced offers directly into your inbox. Simply log into the FHSC page, click on the black 'Profile/Renew/Upgrade' box under your name, then click on 'My Profile'.  There is a list on the left hand side of all the newsletters that the Society produces, click on the ones you wish to receive and the click Subscribe - all done! 

‍Free Access to Canadian Historical Records

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Celebrate Canada Day with free access to all Canadian records on MyHeritage from June 27 to July 2, 2024!

As always - watch the T&Cs

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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

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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. 

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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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