Who are we?

  • The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy.
  • The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and also the North West Group of Family History Societies.
  • All our officers and officials are unpaid volunteers, helping in their spare time.
  • We produce a large number of Publications relating to Cheshire family history.
  • You can keep up to date with us via Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) - see the links at the bottom of this page

Why you should join

  • Four copies a year of our ‘Award Winning’ magazine the Cheshire Ancestor.
  • Members only web site content e.g., research guides and information.
  • Surnames interests being researched by other members.
  • Help from our Volunteers at our two well stocked libraries/research centres.
  • An interesting programme of events throughout the year at group meetings.
  • Help and advice at group meetings and via the online forum.
  • Click here to download our Reasons to Join Flyer  pdf Reason to Join September 2019 (67 KB)

Where are our groups?

See the Groups menu above to find the locations of all our groups across the county.

Covid 19 up-date
Following Government advice, our research centres are closed at present and all group meetings have been cancelled, we hope to still keep in touch by sending out more regular newsletters and you will still be notified when the latest copy of the Ancestor goes online. While we are all social isolating/distancing this is a  perfect opportunity to catch up on some research using the website facilities. See Recent News Articles for more details

The Bebington Group was formed in 1975, eight years after the formation of the main society. We were the first group to be formed on the Wirral and were originally called the Wirral Group. Following the formation of three other groups on the Wirral we changed our name to Bebington Group in 2001 to reflect the area where we hold our meetings.

Our meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays) in The Bebington Suite at Bebington Civic Centre, starting at 7.30pm. The £1.50entrance fee (£2 for visitors) includes refreshments. VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

Click to download our  Bebington Group Meetings Calendar
Our Librarian, Alan Roberts, brings along a selection of books from our extensive library.Kate Muir and Jean Ingram are on hand to greet new members and visitors and provide information on our Group and the Society.Joy Keegan provides the CD's and Margaret Bennett the stationery.

1. At our monthly meetings we have a selection of books for loan to members. This service is free of charge.
2. We usually have a speaker at our meeting, talking on Family or Local history and associated topics.
3. We have a number of CD's available for loan. We also have magazines, books and stationery for sale.

George Highton, June Pennell, Alan Ingram & Bob Wright, among others, can help with your research.
We also run a Help Desk at Bebington Library on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 10.00 to 12.00 where we can help members and visitors with their research. We can also try to help with your computer problems.
A guided walk around Parkgate.

We normally have at least one outing during the year, usually a guided tour around a local place of interest.