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 Society's Computer Club (Computer Group) is open to all members of the Society.

Its key objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum where computer-using members can exchange views
  • Keep ourselves up-to-date with the latest genealogical software and techniques
  • Present alternative programs and computing methods
  • Discuss computer administration and good-practice
  • Untangle and learn to use new databases (e.g. 1939 Register)
A major feature of meetings is the availability of full online broadband facilities. If you want to bone-up on search methods and features in genealogy websites this is the place to be! Informality is the order of the day and members are actively encouraged to bring along their current IT problems. Chances are that somebody will have an answer, but if not we have been known to spend big chunks of the meeting finding out!

Meetings and topics are seldom pre-arranged.  Our preferred practice is to discuss new websites, members’ own current problems, or generally educating members on getting the best from their computers. We are here to help and learn!  The proposed subject of each meeting is usually announced the week before, by email or on the Club’s Events web page.

To gain a better idea of our activities, notes on topics from past meetings are made and displayed on the Society website, go to Groups > Computer Group > Computer Group Documents and look for Past Meetings.  Alternatively use this URL: https://www.fhsc.org.uk/computer-group-documents/past-meetings

The Computer Group plays a significant role in gathering information and presenting the computer section newsletter, Net that Serf. The quarterly Cheshire Ancestor incorporates this popular magazine. The editor is always in need of letters, requests or even full-length articles submitted for publication. Please direct these to the NTS or Computer Group links.
The Group meets regularly at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Hartford Methodist Church Hall, Beach Road, Hartford, NORTHWICH, Cheshire CW8 3AD.  
We invariably decide meeting topics at short notice, always trying to meet the members' immediate interests. The Group manages and uses an email distribution list to advise regular attendees of current plans. Requests for topics to include in upcoming meetings are always welcome. Please use the contact link shown at the top of this page.

The Group is led by Geoff Johnson , supported by Peter Rowley, Sue Ritchie and Ian Hough