FAQ - Membership
The Family History Society of Cheshire is a registered charity (#515168) and is able to obtain a tax refund at the standard rate of income tax on all past/present/future subscriptions paid under GIFT AID at NO extra cost to the member. The member must pay an amount of UK income and/or capital gains tax equal to the amount of tax the Society will reclaim in each tax year or they will be liable to pay the difference.
You can make your declaration when filling in a subscription form to join, renew or upgrade your membership of the FHSC. You can also change your status at any time, e.g. when your tax paying status changes, by editing your profile on the 'My Subscription' menuitem of the 'My Membership' menu. An audit trail of changes to the values are kept for use when making claims:
- Select Y in the Gift Aid Field to confirm you are a UK taxpayer and willing for us claim Gift Aid on all present/future subscriptions and those from the last 4 years.
- Select N if you are not a UK taxpayer or you are but unwilling/unable for us to claim Gift Aid on your behalf.
NB From 6th April 2016 it should be noted that dividend tax credits can no longer be used to satisfy the condition of paying sufficient tax to cover the gift aid.
Once you have a paid membership the My Membership Menu becomes your personal intereative space on the website.
My Subscripton - gives you access to your profile and subscription history, your membership number and allows you to register for Gift aid.
Change Your Username and Password- allows you to do just that.
My Groups - didsplays a slide out menu of any groups you have decided to follow*
My Sales History - self explanatory
My Blog Posts - self explanatory
My Surnames - see separate help item about adding your surnames
Search Surnames and connect to others researching the same surnames
View Research Resources - access to a growing database of members only resources
Read Exchange Journals - read digital copies of echange Family history Journals
*My Groups - You are allowed to follow more than one group. For instance you may attend one group but have research interests in other areas. You are also autmatically setting up to receive occasional newsletters from these groups.
This is very easy to do online.
Login to the website.
On the My Membership menu you will find My Subscription, click on it.
At the bottom of the page you will find Renewal and Upgrade options.
Click on the upgrade option for the Printed Cheshire Ancestor and then the Upgrade button.
You can pay using:
- Credit/Debit Card
- Sending the money to the Renewals Officer by cheque/funds transfer
The first two are preferred as the upgrade will be processed instantaneously.