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

Meetings

Our meetings focus on topics relevant to all those researching their family history, including the use of the internet to further your research. We have some more general meetings featuring local topics for those researching in Cheshire and those interested in their locality. The format of our meetings is typically a one hour talk followed by an opportunity to ask questions; and then socialising and the chance to seek advice from other members over refreshments.
 
Meetings are normally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army Church, opposite Churchill Way Car Park in the centre of Macclesfield, from 7.30pm-9.00pm. We usually replace the July meeting with a visit to a church, archive or other location of interest, and there is no meeting in December.
Visitors are always welcome.
Admission to Macclesfield Group meetings is £2 for members and £3 for visitors. 
 
A monthly update and reminder about meetings is emailed to subscribers to our email list. If you would like to be added to our list, please send a request to the Group Leader.
 
 

Some of our 2020 meetings

All our meetings are now postponed until further notice

 

Tuesday 24th March

Studying the three R’s: an introduction to School and Education Records for Family Tree research a talk by Claire Moores    

Tuesday 28th April

WHAT did he die of? a talk by Sylvia Dillon

Exploring causes of death and where you might find death records.

Tuesday 26th May

Women of Macclesfield - short talks about women of Macclesfield, some you may have heard of, others may be new to you.

The complete programme can be found here    Macclesfield Programme 2020
 

Resources

To order, please download and print the order form and post with a cheque for payment.
If you are unable to print the form, please write out the order details on a piece of paper.

Christ Church in Macclesfield   £10 +p&p.

To order a copy of the Christ Church CD
click here for information and a printable Order Form

Roman Catholics in Macclesfield   £10 +p&p.

To order a copy of the Roman Catholics in Macclesfield CD
click here for information and a printable Order Form

Macclesfield 1871 Town Maps   £10 +p&p.

Produced in conjunction with the Macclesfield Silk Museum, the CD shows the Macclesfield Town Map of 1871. At a scale of 10 feet to a mile the map gives amazing detail.

To order a copy of the Macclesfield 1871 Town Maps CD
click here for information and a printable Order Form

Projects

You are invited to help with our Group Projects. Wherever you live, there are opportunities for you to help with our projects and make local family history records more publicly available.

contentmap_plugin