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Wirral History & Heritage Association: Wirral History Fair 2022 

Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight 
Saturday 12th March 10am-4pm 


The event will adhere to the latest Government COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the on-going safety of volunteers and visitors.


Just off A41 - 5 minutesโ€™ walk from Port Sunlight Station

Bletchley Park Podcasts

Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology.


The site, which played a major role in WWII, is now a musuem and heritage attraction which is open daily - ๐Ÿ‘‰๏ธ


Did you know that the Bletchley Park Podcast has a wealth of fascinating stories from Veterans, staff and volunteers alike and it's well worth having a look at what is on offer via podcast - some wonderful stories 

Link to podcast page ๐Ÿ‘‰๏ธ
Lorine McGinnis Schulze, of Olive Tree Genealogy, passes away unexpectedly
Lorine McGinnis Schulze, of Olive Tree Genealogy and one of North Americaโ€™s greatest and most generous genealogists, passed away very unexpectedly on Thursday in Ontario.
RIP Lorine ๐Ÿ˜ข 
See the 'Genealogy a la carte' blog by Gail Dever for information ๐Ÿ‘‰
If you have never been to Olive Tree Genealogy then the link is below
Are you a Young Genealogist or do you have a Young Genealogist in the Family?
The Family History Federation and the Society of Genealogists are hosting an online conference on 7th May
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐…๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐†๐ž๐ง๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ โ€“ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐†๐ž๐ง๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐ž๐ฅ๐ฆ
Aimed at providing a platform for genealogists under 30 to come together, exchange ideas and support each other.
This is intended to be an international event bringing young people together to shape the future of the community.
Free Access to
FREE ACCESS* to the ENTIRE newspaper collection at 
Offer on now [17 Feb] and expires 21 Feb 2022 @ 11:59pm MT - which is 6:59pm GMT
This is an American based site BUT has a lot of UK titles as well 
Search 20,000+ papers in the largest online newspaper archive!
Search 723 million+ pages in our newspaper archive for obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, social pages and much, much more.
Decimal Day
15 February 1971 was Decimal Day in the United Kingdom when the old currency of pounds, shillings and pence with the pound being worth two hundred and forty pennies was replaced with a currency of pounds and pence with one hundred pennies in each pound.
The announcement of the change to decimal coinage came in 1966 and as hundreds of millions of new coins were needed and expansion at the existing Royal Mint at Tower Hill in London was not practical, it was decided to find a new location outside London. More than 20 sites were considered, however in keeping with the government's policy of transferring industry from the capital to development areas, Llantrisant was eventually chosen as the site for the new Royal Mint. It had a suitable 38 acre site with a readily available workforce and crucially had the backing James Callaghan, who as Chancellor of the Exchequer was Master of the Mint and also an MP for Cardiff.
Work on the new mint began in August 1967 with the first phase opened in December 1968 in time for decimalisation. The second phase of construction began in 1973 involving a progressive transfer from Tower Hill which was completed in 1975. The Royal Mint at Llantrisant now houses some of the most advanced coining machinery in the world and it has a larger capacity than any other mint in Western Europe.
๐Ÿ“ทImages & Information  c/o History of Wales via Facebook 
FHSC member a runner up in WDYTYA Family Photography Competition

Congratulations to FHSC member John Fallows who entered the Family Photo Competition run by Who Do You Think You Are? that was advertised on our social media and news pages during the latter part of 2020. 

John was announced as a runner up in the 'Dressing-up' category with the wonderful family image shown above 


The image is of Florence [Florrie] Pownall Smith Fitton, born in Bolton 1887, where Johnโ€™s family mainly lived. Florrie was a qualified seamstress, as is obvious from this magnificent costume.  The image is taken circa 1917. Florrie's mother was Caroline Hodkinson Pownall, born on 22 December 1859, she came from Hurdsfield, Macclesfield. She was born in Hurdsfield Road and later lived in Lansdown Street. 




The Portable Antiquities Scheme
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a DCMS funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public.
PAS Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside at the Museum of Liverpool is Heather Beeton and she is resuming her 'Finds Days' across the area
Email Heather to book an appointment at any of the dates if you'd like to record your finds 
All details in the poster above 
February Seminar
By now all FHSC members will have received notification of the February Seminar
๐“๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ˆ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐€๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ
presented by Natalie Bodle.
Wednesday 16th Feb 7:30pm
Irish genealogical research has the reputation of being difficult due to the number of records lost. With 20 yearsโ€™ research experience, a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies and membership of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Natalie is well placed to help family historians find their way with Irish ancestral research.
Her talk will cover how you can best get started, which records are available and best of all which are free! This talk will give you a good grounding to making a start or continuing your journey to find your Irish ancestors.
Register today by logging into the FHSC website and navigating to the Events section ๐Ÿ‘‰
PLEASE NOTE - Seminar presentations are one-off showing, we do not have permission to record or reshow any seminar presentations. The one exception was the 1921 census talk, Myko gave permission for that as part of his roadshow of talks to introduce FMP's launch.