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The Cheshire Motor Vehicle Registrations, 1904-07, ed. by Craig Horner

The Cheshire Motor Vehicle Registrations, 1904-07, ed. by Craig Horner


For those members who attended Craig's excellent and informative talk last night, you may be interested in his book, published by the Record Society of Lancashire & Cheshire and which can be bought directly from their website 


The link that tells you all about the book is and to purchase please contact Dr Fiona Pogson at Liverpool Hope University.  The following link will take you to the publication page:   -  it's a bit of a tortuous process to be honest but worth it in the end!  Craig is planning to have Vol 2 published in 2023, which will cover 1908-1911 

Free MyHeritage Military Records Access
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MyHeritage is offering free access to its military records, to tie in with the US Memorial Day:
This Memorial Day, you will have a chance to learn more about the ancestors in your family tree who put their lives on the line in service of their country.
For one week, Wednesday, May 26 to Tuesday, June 1, all military records on MyHeritage will be completely free to access.
MyHeritage is home to 69.6 million military records from all over the world, including draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents. These collections contain valuable information about men and women who served, and often, information on their families as well. Military records can contain birth and death dates, names and addresses of family members, and details about the soldierโ€™s service. In some cases, military records provide details not found in other types of records, such as notes on physical characteristics like height, weight, and eye colour.
Normally, records on MyHeritage are free to search, but viewing the full record and saving it to your family tree is available only to those with a paid Data or Complete plan on MyHeritage. But this week, in honour of Memorial Day, anyone wishing to learn more about their ancestorsโ€™ military history will be able to access the full records at no cost.
Whether you already know about the heroes in your family and want to discover more about them, or you have yet to learn about the individuals in your family who served, finding their military records is a perfect way to honour their service this Memorial Day.
NOTE: The records available include various UK sources.
Important News Release from

Ancestry acquires Forces War Records


Ancestry ( has announced that it has acquired Forces War Records (

The following is the official announcement (


Forces War Records Joins the Ancestryยฎ Family

At Ancestry, we know how crucial it is to connect with the military heroes in our family trees so we can preserve their stories and honour their sacrifices. From regimental databases to medal rolls and POW records to casualty lists, military records hold rich and important information about our ancestors. That is why we are pleased to announce that Ancestry has acquired Clever Digit Media, which owns and operates Forces War Records

With more than 26 million military records from the UK and other commonwealth countries, Forces War Records is the leading British military genealogy-specialist website with a unique product that helps people both discover and contextualize their familyโ€™s military history. Through Forces War Records, people can discover details about their ancestors like their regiment, base or ship they served on, the battles they fought, and the medals they were awarded. 

For over a decade, Forces War Records has been connecting its users with these wartime stories and Ancestry is excited to help expand their product and bring these collections to new customers worldwide. We are proud to welcome Forces War Records to the Ancestry family and to offer even more resources, tools and records to empower our customers on their journeys of personal discovery.


COMMENT: Forces War Records certainly has some unique UK military content on its site, it will be interesting to see what Ancestry now brings to the party.

Save 30% at the British (and Irish) Newspaper Archive

Offer ends 31st May 


From now until the end of this month (11.59pm London time on 31st May, to be precise) you can save 30% on a 3 or 12 month subscription to the British Newspaper Archive offering virtually unlimited access to over 300 million articles from millions of issues, mentioning billions of names and places. A 3 month sub will cost just over ยฃ18 and a 12 month ยฃ56 with this offer, so perhaps worth looking at.

If you need any assistance with the searching the newspapers at all then please feel free to contact me on  and I'll do my best to help  


You just need to enter the promotion code LIBRARY30 [as shown in the image below] at this link -


Two Pieces of Exciting News from

Scottish Indexes adds 100,000 prison register entries

Today [Saturday 22nd May] Scottish Indexes have announced the release of over 100,000 prison register entries to

This announcement was made during the Scottish Indexes Conference, the 10th free Scottish family history conference of the pandemic.

Itโ€™s perhaps a sad reality that when our ancestors fell on hard times or got themselves into trouble we are much more likely to find out more about them.

An ancestor who spent just one night in jail is likely to have had their age, birthplace, height, weight, scars, education level, hair colour and eye colour recorded. This makes prison registers vital not only to tracing your ancestors but also in discovering the people behind the names.

These entries have been added to โ€˜Scotland's Criminal Databaseโ€™ which includes High Court, Sheriff Court and prison records.

All indexes on are free to search and the added features such as the free tutorials in the Learning Zone make the website easy to use.


The second item of exciting news is the launch of Family History TV service
This is a new venture from S&N, the team at TheGenealogist: 
Family History TV gives you access to a wide range of helpful Family History Videos 
There will be a charge for this BUT there will also be some free to watch videos as well 
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies survey re new History Centres in Crewe & Chester

As members may be aware, in 2019 Cheshire Archives and Local Studies received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop plans to relocate the service to two new โ€˜history centresโ€™ in Chester and Crewe.

It is important that the project engages more people with the service and with archives, and the project team is currently speaking to people across Cheshire about what they would most like to see from the new service.

The project would therefore like your views and have written a short survey to help capture these. This will help to define priorities for the future service.

It is expected that a further funding bid will be submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund early in 2022. If this is successful, the project will be carried out from mid 2022 until 2025/2026.

The survey is open until Sunday 13th June 2021 and can be found at the following link -

Thank you for your support. For the latest news from the service, please see our newsletter, which can be read by clicking on this link -

May 12th - Mass Observation Day

Wednesday 12th May 2021: Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation?

On the 12th May 2021, the Mass Observation Archive will be repeating its annual call for day diaries, capturing the everyday lives of people across the UK.

The written diaries will be stored in the Archive at The Keep and be used by a wide range of people for research, teaching and learning.

In 1937 Mass Observation called for people from all parts of the UK to record everything they did from when they woke up in the morning to when they went to sleep at night on 12th May. This was the day of George VIโ€™s Coronation. The resulting diaries provide a wonderful glimpse into the everyday lives of people across Britain and have become an invaluable resource for those researching countless aspects of the era.
If you have taken part in the Mass Observation project in past years, then you, like me, will be doing so again tomorrow.
If you are interested in becoming one of the volunteers to write a diary for the day and submit it as a part of the Archive in order that future generations can understand what life was like for us in 2021, then information on how to do so can be found at the link below
FreeUKGEN Conference 2021: Open, Global Genealogy

The theme of the Free Uk Genealogy 2021 conference is: 

Open, Global Genealogy.

Free UK Genealogy was founded on the principle of โ€œopennessโ€ with the aim of giving everybody FREE access to all their family history data.

They are now taking a step further to ensure that they are open in every way possible to a truly global audience with this free online conference 


Who can attend? 


The conference has been split into two sessions which are being held at opposite ends of the day (UK time) with the sole intention of enabling as many people as possible to attend part (or all) of the events, wherever in the world they happen to live. 

When is it?

Saturday 22nd May from 4pm-7pm (UK time), and Saturday 29th May from 8am-11am. 

Both sessions will run on Zoom, so attendees will be able to participate and enjoy the proceedings from the comfort of their own homes. 

What will be happening?

A wide and varied agenda is planned which may include presentations on: technology in genealogy; an exploration of the โ€˜opennessโ€™ of a range of supposedly open archives, databases and records (and any impact caused by lockdown); an overview of file formats for the exchange of genealogical data between applications and data providers; and a look at how DNA and traditional genealogical sources can be combined to create a single family tree.

While the presentations will be recorded, they will be followed by a live question-and-answer session with the speakers who will also participate in panel discussions during the conference.

The event will open with an update from our Executive Director Pat Reynolds and concluded with a summary by Chair of Trustees Richard Light. 

Register to attend at the following link:

Great British Railway Journeys

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Great British Railway Journeys
BBC2 Monday 10th May at 6:30pm

Crewe to Shotton

Michael Portillo is in Crewe, a town steeped in railway history and immortalised in Victorian music hall, to investigate the making of the iconic cinema classic The Night Mail during the 1930s.

Following his Bradshawโ€™s Guide, Michael takes the train to Chester to discover the interwar origins of Britainโ€™s most popular zoo. Michael learns how the work of Chester Zooโ€™s enlightened founder continues, and he helps to feed a young greater one-horned rhino.

Across the border in north Wales, Michael reaches the village of Gresford, the scene of one of Britainโ€™s worst mining disasters, where 266 men lost their lives in 1934. Michael hears how it happened and how it is remembered in the community today. The Ifton Colliery Band plays Gresford - The Minersโ€™ Hymn.

Over the River Dee, at Tata Steel in Shotton, Michael discovers a wartime boost to steel production on the site, where John Summers & Sons manufactured up to 50,000 Andersen shelters a week. The steel shelters and others designed by the company for peopleโ€™s back gardens protected families from aerial bombardment by German planes.

I have just uploaded the latest Lancahsire Local History Federation Newsletter, some cross boundary items of interest for instance:

HISTORIC SOCIETY OF LANCASHIRE AND CHESHIRE Friday 21 May 17.30 The Mike Stammers memorial lecture: Salt, stone and steam: making the Mersey a coastal shipping hub The Mersey developed as the west coastโ€™s major centre for shipping because of its geographical position, and as an outlet for industrial products from the north and Wales. It grew because of its trading links with Ireland and as an Atlantic gateway. The talk outlines how these and other factors contributed to the growth of Liverpool and other Mersey ports. (Free tickets available via Eventbrite.)

Plus news from all their member associations.

 You will find it in our Docuemnt Library in Members' Documents

Beginning Your Family History - Free course by the FHF
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Make a note in your diaries for this one from the Family History Federation
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A four-week INTERACTIVE COURSE - held via Zoom
Tuesday evenings 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm.
September 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 2021
Pre-booking essential