in Cheshire

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Reminder of Genealogy Show - 2022 Summer Event
Don't forget the Genealogy Show this weekend:
Friday 1 July โ€“ Sunday 3 July 2022
Huge keynote speaker line-up!
World-renowned exhibitors and sponsors!
Articles, games, competitions + so much more! 

All content at THE Genealogy Show: Summer Event will even be open for ticket holders to access for a whole 30 DAYS (until August 3rd 2022) after the live portion of the event has ended.

 RootsTech 2023

RootsTech: the worldโ€™s largest family history gathering, is back in 2023 with an in-person event in Salt Lake City to complement its massive online conference.


Mark your calendars for March 2โ€“4, 2023, to join millions of virtual and in-person attendees for inspiring keynote addresses, instructive classes, innovative technologies, and most of all, the ability to connect people to their familyโ€”past, present, and future.


Details to date can be found at the following link ๐Ÿ‘‰

Students showcase conservation in action at free Chester Cathedral event

University of Chester History and Archaeology students will work with Emily Lanigan and Naomi Watts-Kitto from the Cathedral Works Department on Monday June 20 to contribute to the upkeep of its significant book collection and discuss the work with visitors.

The event is free and part of Chester Heritage Festival, which aims to bring the cityโ€™s history to life and tell t

he stories that have accumulated over two millennia.

Emily and Naomi will train six student volunteers to assess the state of books in the Cathedral Library, collected by Bishop of Chester, William Jacobson in the 19th Century.


They will prioritise them for conservation, and complete aspects of the conservation such as cleaning and binding. The work will be open to the public to view and discuss in the Cathedral nave.


Dr Thomas Pickles, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Chester, said: โ€œOur students also supported the conservation, the Cathedral event and the Heritage Festival last year. They really enjoyed the experience and chatting to visitors about the work - now the new group is looking forward to volunteering.

โ€œItโ€™s a great opportunity for students to learn new heritage skills for their future careers, to play a part in the preservation of the Cathedral's wonderful book collection, and to raise awareness of the Cathedral, its unique blend of medieval and modern history and all it offers as a public place for the people of Chester and beyond."


People can drop in to the Cathedral at St Werburgh Street and see the work on the collection, on Monday June 20, between 10am and 12pm. Entry is free, however donations are welcome.


An annual event, Chester Heritage Festival is a partnership led by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Chester Civic Trust, Marketing Cheshire, Chester Cathedral and others, with a host of live and online events organised up until June 27.


For further information on the Festival and the book conservation event please visit:

FHSC Member wins Family Tree Magazine Family History Moments competition

Huge congratulations to FHSC member Ann Simcock


Ann was recently announced as the winner of the Family Tree Magazine - Family History Moments competition.  


Family Tree Magazine and Rakonto, the web story sharing website teamed up to ask people to record their favourite family history moment into a two- minute video and Ann was the winner - congratulations Ann


You can watch Ann's video at Rakonto but do need to sign up for a free account first, I have done this but getting to Ann's video has defeated me to be honest! 


Link to read more ๐Ÿ‘‰





Railway Work, Life & Death project news

NEW BLOG POST - The Railway Work, Life & Death project are getting ready to release their next dataset - some 16,000 more cases


The project team want to hear from you -  Read more - & please let them know your thoughts 

Link to blog ๐Ÿ‘‰


Currently there are over 4,500 cases on the site - have a look at what they hold at the links on the blog post below
Eaton Hall Gardens: Open Days

The Gardens of Eaton Hall, home of The Duke of Westminster, Chester, will be opening for charity on

26 June, 31 July, & 28 August 2022.


About this event

The Eaton Hall Gardens Charity Open Days on Grosvenorโ€™s Eaton Estate, Chester, Cheshire, are held on limited occasions each year to raise important funds for local charities. Tickets are pre-book only - no tickets are available at the gate on the day. Tickets are limited and subject to availability. The benefiting charities for the 2022 events are Cheshire Young Carers, Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Kidsbank.

You can find out more about this year's charities by visiting their websites: 

Please note the charities will have some fundraising stalls at the events and these will be cash only.


About the gardens

Eaton Hall Gardens extend to 88 acres and have been developed over many years by prominent designers, most recently by Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd. The gardens have a wide variety of planting, including four formal colour-themed rose gardens and grand colour-themed herbaceous borders. There is a newly completed hot border design and a stunning bedding scheme in the Dragon Garden which is not to be missed. Visitors can also enjoy the walled Kitchen Garden, as well as the wildflower garden and the lake walk, where you can take in fabulous views of the Hall and grounds. Finally, the Tea House is filled with roses and herbs and sits perfectly at the end of a short walk past the lake area.

N.B The Camellia Walk (which is only in bloom in early spring) is closed for conservation work.


Eaton Courtyard

At Eaton Courtyard, visitors can take the opportunity to see Eaton Chapel, with its splendid stained-glass windows by Frederic James Shields, dating back to 1870, the carriage museum and former stables, as well as the family history and exhibition rooms.

The event includes charity fundraising stalls in the Courtyard (cash only), a band playing in the garden and a children's entertainer.


Link to book tickets -



10th U3A Peak District Family History Conference
10th U3A Peak District Family History Conference
Saturday 17 September 2022 at the Palace Hotel in Buxton
Dr Janet Few: โ€˜ One - Place Names โ€™
โ€˜Your Ancestors in their Placeโ€™. Ten key steps
Debbie Kennett: โ€˜ The Joy of Surnamesโ€™
Their past & location over time
Dr Nick Barratt: โ€˜ House Historiesโ€™
Realistic advice on investigating properties
Helen Tovey โ€“ โ€˜ Family Tree Magazine โ€™
Its past, present & future
Cost: ยฃ30.
Includes talks, refreshments & 2 - course finger buffet lunch . Unfortunately, there are no refunds for delegates who do not attend, but places are transferrable provided the organisers are
advised in advance.
Parking :
The hotel has changed the free parking arrangements and all cars parked in the car park MUST be registered on the tablet by the hotel reception or they are likely to be fined.
Blue Badge holders โ€“ may park or drop off at hotel
Others - use side streets or the pay & display car parks or the school
For details of all car parks in Buxton please see:
Once again, several exhibitors will be there โ€“ old friends & new - including FHSC 
The organisers, once again plan to offer delegates a free goody bag and a free prize draw
To book your place please complete the booking form on
Please put your surname and postcode as a reference if paying by BAC.
Spaces are limited so please book early.
Tickets will be issued at show reception desk , from 08.30, on the day, not posted.
To comply with The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you will only be contacted via email with information about family history and U3A events. Details are held by Chair, Secretary and Treasurer on secure password protected computer files.
Please contact Ian ( ) if you wish your details to be removed from the mailing list.
Free Onlines Events for June
๐Ÿ“ฃDiary Note Klaxon ๐Ÿ“ฃ
Free online events from various organisations during June
Tue, 7 June 2022: 13:00 โ€“ 13:30 BST
๐†๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐จ๐ง๐๐จ๐ง ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฏ๐ž โ€“ ๐‘๐จ๐ฒ๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฒ
by London Metropolitan Archives
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Tue, 7 June 2022: 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
๐”๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ ๐…๐ข๐ซ๐ž: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐๐ข๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž๐š ๐•๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐€๐ฆ๐›๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ
by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
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Tue, 7 June 2022: 19:30 โ€“ 20:45 BST
๐€๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ˆ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก
by Glamorgan Family History Society
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Wed, 8 June: 14:00 โ€“ 15:00 BST
๐’๐ก๐š๐ค๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ
by Guildhall Library
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Wed, 8 Jun 2022, 19:30 BST [Donation suggested]
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐“๐ซ๐ฎ๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ฌ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐Œ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ
by The National Archives
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Thu, 9 June 2022: 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐…๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‰๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ฒ ๐’๐ญ๐ž๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ญ
by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
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Fri, 10 Jun 2022, 14:00 BST [Donation suggested]
๐‚๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง & ๐’๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž: ๐š ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ฒ
By National Archives
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Fri, 10 Jun 2022, 18:00 BST
'๐€๐ง๐ ๐ง๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฌ...':
๐”๐ซ๐›๐š๐ง ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐‹๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ ๐†๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ
by The Heraldry Society
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Fri, 10 June 2022: 17:00 โ€“ 18:00 BST
๐‰๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ ๐€๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ง, '๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž, ๐“๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐š๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐€๐œ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ•'
by Law and History Network
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Sat, 11 June 2022: 14:00 โ€“ 15:30 BST
'๐“๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฎ๐ฆ'
by Oldham and District Branch of MLFHS
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Tue, 14 June 2022: 13:30 โ€“ 15:00 BST [Donation suggested]
๐”๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐‚๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก
by National Arhives
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Tue, 14 June 2022: 14:00 โ€“ 15:00 BST
๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐…๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ
by Guildhall Library
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Tue, 14 June 2022: 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
๐†๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐ž ๐–๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ: ๐„๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐ž๐ฅ ๐๐ฒ๐ซ๐จ๐ง
by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
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Wed, 15 June 2022: 18:00 โ€“ 19:00 BST
๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐‡๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐š๐œ๐ค ๐€๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง: ๐€ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ž
by Royal College of Nursing Library & Archives
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Fri, 17 Jun 2022, 14:00 BST [Donation suggested]
๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Š๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‘๐ข๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ˆ๐ˆ๐ˆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐€๐ง๐ง๐ž
by National Archives
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Mon, 20 June 2022: 14:00 โ€“ 15:00 BST
๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง: ๐†๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž ๐ˆ๐•
by Guildhall Library
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Tue, 21 June 2022: 18:30 โ€“ 19:45 BST
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐€๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐š ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ '๐ƒ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฅ๐ž'
by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
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Tue, 21 June 2022: 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ง'๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ž๐ง - ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Š๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ญ๐ก ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ
by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
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Thu, 23 June 2022: 14:00 โ€“ 15:00 BST
๐‹๐จ๐ง๐๐จ๐ง ๐“๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ ๐†๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ
by Guildhall Library
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Tue, 28 June 2022: 10:00 โ€“ 15:30 BST [Donation suggested]
๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ญ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ˆ-๐‚๐ž๐Œ
by National Archives
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Tue, 28 June 2022: 14:00 โ€“ 15:00 BST
๐‹๐จ๐ง๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐•๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ: ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ก๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก
by Guildhall Library
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