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*Urgent Coronavirus Up-date Please Read*

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.  You can visit our website to:
 - register your surname interests in our surnames directory (worldwide locations allowed)

-  post queries in our Research Forum to see if other researchers can assist you (separate forums for non-members and members)

- get access to the Worldwide Exchange Journals collection we holdjust in case there are any useful  snippets 

- download our research guides to help you with your research

- download material from our shop which has a growing collection of Memorial Inscriptions and other useful research material (available to anyone)

Membership Renewals at the end of June
Disruption to public services or being confined to home may make it more difficult for members to renew their subscriptons.  We would, therefore, like to recommend members who normally pay by cheque to use one of the following methods
 
1)    An instruction to your bank to transfer your subscription directly to the FHSC Santander bank account, Sort Code 72-00-01 Account Number 22835506. Using your membership number as the payment reference.
2)    Set up a Standing Order with your Bank, using the mandate inside the March and June printed copies of Cheshire Ancestor. 
Make certain to include your membership number as ID in the appropriate space on the mandate.
3)    Make a payment using Paypal, quoting your membership number as ID.
4)    Use the FHSC website to renew your membership directly.
Whichever method you decide to use, please remember to clearly identify your membership number  and your Surname.  It can be difficult for us to identify your payment without your membership number.  The easiest way to find your membership number is to log on to our website and scroll down to the last column on the.right under My Membership Status then click Update my details/renew.  You will find it under FHSC Membership.  If you are really having problems logging in please contact: Gay J Oliver:  

We are all hoping that the present sitiaution will abate as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we wish everyone continuing good health and good progress with their family history research, and we look forward to resuming our normal activities as soon as it is safe to do so

 

Alan Bennett

Chairman

 

Mobberley Research Centre closed

Sadly due to coronavirus we are having to close our Research Centre at Mobberley from Monday 23rd March until Further Notice.  Most of our volunteers are 70+ and will have to self isolate and similarly our visitors.

We are very sorry about this, but do hope it wont be too long bofore were are able to open again.  Meanwhile you can use our online Forum to ask questions and hopefully will still be able to get help this way or to help other members.

London Group Reformed

London Group Reformed

I am pleased to advise details of the relaunch of the London Branch.

Cumbria FHS and Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society have been operating a London Branch over a number of years and normally offer six meetings a year on a Saturday afternoon. This Branch helps to provide some additional benefit for some London based or near London based members. Interest from the members of this Branch has been falling so it was decided to  relaunch the London Branch with some additional support from the North West and also inviting Members of other North West FH Societies to join them. Members of the NWGFHS’s gave a positive response and there is some commitment for financial support. Members of FHSC therefore are invited to attend these meetings, giving the opportunity to share your NW Family history research.

The first meeting under the new management committee will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020 at Saint Stephens Church, Gloucester Road, and Southwell Gardens, London SW7 4RL commencing at 2.00pm.

The speaker will be Ian Waller FSG FGRA and his subject will be "What Happened to Lucy?"

Before 1927 and legal adoption what happened to the unwanted child? Even after 1927 children were exploited, although supposedly cared for by institutions and well caring organisations. This talk looks at the plight of adoptees, foundlings, orphans and the Empire children (Child Migrants), essentially through the 19th & 20th centuries.

This is a new venue, St Stephens is easy to find on the junction of Gloucester Road and Southwell Gardens, South Kensington SW7 4RL There is a collection plate for admission, a free drink to lubricate the frank and friendly exchange of information and tips and hear relevant talks by guest speakers or our group members. There is another meeting planned for Saturday 2 May 2020.

Can anyone planning to attend please email to indicate numbers of those intending to come along.

Details can be found on the LFHHS website http://www.lfhhs.org.uk on the London branch page and it is planned to link to the NWG website www.nwgfhs.org.uk

I have put details on the LFHHS website http://www.lfhhs.org.uk on the London branch page and will be trying to add a late note to our February journal.

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP OFFER 2020 ONLY

A PERFECT TIME TO JOIN US - NOW

All paid subscriptions to the Family History Society of Cheshire run from 1 July to the 30 June the following year.

However, if you join between 1 April and 30 June you will be granted membership until 30 June of the following year. This provides up to 15 months membership for the cost of 12 months.

NEWS - For 2020 ONLY  this offer has been extended so that anyone JOINING (not applicable to renewals) between 1 January and 30 June will be granted membership until 30 June 2021

Click on Membership where you can decide upon a membership plan which entitles you to be notified when our latest Ancestor goes online Normally £13 per annum, or if you would prefer to receive printed copies £18.  This means that if you join now your membership will cost £1 per month or less.  Your membership also entitles you to access surnames our members are researching and around twenty five other digital magazines from Societies across the world.  We are constantly adding to our recources online.

FOR MORE INFORMATION  read the instructions in the blue columns at the bottom of our website.  You can join directly on-line, but there is also a printable application form if you prefer to apply by post.

 

Derbyshire U3A Conferences 2020 at Buxton

Derbyshire U3A conferences at Buxton

Angela and I attended their Conference in September and thoroughly enjoyed it. They have a fabulous line up of speakers including Dr Nick Barratt and Debbie Kennett.

They are hosting a half day conference on Friday 20th March where the topics will consist of what was life was like farming in Tudor times and Commonwealth War Graves records.

Their Full day conference in September Saturday 19th where topics will include One place Names – Janet Few., Putting your ancestors in place. Debbie Kennett on the Joy of Surnames and Dr Nick Barratt on House Histories. One more speaker yet to book.

Full details in the pdf flyer and booking form click here (739 KB)

Tameside Archaeology Day 29th February

Tameside Archaeology Day at St John’s Saturday 29th  February2020

Looks like an exciting line up of lectures including the full graveyard project at St John’s, Mike Nevelle talking about the Priory at Cheetham’s Park, the Archaeological finds at Mesolithic sites at Iron Tongue Hill, Carrbook and Grange farm in Hattersley. Full details in the flyer attached plus booking form £10 for the day  pdf Click here to download a flyer and booking form (505 KB)

Chester Group 50th Anniversary

Chester Group 50th Anniversary

CHESTER FAMILY HISTORY GROUP CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The Chester Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire celebrated its 50th anniversary last week. The group was formed in 1969 and held its first meetings at Stanley Palace. During that year the group joined with another family history group in Sale to form the Family History Society of Cheshire which was one of the earliest county family history societies in the country. The Society has grown from an initial membership of about 80 to a current membership of over 1,500. There are now thirteen local branches spread across the historical county of Cheshire, a county-wide Computer Group which meets in Hartford, two family history libraries and research centres, one at Mobberley and one at Crewe, and an award winning magazine and website.

At last week's meeting to celebrate the anniversary, Chester Group Leader David Guyton welcomed members and a number of special guests including two whose membership dated back to the formation of the Society in 1969, two former Chester Group Leaders, and representatives from the Family History Society of Cheshire including the recently re-elected Chairman, Alan Bennett, who also happened to be Chairman when the Chester Group celebrated its 40th anniversary. David Guyton gave a short talk highlighting some interesting and amusing items discovered during the course of family history research and showing some photographs of Chester fifty years ago. It was striking just how much the shopping scene has changed and how dated the City of Chester buses and private cars of the period now looked. Following the talk, Alan Bennett cut a ceremonial cake specially decorated with Chester's coat of arms and members and visitors took part in a family history quiz and enjoyed some festive food and refreshments. 

The Chester Group holds meetings on the last Thursday of the month at All Saints Church in Hoole, Chester. Most meetings feature a speaker on an aspect of family history or local history. As well as a talk, there is a family history help desk and the opportunity to discuss family history topics with other members. Many members have particular areas of knowledge on family history or experience with using computers and the internet for family history. There is also a raffle and tea, coffee and biscuits are served at the end of the meeting. New members and visitors are always welcome.

The Group also runs two family history help desks. The help desk at the Chester History and Heritage Centre previously at St Michael's Church in Bridge Street, Chester, is now at the Grosvenor Museum in Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD. Opening times are 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.  There is also a help desk at the Library at Storyhouse from 10 am to 12 noon on Tuesdays. Whether you are a newcomer to family history or are looking for some local knowledge or have run up against a brickwall or would like some help on a computing or internet aspect of family history, just ask. There is always somebody who would be pleased to help.

For more information check the Family History Society of Cheshire website at www.fhsc.org.uk or contact the Chester Group at  .

Society AGM at Lion Saltworks

Society AGM at Lion Saltworks

This year for our GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY we held our AGM at the Lion Salt works at Northwich. It proved a very good format and an excellent venue.  We had two excellent talks, one by David Thomas our Northwich Group leader all about the Anderton Boatlift where he had worked for several years.  A Marveloous feat of engineering and a feature of the landscape fascinating to watch it in action.  Our second talk was by Peter Solan all about the history and extrraction of salt in Cheshire; how it was laid down and created in the first place and the vast millions of tons lying underneath Cheshire. I was particularly interested in his study of the linguistics of the word SALT prefixed SAL this side of Europe and over the Alps prefixed HAL.

The museum has an intersting shop with many books and crystals for sale.  Somee of us ate lunch atthe Salt barge Pub across the road. and after the afternoon talk wa a complimentary cream tea.

The business of our AGM was failry short and brief, with a report from our retiring Chairman, Victoria.  All the very best for you travels. our webmaster, Alan Bennett, was voted in as our new Chairman.  He has done the job before so knows what is expected.  He will continue as our Webmaster and will see us through a period of change for Family History Societies.

 

victoria

 

We also presented Ian Hartas with a lifelong membership for all his years of work creating and  implementing the UKBMD project now covering eleven geographical areas of the UK.  Thank you Ian.

 

Ian presentation

Are you receiving our emails?

FHSC sends lots of emails to our members and website users for a multitude of reasons.

We deliver them through a professional email service provider called Elastic Email.

It has come to my attention that a reasonable number of our emails arentbeing delivered because Elastic Email have got a block on some of your email addresses.

If you find you are not receiving any emails from us then please use the following link to re-enable delivery to you:

https://api.elasticemail.com/contact/subscribe?version=2&pID=f65a4548-8a8a-42d5-994c-721c718b57f8

You just provide your email address and then you will then recieve an email with another link in it. Clicking on that link will confirm to Elastic Email that you wish to receive emails from FHSC.

You can control the types of emails you get from us at:

https://www.fhsc.org.uk/?Itemid=9222

 

The other issue is that we still hold lots of invalid email addresses for a number of you. These are primarily caused by:

- you not having provided one

- ones provided by email providers that are no longer in existence, e.g. wanadoo and fsnet

Please log in and check your details as soon as possible at:

https://www.fhsc.org.uk/new-my-membership/my-profile-2#login-details

Regards

Alan

Webmaster

New Chairman

We held our 50th Anniversary AGM yesterday at the Lion Salt Works.

During the meeting our chairman, Victoria Doran, stood down as she has decided to spend the next 18 months touring the world. I am sure we all send our good wishes for what should be a fantastic experience for Victoria.

I have been elected to fill the void as chairman,  a role I previously held from 2008 until 2012.

I will also continue as webmaster and hope that I can find the necessary time for both roles.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in my new role.

My main focus will be how to restructure the society to provide what members need and our survival through turbulent times for family history societies.

Kind Regards

Alan Bennett

Chairman and Webmaster

Mr Duckenfield visits Dukinfield

Mr Duckenfield visits Dukinfield

On 1st and 2nd of July 2019 Thomas Duckenfield and his family visited Dukinfield. This was a long awaited visit. Tom and I have been friends and collaborators for around 12 years via the internet with our joint interest in the Dukinfield Family's ancestry, particularly their slave plantation interests in Jamaica and North Carolina.

This was a whistle stop tour visiting as many sites as possible connected with the Dukinfield Family and a Civic Reception at Dukinfield Town Hall, (photograph above. Thomas pictured with his ancestor Robert Duckenfield of Civil War fame).

Tom, a descendant from the Dukinfield Plantation in Jamaica, is a gracious, distinguished man with a lovely family which Dukinfield was delighted to entertain.

The main point of his visit was to meet with the Friends of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield to help further their ambition to preserve the Chapel as a Conserved Ruin. More on their website, http://www.oldhallchapel.org/

I have written a summation of my research into the Slave Connections in Jamaica and North Carolina.  Its an exciting story including slaves, pirates, the Lost Colony of Roankoe Island and the foundation of New Haven Connecticut by the Eaton family from Cheshire http://tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk/duckenfieldvisit.html

My webpage also contains a couple of videos I took on the day.

Stretford Family History Fair

STRETFORD FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY FAIR

SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2019

10 A.M TO 4 P.M.

ST MATTHEWS CHURCH HALL, CHESTER ROAD, STRETFORD, MANCHESTER M32 9AJ

ENTRANCE FEE £2

A talk on Local History is by Bill Newton & Bill Mather

Slides and Re-discovered Films From the Stretford House 50 Project.      A collaboration between Stretford Local History & Manchester Modernist Society at 10.30 a.m.

A talk on Family History is by Sylvia Dillon

The talk will be about death certificates and causes of death from 1837 through to the 20th century at 2.30 p.m.

Whether a beginner or experienced family historian or interested in local history there will be something for everyone

The stands and exhibitors includes a variety of family and local history societies, maps and genealogical supplies

FHSC Golden Anniversary

This year the FHSC will be celebrating 50 years of Family History.

To Celebrate why not join to take part in the celebrations and what we have to offer. Over the 25 years I have been a member I have met wonderful friends, shared interests, visited many of the other groups, all very friendly and make you most welcome.

Becoming a member opens doors to exciting offers, free help, we show you how to help yourselves, you must do the hard work, its addictive once you get started you don’t want to stop! Who knows you could be related to Royalty or maybe not, but I can promise you, your journey takes you on a long path of twists and turns, intriguing, sometimes frustrating but never dull!

Let’s make this Golden Anniversary one to remember.

New Look for the Website

Welcome to the new and improved FHSC website.

You will notice the striking gold colour scheme to celebrate our golden aniiversary this year.

We will resort to our more traditional green on New Years Day 2020.

We have done extensive testing of the new look and feel, but ........................... there may be issues we havent found.

Please notify the webmaster via Contact Us if you find anything that is broken.

The main functional change on this revision is an improved Links system. We hope you like it. If you have any suggestions for additional links then just let the Web Administrator know via Contact Us.

Alan

FHSC Webmaster

FHSC Competition GOLDEN MOMENTS

 

 

Rosie Rowley reminder

Members’ Competition Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of FHSC

“A Golden Moment"

This is your opportunity to get into print! To commemorate the Society’s Golden anniversary in 2019, the Society is launching a very special members’ competition. Members are invited to submit an article to the competition for publication in the CHESHIRE ANCESTOR. In addition to publication, the winner will receive a £50 voucher to spend on FHSC Society publications, and a one - year digital subscription to Family Tree Magazine kindly offered by Warners Group Publications. Two runners-up will each receive a £25 voucher to spend on FHSC Society publications. The competition is open only to those who are current members of FHSC, and who joined prior to 1 July 2019. The article should be about “a golden moment” in your family history journey. This could be about breaking through a brick wall or an unexpected discovery related to the life of an ancestor. Ancestors can be male or female and the article should explain your special moment in your family history research. Further details are available in the June edition of Cheshire Ancestor.

very best,

GAY

Free Pass Competition for Roots Tech

This is an opportunity to win a free 3-day pass, worth £149, to the UK’s biggest genealogy conference, RootsTech London 2019, which takes place at the London ExCel Conference Centre from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th October, 2019. Keynote speakers include Dan Snow, Nick Barratt and Donny Osmond – see RootsTech.org for full details.

Please read the full article by Rosie Rowley on the Macclesfield Reflects webpage: http://macclesfieldreflects.org.uk/2019/08/13/2019-rootstech/

The Murphy Riots in Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge

About ten years ago, when I was at the National Archives I copied some of the Home Office papers relating to the Murphy Riots in Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge, meaning to write up the details at some future date. Its taken me a long time and it is mainly due to help from a colleague, David Mason, for transcribing the names of the special constables appointed to help deal with the riots and a list of petitioners of the residents of Ashton demanding an inquiry after the event.:
 
Please visit: tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk there is a link at the top of the page and another on the contents page
 
Very many thanks to David

Lest We Forget - Tameside

Lest We Forget - Tameside

Lest We Forget

This is an ongoing project and will continue to be up-dated

Kate Booth has been collecting names from all the War Memorials in Tameside for a number of years now and they are now compiled into a global list. They have been gathered from various sources and some have much more information about the casualties researched by various people over the years. Kate has photographs of most of these memorials and should be able to send out to anyone interested. 

Her index is contained in an 81 page document downloaded from the following website: http://www.tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk

Chester Record Office Survey

I wonder if you could distribute this (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CALSusers) to FHSC members in whatever way you think best? It’s a short survey which will help to inform the planning of new facilities and the new service. We will be looking at the results in February and building them into the HLF bid.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes

Paul

Paul Newman 
Archives and Heritage Manager 
Cheshire Shared Services - Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Only Eleven Questions

News from the GRO - PDF Certificates extended trial

Below is today's news from the GRO: https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/login.asp

 

General Register Office (GRO) - PDF Extended Pilot

The GRO is piloting a service from 12 October 2017 to provide portable document format (PDF) copies of digitised historical birth and death records. The pilot will run for a minimum of 3 months to enable GRO to assess the demand for this service over a prolonged period.

Applications for each PDF cost £6, must be made online, and include a GRO index reference. 

England and Wales records which are available as PDFs in this extended pilot include: 

Births: 1837 –1916
Deaths: 1837 –1957

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, and therefore a certificate is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or giving notice of marriage. 

Indexes

Have you used our Online Historical Birth and Death Indexes yet? They may include extra information, for example; maiden name or age at death.

2017 AGM

 

Notice of AGM Flyer 2017 TWO WEEKS TO GO

 

This is advance notice of our AGM  Saturday 21st October at our Mobberley Research Centre.  click this link to download  AGM Advert from Cheshire Ancestor   containing full details taken from our September issue of the Cheshire Ancestor.

The Agenda for this meeting and the Draft Minutes from 2016 have been uploaded to our public documents. Click on FHSCheshire > Public Documents.