Cheshire Ancestor WWI Edition

I am planning to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by devoting the whole of the September 2014 issue of Cheshire Ancestor to material relating to that time.  However, I will need your help.  Do you have any letters, postcards, diaries, photographs etc. of the period which could be included?   I would also like to include details of books and websites that will be of help to people researching that time, particularly those with Cheshire connections.  I know many local history societies are researching various aspects of the First World War; do you know of any doing such research? It might be invaluable to fellow members.  Please contact me if you have any documents or information or if you can help in any way.

Click on the read more button for details of a special Members' competition.

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the FHSC is also launching a special members’ competition. Members are invited to commemorate, in words and pictures, the life of an ancestor or relative – male or female. The subject does not have to have seen active service. Explain how the First World War changed their lives and describe the part they played in it and why they mean so much to you. The rules of the competition are below.  The prize winning article will be published in the September 2014 Cheshire Ancestor and the winner will receive £50 to spend on books or CDs from the bookstall.  The second and third places will receive £25 to spend on books or CDs from the bookstall and also have their articles published in Cheshire Ancestor.

FHSC Members’ Competition 2014

To Commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

The competition is open only to those who are current members of FHSC.  The subject of your biography or article should be a person from your family tree but not necessarily a direct ancestor.  If preferred, you may wish to feature a family group rather than one individual.

• The completed article should be no fewer than 2,000 and no more than 5,000 words in length.  It should not have been previously published.  The copyright will remain with the author.

• There does not need to be a Cheshire connection.

• Illustrations would be helpful and are encouraged.

• Sources should be given at the end of your work but not included in the overall word count. 

• Members may submit more than one entry – but if so, successive items should not refer to the same individuals/family group.

• Your name, email, postal address, and membership number should all be shown at the beginning of your submission.

• The judges will be looking for a well-researched biography/article that includes research from a variety of sources.

• The judges’ decision will be final.

• The winning entry will appear in the Cheshire Ancestor in September 2014 with further entries appearing as space allows.

• Entries should be submitted by email or on a CD/DVD, preferably in Word or RTF format with any illustrations presented as TIFF or JPEG files.  Alternatively, entries may be submitted as typed text, with quality copies (not originals) of illustrations.

• Entries should be sent to    or The Editor, Cheshire Ancestor, 47 Sycamore Crescent, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8LW

• Entries must be received before 1st April 2014.  Results will be announced in the Cheshire Ancestor and on the website.