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Email Addresses

EE, the company that took over Orange, has announced that all of the email addresses associated with Orange and Freeserve are to be closed in May. The addresses are those which end in any of the following:

 

Orange.net

Orangehome.co.uk

Wanadoo.co.uk

Freeserve.co.uk

Fsbusiness.co.uk

Fslife.co.uk

Fsmail.net

Fsworld.co.uk

Fsnet.co.uk

 

I am aware that a number of our members will be affected by this. Please ensure you check your email address on My Subscription and update it with a replacement.

Accessibility Tool Launched

Today we launch an accessibility tool that will aid those with eyesight difficulties to  use the website.

It includes features to allow contrast and font size to be changed.

It also provides the capability for any text that has been highlighted to be read aloud.

You will access the tool via the new blue Screen Reader icon in the bottom right of all screens.

Clicking on it will bring up the full menu of options.

You can add comments to this news item to give feedback on its usability. It has a number of options to change the configuration but I obviously need feedback from those with sight difficulties in order to assess its effectiveness.

See: https://storejextensions.org/extensions/screen_reader.html for full details of the tools.

Birkenhead Group Is Now Closed

NOTE - The Birkenhead Group of the Family History SOciety of Cheshire is no longer meeting. It was formally closed on the 29th January at the Quarterly Meeting of the FHSC Committee. If you have any queries then please contact the FHSC Chairman via Contact Us in the top menu bar.

The webmaster has already changed your affiliation to 'Unattached' from Birkenhead.

Members can use My Subscription to change their affiliation to a different local group or leave it set it to Unattached.

EMail and Website Security

Many of you will have recently received a number of emails and newsletters from us.

 

Some of you, including committee members, are rightly concerned that these may not have come from your society - especially as the old site was less able to send emails.

 

I have written the first of a series of help information in order to allay fears and provide you information to help you decide whether the emails you receive are genuine.

 

You will find these accessable via the FAQ menu in the top menu or by clicking HERE.

 

They can be found in the Security category.

 

Please keep checking back as I will add a number of others over the next week.

New Sale Group - Support Required

North Cheshire Family History Society is being wound up and the following statement is taken from their website:

 

"We regret that owing to insufficient support the Society is being wound up. New memberships are not being accepted. Existing memberships expired at the end of 2016. Our last meetings were in November 2016. Our last ever issue of the North Cheshire Family Historian, for November, has been published.

A number of existing members from the Sale Branch plan to form a new Group within the Family History Society of Cheshire.

An inaugural meeting of this Group will take place at the usual venue:
Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Rd, Sale, M33 3ED
at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 11th January 2017
It will be followed by 
'Big Trees from Little Acorns Grow - A round trip with the seed man from Sale, Samuel Ryder', by Liz de Mercado.
If you are interested, please come along and bring any friends or neighbours."

 

As a concession (to equalise the 6 month differential between NCFHS and FHSC membership renewal dates) ex NCFHS members wishing to join the FHSC may do so at any time before 1st July 2017 and be given full membership through to 1st July 2018. 

All ex NCFHS members will receive complimentary printed copies of Cheshire Ancestor for the December 2016, March and June 2017 issues and may visit both our research centres and any FHSC group meetigs during this period, being admitted as honorary FHSC members. 

We hope to offcially create and formalise the new SALE Group after the above meeting, when Ex North Cheshire members will be offered temporary membership of FHSC until they choose to opt in or out of full membership with the transitional benefits mentioned above.

Cheshire Surnames Resurrected

Non-members can now register so they can use the replacement Cheshire Surnames that was very popular. Click HERE to register.

Once you are registered go to My Membership on the main menu to find the Surnames facilities.

Please provide feedback on the facility by adding comments to this blog (only visible once you are logged in).

If you opt to become a fully paid up member the you can add and search members' surname interests worldwide.

This is quite a new feature and it will become progressively more useful as members continue to add the names they are researching.

Login Issues for Existing Members

Now that our new site is up and running all our members will have to reset their passwords to access Members Only content.

Click on Login in the top green menu and then use the Forgot Your password? link. On the next screen which opens you should enter your email address and then click on submit. Be aware that the Submit button only works after a number of seconds (his is to protect us from attacks by robots).

Now go to your email inbox and look for an email from us. If you cant find it then check in your junk/spam folder. If you dont receive it then please contact the Web Administrator via Contact Us.

Also contact us if your email address is rejected as it means our records need updating.

If you do get the email then click on the link which will take you back directly to our website to reset your password.

Please make this a strong password: at least 8 characters long with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols

Once you have logged in you can look at the data we hold about you that may need changing.  You will find it in the My Membership menu under the Member Admin options.

Good Luck! and Welcome to our New Website.  This is not a static website and we will continue to add to it and increase facilties throughout 2017.

Bracey/Bracy DNA Study

I am the administrator of a project investigating the genetic relationships between male holders of the Bracey name and it’s variants. We have recently found a cluster of Bracey/Bracy chaps in the USA who are all the genetic descendants of William Bressee of Isle of Wight County, Virginia in the seventeenth century. 
 
 The Bracey surname is historically found in three locations in England, South Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Norfolk (apart from a London population from at least 1600 that are considered likely migrants, possibly from all three of those counties). We know that the South Gloucestershire family are genetically distinct from that of the Virginia patriarch and our group would like to probe the relationship between the Cheshire Bressy/Bracey family and these two clusters.

Cheshire BMD Tutorials

Ian Hartas has visited many if not most of our groups to demonstrate the most effective ways of using his UKBMD website.  To make this information available to a wider audience he has created a series of video tutorials.  These are short 5-7 minute videos available via YouTube.

Please click the following link to go straight there and to find out more information: www.ukbmd.org.uk/tutorials{rscomments on}

Registered versus Paid Member

For full details click on Membership Options, but just for starters as a Registered Member you will be able to purchase things from our shop (This will be launched in the New Year), but you will be able to add the Surnames you are researching in Cheshire and search to see if others are researching the same family names. Click on My Membership to find out more. You can also check the holdings at both our Research Centres and attend meetings at any of our groups at visitor rates. You can chose to follow any of our groups.

If you become a fully paid up member you can then add and Research Surnames world wide, downnload copies of our Cheshire Ancestor, in addition we have made reciprocal arrangements with other Family History Societies in the UK, Canada and Australia.   You can find these under the My Membership menu under RESEARCH - READ EXCHANGE JOURNALS.

Under the same Menu there is a set of Research Resources to help you with your research.{rscomments on}

EATON Family DNA Project

I am Douglas MacMillan, Director of the DNA program for the EATON Families Association here in the U.S. We have been operating since 2006 and have nearly 140 DNA samples by now. Most of these are U.S. Eatons, although we also have a sprinkling of samples from the U.K., Scotland and Ireland. We have so far isolated about 6 or 7 Eaton "sub-clans" residing in the U.S.

Our most urgent need is to find an Eaton male descending from any Eaton from the 15th or 16th century in Cheshire.

In particular, from Richard Eaton, Vicar at Coventry, who went on to be Vicar at Great Budworth, Cheshire, in the years before his death in 1600. Two of his college-educated sons came to America. One of them, Theophilus, later founded a new colony in southern New England, where he became the first Governor of our State of Connecticut. He died in that role in 1658, whereupon his widow brought their children back to the Great Budworth area.

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