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Family Free Maker and MacKiev

Ancestry made the following announcement to users of Family Tree Maker™ in early February 2016

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.

RootsMagic

We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history. 

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. You can find additional details about these Family Tree Maker partnerships on our blog. We also encourage you to continue to check back on our blog for future updates in the coming months.

NEW UKBMD 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

Docman Linking

Here is a link to a public document in Docman, the Constitution :

pdf FHSC Constitution (39 KB)

It will allow it to be opened by clicking on the link.

 

Here is one to an image category, an album of photographs taken when our Tameside Group visited, but it will only be able to be viewed by Tameside Group followers:

Fairfield Moravian Settlement

If you arent logged in then it will take you to the login screen

 

Here is a  link to a single image in that folder:

Fairfield

How to Add your Photo/Gravatar to News Items

Here is an example of a blog entry that displays the users avatar from Gravatar.

To register for Gravatar an upload an image goto: https://en.gravatar.com

If you click on the Avatar you can see the authors profile.

If the author clicks on his avatar then it allows him to edit his profile.

The profile also shows a index to all that authors blog entries. You can click on these to jump to the article.

The Gravatar image is also used in any comments that user makes.

The authors profile and image are shown below the blog entry if you go to the details page by clicking on the blog entry title (in this case Blog Facilities)

A blog entry can include images.

 

Updated by Alan

Crewe Family History Unit is Moving

The Family History Unit (FHU) will be moving from Crewe Library to a suite of rooms in the Municipal Building.  This relocation is due to the construction of the 'Lifestyle and Wellbeing Centre'. The library will move but there is not space for our research archives.

We will be housed on the 2nd. floor of the Municipal Building.
Opening hours will remain the same, as will facilities, but with more space.  In order to undertake this move the FHU is currently closed
The  family History Unit reopened on Monday 4th. January 2016.
c/o Municipal Building  Floor 2
Earle Street, Crewe,  Cheshire,  CW1 2BJ      Tel:- 01270 685699   Outside opening hours please leave a message.

How to Follow Groups

Anyone can choose to add any of our groups to your areas of interest, but you must be a registered member first.  Please click on MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS in the top menu to see what the different styles of membership entitle you to.  Once registered and logged in, you can visit any of our group pages and click on the ADD  *****  TO MY GROUPS  button top right.  Eventually we hope to add personalised newsletters, depending on your areas of interest, to the services we offer our members

You can follow more than one group, for instance if your research is based in one geographical area, but you attend meetings at other groups.  Before the groups appear in your MY MEMBERSHIP menu you will need to refresh the page.

Bracy/Bracey 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.

 We are able to offer a free DNA test to any Bracey chap who can demonstrate or believes he is related to a branch of the Cheshire family and I wondered if you might have any members of your Society with Bracey interests who may be able to help us in locating such a DNA donor?
 Kind regards

 John
 John Clement 
 Bracey Y-DNA Project Administrator
 Edgmond
 Newport
 Shropshire
 UK

Computer Resources at Mobberley Research Centre

I am pleased to announce that we have subscribed to a Worldwide membership for Ancestry.co.uk. This is available to search for free at the Research Centre on one computer.

As a result of this Find my past will only be available to view on three computers .

Membership for The Genealogist Diamond edition has been renewed for another year.

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.

 We are able to offer a free DNA test to any Bracey chap who can demonstrate or believes he is related to a branch of the Cheshire family and I wondered if you might have any members of your Society with Bracey interests who may be able to help us in locating such a DNA donor?
 

 Kind regards
 John
 John Clement 
 Bracey Y-DNA Project Administrator
 Edgmond
 Newport
 Shropshire
 UK

Crewe Group Volunteer

Due to the retirement of one of our volunteers we have a vacancy for a lead person to work in our research room in the south of the county.
 
Saturday 9.00 - 13.00 hrs at present (but could be Wednesday, Thursday or Friday to suit)
Vacancy can be filled by existing volunteer willing to take on extra responsibility or a new volunteer who could be trained. Opening and closing the unit within the library as well as assisting visitors with their research.
 
Thank you for considering this vacancy.
Please contact the unit any Monday or Tuesday for further information, alternatively email Margaret Spate  

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.

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