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Established 1969


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50 Years Helping Family Historians


Advance Notice - AGM 2019

The AGM will take place on Saturday the 2nd November 2019. Since this is the fiftieth anniversary of the Family History Society of Cheshire the executive committee is hoping to make this an extended celebratory event. Further details will be posted on the website and in Ancestor when final arrangements have been made.




An engraving of Dukinfield Hall at the time our first proven ancestor Robert Stanley 1721-1798 (5 x Great Grandfather) lived there and ran the Dukinfield Hall Farm for the Astley's. Robert had two known wives Mary Kelsall and Ann Gee. He had five known children with Mary and eleven with Ann, and at least two children by a possible first wife. Fourteen of these eighteen children survived to adulthood. Some of the details are sketchy because Dukinfield Old Chapel's records are missing between the years 1713 and 1764 but, wills, land tax records and monumental inscriptions helped to fill in most of the gaps. I have so far traced 75 of his grandchildren and 714 direct descendants. Gay Oliver 19 January 2019


1. Four copies a year of our ‘Award Winning’ magazine the Cheshire Ancestor packed full of articles,  events and reports from our groups, and our computer supplement called 'Net That Serf'. You can download a sample version here:  Cheshire Ancestor Sample

2. Growing members only content via our website eg, research guides and information, and surnames being researched by other members.

3. Help from our Volunteers at our two well stocked libraries/research centres at Mobberley and Crewe with FREE access to Ancestry, FindMyPast and  the Genealogist.

4. Our groups are  all spread geographically throughout the county: each of which has an interesting programme of events throughout the year.The opportunity to receive help and advice, and to meet people with a common interest at our group meetings, fairs, conferences and seminars. Click on any groups you are interested in.





















The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy, and we now have members worldwide. As well as helping people with ancestors in Cheshire, we also assist members living locally whose ancestors originated elsewhere.

The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and also the North West Group of Family History Societies.

It is a registered charity (No. 515168). All our officers and officials are unpaid volunteers, helping in their spare time.

We produce a large number of Publications relating to Cheshire family history, including marriage census indexes, monumental inscriptions and parish register transcripts.

Members are also invited to participate in our Society's numerous Projects, which include indexing of parish registers, transcribing gravestone inscriptions and inputting data for publication.

Members will also have the opportunity of joining our various discussion forums.

There are a number of help articles call Frequently Asked Questions that can be found by clicking here.



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