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Website Refresh


I have just finished a small refresh of the website. I am keen to gather your views on whether its an improvement or not.

The changes are as follows:

- a new look to the home page to stress the latest news

- new shop launched a few days ago

- new look to the Events section last month

- removal of some of the sub menus in favour of new menus on the left of the screen (more to come)

- removal of a few unused options

- move of links from top menu to the research page

Please use the comments option attached to this news item to provide feddback to me.


Alan - Webmaster

Free Online Events for December 2023

Free Online Events for December 2023

It's the 1st of the month [White Rabbits and all that!🐰] - which means my list of free online events that FHSC members may be interested in, full details of each talk and how to register at the link provided


Wed, 6 Dec 2023 Starts at 15:00 BST

Women’s Lives and Writings: Online Resources for Everyone

by National Library of Scotland

Link with more details and to register 👉


Wed, 6 Dec 2023 19:30 BST

From Peace to Pigs in Blankets: the British Christmas from 1945 Onwards

With Dr Anna Gary

by National Archives [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉


Thur 14 Dec 2023 13:00 BST

Revisualising Colonial Past in John Smith's Generall Historie of Virginia

With Dr Rachel Whinchcombe

by Rylands Lunchtime Lecture

Link with more details and to register 👉


Thur 14 Dec 2023 14:00 BST

How Old is that House?

Secrets of the National Archives Collection

by Triskele Heritage [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉


Thur 14 Dec 2023 Starts at 19:30 BST

The Welsh Community in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, circa 1860-1914

by Glamorgan Family history Society

Link with more details and to register 👉

FHSC Shop - Relaunch

Birkenhead St Mary


Today we relaunched the shop using software that is:

  • Simpler to maintain.
  • Simpler to buy from.

Test it out with the free products that exist so it doesn’t cost you any cash 😊

  1. Select View All Products on the menu
  2. Select a price range of £0 to £0  by dragging the price slider to the far left
  3. The display will now show all the free products for you to add to your cart.
  4. I wont tell you the next steps as it should be self-explanatory




PS If you haven’t already done so then also check out the new Events page

𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐍𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐡. 𝐈𝐭𝐬 𝐈𝐫𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐠𝐞, 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐱𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐬

𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐍𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐡. 𝐈𝐭𝐬 𝐈𝐫𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐠𝐞, 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐱𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐬
FHSC's very own Charles Fairey has written another in his successful series of books on Nantwich.
𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐍𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐡. 𝐈𝐭𝐬 𝐈𝐫𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐠𝐞, 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐱𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐬 is free to download from Charles’s website at the link below.
In this book Charles considers how, for a long time, the town has been underestimated in the Roman period.
However, in 2002, after the ‘Kingsley Fields’ archaeological dig, Nantwich is comprehensibly back on the Roman Map and now, the author reasons,
there is no argument that Nantwich was once a very important settlement in the Iron Age, and then in the Roman period.

Macclesfield WW1 Hospital Records

Macclesfield WW1 Hospital Records
A transcript of the Macclesfield WWI Hospital records, which were transcribed by the Macclesfield group of FHSC are now available on Findmypast
They include soldiers from all over the UK, with varying amounts of detail, but may including regiment, rank, number, admission date, discharge date, name and address of relative or friend, injury and religion.

Searches on Local BMD

Searches on Local BMD

News from Ian Hartas at the Local BMD project - 


This week on one of the many facebook genealogy pages I saw that someone was looking for Sylvester Warrington.
The first person to reply stated that they had found a reference to Silvester Warrington instead. I.e. spelled
with an 'i' rather than a 'y'.
This made me think about the way that I had written the search code in the Local BMD Project websites and I realised
that it is possible to search for both Sylvester and Silvester first names in one search.
The same software updates that I made many moons ago to allow searches to specify multiple initials instead of
just a first name would also allow for this:
IE:  if a first name has varieties that differ by only one letter, then listing the different letters within square
brackets will return both Sylvester and Silvester in one search.
Note: This only applies to the forename field and only on the Local BMD Project websites.
If you want to see this in action, try it out on the Cheshire BMD births search:

Interactive Medieval Murder Maps

Interactive Medieval Murder Maps

The interactive Medieval Murder Maps give unique insight into violence, and justice in late medieval London, York, and Oxford.

Discover the murders, sudden deaths, sanctuary churches, and prisons of three thriving medieval cities.


Link 👉


Just click on a pin on any of the maps to read the story based on the original record written down in the rolls of the Coroner.