Who are we?

  • The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy.
  • The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and also the North West Group of Family History Societies.
  • 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.
  • You can keep up to date with us via Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) - see the links at the bottom of this page

Why you should join

  • Four copies a year of our ‘Award Winning’ magazine the Cheshire Ancestor.
  • Members only web site content e.g., research guides and information.
  • Surnames interests being researched by other members.
  • Help from our Volunteers at our two well stocked libraries/research centres.
  • An interesting programme of events throughout the year at group meetings.
  • Help and advice at group meetings and via the online forum.
  • Click here to download our Reasons to Join Flyer  pdf Reason to Join September 2019 (67 KB)

Where are our groups?

See the Groups menu above to find the locations of all our groups across the county.

Covid 19 up-date
Following Government advice, our research centres are closed at present and all group meetings have been cancelled, we hope to still keep in touch by sending out more regular newsletters and you will still be notified when the latest copy of the Ancestor goes online. While we are all social isolating/distancing this is a  perfect opportunity to catch up on some research using the website facilities. See Recent News Articles for more details

The Wallasey Group is one of two Wirral groups. The Wirral is now part of Merseyside (since 1974) but to genealogists and local historians it will always be in Cheshire!

 The Wallasey group covers the following areas:
  • Egremont
  • Leasowe
  • Liscard
  • Moreton
  • New Brighton
  • Poulton
  • Saughall Massie
  • Seacombe
  • Upper Brighton
  • Wallasey Village
These are the areas within the old County Borough of Wallasey and although Wallasey’s history is quite ancient, Leasowe, and Moreton were only incorporated in 1928 and Saughall Massie in 1933.     We are situated in the most northerly part of the Wirral, with the River Mersey and the Irish Sea as natural boundaries and the Wallasey Pool with its dock system separating us from Birkenhead.
The Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month, except December, at Claremount Road Methodist Church, Wallasey, CH45 6UE. Admission costs £0.50 for Members and £1.50 for Visitors, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits in the interval. Doors are open from 7.00pm and we start at 7.30 prompt. There is a good, well lit, free Car Park in Taunton Road and easy access to the building.
Help Desk
We also run a Help Desk, on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Wallasey Central Reference Library, Earlston Road, Wallasey, CH45 5DX. There is free car parking opposite the library.
Here we can offer one to one help to beginners or anyone trying to break down a “brick wall”. We have internet access and there is a good local history collection. The reference library staff members are always happy to help with access to their records when we are not there.
The ongoing Cheshire BMD project is still making good progress. Volunteers are currently working on Wirral Births and Deaths from 1901 to 1935.
There is always room for more volunteers who are able to visit the Registrar’s Department at Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Wirral.
Please contact the Group Leader for more details.