Family History Unit Crewe   phased re-opening              

As we return to Family History Unit – Crewe we are mindful that we must still be respectful of social distancing. For the first few weeks we will operate a booking system for all.  This should mean that you always have access to a computer during your time slot.

If you wish to use microfiche, microfilm or paper records, we have space in our 2 other rooms.

From Monday 25th April we will be open each Monday and Tuesday with the exception of Bank Holidays, and are fortunate that we have our complement of volunteers for these days. Saturday morning openings cannot be confirmed at present.

The FHU has Ancestry, The Genealogist and Find My Past accessible on the computers [please see note below for FMP information].

There is one computer which has ‘Find My Past Worldwide edition’, the access to this programme is new to us, with the standard edition on all other machines.

1921 Census – you are able to access an initial search but cannot access to view or download a transcription or original record. The library edition that we have does not have the facility for ‘pay to view’ images.

The Genealogist has increased the data which it holds over the past 2 years, another tool to explore again.

If you wish to visit from Monday 25th. April until 18th. May can you please make an appointment with me by email indicating the times. I will log these requests and respond so that we have the space required.  I would normally only ask that you book if you are travelling any distance so that we can be sure that you have the equipment, resources and volunteer available to you. Please contact me with requests for either day.

Email Margaret Spate on   adding FHU in the subject line to distinguish from group zoom meetings.

I hope that we are able to welcome both old and new members to the Family History Unit, not forgetting any new volunteers.

 

Family History Unit Crewe relocated to our present home in January 2016.

The unit is housed in 3 interconnecting rooms on the second floor of the Municipal Building. The research opportunities are the same as before

but we are fortunate to have the extra space and have taken some of our requisitions out of storage.

Resources that are available include

  • Microfilms           - Parish Records local to our area, LNWR Engineering staff records
  •          Microfiche              - BMD 1900 -1950, some Parish records and Monumental Inscriptions.
  • Books                - General and specific to local area to aid genealogical researc
  • CD’s                   - FHSC  publications  etc.
  • Wills                   - A collection of indexed wills
  • Maps                  - Local to area, included OS maps
  • Computers         - Internet access
  • Newspapers        - Crewe Chronicle, Nantwich Guardian and Sandbach Chronicle, copies from 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s
  • In order to widen our archive we welcome donations to our collection and can arrange to scan photographs.
     

The library list of contents and list of Wills held can be viewed from this page.  Klick on ‘Holdings’ and choose either Library List or Wills. 

As we are still rearranging extra holdings added to stock these lists will be updated ASAP.

The 5 computers may be used to access ‘Find My Past’, ‘Ancestry’ and ‘The Genealogist’.

Microfiche and microfilm readers are also available.  If you are travelling for any distance then we advise that you book a machine in advance.

Other Archives

Within the unit there are two other archives which are available to all, they are

  • Alsager Archives - A documentary and photographic archive deposited by local  families. Originally stored at MMU Alsager in the South East Cheshire Studies Unit.
  • Crewe and District Local History Association [C&DLHA] Archive   - A documentary and photographic archive, wide range of subjects.

A contents list for these 2 archives will be added to this site ASAP. Contents list are available to view in the unit.

Running FHU Crewe

The unit is staffed by volunteers.  These volunteers are available to offer advice on our holdings and help where appropriate.

Facilities

Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the unit with refreshment outlets nearby.

Additional charges are made for any copying or printing which can only be undertaken within copyright law.

Paid parking within the area.

Building has a lift

Visits

There is no set admission charge to the unit but we welcome donations to help with the running expenses.

Access to the unit is by the front door of the Municipal Building.  Please sign in (and out again later) at the main reception stating that you are visiting ‘Family History Unit’.  Take the lift or stairs to the second floor, entry is on your left and signed.

For Saturday openings

Please sign in (and out again later) at the main reception stating that you are visiting ‘Family History Unit’. A volunteer will

then take you to FHU