All the latest news

New Look for the Website

Welcome to the new and improved FHSC website.

You will notice the striking gold colour scheme to celebrate our golden aniiversary this year.

We will resort to our more traditional green on New Years Day 2020.

We have done extensive testing of the new look and feel, but ........................... there may be issues we havent found.

Please notify the webmaster via Contact Us if you find anything that is broken.

The main functional change on this revision is an improved Links system. We hope you like it. If you have any suggestions for additional links then just let the Web Administrator know via Contact Us.


FHSC Webmaster

Has your password been compromised?

Many of you will be aware that there are never ending stories in the news of breaches of customer records in major companies.

In some cases these may mean your user identity or password credentials may have been compromised.

There is a database of compromised passwords that can be checked to ensure you don't use a compromised password on a website.

In an attempt to protect you we have implemented checks against this database when you register for the site or attempt to change your password.



Keeping Your Email Address and Other Details Accurate

We have made a change to the web-site today to ensure any changes to your email address that need to be applied are done so robustly.


The Member Admin menu now contains a new facility called:

Update Email Address

This replace the ability change your email address via:

My Subscription

The new option also allow you to change your password and username. These continue to be also available via My Subscription.


A version of your name also exists on this  Update Email Address new option but this is not linked in any way to your name in membership details on My Subscription. As such you can leave as is or change it to suit. It is currenly only created at the time you registered and is of no further use at this time.

My Subscription now also offers improved ways of entering your name details. We have added  Title and Initials fields.


NOTE : Please use this opportunity to check that all of your details are correct and make any changes that you find are necessary. If they arent then you may not be able to receive letters/emails/newsletters for us and we wont be able to contact you re any issues with your membership.


If you have any queries please contact the web administrator available via the Contact Us facility.


Cheshire Surnames

Today I fixed issues with some links to Cheshire Surnames, especially registered users.

The link in the top menu was broken and has been removed.

The link in Quick Links was also broken and has been replaced by two links. One for your surnames and one to search the surnames.

The links are also now shown to all logged in users including paid members.

13 March 2017 Changes

1. Access enabled from Japan.

2. Login and Logout subtly changed:

- Single Login/Logout menu item in top menu in an attempt to workaround issues seen by some users when logging in.

-  Help added on Login and logout pages to explain two reasons for login failure and how to deal with them

- Reset password on entry form changed to make it clearer what to do

- Text in reset password email changed to make it clearer what to do 

26 February 2017 Changes

Today we launch a major change to the operation  of FHSC.

1. Membership can now be initiated directly from the website with payments accepted online using PayPal or debit/credit card.

Check out the Membership Options menu item for what is available and help on how to join..

This will greatly speed up your ability to join the society.

2. Existing members can now choose to renew their membership using these same additional payment methods. If you do this please remember to cancel ALL your standing orders in favour of FHSC. 

Check out My Subscription on the My Membership menu.

3. You can also upgrade your class of membership, e.g. from Digital to Printed Cheshire Ancestor.

Again check out My Subscription on the My Membership menu.

4. We would encourage all members to move to making their subscription payments online via the new payment methods as it will greatly assist in the smooth running of the society. The benefits include:

- you will always pay the correct payment that is due 

- no need to worry about changing/cancelling standing orders as subscription fees change over time

- no worries about paying multiple times in a given year as some members do now because they have multiple standing orders set up

- increase in speed of turnaround and removal of manual errors in processing the hundreds of standing orders and cheques that need to be processed every 1st July

5. The previous offline payment methods are still available, via standing order/bank transfer/cheque, but it is hoped that the volume of people using these will drop significantly.

February 18th 2017 Changes

1. The Mobberley Research Centre has been offering a lookup service to FHSC members for some time now, with access via postal request or email.

From today you can now order a lookup from our baptisms/marriages/burials/memorial inscriptions via an online service with payment via Paypal or card.

You can access the service from:

  • the FHSC Shortcuts menu on the home page
  • the Research menu on the Mobberley page
  • the Research options on your My Subscription menu


2. This is the first use of the online shop and so a My Cart feature will appear on some pages.