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Society AGM at Lion Saltworks

Society AGM at Lion Saltworks

This year for our GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY we held our AGM at the Lion Salt works at Northwich. It proved a very good format and an excellent venue.  We had two excellent talks, one by David Thomas our Northwich Group leader all about the Anderton Boatlift where he had worked for several years.  A Marveloous feat of engineering and a feature of the landscape fascinating to watch it in action.  Our second talk was by Peter Solan all about the history and extrraction of salt in Cheshire; how it was laid down and created in the first place and the vast millions of tons lying underneath Cheshire. I was particularly interested in his study of the linguistics of the word SALT prefixed SAL this side of Europe and over the Alps prefixed HAL.

The museum has an intersting shop with many books and crystals for sale.  Somee of us ate lunch atthe Salt barge Pub across the road. and after the afternoon talk wa a complimentary cream tea.

The business of our AGM was failry short and brief, with a report from our retiring Chairman, Victoria.  All the very best for you travels. our webmaster, Alan Bennett, was voted in as our new Chairman.  He has done the job before so knows what is expected.  He will continue as our Webmaster and will see us through a period of change for Family History Societies.

 

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We also presented Ian Hartas with a lifelong membership for all his years of work creating and  implementing the UKBMD project now covering eleven geographical areas of the UK.  Thank you Ian.

 

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Our FHSC RESEARCH FORUM

 

Have you investigated our RESEARCH MENU on our Website?

Why not post a question on our Research Assistance Forums? Why not see if you can answer some of the queries here?

Our Forum is for paid up members to ask for help.  Only members can post questions but anyone can provide answers.

There is an equivalent forum for non members who have simply signed up to try our website. Only non-members can post queries, but again anybody can reply to them.

These are not a look-up service for members to ask FHSC to do research, you should use our research service (paid members only) for this. (also under our Research menu). They are for members and website users to assist each other

We have so many experienced researchers amongst our membership, so join in the discussions.  Somebody may be able to point you in the direction of just the nugget of information that is not available on the internet.  You could make someone's day by giving them a push in the right direction.  Always try and explain how to get to the information instead of just providing the data

While you are still in the Research Menu think about adding your surnames and check if anyone else is researching the same surnames. For members these names can be from anywhere in the world.  For non-members they are restricted to Chehshire

We are also exchanging journals with about 25 other societies including in Canada and Australia.  There is a large collection here available to members only.  These are more than worth the cost of memberhsip

NEW MENU in the RESEARCH SECTION

to archive.org a digital archive of books and other periodicals and even speech archives.  There are ten links here to show examples to start and more will be added over time

I hope you find something of interest here.

very best wishes

Gay J Oliver Web Administration and Tameside Group Leader

Are you receiving our emails?

FHSC sends lots of emails to our members and website users for a multitude of reasons.

We deliver them through a professional email service provider called Elastic Email.

It has come to my attention that a reasonable number of our emails arentbeing delivered because Elastic Email have got a block on some of your email addresses.

If you find you are not receiving any emails from us then please use the following link to re-enable delivery to you:

https://api.elasticemail.com/contact/subscribe?version=2&pID=f65a4548-8a8a-42d5-994c-721c718b57f8

You just provide your email address and then you will then recieve an email with another link in it. Clicking on that link will confirm to Elastic Email that you wish to receive emails from FHSC.

You can control the types of emails you get from us at:

https://www.fhsc.org.uk/?Itemid=9222

 

The other issue is that we still hold lots of invalid email addresses for a number of you. These are primarily caused by:

- you not having provided one

- ones provided by email providers that are no longer in existence, e.g. wanadoo and fsnet

Please log in and check your details as soon as possible at:

https://www.fhsc.org.uk/new-my-membership/my-profile-2#login-details

Regards

Alan

Webmaster

New Chairman

We held our 50th Anniversary AGM yesterday at the Lion Salt Works.

During the meeting our chairman, Victoria Doran, stood down as she has decided to spend the next 18 months touring the world. I am sure we all send our good wishes for what should be a fantastic experience for Victoria.

I have been elected to fill the void as chairman,  a role I previously held from 2008 until 2012.

I will also continue as webmaster and hope that I can find the necessary time for both roles.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in my new role.

My main focus will be how to restructure the society to provide what members need and our survival through turbulent times for family history societies.

Kind Regards

Alan Bennett

Chairman and Webmaster

Mr Duckenfield visits Dukinfield

Mr Duckenfield visits Dukinfield

On 1st and 2nd of July 2019 Thomas Duckenfield and his family visited Dukinfield. This was a long awaited visit. Tom and I have been friends and collaborators for around 12 years via the internet with our joint interest in the Dukinfield Family's ancestry, particularly their slave plantation interests in Jamaica and North Carolina.

This was a whistle stop tour visiting as many sites as possible connected with the Dukinfield Family and a Civic Reception at Dukinfield Town Hall, (photograph above. Thomas pictured with his ancestor Robert Duckenfield of Civil War fame).

Tom, a descendant from the Dukinfield Plantation in Jamaica, is a gracious, distinguished man with a lovely family which Dukinfield was delighted to entertain.

The main point of his visit was to meet with the Friends of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield to help further their ambition to preserve the Chapel as a Conserved Ruin. More on their website, http://www.oldhallchapel.org/

I have written a summation of my research into the Slave Connections in Jamaica and North Carolina.  Its an exciting story including slaves, pirates, the Lost Colony of Roankoe Island and the foundation of New Haven Connecticut by the Eaton family from Cheshire http://tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk/duckenfieldvisit.html

My webpage also contains a couple of videos I took on the day.

Stretford Family History Fair

STRETFORD FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY FAIR

SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2019

10 A.M TO 4 P.M.

ST MATTHEWS CHURCH HALL, CHESTER ROAD, STRETFORD, MANCHESTER M32 9AJ

ENTRANCE FEE £2

A talk on Local History is by Bill Newton & Bill Mather

Slides and Re-discovered Films From the Stretford House 50 Project.      A collaboration between Stretford Local History & Manchester Modernist Society at 10.30 a.m.

A talk on Family History is by Sylvia Dillon

The talk will be about death certificates and causes of death from 1837 through to the 20th century at 2.30 p.m.

Whether a beginner or experienced family historian or interested in local history there will be something for everyone

The stands and exhibitors includes a variety of family and local history societies, maps and genealogical supplies

FHSC Golden Anniversary

This year the FHSC will be celebrating 50 years of Family History.

To Celebrate why not join to take part in the celebrations and what we have to offer. Over the 25 years I have been a member I have met wonderful friends, shared interests, visited many of the other groups, all very friendly and make you most welcome.

Becoming a member opens doors to exciting offers, free help, we show you how to help yourselves, you must do the hard work, its addictive once you get started you don’t want to stop! Who knows you could be related to Royalty or maybe not, but I can promise you, your journey takes you on a long path of twists and turns, intriguing, sometimes frustrating but never dull!

Let’s make this Golden Anniversary one to remember.

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.

Alan

FHSC Webmaster

Family History Conference

 

The Family History Conference
at The Palace Hotel, BUXTON, SK17 6AG
organised by The U3A Peak District Family History Network on Saturday 21st September

• Adele Emm – Mill Workers - Reachers, beamers, carders and throstlers? What on earth did your mill worker ancestors actually do? An hour’s talk by Adèle Emm, author of several genealogy books, will explain the role of more than just spinners and weavers.
• Alison Kay - Driver, Draughtman, Cleaner, Clerk: Discovering your railway family at the National Railway Museum. This talk will describe how NRM resources can help you discover your railway family and learn more about their lives. It will describe some of our key personal archive collections and will feature newly discovered film footage as well as highlights from the vast oral history collection.
• Doreen Hopwood - Migration – why and how our ancestors moved. Our ancestors were more migratory than we think, over both short and long distances. This presentation explores the reasons why they moved and the mechanics of their migration. Whether your ancestors chose to migrate or had the decision made for them, it explains the many sources which are available to follow your ancestor’s movements within the United Kingdom- and beyond.
• Dr Susan Buckham – Graveyards – Dr Buckham specialises in the interdisciplinary study of historic graveyards, with a particular focus on Scottish burial sites of the post-Reformation period. Drawing on 20 years of experience in graveyard recording, conservation, research and interpretation, Susan’s knowledge and skills spans graveyard history and development, conservation good practice, and the policy and legislation relevant to burial ground management and protection. This talk will describe the history of graveyards and their present day focus for visitors and care by local societies but will also describe the differences graveyards make to communities.

14 exhibitors, a mix of commercial and family history societies will also be in attendance. The cost for the day, which includes the talks, refreshments and a 2-course finger buffet lunch is £23. There may be some free parking at the hotel otherwise please use side streets or the pay and display car parks in town.

For more details and a booking form email

FHSC Competition GOLDEN MOMENTS

 

 

Rosie Rowley reminder

Members’ Competition Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of FHSC

“A Golden Moment"

This is your opportunity to get into print! To commemorate the Society’s Golden anniversary in 2019, the Society is launching a very special members’ competition. Members are invited to submit an article to the competition for publication in the CHESHIRE ANCESTOR. In addition to publication, the winner will receive a £50 voucher to spend on FHSC Society publications, and a one - year digital subscription to Family Tree Magazine kindly offered by Warners Group Publications. Two runners-up will each receive a £25 voucher to spend on FHSC Society publications. The competition is open only to those who are current members of FHSC, and who joined prior to 1 July 2019. The article should be about “a golden moment” in your family history journey. This could be about breaking through a brick wall or an unexpected discovery related to the life of an ancestor. Ancestors can be male or female and the article should explain your special moment in your family history research. Further details are available in the June edition of Cheshire Ancestor.

very best,

GAY

Free Pass Competition for Roots Tech

This is an opportunity to win a free 3-day pass, worth £149, to the UK’s biggest genealogy conference, RootsTech London 2019, which takes place at the London ExCel Conference Centre from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th October, 2019. Keynote speakers include Dan Snow, Nick Barratt and Donny Osmond – see RootsTech.org for full details.

Please read the full article by Rosie Rowley on the Macclesfield Reflects webpage: http://macclesfieldreflects.org.uk/2019/08/13/2019-rootstech/

The Murphy Riots in Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge

About ten years ago, when I was at the National Archives I copied some of the Home Office papers relating to the Murphy Riots in Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge, meaning to write up the details at some future date. Its taken me a long time and it is mainly due to help from a colleague, David Mason, for transcribing the names of the special constables appointed to help deal with the riots and a list of petitioners of the residents of Ashton demanding an inquiry after the event.:
 
Please visit: tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk there is a link at the top of the page and another on the contents page
 
Very many thanks to David

Accreditation

Accreditation

Major Release - Tameside Local Studies Library and Archives Centre gains Full National accreditation

We are one of just 5% of Archive Centres that have been awarded the Archive Accreditation Award, where we had to meet national standards relating to management and resourcing, the care of our collections and what services we offer. Our staff were praised for their innovative and effective service and our volunteer programme was especially commended.accreditationstaff

Lest We Forget - Tameside

Lest We Forget - Tameside

Lest We Forget

This is an ongoing project and will continue to be up-dated

Kate Booth has been collecting names from all the War Memorials in Tameside for a number of years now and they are now compiled into a global list. They have been gathered from various sources and some have much more information about the casualties researched by various people over the years. Kate has photographs of most of these memorials and should be able to send out to anyone interested. 

Her index is contained in an 81 page document downloaded from the following website: http://www.tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk

Macclesfield Group Change of venue - November meeting

Macclesfield Group Change of venue - November meeting

The Salvation Army Hall, Macclesfield will be closed during November and December to undergo extensive renovations.  The meeting on Tuesday 27th November at 7:30pm entitled Monarchy and Dunham, the grey area will be held at Macclesfield Rugby Club, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 4AE.  If anyone needs further information please get in touch at    


LAPSED Status on Membership

Some of you may be wondering why your membership shows as lapsed from 1 July 2018.

 

This is because the end of last years membership was the 30 June 2018.

 

If you pay by Standing Order or Cheque we can be delayed in processing your payments as many arrive at the same time, in their hundreds.

 

We do not penalise you for this as you will continue to be able to access the website facilities and recieve your copies of Cheshire Ancestor whilst we process the backlog.

 

If you pay online then you will need to renew again online following the instructions on the website at :

 

https://www.fhsc.org.uk/membership-renewal

 

Alan

Webmaster

Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2018

As part of the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2018 the Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire have produced;

Explore the routes of Macclesfield - an exhibition.

Have you ever wondered how the streets of Macclesfield got their names? Many are named after people - but who were these people, what did they do, who were their families and why are the streets named after them?  

Friday 15th - Saturday 23rd June at the Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield.

Drop in sessions to help in tracing your family history will be held on;

 

Friday 15th June                Library                      2 - 4pm                    

Saturday 16th June           Library                       9am - 1pm

Saturday 16th June           Town Hall                  1 - 4.30pm

Sunday 17th June             Town Hall                  10.30am - 4.30pm

Monday 18th June             Library                      10am - 12 Noon               

Tuesday 19th June            Library                       2 - 4pm                    

Wednesday 20th June       Library                      10am - 12 Noon

Thursday 21st June           Library                       2 - 4pm                                

Friday 22nd June               Library                       2 - 4pm

Saturday 23rd June           Library                       9am - 1pm

RAY MILLER SEAMAN ROWLAND

RAY MILLER

HISTORICAL NEWSPAPER REPORTS 

By Linda Wilding

 

 

Ray’s career began in 1945 as a copy boy, for the sum of 17s 6d a week. He would cycle to and from across the Railway bridge to deliver stories to the sub-editor at the Weekly News Office.

70 years later in 2015 Ray finally retired; during the latter part of his career Ray worked less hours, and we all came to love and read his popular page, of by gone history in our Weekly News. It brought back to life the Town we all missed and loved, and people we had lost touch with.

Over the next months I will be scanning some of Ray's reports, which I have kept over the years.

Ray has given me permission to do this and is pleased that you will all get to read his work again!

Download Ray’s Newspaper Report here……   pdf Rise Of Seaman Rowland (111 KB)

Macclesfield meeting February 2018

Tuesday 27th Feb

What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.

The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters.

Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.

Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD
beginning at 7.30pm. Non members are very welcome. Admission £2.

For further details please contact

 

Chester Record Office Survey

I wonder if you could distribute this (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CALSusers) to FHSC members in whatever way you think best? It’s a short survey which will help to inform the planning of new facilities and the new service. We will be looking at the results in February and building them into the HLF bid.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes

Paul

Paul Newman 
Archives and Heritage Manager 
Cheshire Shared Services - Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Only Eleven Questions

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.

Alan

Webmaster

News from the GRO - PDF Certificates extended trial

Below is today's news from the GRO: https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/login.asp

 

General Register Office (GRO) - PDF Extended Pilot

The GRO is piloting a service from 12 October 2017 to provide portable document format (PDF) copies of digitised historical birth and death records. The pilot will run for a minimum of 3 months to enable GRO to assess the demand for this service over a prolonged period.

Applications for each PDF cost £6, must be made online, and include a GRO index reference. 

England and Wales records which are available as PDFs in this extended pilot include: 

Births: 1837 –1916
Deaths: 1837 –1957

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, and therefore a certificate is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or giving notice of marriage. 

Indexes

Have you used our Online Historical Birth and Death Indexes yet? They may include extra information, for example; maiden name or age at death.

2017 AGM

 

Notice of AGM Flyer 2017 TWO WEEKS TO GO

 

This is advance notice of our AGM  Saturday 21st October at our Mobberley Research Centre.  click this link to download  AGM Advert from Cheshire Ancestor   containing full details taken from our September issue of the Cheshire Ancestor.

The Agenda for this meeting and the Draft Minutes from 2016 have been uploaded to our public documents. Click on FHSCheshire > Public Documents.

Emails Now Fully Working From Website - UPDATED

6th October 2017

 

All email issues now fully resolved. Normal FHSC branded formatting now operational again.

 

Regards

Alan

 

25 Sep 2017

Hurrah - All email dependent features are now operational again .......................... however:

 

- formatting of these is now very plain and not FHSC branded but at least the site is fully usable again

- I am working with the author of the problematic software and am hopeful of a new release of the code that will allow the FHSC branded emails to be back in action very soon

- Contact Us is now back in action so please use that for any further contacts

Regards

Alan

 

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Dear All

Following the news that password resets aren't working, I can now confirma that the following list of features that rely on us being able to send emails are currently not working:

- Forgotten Username

- Forgotten Password

- Registering as a new website user confirmation emails not arriving

- Contact Us emails not being sent

- Confirmation emails re membership renewals, etc are not being sent

 

Please be patient whilst we try and rectify the issues.

 

If you need to contact us then please contact

 

Regards

Alan

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.

Family History Course

FAMILY HISTORY COURSE

Starting on Monday 9th October 2017 at 2.00pm

A six week course for beginners or as a refresher at Mobberley Research Centre, Rajar Building, Town Lane, Mobberley

£5 per session Including use of the Research Centre Facilities.

For members or non-members.

Tutor: Jean Laidlaw

For further details:  or 01625 430467

TWILE Demonstration at Macclesfield

The Macclesfield group of the Family History Society of Cheshire will be hosting

A demonstration of TWILE by Kelly Marsden one of its founders.

 

Twile is a timeline of everything that's ever happened in your family. It pulls together all of your family history, memories, photos and stories in the same place which all the family can explore and add to.

 

This will take place on 23rd May 2017 starting at 2.00pm at The Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD (Entrance on Wellington Street, opposite the Churchill Way Car Park.)

 

All members of the society are welcome although booking is essential as places are limited – please email  to book a place.

 

To get the most out of the demonstration you need to bring a laptop, ipad or similar device.