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Migration Talk

Migration Talk

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Online talk

What's On-Line is a series of free, pre-recorded online talks delivered by our experts, here at The National Archives.

Description

Using examples of records and case studies relating to both immigrants and emigrants held in our collection, this talk will explain how to search for and interpret records such as passenger lists, passports, registration and naturalisation records.

This talk will be delivered by Roger Kershaw, Migration Records Specialist at The National Archives.

 

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Find My Past offer

Find My Past offer

Findmypast announce Easter offer

20% discount on all 12 month subscriptions

·         Limited time offer available until April 15th

·         Open to anyone without an active 12 month sub

·         Findmypast invite new and existing users to join their online community  

Leading family history website, Findmypast, are offering a 20% discount on all 12-month subscriptions in their Easter 2020 sale.

This limited time offer is open to all new and existing customers as well as all active 1, 3 or 6 month subscribers who wish to upgrade, from now until midnight (BST) April 15th.

Simply visit findmypast.co.uk/subscribe?&promocode=EASTER20UKPR and enter the offer code EEASTER20UK to claim 20% of any of the following subscription options;

·         Starter - All the crucial records for starting a family tree and tracing your roots back five generations. The Starter package also enables you to benefit from the research of other members by matching common ancestors to the names stored in your family tree

·         Plus – Billions of family records that will enable you to take your research further and tell a more detailed story. Search for your ancestors across all birth, marriage, death, census, work, education, military, travel and social history records

·         Pro – Explore everything Findmypast has to offer. Pro covers access to all 13 billion UK, Irish and world records as well as Findmypast’s exclusive newspaper archive spanning more three centuries of British and world history.

Online family history research is the perfect stay-at-home activity and building a family tree on Findmypast is the first step towards exploring your family’s story in vivid detail.

Findmypast’s unrivalled collections to continue to grow by an average of 4 million names a day and cover a wide range of resources, many of which can’t be found anywhere else online.

Findmypast to help isolated users stay connected

With most of us now remaining at home and limiting contact with loved ones, Findmypast is inviting anyone with an interest in family history to join their online community.

Findmypast has been working hard to ensure their online community can provide support to all those who need it and a way of staying connected to others through their popular Facebook page.

To keep members busy and encourage discussion, Findmypast will be running a programme of interactive activities including “Ask Me Anything” sessions with in-house experts, masterclasses on a variety of topics, live discussions, fun research activities and more.


Simply follow Findmypast on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest online events and activaties, chat to other community members, share knowledge, and stay connected.

*Urgent Coronavirus Up-date Please Read*

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.  You can visit our website to:
 - register your surname interests in our surnames directory (worldwide locations allowed)

-  post queries in our Research Forum to see if other researchers can assist you (separate forums for non-members and members)

- get access to the Worldwide Exchange Journals collection we holdjust in case there are any useful  snippets 

- download our research guides to help you with your research

- download material from our shop which has a growing collection of Memorial Inscriptions and other useful research material (available to anyone)

Membership Renewals at the end of June
Disruption to public services or being confined to home may make it more difficult for members to renew their subscriptons.  We would, therefore, like to recommend members who normally pay by cheque to use one of the following methods
 
1)    An instruction to your bank to transfer your subscription directly to the FHSC Santander bank account, Sort Code 72-00-01 Account Number 22835506. Using your membership number as the payment reference.
2)    Set up a Standing Order with your Bank, using the mandate inside the March and June printed copies of Cheshire Ancestor. 
Make certain to include your membership number as ID in the appropriate space on the mandate.
3)    Make a payment using Paypal, quoting your membership number as ID.
4)    Use the FHSC website to renew your membership directly.
Whichever method you decide to use, please remember to clearly identify your membership number  and your Surname.  It can be difficult for us to identify your payment without your membership number.  The easiest way to find your membership number is to log on to our website and scroll down to the last column on the.right under My Membership Status then click Update my details/renew.  You will find it under FHSC Membership.  If you are really having problems logging in please contact: Gay J Oliver:  

We are all hoping that the present sitiaution will abate as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we wish everyone continuing good health and good progress with their family history research, and we look forward to resuming our normal activities as soon as it is safe to do so

 

Alan Bennett

Chairman

 

Mobberley Research Centre closed

Sadly due to coronavirus we are having to close our Research Centre at Mobberley from Monday 23rd March until Further Notice.  Most of our volunteers are 70+ and will have to self isolate and similarly our visitors.

We are very sorry about this, but do hope it wont be too long bofore were are able to open again.  Meanwhile you can use our online Forum to ask questions and hopefully will still be able to get help this way or to help other members.

London Group Reformed

London Group Reformed

I am pleased to advise details of the relaunch of the London Branch.

Cumbria FHS and Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society have been operating a London Branch over a number of years and normally offer six meetings a year on a Saturday afternoon. This Branch helps to provide some additional benefit for some London based or near London based members. Interest from the members of this Branch has been falling so it was decided to  relaunch the London Branch with some additional support from the North West and also inviting Members of other North West FH Societies to join them. Members of the NWGFHS’s gave a positive response and there is some commitment for financial support. Members of FHSC therefore are invited to attend these meetings, giving the opportunity to share your NW Family history research.

The first meeting under the new management committee will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020 at Saint Stephens Church, Gloucester Road, and Southwell Gardens, London SW7 4RL commencing at 2.00pm.

The speaker will be Ian Waller FSG FGRA and his subject will be "What Happened to Lucy?"

Before 1927 and legal adoption what happened to the unwanted child? Even after 1927 children were exploited, although supposedly cared for by institutions and well caring organisations. This talk looks at the plight of adoptees, foundlings, orphans and the Empire children (Child Migrants), essentially through the 19th & 20th centuries.

This is a new venue, St Stephens is easy to find on the junction of Gloucester Road and Southwell Gardens, South Kensington SW7 4RL There is a collection plate for admission, a free drink to lubricate the frank and friendly exchange of information and tips and hear relevant talks by guest speakers or our group members. There is another meeting planned for Saturday 2 May 2020.

Can anyone planning to attend please email to indicate numbers of those intending to come along.

Details can be found on the LFHHS website http://www.lfhhs.org.uk on the London branch page and it is planned to link to the NWG website www.nwgfhs.org.uk

I have put details on the LFHHS website http://www.lfhhs.org.uk on the London branch page and will be trying to add a late note to our February journal.

Macclesfield Cemetery and Crematorium now available on Deceased Online

 

Records from the historic Macclesfield Cemetery and Crematorium are now available to view on www.deceasedonline.com. Situated in Cheshire East and run by Orbitas, a company owned by Cheshire East Council, Macclesfield Cemetery is a beautiful Victorian cemetery first opened in 1866. The site includes a Grade II listed Neo-Gothic chapel, which is now used as office space. Macclesfield Crematorium was opened in 1960 in the building that was formerly the Non-Conformist Chapel.

Macclesfield Cemetery
Above: Macclesfield Cemetery

Macclesfield Cemetery is arguably most famous for providing the final resting place of Ian Curtis, the lead singer and lyricist of the band Joy Division, after his tragic suicide in 1980. Curtis was born in Stretford, Lancashire, but grew up in Macclesfield. He did well at school, developed a keen interest in music, philosophy, and poetry, and received several scholastic awards. Ian Curtis, along with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Terry Mason formed a band named Warsaw, after a song by David Bowie. Warsaw was subsequently renamed to Joy Division in 1978, a name derived from the 1955 novel House of Dolls. Joy Division released two albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, before the death of Curtis.

Macclesfield Cemetery
Above: Macclesfield Cemetery

George Harold Eardley, a recipient of the prestigious Victoria Cross and the Military Medal, also rests in Macclesfield Cemetery. Acting Sergeant Eardley of the 4th battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the face of the enemy in the Netherlands in October 1944. His platoon was ordered to clear enemy opposition from some orchards but, 80 yards from their objective, automatic machine gun fire swiftly halted their advance. Eardley dodged heavy fire to get close enough to one machine gun post to kill the enemy officer with a grenade, and then went on to destroy two more posts single-handed. His actions enabled his platoon to complete their objective and ensured the success of their whole attack. In 2004 a statue was erected in his honour in his home town of Congleton.

First World War hero Private Harold Whalley of 21st Manchester Regiment, given the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery carrying messages under heavy shell fire, also rests in Macclesfield Cemetery. Private Whalley died in London aged 23, the result of injuries received in France in 1918.

Macclesfield Cemetery
Above: historic memorials in Macclesfield Cemetery

Macclesfield Cemetery and Crematorium records comprise scans of the original burial and cremation registers, and details of those buried in the same grave in the cemetery. Other Cheshire East cemeteries and crematoria available to view on Deceased Online include:

  • Congleton Cemetery
  • Coppenhall Cemetery
  • Crewe Cemetery
  • Nantwich Cemetery
  • Sandbach Cemetery
  • Weston Cemetery
  • Crewe Crematorium

Cheshire East records coming soon to Deceased Online:

  • Alderley Edge Cemetery
  • Knutsford Cemetery
  • Wilmslow Cemetery

Macclesfield Cemetery
Above: historic memorials in Macclesfield Cemetery

Further information:

Other records local to the region are available on Deceased Online courtesy of:

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP OFFER 2020 ONLY

A PERFECT TIME TO JOIN US - NOW

All paid subscriptions to the Family History Society of Cheshire run from 1 July to the 30 June the following year.

However, if you join between 1 April and 30 June you will be granted membership until 30 June of the following year. This provides up to 15 months membership for the cost of 12 months.

NEWS - For 2020 ONLY  this offer has been extended so that anyone JOINING (not applicable to renewals) between 1 January and 30 June will be granted membership until 30 June 2021

Click on Membership where you can decide upon a membership plan which entitles you to be notified when our latest Ancestor goes online Normally £13 per annum, or if you would prefer to receive printed copies £18.  This means that if you join now your membership will cost £1 per month or less.  Your membership also entitles you to access surnames our members are researching and around twenty five other digital magazines from Societies across the world.  We are constantly adding to our recources online.

FOR MORE INFORMATION  read the instructions in the blue columns at the bottom of our website.  You can join directly on-line, but there is also a printable application form if you prefer to apply by post.

 

Derbyshire U3A Conferences 2020 at Buxton

Derbyshire U3A conferences at Buxton

Angela and I attended their Conference in September and thoroughly enjoyed it. They have a fabulous line up of speakers including Dr Nick Barratt and Debbie Kennett.

They are hosting a half day conference on Friday 20th March where the topics will consist of what was life was like farming in Tudor times and Commonwealth War Graves records.

Their Full day conference in September Saturday 19th where topics will include One place Names – Janet Few., Putting your ancestors in place. Debbie Kennett on the Joy of Surnames and Dr Nick Barratt on House Histories. One more speaker yet to book.

Full details in the pdfflyer and booking form click here(739 KB)

Tameside Archaeology Day 29th February

Tameside Archaeology Day at St John’s Saturday 29th  February2020

Looks like an exciting line up of lectures including the full graveyard project at St John’s, Mike Nevelle talking about the Priory at Cheetham’s Park, the Archaeological finds at Mesolithic sites at Iron Tongue Hill, Carrbook and Grange farm in Hattersley. Full details in the flyer attached plus booking form £10 for the day  pdfClick here to download a flyer and booking form(505 KB)

Family History Short Course 2020

Family History Course 2020

Are you interested in a short family history course for beginners or as a refresher for those who want to know about new developments?

To take place weekly at 2.00pm on Mondays starting on Monday 13th January 2020 at Mobberley Research Centre, Rajar Building, Town Lane, Mobberley.

Tutor: Jean Laidlaw (Macclesfield group leader).

Cost £5 per session which includes the use of the Research Centre Facilities: FREE access to Ancestry, FindMyPast and The Genealogist together with the extensive library of books, documents, microfiche and local newspapers.

Topics to be covered will include: Civil Registration, Census Returns, Parish Registers, Printed Sources, Recording and Managing your Information, Internet Research and more.

For more information please email Jean Laidlaw - .

Chester Group 50th Anniversary

Chester Group 50th Anniversary

CHESTER FAMILY HISTORY GROUP CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The Chester Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire celebrated its 50th anniversary last week. The group was formed in 1969 and held its first meetings at Stanley Palace. During that year the group joined with another family history group in Sale to form the Family History Society of Cheshire which was one of the earliest county family history societies in the country. The Society has grown from an initial membership of about 80 to a current membership of over 1,500. There are now thirteen local branches spread across the historical county of Cheshire, a county-wide Computer Group which meets in Hartford, two family history libraries and research centres, one at Mobberley and one at Crewe, and an award winning magazine and website.

At last week's meeting to celebrate the anniversary, Chester Group Leader David Guyton welcomed members and a number of special guests including two whose membership dated back to the formation of the Society in 1969, two former Chester Group Leaders, and representatives from the Family History Society of Cheshire including the recently re-elected Chairman, Alan Bennett, who also happened to be Chairman when the Chester Group celebrated its 40th anniversary. David Guyton gave a short talk highlighting some interesting and amusing items discovered during the course of family history research and showing some photographs of Chester fifty years ago. It was striking just how much the shopping scene has changed and how dated the City of Chester buses and private cars of the period now looked. Following the talk, Alan Bennett cut a ceremonial cake specially decorated with Chester's coat of arms and members and visitors took part in a family history quiz and enjoyed some festive food and refreshments. 

The Chester Group holds meetings on the last Thursday of the month at All Saints Church in Hoole, Chester. Most meetings feature a speaker on an aspect of family history or local history. As well as a talk, there is a family history help desk and the opportunity to discuss family history topics with other members. Many members have particular areas of knowledge on family history or experience with using computers and the internet for family history. There is also a raffle and tea, coffee and biscuits are served at the end of the meeting. New members and visitors are always welcome.

The Group also runs two family history help desks. The help desk at the Chester History and Heritage Centre previously at St Michael's Church in Bridge Street, Chester, is now at the Grosvenor Museum in Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD. Opening times are 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.  There is also a help desk at the Library at Storyhouse from 10 am to 12 noon on Tuesdays. Whether you are a newcomer to family history or are looking for some local knowledge or have run up against a brickwall or would like some help on a computing or internet aspect of family history, just ask. There is always somebody who would be pleased to help.

For more information check the Family History Society of Cheshire website at www.fhsc.org.uk or contact the Chester Group at  .

Double Helix Project

Whilst Angela and I were at the U3A conference at Buxton in September, I spent sometime in discussion with this Manchester University project.  they promised to keep in touch with any progress.  It seemed at the time that they were going to release the results of their research fairly soon in a number of formats.

I received this email yesterday

"Hello to all of our collaborators, interviewees, and friends across the world!

I'm very glad to announce that we are going live today with our Double Helix History podcast, discussing some of the fascinating aspects of genetic genealogy and family history we came across during our year of interviews and events across 3 continents, where you can hear from a range of family historians and academics.
 You can listen to all 4 episodes now via Anchor: https://anchor.fm/jerome-de-groot
 You can also search for us on iTunes and Spotify.
 Please feel free to share far and wide in your family history networks!
 We would like to thank everyone who has given their time and expertise to the project so far - you can see what we have been up to, and read our guest contributions on our blog: https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/double-helix-history/blog/ and Twitter account: https://twitter.com/doublehelixhist
We have 3 articles in the can as a result of our interviews and focus groups ready for publication in the new year, so we hope to be in touch with further news when they are released, as well as about upcoming events in the UK. "
Best wishes 
Jerome & Matt

 

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