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Free access to Ancestry

Free access to Ancestry
Now until Thursday 17 March, get free access to over 350 MILLION global immigration records.
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Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until 17 March 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET [NOTE - GMT is 5 hours ahead of EasternTime].
After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Ancestryยฎ World Explorer or All Access membership.

Family and Local History in the City

Family and Local History in the City

The Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society - History in the City Fair


To be held in the Performance Space at Manchester Central Library

Saturday, 26th March. 

The Fair will be open to the public from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.  


FHSC will be there 


For those not familiar with Manchester or the Central Library then the maps below show the library in the general area and also of the interior indicating where the exhibition will take place.





US National Archives Genealogy Series: 1950 Census

US National Archives Genealogy Series: 1950 Census
Throughout March/April/May the US National Archives are presenting a series of free talks via YouTube on the 1950 US Census, which is due to be released on April 1st
This series includes free to download PDFs of all the various presentation slides and handouts. 
There is a full programme timetable at the link below - well worth a visit if you have US Ancestry

The Farm at Tatton Park is looking for Volunteers

The Farm at Tatton Park is looking for Volunteers

Volunteer Open Day - March 12th from 1pm 


If youโ€™re interested in volunteering at the farm please take a look at the roles in the poster below and join us on 12th March at our open day.

Email if youโ€™d like to attend/for more information

OR contact our very own Dave Thomas on  - Dave as many of you will know is a volunteer teamsman at the farm. 




Wirral History & Heritage Association: Wirral History Fair 2022 

Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight 
Saturday 12th March 10am-4pm 


The event will adhere to the latest Government COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the on-going safety of volunteers and visitors.


Just off A41 - 5 minutesโ€™ walk from Port Sunlight Station

Bletchley Park Podcasts

Bletchley Park Podcasts

Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology.


The site, which played a major role in WWII, is now a musuem and heritage attraction which is open daily - ๐Ÿ‘‰๏ธ


Did you know that the Bletchley Park Podcast has a wealth of fascinating stories from Veterans, staff and volunteers alike and it's well worth having a look at what is on offer via podcast - some wonderful stories 

Link to podcast page ๐Ÿ‘‰๏ธ

Lorine McGinnis Schulze, of Olive Tree Genealogy, passes away unexpectedly

Lorine McGinnis Schulze, of Olive Tree Genealogy, passes away unexpectedly
Lorine McGinnis Schulze, of Olive Tree Genealogy and one of North Americaโ€™s greatest and most generous genealogists, passed away very unexpectedly on Thursday in Ontario.
RIP Lorine ๐Ÿ˜ข 
See the 'Genealogy a la carte' blog by Gail Dever for information ๐Ÿ‘‰
If you have never been to Olive Tree Genealogy then the link is below

Are you a Young Genealogist or do you have a Young Genealogist in the Family?

Are you a Young Genealogist or do you have a Young Genealogist in the Family?
The Family History Federation and the Society of Genealogists are hosting an online conference on 7th May
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Aimed at providing a platform for genealogists under 30 to come together, exchange ideas and support each other.
This is intended to be an international event bringing young people together to shape the future of the community.

Free Access to

Free Access to
FREE ACCESS* to the ENTIRE newspaper collection at 
Offer on now [17 Feb] and expires 21 Feb 2022 @ 11:59pm MT - which is 6:59pm GMT
This is an American based site BUT has a lot of UK titles as well 
Search 20,000+ papers in the largest online newspaper archive!
Search 723 million+ pages in our newspaper archive for obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, social pages and much, much more.

Decimal Day

Decimal Day
15 February 1971 was Decimal Day in the United Kingdom when the old currency of pounds, shillings and pence with the pound being worth two hundred and forty pennies was replaced with a currency of pounds and pence with one hundred pennies in each pound.
The announcement of the change to decimal coinage came in 1966 and as hundreds of millions of new coins were needed and expansion at the existing Royal Mint at Tower Hill in London was not practical, it was decided to find a new location outside London. More than 20 sites were considered, however in keeping with the government's policy of transferring industry from the capital to development areas, Llantrisant was eventually chosen as the site for the new Royal Mint. It had a suitable 38 acre site with a readily available workforce and crucially had the backing James Callaghan, who as Chancellor of the Exchequer was Master of the Mint and also an MP for Cardiff.
Work on the new mint began in August 1967 with the first phase opened in December 1968 in time for decimalisation. The second phase of construction began in 1973 involving a progressive transfer from Tower Hill which was completed in 1975. The Royal Mint at Llantrisant now houses some of the most advanced coining machinery in the world and it has a larger capacity than any other mint in Western Europe.
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FHSC member a runner up in WDYTYA Family Photography Competition

FHSC member a runner up in WDYTYA Family Photography Competition

Congratulations to FHSC member John Fallows who entered the Family Photo Competition run by Who Do You Think You Are? that was advertised on our social media and news pages during the latter part of 2020. 

John was announced as a runner up in the 'Dressing-up' category with the wonderful family image shown above 


The image is of Florence [Florrie] Pownall Smith Fitton, born in Bolton 1887, where Johnโ€™s family mainly lived. Florrie was a qualified seamstress, as is obvious from this magnificent costume.  The image is taken circa 1917. Florrie's mother was Caroline Hodkinson Pownall, born on 22 December 1859, she came from Hurdsfield, Macclesfield. She was born in Hurdsfield Road and later lived in Lansdown Street. 




The Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a DCMS funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public.
PAS Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside at the Museum of Liverpool is Heather Beeton and she is resuming her 'Finds Days' across the area
Email Heather to book an appointment at any of the dates if you'd like to record your finds 
All details in the poster above 

February Seminar

February Seminar
By now all FHSC members will have received notification of the February Seminar
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presented by Natalie Bodle.
Wednesday 16th Feb 7:30pm
Irish genealogical research has the reputation of being difficult due to the number of records lost. With 20 yearsโ€™ research experience, a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies and membership of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Natalie is well placed to help family historians find their way with Irish ancestral research.
Her talk will cover how you can best get started, which records are available and best of all which are free! This talk will give you a good grounding to making a start or continuing your journey to find your Irish ancestors.
Register today by logging into the FHSC website and navigating to the Events section ๐Ÿ‘‰
PLEASE NOTE - Seminar presentations are one-off showing, we do not have permission to record or reshow any seminar presentations. The one exception was the 1921 census talk, Myko gave permission for that as part of his roadshow of talks to introduce FMP's launch.

Nathan Dylan Goodwin at FHSC

Nathan Dylan Goodwin at FHSC

Don't forget to register for the special one-off event 


A live Q&A zoom with non other than genealogical mystery crime writer Nathan Dylan Goodwin:
the author of the highly popular series of books about Forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier.
Registration for this members only event is now open and closes on 5th February after which the Zoom links will be sent out. normal Seminar registration apply, see newsletter sent via email on  28th January for details 

This represents an exceptional and unique opportunity to personally ask Nathan any questions that you may have about his work live on Zoom. 


You can submit a question in writing beforehand if you would rather [to ] and we will ask it on your behalf or just attend the evening to listen to what will be an very interesting conversation. 

The Seminar Team would like to express our appreciation to Nathan for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule and hope that FHSC members will take full advantage of this generosity and take the chance to explore the use of family history techniques in a fictional context by interacting with Nathan, one of the leading authors of the genre.

A review of Nathan's latest book The Foundlings can be found on the news section of our website - 
Link to Nathan's own website where you can also subscribe to his newsletter is

Latest Really Useful Podcast

Latest Really Useful Podcast

Episode 5 is all about One Place Studies 


Joe Saunders is joined by Janet Few, historian, President of the Family History Federation, former chair of the Society for One-Place Studies and author on the subject, Pam Smith, former professional genealogist and passionate local historian who is co-founder of the local history data management app Name & Place and Elizabeth Walne, professional genealogist, writer, tutor, speaker and One-Place researcher.

One-Place Studies are rich local and community histories that involve similar skills and sources as family history. 

The trio discuss how to go about choosing and carrying out your own study and the pleasures and pitfalls of doing so.



Janet Few:

Pam Smith:

Elizabeth Walne:

Second Chance to Listen to the 1921 Census Talk by Myko Clelland

Second Chance to Listen to the 1921 Census Talk by Myko Clelland


If any FHSC member was unable to attend the very enjoyable and informative talk to the Society by Myko Clelland on 19th January then we are delighted to inform members that the Seminar Team was given pernmission to record this talk and have arranged a reshowing which will take place on 27th January at 2:30pm.

Of course any members who wish to listen again are more than welcome to come along - there was so much information that you may need a second bite at it! 

This is an event for full members of the Society and you will need to register - members will have received a newsletter this week with full details 

Any dififculties then please email -  

Check out our online Shop

Check out our online Shop
We have added a large number of MI transcripts from right across the county to our online shop
It also includes our
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Wills very often mention people with different surnames from the Testator. These include relatives e.g. married daughters, friends and close neighbours who acted as witnesses, trustees and executors, were tenants, creditors or debtors. It is hoped this index which includes all of the above, will be of use to family historians. Within the index will be found evidence of second and third marriages, step children and step parents, illegitimate children and many other instances of involved family relationships which are often difficult to untangle.
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