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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 -  

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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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โ€˜Holly Holy Dayโ€™ Battle of Nantwich

โ€˜Holly Holy Dayโ€™ Battle of Nantwich

โ€˜Holly Holy Dayโ€™ Battle of Nantwich events at St Maryโ€™s Church, Acton


St Maryโ€™s Church on Monks Lane in Acton have organised โ€˜Holly Holy Dayโ€™ Battle of Nantwich events this Saturday January 22.

The church will be open from 9am until 11:30am serving hot drinks and buttered toast.


  • At 10am Mike Lea (local historian) will give a talk โ€œThe Civil War explainedโ€ inside the church.
  • At 11am a guided walk will head off to view the battlefields without treading through the muddy fields.


Acton Church is well ventilated, but while inside the church visitors should wear a face covering and use hand sanitiser whilst entering and leaving the church.

A representative from St Maryโ€™s Church, Acton said: โ€œWe are very fortunate to have Mike Lea to come and explain the Battle of Nantwich to us; the hot buttered toast is a welcome treat tooโ€ฆon a cold January morning!โ€


The โ€˜Battle of Nantwichโ€™ occurred during the first English Civil War (1642-1646) and was fought between the Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and the Royalists (Cavaliers) who were loyal to Charles I.

At the end of 1643, the Royalist army had secured much of the North West and Cheshire with the exception of Nantwich where, surrounded by Royalists, the Parliamentarian garrison held out under siege.Namptwiche, as it was then called, was Cheshireโ€™s second major town and very important due to its strategic position on the road to Chester. A Parliamentarian force under the command of Sir Thomas Fairfax (1612-71) advanced from Lincolnshire to relieve the town. This army engaged the Royalists in the Henhull area to the west and defeated them in the Battle of Namptwiche. As Fairfaxโ€™s forces marched on Acton, Col Richard Gibson deployed four Royalist regiments of infantry to meet them. The Royalists fell back to Acton Church where Col Gibson surrendered to Fairfax. Many of the officers took refuge in Acton Church and were also taken prisoner after surrendering. The battle took place on 25th January 1644 and it was a Parliamentarian victory. To celebrate the Parliamentarian victory people wore sprigs of holly in their hair and hats.

(c/o Jonathan White)

Flavours from History: Free online event

Flavours from History: Free online event
Flavours From History
Join Heather and Kate from Cheshire Archives and Local Studies to delve into the CWAC Library collections for historic recipes and culinary traditions from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Cooking historic recipes not only connects us with the past but historic ingredients, pickling and preserving have a lot to tell us about food miles, food waste, eating locally sourced food and seasonality. We also experience the process of passing treasured recipes down through generations of the family.
Join in live, on Saturday 29th January 12pm - 1pm for Heath and Weebeing week through the CWAC Library Facebook page [link bleow] where there will be a special recorded chat focusing on archive recipes, followed by a live question and answer session.

Staffordshire Asylums - Patient Database, 1818-1920 Goes Live

Staffordshire Asylums - Patient Database, 1818-1920 Goes Live

Staffordshire Asylums - Patient Database, 1818-1920

This fasinating index is now live to search on the Staffordshire Name Indexes website, which is brought to you by Staffordshire & Stoke On Trent Archive Service


The early 19th century saw intense debate about how the problem of pauper lunacy should be addressed. At this time, costly private asylums and pauper workhouses offered the only alternative to treating the mentally ill at home. This problem was exacerbated by the long-term detention of criminal lunatics in County gaols.

The 1808 County Asylums Act (Wynnโ€™s Act) enabled counties to raise funds for asylums. The Lunacy Act of 1845 extended this legislation, making it mandatory for counties to provide for the care of the mentally ill. As a result of this legislation, 3 county asylums were established in Staffordshire before the end of the 19th century.

About this Index

This index includes patients at the hospitals in the period 1818-1920 only since medical records less than 100 years are not normally available for consultation by the general public.

Please be aware that hospital records can be distressing and that terms used to refer to people with mental health problems are historic and reflect the attitudes and language of the period. These terms might now be considered derogatory, or offensive.

A successful search of the index can provide you with some or all of the following information:

  • Surname
  • Forename(s)
  • Occupation โ€“ This refers to occupation recorded on admission
  • Union of Residence โ€“ Poor Law Union. To view Staffordshire parishes/places within a Union, please see the link below. Where abode was given rather than Union, this has been marked with an asterisk, e.g. Leigh*, Albrighton*
  • Institution โ€“ This field includes the 3 county asylums: Stafford Asylum, Burntwood Asylum, Cheddleton Asylum.
  • Year of Admission, Discharge, Death - You may only find a date of admission or death or discharge as there are gaps in the records or because the dates are in other documents that were not consulted for the index. You may get multiple dates if a patient was readmitted
  • Diagnosis - This is the diagnosis recorded on admission
  • Additional Items - This field records items that may be included in the case book, such as a photograph, notice of death, or newspaper cutting.
  • Continuing Notes โ€“ This may include a reference to the previous case book, or any following case book in which a patientโ€™s treatment is recorded.
  • Repository - This is the repository where documents can be viewed.
  • Document Ref - This may be the reference number of a register or case book. There may be more than one document referenced for a patient, depending on whether entries were made from more than one case book or register.
  • Page Number - Page numbers only apply to case book references.
  • Record Title โ€“ This is the title of the document, for example, โ€œAdmissions Registerโ€, โ€œFemale Patients Case Bookโ€.

Link to the website for more information and how you can track now the records themselves ๐Ÿ‘‰

An Interesting Series of 1921 Census Facts

An Interesting Series of 1921 Census Facts
โœจ 1921 CENSUS FACTS โœจ

1,095 females to 1,000 males - in 1921 there were 1,720,802 more females than males. In 1911: 1,179,275 more females than males. The 1921 census figure for males doesnโ€™t include โ€˜members of the Army, Navy and Air Force and of the Mercantile Marine who were out of the country on the census nightโ€™.

The significance โ€“ the 1.8 million population increase during 1911-1921 was โ€˜numerically about one half of the increase in the preceding intercensal period; it is less than any corresponding figure since 1811 while proportionately it is far lower than any hitherto recordedโ€™ 

ยฃ50,000 -  The total cost of taking the 1921 Census, including staff and materials

ยฃ20,000 - The cost for the 1921 Census forms for England and Wales to be printed by the Government Stationery Office Press at Harrow, ยฃ16,300 were paper costs.(Costs were mentioned in a House of Commons debate, Hansard, 1 March 1921)

A 2 year prison sentence with hard labour was faced by any of the 38,000 enumerators of the 1921 Census should they divulge any of the confidential information that they acquired on the forms.

A ยฃ10 fine for everyone who failed to fill in/provide the details for the 1921 census form or who provide false information (this is an increase on the previous ยฃ5 fine for such form-filling malpractice on the 1911 Census)

A ยฃ2 fee was paid to each of the 38,000 enumerators, plus 4s for every 100 people enumerated and 6d for each mile over 5 miles that the enumerator has to travel on his beat.(Page 3, Dundee Evening Telegraph, 29 March 1921)

The 1921 Census enumerators had all to be appointed by 31 March 2021, and then had to master the 20 page rule book, before, from 11 April, starting to distribute the 11 million household census forms.(Page 3, Dundee Evening Telegraph, 29 March 1921)

HIS RETURN - The head of the household was thought and sought to be male - And suffragist loving housewives were to be โ€˜stifledโ€™ according to a newspaper report in the Staffordshire Advertiser, which invited the enumerators to remember this.(Page 7, Staffordshire Advertiser, 26 March 1921)

St Marks Day - 25th April 1921 The day that the census enumerators were orginially due to return to collect the completed household census forms.

'Everyone will soon be in the Workhouse' - This phrase was jokingly bandied about at the time of the 1921 Census, as the Ministry of Health had rented Lambeth Workhouse from the Board of Guardians and was using the Workhouse as itโ€™s HQ to organize the completed householder schedulesโ€ฆ thus everyoneโ€™s name would be in the workhouse 

Lodgers were deemed to be a separate household, therefore needing their own census form. Boarders, however, would have their details entered alongside that of the rest of the household.(Presumably this means that we should also search the 1921 Census by address to ensure that we have found everyone enumerated in a household โ€“ otherwise the fact that our family had a lodger may elude us?)

If you have an ancestor who died between 25 April 1921 and 20 June 1921 you will be frustrated that the postponement of the census of England and Wales means that you will not find them enumerated. But, if you have an ancestor who was born in England and Wales between these dates, you will be happily able to search for them โ€“ as they will be included, whereas if the postponement hadnโ€™t gone ahead, they wouldnโ€™t have been.

The census was due to have been taken in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland on 24 April 1921. For the first time in the history of the census it was postponed, however. It was deemed too costly to print new forms, so the paperwork was retained and used when the census was taken in June. The unprecedented postponement was caused by, the coal minersโ€™ strike, and the threat of strike action by the railway and transport workers. In the afternoon of 14 April 1921 Sir Alfred Mond announced the postponement of the census in the House of Commons. The events surrounding the Irish War of Independence had meant that the planned 1921 Census for Ireland had already been shelved on 1 April.
Edith Abbotโ€™s article, โ€˜The English Census of 1921โ€™ was published in Journal of Political Economy by Chicago University Press (December 1922, vol 30, issue 6).Today itโ€™s a 15 page pdf free to download 
The question on the 1921 Census forms surrounding the number of living rooms was an attempt to get a handle on the living conditions of the population at the time.For detailed stats about living conditions and numbers of living rooms see  ๐Ÿ‘‰
The questions on the 1921 Census surrounding place of work and employer were to ascertain how far people may have to travel to work, and the likely implications for the transport network.
The question of orphans and dependants was raised particularly in regard to pensions and payouts: ๐Ÿ‘‰ Apparently 500,000 children lost their fathers, who were serving in the British Armed forces in WW1!
While not providing a precise date of birth, like the 1939 Register, the 1921 Census will go one step closer to providing detailed leads for those seeking their ancestorsโ€™ birth details as ages will be given in years and months (not just years as previously).
The question as to ex-soldiers being employed as enumerators raged on in the months leading up to the census.There were many soldiers out of work, but the argument against employing them was that the role of enumerator was just a temporary position so may preclude them from obtaining work (people accepted as enumerators, but who went back on this acceptance, were fined heavily for doing so).
4.14 people per family - This was the size of the average family in 1921, a 5% drop from the 1911 Census (which recorded an average of 4.36 persons), and the average number of occupied rooms per person was 1.06 rooms.Note that these figures are for โ€˜private familiesโ€™. When it comes to people living in โ€˜room accommodationโ€™, however, then 54.5% of people living in room accommodation had an average density of 1 to 2 people per room:๐Ÿ‘‰
(All details from Census of England and Wales 1921, General Report, England and Wales, 1921 and thanks to Family Tree Magazine)

The Foundlings by Nathan Dylan Goodwin โ€“ a review

The Foundlings by Nathan Dylan Goodwin โ€“ a review

By now members would have received the exciting news that author Nathan Dylan Goodwin is joining us at FHSC for a live Zoom Q&A session on the evening of 7th February 

Watch out for the registration opening on 20th January for this event and in the meantime make a note in your diary. 


Below is my review of Nathan's latest book The Foundlings and a link to his website where purchasing details can be found.

It would be quite difficult to review this book, the 9th in the Moreton Farrier series by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, without spoiling the plot for you. Suffice to say that this is a fast-paced story, which unfolds in the authorโ€™s distinctive narrative style of moving between flashbacks to the present day, with enough twists and turns to keep even the most ardent Moreton Farrier fan guessing until the last page. Having read all in the series I did feel as if I were returning to visit a family friend when I picked up this book, although it must be said to those new to the series that each book can be read as a stand-alone story.

In his latest adventure Farrier introduces DNA to his genealogical toolbox as he tries to discover the identity of the mother of three women, all abandoned as babies. The case soon becomes emotionally charged for Farrier with his own family history so clearly embroidered throughout the tapestry of the story. It helps that the author is a family historian himself, with the descriptions of the various websites being exactly right and all family historians will find themselves relating to the various online and archival records, you will even find yourself, as I did, second guessing what steps Moreton would take. The explanations of the science behind DNA are not over complicated, which they could so easily become, and the creative dexterity involved in drawing all the threads together to bring everything to a credible conclusion is sublime.

The Foundlings is right up there with the previous books and you donโ€™t have to be a genealogist to enjoy this latest offering, an appreciation of well written crime/mystery/murder thriller is all you need, and I highly recommend it.

The full list of the previous books in the Nathan Dylan Goodwinโ€™s Forensic Genealogist series are listed below in order of publication

  • The Asylum
  • Hiding the Past
  • The Lost Ancestor
  • The Orange Lilies
  • The American Ground
  • The Spyglass File
  • The Missing Man
  • The Suffragetteโ€™s Secret
  • The Wicked Trade
  • The Sterling Affair
  • The Foundlings

Independently published (28 Oct. 2021). Paperback, 258 pages ยฃ8.99, Kindle - ยฃ4.99.  ISBN-13:979-8481041421

For full purchasing details, not only for this book but for all in the series, then visit the authorโ€™s at the following link -

There are also a number of reviews of previous Nathan Dylan Goodwin books in the Cheshire Ancestor that can be downloaded via the website - details below

Reviewed by Babs Johnson

The Chester Creek Murders  - Cheshire Ancestor Vol 51 No 4: June 2021 page 15

The Sterling Affair - Cheshire Ancestor Vol 51 No 1: September 2020 Page 23

Reviewed by Jackie Jones

The Suffragetteโ€™s Secret - Cheshire Ancestor Vol 49 No 4: June 2019 Page 20

The Wicked Trade - Cheshire Ancestor Vol 50 No 1: September 2019 Page 17

Reviewed by Jean Laidlaw

The Spyglass File - Cheshire Ancestor Vol 48 No 3: March 2018 Page 16

The Missing Man - Cheshire Ancestor Vol 49 No 1: September 2018 Page 18

The America Ground - Cheshire Ancestor Vol 47 No 4: June 2017 Page 20

1921 Census with Myko Clelland

1921 Census with Myko Clelland

The 1921 Census of England and Wales is here.


Join us when Findmypast's Myko Clelland offers an unmissable exploration of the biggest new arrival in family history. After years spent digitising and transcribing this unique snapshot of our recent history, discover the stories and secrets contained within. Along with the historical context, tips for effective searching and using it to trace elusive relatives, we'll learn how the 1921 Census will help you to understand your ancestorsโ€™ lives better.


This Event is for Members only and registration is now open. REMEMBER you need to be logged into the website in order to register.

Click on Events in top right hand corner, then scroll down to the title of this Seminar, click on the blue title, followed by โ€˜Joinโ€™ and โ€˜Saveโ€™ โ€“ You will receive a confirmation email and the Zoom links/meeting protocol will be forwarded two days prior to the talk.

If you run into any difficulties with this then please contact us on the seminar email [see below] or visit the 'Seminar Talks and how to Register' section under 'Online Talks and Meetings' in the FAQ section of the website.

The Seminar series is co-ordinated by Margaret Spate, Jean Laidlaw and Margaret Roberts and ALL correspondence, queries etc should be sent to the dedicated email address -  


NOT A MEMBER? Why not join, for ยฃ18 a year you will be able to attend all 12 seminars as well as all the other benefits that being an FHSC member includes.

Railway Map Online

Railway Map Online

By way of a New Year's Eve present I'll just remind you of this little gem: 


The UK & IE Railways map


This is an interactive historic map of almost *every* railway station & line that's *ever* existed on the British & Irish Isles.

It's a fabulous resource and even if you're not a railway buff - I guarantee that you'll lose hours down this rabbit hole - enjoy and Happy New Year! 

Link - :

Latest Really Useful Podcast

Latest Really Useful Podcast
What's the best way to spend this time of year?
How about the latest episode of the Family History Federation's ReallyUsefulPodcast all about Family History and Social Media! Such a fantastic tool for us to use and enjoy!
Joe Saunders is joined by:
  • Andrew Martin, family historian, author, digital archivist and host of The Family Histories Podcast,
  • Margaret Roberts,  Publicity Officer for the FHS of Cheshire and editor of the Playing Pasts online sports history magazine
  • Daniel Loftus, Gen-Z Genealogist and founding member of The Hidden Branch group for young family historians.
Social media can be a fantastic tool for both the individual family historian and societies to communicate and connect.
We discuss the different platforms, their pros and cons and our guests offer some top tips on using them.

๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ขDiary Klaxon ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข

๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ขDiary Klaxon ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข
Events from the National Archives - all online 
Sat, 8 Jan 2022, 10:00 GMT
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Fri, 14 Jan 2022, 14:00 GMT
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Wed, 2 Mar 2022, 19:30 GMT
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Fri, 4 Mar 2022, 14:00 GMT
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What to look forward to from FHSC in 2022

What to look forward to from FHSC in 2022

2022 is already looking like a great year of events for members of FHSC 


Our seminar series continues with Myko Clelland from FindMyPast talking to us about the 1921 census in January

In February we welcome Natalie Bodle, an expert in Irish Ancestry, while March sees something a little different with Sean Szmalc, complete in period dress, revealing the unforgettable story of the Titanic.

Dr Michala Hulme is our guest in April and she will be talking to us about the TV programme DNA Journey, in which she was the lead genealogical researcher, should be a great evening. Something more local in May when Kathy Burtinshaw takes us through the history of the Macclesfield workhouse and how mental health records can be used in your research and to wrap up the first half of the year June sees Dave Annal presenting his very interesting and entertaining talk - My Ancestor was a Liar.

Speakers at the seminars for the rest of the year include; Professor Rebecca Probert, Dr Janet Few, Dr Penny Walters and our very own Ann Simcock, who will deliver the 2022 Dorothy Flude Memorial Lecture in October.


We also have something very special lined up for early in the new year, all a bit secret for now but keep your eye out for details soming very soon.


Added to that our Groups have some great speakers and events in the pipeline with appearances by Judith Batchelor, Dr Mike Ebester, Jackie Depelle, Paul Hindle, Christine Wootton and Tony Bostock and many others on a diverse range of subjects including Colditz, Railway accidents, Cheshire turnpikes, heraldry, military medals ... the list is endless.  Please keep a eye on the Events page of the website as more Zoom talks and events are listed. 


Gay will be continuing with her excellent and comprehensive monthly newsletters together with Margaret's Musing which include news of what FHSC has been up to and a list of some of the websites included in the Archive of the Week section on our social media platforms.  


The Cheshire Ancestor continues to go from strength to strength and Rosie does a sterling job getting the journal ready for publication each quarter, an unenviable task it must be said and a mention in despatches to Geoff for his Net that Serf section.  If you have any articles or items of interest please submit as soon as possible, details regarding deadlines and email addresses can be found in the current issue. 

So - all in all - being a member of FHSC is great value for money - 7 or 8 Zoom talks a month, in person events, newsletters, journal, a huge range of content on our website all for the just ยฃ18 a year [ยฃ13 if you opt for the Ancestor in digital form only], or ยฃ1.50 a month..... what a bargain! 









Christmas Through the Ages

Christmas Through the Ages
A series of blogs detailing Christmas in different ages across time from Historic UK - makes for some great reading
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๐€ ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ
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FHSC Advent Calendar

FHSC Advent Calendar

Once again I'm featuring an Advent Calendar on our social media platforms



During this series of WDYTYA, one of the main themes that came through for me was to ask questions of your relatives, there will come a day when you wish you had and the people won't be there to ask - so with that in mind this year's FHSC advent calendar is going to take the form of:


24 Questions to ask your Loved Ones this Christmas 


with a different question everyday, hopefuly this will also encourage younger generations to get involved.


For those that don't follow our social media accounts I will post a full list of all the questions as a downloadable PDF on the website under the Public Documents section - perhaps if you do hav a go you can let me know how you get on


If you would like to join us on Facebook or Twitter then I would be more than happy to help you sign in and show you how to keep your profile safe - just email me at  


Regional hubs to offer free online access to 1921 Census of England and Wales

Regional hubs to offer free online access to 1921 Census of England and Wales

News from the National Archives re 1921 Census 

Two regional hubs that will provide free online access to the 1921 Census of England and Wales from 6 January 2022.

The census will be available online via our commercial partner Findmypast and will be free to access in this way at The National Archives, in Kew.

In addition, visitors to the Manchester Central Library and the National Library of Wales will be able to access the 1921 Census of England and Wales via the Findmypast website for free following its publication next year.

Access at the Manchester Central Library, on St Peterโ€™s Square, Manchester, will be supported by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society helpdesk and the Archives+ Team.

The publication of the 1921 Census of England and Wales is the culmination of almost three yearsโ€™ work by Findmypastโ€™s highly skilled team of conservators, technicians and transcribers.

It is the largest project ever completed by The National Archives and Findmypast, consisting of more than 30,000 bound volumes of original documents stored on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving, as outlined in two special guest blogs exploring the vast digitisation and conservation project.

Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives, said: โ€˜I am pleased to announce these regional hubs for the north of England and for Wales which, along with our own hub at Kew, will offer free online access to the 1921 Census via the Findmypast website.

โ€˜We understand the excitement and anticipation of this release and, by making the census available online, we are hugely increasing its accessibility. These hubs will offer an important alternative to those not able to log on from home. Without commercial partnerships of this kind, and the associated charges, the alternative for everyone would be to work through the papers themselves at The National Archives.

โ€˜As with other historical census data for England and Wales, we are also hopeful that the existing I-CeM database used by many academics will be expanded to include the 1921 Census data, and we are working to facilitate this as far as we can.โ€™

To mark the publication of the 1921 Census of England and Wales, the National Archives have launched an exciting programme of events and activities, 20sPeople, connecting our lives in the 2020s with those of people living in the 1920s. The keystone of the season will be the exhibition, The 1920s: Beyond the Roar, opening on 21 January 2022.