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Don't forget the first in the FHSC Seminar Series

Don't forget the first in the FHSC Seminar Series

Wednesday 20th October sees the first in the new series of monthly seminars hosted by FHSC and open to all members 


This series, which will be a permanent feature in the FHSC diary, will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month via Zoom 


The October talk will be fashioned 'The Dorothy Flude Memorial Lecture', after the late former Mayor of Cheshire East and Councillor.                                                                    This year's talk is called Crewe and Nantwich Remembers and is delivered by Mark Potts. 


Mark is a well-known local author and together with Tony Marks has published titles including 'Crewe and Nantwich The Great War Years', 'Where the Fallen Live Forever', and 'The Villiers Russell twins: Crewe’s Most Commemorated Great War Casualties'. He was also the co-creator of the More than a Name/Lest We Forget Roll of Honour which is housed in the Municipal Building at Crewe and of which Dorothy was an instrumental and significant supporter. Mark’s presentation will encompass many of the stories he has uncovered during his research into not just the fallen of Crewe and Nantwich but across Cheshire as a whole.  This talk will be of great interest to anyone with a passion for WW1, not to be missed. 


This Event is for Members only and you will need to register - to do so please log into the FHSC website using your user name and passwork, then click on Events at the top left, scroll down to find the title of this Seminar, then click ‘Join’, followed by ‘Save’ – You will receive 2 emails: a confirmation of your request to attend the talk, followed by an approval of that request. Zoom links and meeting protocols will be sent out before Wedesday morning. If you have already registered you will have recieved a newsletter with the joining instructions.  However, if not, or you run into any difficulties with the registration process then please contact us on  -  


NOT A MEMBER of FHSC? Why not join, for £18 a year you will be able to attend all 12 seminars as well as all the other benefits that being an FHSC member includes.


Family History Research Survey

Family History Research Survey
When you have a few minutes to spare please fill in the survey [link below] from the The Family History Federation, Free UK Genealogy, and The Society of Genealogists
The survey has been commissioned to better understand the Family History research space.
Everyone's thoughts are appreciated

New Virtual Aerial Map Allows Everyone to Explore England's Archaeology from the Air

New Virtual Aerial Map Allows Everyone to Explore England's Archaeology from the Air

From Roman settlements near Rotherham in South Yorkshire to Second World War defences in Southampton in Hampshire, to secret Cold War military installations across England, for the first time, Historic England has made the results of over 30 years of aerial photograph mapping projects freely available online. Like a huge archaeological jigsaw puzzle, the map pieces together archaeological landscapes recorded during analysis of over 500,000 aerial photographs. More than half of England is covered by the map.

The map contains thousands of archaeological sites that have been identified on aerial photographs and from imagery derived from airborne laser scanning, also known as lidar data. Lidar uses laser light to create a 3D representation of the Earth's surface and is a newer technology that can be applied to the work of an aerial archaeologist.


Link to read the rest of this article and to the site from Historic England

Register of Qualified Genealogists - Make their Conference talks available to watch

Register of Qualified Genealogists - Make their Conference talks available to watch
Great news
The Register of Qualified Genealogists recently held their annual conference and until the end of October all the videos of the presentations are available to watch, see list below for details 
Titles and speakers -
What genealogists and social historians can learn from each other.
Caroline Gurney
Finding your ancestors at home: researching the history of houses.
Melanie Backe-Hansen
Business histories putting our ancestors into their commercial communities.
Elizabeth Walne
Who was Kastian Richardson? From family story to theatrical social history.
Diana Nicoll
Researching criminal ancestors.
Prof. Helen Johnston and Prof. Heather Shore
Dusting and Digging: The work of women, 1796-1829.
Valerie Brenton
Life of the Early Victorian Deaf and Dumb (A Yorkshire Study).
Anne Sherman
Hidden history: Tales of everyday life in Newspaper Advertisements.
Audrey Collins
Jilted! Or the insights offered in a breach of contract of marriage cases.
Kate Keter
Lying Bastards: the impact of illegitimacy on family history research.
Dave Annal

Thomas Cook Archives onine

Thomas Cook Archives onine

The first part of the Thomas Cook archive is available on the Leicestershire Archives online catalogue 


The Thomas Cook collection features travel brochures from as early as 1858, a selection of staff uniforms and some 60,000 photographs. Leicestershire County Council said if all the boxes of diaries, letters and other records were laid out, it would make a line 250m (820ft) long.The project, funded by a £40,000 grant, will continue until April. The entire Thomas Cook archive was acquired by the county council in 2019, following a nationwide bidding process to find a new permanent home for the collection.

Thanks to the project funded by the National Archives, items which can already be searched online include staff magazines, volumes of contracts and agreements and historic travel brochures. The oldest brochure dates back to 1858 with the first continental brochures appearing from 1865. Most of the collection dates from around 1890, with samples from nearly every year being kept.

The wider archive from the company's 178-year history includes minute books and staff records, posters, travel guides, timetables, glass and china and even a model of a Nile steamer. 

Project Archivist Jennifer Roach said: "The Thomas Cook archive is internationally significant, as it provides a detailed historical record of the man and company which created international package travel as we know it today."It is a great honour for us to have been chosen as the permanent home of the Thomas Cook archive and we believe it is vital that we can make the material as accessible as possible."

The collection can be viewed at the following link>


FHF Really Useful Podcast

FHF Really Useful Podcast

The Family History Federation have recorded a series of podcasts:

Cmprising of conversations between a number of Genealogists and Family Historians on a number of interesting subjects 


Released on the last Wednesday of each month starting in September the dates are below


30th September: Occupations

27th October: Identity

24th November: Young People

29th December: Online Events

26th January: Social Media

23rd February: One-Place Studies 

30th March: Newspapers


Our publicity/social Media Officer Margaret Roberts took part in four of these [Young People, Online Events, Social Media and Newspapers], other names include Janet Few, Paul Chiddicks, Mish Holman, Natalie Pithers, Kelly Cornwall, Jane Hough, Mike Ebester, Judith Batchelor, Andrew Martin and Daniel Loftus

The link to listen to the podcasts is 👉

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Enrich your genealogy knowledge anytime, anywhere 


Legacy Family Tree Webinars: the world’s most popular webinar website for genealogy and DNA testing, where you can freely enjoy a robust offering of live and recorded webinars presented by top speakers 


The site is shortly to undergo a major overhaul - which is explained in an online talk for which you can register - as well as see everything else on offer to watch for FREE - at the link below


'How we re-delivered a baby's postcard - 75 years on'

'How we re-delivered a baby's postcard - 75 years on'

Recovering from chemotherapy during lockdown, Stu Prince from Crewe found a new mission - reuniting old postcards he'd found at online auctions with their owners. With one card in particular, he helped revive memories that had been buried for decades.


The postcard had been sent a year after World War Two ended, but it still looked bright and colourful. On its front was a cartoon of a rabbit asleep in a crib underneath the heading: "You're one to-day."

On the reverse was a stamp bearing the head of King George, postmarked 27 September 1946. Next to that was an address: Miss F Kaye of 12 Northumberland Mansions, Luxborough Street, London, W1. And there was a neatly written message, too.

"To our loving grand-daughter," it read, "wishing you many returns of the day. And may your future be a happy and peaceful one."


Since he'd begun collecting postcards from online auction sites, Stu Prince, 62, had amassed thousands in the home in Crewe, Cheshire, which he shares with Kim, his wife. But something about this one in particular stood out to him.

He had just started a Facebook page and he posted a photograph of the card asking - more in hope than expectation - if anyone could help reunite it with the one-year-old it had been addressed to. Then he thought nothing more of it.

But not long afterwards he received a message: "I found the baby."


Carry on reading this wonderful story at the following BBC link 👉 

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1910-1932

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1910-1932

Find My Past have added England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1910-1932


If you have a FMP subscription then these records, spanning 1910-1919 and consisting of a massive 32 million names and 14 million addresses, are now available to search


Use them to trace ancestors, house history and more.


3 quick tips for exploring electoral registers

  1. The entire indexed collection covers 1910-1932, making it a valuable census substitute
  2. Narrow your search by polling district and constituency to pinpoint an address
  3. The codes on the records represent voting eligibility. You’ll find the meanings on the search page

These newest electoral registers are the perfect precursor to the much-anticipated release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales.

Use them to bridge the gaps in your family tree before the census arrives in early 2022. 

FamilySearch completes digitisation of microfilm collection

FamilySearch completes digitisation of microfilm collection

FamilySearch, the world's largest free family history website, has completed its 20-year project to digitise millions of rolls of microfilm


In 1938 FamilySearch, then known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, began microfilming family history records, including birth, death, marriage, census, immigration and military service records. 

The collection eventually grew to more than 2.4 million rolls.

FamilySearch began digitising the records in 1998.

The project was originally expected to take 50 years to complete, but advances in technology have shortened the timespan by 30 years.

Now, the entire collection, consisting of records of 11.5 billion individuals from over 200 countries and principalities, has been digitised and can be viewed online.

Some of the records have been transcribed and are searchable by name, while others can only be browsed.

“We hope that all those who contributed to this milestone in the last 80 years feel a sense of humble accomplishment today,” said Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch International.

“And we hope the millions of individuals who will discover, gather, and connect generation upon generation of their family members for years to come because of these efforts will have a deep sense of gratitude for the many unheralded contributors who made those discoveries possible.”

FamilySearch said it would continue to digitise new family history records through its digital camera operations and partnerships, and would begin digitising the 335,000 microfiches in its collections.

Family History Show Online

Family History Show Online

The Family History Show online takes place on Saturday 25th September between 10am-4pm 


This online event has all the features of a physical show, from the comfort of your own home!

Put your research questions to an expert, watch a free talk, speak to a local society, archive or genealogical supplier.


Of coure FHSC will have a virtual stall at the show - you can come along and chat with us via text or video link

Tickets are still available 

Link to the show for more information and ticket sales here 👉

National Archives Autumn Online Programme

National Archives Autumn Online Programme
The Autumn series of Online talks from the National Archives are now available to book
There are some very special names joining the October and November events programme - scroll down to check them out:
𝐏𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 - The National Archives invite online event attendees to pay a nominal fee for their ticket, based on suggested amounts. Paying a fee is optional and entirely at the discretion of attendees. The income received helps to keep the programme going and ensures that they can continue to engage with as many people around the world as possible.
Certain events remain completely free of charge and all events are viewable for 48 hours after the published date and time, which means that attendees who cannot view the live event can catch up at their leisure.
List of talks with links in chronological order
𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐥: 𝐔𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐬
Fri, 8 Oct 2021, 14:00 BST
Discover a fascinating story of spies, state secrets and the Soviet Union. Members of the Portland Spy ring, a notorious espionage case active at the height of the Cold War in the late 1950s to 1961, Harry Houghton and Ethel ‘Bunty’ Gee were far from archetypal spies.
𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞: 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐡𝐚𝐦 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧
Wed, 13 Oct 2021, 19:30 BST
Cardiff, 1981. A group of women with hand-made banners embark on a march of over one hundred miles to Greenham Common military base – all in the name of nuclear peace. This protest against nuclear missiles led to the establishment of camps that, for nearly two decades, drew women from all over the world, provided a place for female voices to be heard, and paved the way for future female activists.
𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬
Fri, 15 Oct 2021, 14:00 BST
Discover stories of the Black British population and their lives within Victorian Britain. Even in recent years, there has been a noticeable lack of progression in Black History’s presence in British scholarship – there are multitudes of forgotten geographies of black men and women within Victorian society.
𝐈𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐥𝐦𝐚 𝐅𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠
Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 14:00 BST
London, 1938. Alma Fielding - an ordinary young woman - begins to experience truly bizarre supernatural events in her suburban home. Nandor Fodor – a Jewish Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research – begins to investigate the goings on. In doing so, he discovers a different and darker type of haunting: trauma, alienation, loss, and the foreshadowing of a nation’s worst fears. As the spectre of Fascism lengthens over Europe, and as Fodor’s obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed.
𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐋𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞: 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐅𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐯𝐞
Wed, 27 October 2021, 16:00 – 17:00 BST
The Annual Digital Lecture showcases innovative digital research. This year's speaker is Lauren F. Klein, Emory University. As data are increasingly mobilized in the service of governments and corporations, their unequal conditions of production, asymmetrical methods of application, and unequal effects on both individuals and groups have become increasingly difficult for data scientists, digital humanists, and others who rely on data in their work to ignore. How can scholars, librarians, and archivists intervene?
𝐄𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐥 𝐑𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐠: 𝐀 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐖𝐚𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐝𝐲
Fri, 29 Oct 2021, 14:00 BST
A loving mother. A courageous idealist. The first woman in the US to be executed for a crime other than murder.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐲: 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞 (𝟏𝟓𝟎𝟏)
Fri, 12 Nov 2021, 14:00 GMT
In November 1501, an extravagant ceremony took place that enthralled the nation and altered the course of English history. In an age when public perceptions of those in power were limited to how government touched everyday life, large and lavish state events were a way in which the common people could judge their leaders’ qualities in a very different light
𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬' 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬: 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐮𝐝𝐨𝐫𝐬
Wed, 17 Nov 2021, 19:30 GMT
For centuries, disabled people and their history have been hidden in plain sight. Before the advent of modern medicine, any impairment, disease or frailty was often a matter of life and death. The treatment of disabled people reveals a great deal about periods throughout history and contemporary wider societies

Free Online Lectures

Free Online Lectures

Free Online Lectures and Seminars from the Royal Historical Society 




Digging up Manchester: Industrial Archaeology and Heritage in the Shock City 

Thursday September 23, 2021 - 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM BST

Presented by  Dr Michael Nevell, University of Salford. Dr Nevell is a landscape archaeologist with more than 29 years’ experience in archaeology, as a consultant, lecturer, and researcher. His research interests include the archaeology of industrialisation, community archaeology and historic buildings. Dr Nevell has written extensively on industrial and landscape topics and several of his books have won awards from the Libraries Association and the Association for Industrial Archaeology. He is also the Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England, and provides support for industrial heritage sites and the organisations that run them, focusing on preserved, publicly accessible sites across England.  

Link for more information and to register 👉



Digital Sources for Women’s History in The Women’s Library and LSE holdings
Thursday 23 September, at 2.30pm BST
Dr Gillian Murphy, LSE Library’s Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship, will speak on  digital sources for women’s history in the TWL and LSE holdings.
Explore Your Nursing Family History for Black History Month
Thursday 07 Oct 2021 18:00 - 19:15
Nursing often runs in families. Perhaps your grandmother or great-uncle was a nurse. But how would you go about uncovering their nursing stories? Every year in Black History Month the RCN Library and Archive are asked about the first nurses of colour working in British hospitals. The answer is that we only know a few of the many stories of black nurses in British history, from “Nurse Ophthalmic” Annie Brewster who worked at the London Hospital from 1881 to 1902 to early registered nurses like Eva Lowe, who joined the nursing register in 1935. Join in to find out how to trace your nursing family history. TV director Tim Kirby will describe his work on the BBC documentary Our NHS: A Hidden History (available on BBC iPlayer). From one file in the National Archives, Tim managed to trace the stories of 30 nurses from Barbados. This will be followed by a practical lesson in using nursing registers to uncover your nurse ancestors with Teresa Doherty, Joint Head of the RCN Library and Archive Service. This session is open to everyone, but will be especially interesting to people of colour looking to find out more about the history of their families. Sign up to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.

WDYTYA returns in October

WDYTYA returns in October
Breaking news: 'WDYTYA?' will return in October.
[No actual broadcast date given yet]
Dame Judi Dench and Ed Balls are the headline participants with Josh Widdicombe, Alex Scott, Joe Lycett, Pixie Lott and Joe Sugg also taking part
Don't forget that Nick Barratt is the guest speaker for our November seminar - see the Events page on the FHSC website: He will be talking 'Behind the Scenes of WDYTYA'
We couldn't have timed that better! ☺️

Local Population Studies Society: Autumn Conference

Local Population Studies Society: Autumn Conference

The British Diaspora

This year’s autumn conference will be on Zoom on the afternoon of Saturday 9 October, with five exciting papers looking at networks and migrations.

The conference is free, but you need to register by email in advance, and the Zoom access codes will be circulated just before the conference. You can find the full programme beow and registration form at the following link -

For any other queries, please get in touch with Karen Rothery at conferences - .



10:30 – 11:30   Melodee Beals, “Of Cabbages and Kings: The Interplay of Local and Imperial Values in Global News Dissemination, 1840-1860”.

11:30   12:30   Andrew Green, “Leavers…and the Left-Behind”

12:30 – 13:30  Eilidh Garrett and Kevin Schürer, “You take the high road and I’ll take the low road. Cross border migration in Great Britain, 1851-1901”

14:15 – 15:15   Paul Howes, “A surname-based lens into the British diaspora”                       

15:15 – 16.15   Katherine Eriksson, “A helping hand in good and bad times? UK immigrant networks in the US during the Age of Mass Migration”.

Cheshire Archives Need Your Help

Cheshire Archives Need Your Help
Cheshire Archives are looking for people to test out a prototype of a new online ‘Archive Gems’ site & then tell them about the experience before they can apply for funding to extend the service across Cheshire.
Choose a session [see link below] & if you have a qualifying postcode then you will be sent links to take part.
You must currently live in Nantwich, Wharton, Sandbach, Bollington, Lache or Malpas.
You don’t know the Archive service very well! (If you do, you can still help – please ask your family, neighbours & friends who don’t know about archives… yet!)
Link for more information and to see if you live in a qualifying area 👉

National Archives September Online Programme

National Archives September Online Programme

September Online Events from the National Archives 


Recovery from the Black Death in late-medieval Britain and Ireland
3 September | 14:00
With each new wave of the came fresh modes of thought in Britain and Ireland in the 14th and 15th centuries. In this talk, Paul Dryburgh as he examines how the royal government, communities and individuals dealt with dramatically changing circumstances and how the country attempted to recover from living with the pandemic.

Writing John of Gaunt, The Red Prince: a conversation with Helen Carr
8 September | 19:30
In a conversation with the head of medieval records, Dr Sean Cunningham, Helen Carr will discuss how she pieced together and interpreted the life of one of England’s greatest medieval magnates and father of English monarchy.

Recovery and Regeneration after the Great Fire of London (1666)
10 September | 14:00
On 2 September 1666, a fire began in the bakery on Pudding Lane. The fire spread rapidly across the city of London, resulting in the destruction of 13,000 homes, 87 churches, the Royal Exchange and St Paul’s Cathedral. In this talk, Philippa Hellawell explore hows 17th century Londoners recovered from the disaster.

Top Level Tips: Wills and other Probate Records before 1858
14 September | 14:00
Find out how you can use wills, administrations, and probate disputes in your research. The webinar will have a focus on the wills left by people from all around England and Wales which were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury between 1384 and 1858



Click on the following link for full list and then follow the links on that page to book 👉

Free Access Klaxon!!

Free Access Klaxon!!
FREE ACCESS to ALL CENSUS RECORDS right now at MyHeritage! 
In honor of USA Labor Day, My Hertitage have announced that for the first week of September, they are offering access to all census records on MyHeritage for free, from September 1–8, 2021!
The Census & Voter Lists category on MyHeritage encompasses a vast repository of over 1.3 billion records, including census records from the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Scandinavia, and Canada as well as electoral rolls and other records from Australia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Armenia, Greece, and much more.
These records offer valuable snapshots of the lives of people living in these locations throughout history, especially from the 19th century onward. Censuses are particularly valuable in that they can help you watch the lives of your ancestors unfold as they move from location to location, get married or divorced, have children, or change careers. Some of these collections include high-resolution scans of the original records.
Records on MyHeritage are always free to search, but to view the records, you generally need a paid Data or Complete plan. This week, however, all census and voter list records are completely free for all to access and enjoy.

A House Through Time: Series 4

A House Through Time: Series 4

Series 4 of a House Through Time starts next Tuesday [7th September] BBC 2

David Olusoga sets out once more to uncover the history of a single house, exploring the lives of its residents to tell an extraordinary story that spans 150 years.
This time the house is in Leeds, a city whose wool and textile trades helped make Victorian Britain an industrial superpower.
The featured property is 5 Grosvenor Mount, a Victorian family home of middling social standing in the suburb of Headingley.
Current owners Jackie and Pete know very little about the house’s history, but reveal tantalising clues about its past - from a name scratched into a wall, to a crack rumoured to be caused by an earthquake.
As normal I will be providing a sheet with links to all the archives and record set used and will publish them on our social media feeds and upload them to the website 
Link to BBC website for more information

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