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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 pdf flyer 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  pdf Click here to download a flyer and booking form (505 KB)

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

Christopher O'Brien on Neville Cardus

Meeting on Wednesday 13th November at Tameside

 

Chris O'Brien came to talk to us about Neville Cardus, long time cricket commentator for the Manchester Guardian and also Music Critic.  His Book Cardus Uncovered: Neville Cardus: The Truth, The Untruth and The Higher Truth.

NC was born in Manchester the son of a prostitute and an unknown father - eventually receiving a knighthood in 1967. Chris availed himself of newly archived material here and in Australia to carefully create a timeline of Nevile's life, not helped that Neville went by 14 iterations of his name and pseudonyims and most of the other characters involved in his upringing also seemed to change their names at will. The story involves Breach of Promise, Divorce his favourite Aunt's assocciation with a Turkish consul and Neville's mistress.

Fascinating life and fascinating talk - Thank your Chris.

A perfect talk for Family Historians and Chris has agreed to be a speaker at any event the FHSC organises in 2020, conference, fair etc

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.

 

victoria

 

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.

 

Ian presentation

New and Old St Georges Stalybridge

 Message from one of our members

For your information- we have updated our web site at stg.org.uk as part of the requirements of receiving a Lottery Grant. It now includes details of the registers of both New St George and Old St George and war grave details. Some of the results will be patched through to Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website

 Regards Alan Smith Webmaster for St Georges Church

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 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

Registered versus Paid Member

For full details click on Membership Options, but just for starters as a Registered Member you will be able to purchase things from our shop (This will be launched in the New Year), but you will be able to add the Surnames you are researching in Cheshire and search to see if others are researching the same family names. Click on My Membership to find out more. You can also check the holdings at both our Research Centres and attend meetings at any of our groups at visitor rates. You can chose to follow any of our groups.

If you become a fully paid up member you can then add and Research Surnames world wide, downnload copies of our Cheshire Ancestor, in addition we have made reciprocal arrangements with other Family History Societies in the UK, Canada and Australia.   You can find these under the My Membership menu under RESEARCH - READ EXCHANGE JOURNALS.

Under the same Menu there is a set of Research Resources to help you with your research.{rscomments on}

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