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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.
Lest We Forget
This is an ongoing project and will continue to be up-dated
Kate Booth has been collecting names from all the War Memorials in Tameside for a number of years now and they are now compiled into a global list. They have been gathered from various sources and some have much more information about the casualties researched by various people over the years. Kate has photographs of most of these memorials and should be able to send out to anyone interested.
Her index is contained in an 81 page document downloaded from the following website: http://www.
Macclesfield Group Change of venue - November meeting
The Salvation Army Hall, Macclesfield will be closed during November and December to undergo extensive renovations. The meeting on Tuesday 27th November at 7:30pm entitled Monarchy and Dunham, the grey area will be held at Macclesfield Rugby Club, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 4AE. If anyone needs further information please get in touch at
Our publications list is now uploaded, click on Documents then Public Documents
Tuesday 25th September
A Short AGM followed by a Quiz.
Unfortunately, due to family illness, the talk about the FHSC website by Alan Bennett the webmaster is no longer taking place. Instead we will be having a 'pub type' quiz, so dust off your family and local history knowledge and come and enjoy the evening.
CHRIST CHURCH AND HER TWO SISTER CHURCHES
BY LINDA WILDING
Christ Church and her sister churches were built by the Weaver Navigation Company for its employees.
To read more download my article here.... pdf CHRIST CHURCH AND HER TWO SISTER CHURCHES (1.98 MB)
Some of you may be wondering why your membership shows as lapsed from 1 July 2018.
This is because the end of last years membership was the 30 June 2018.
If you pay by Standing Order or Cheque we can be delayed in processing your payments as many arrive at the same time, in their hundreds.
We do not penalise you for this as you will continue to be able to access the website facilities and recieve your copies of Cheshire Ancestor whilst we process the backlog.
If you pay online then you will need to renew again online following the instructions on the website at :
As part of the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2018 the Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire have produced;
Explore the routes of Macclesfield - an exhibition.
Have you ever wondered how the streets of Macclesfield got their names? Many are named after people - but who were these people, what did they do, who were their families and why are the streets named after them?
Friday 15th - Saturday 23rd June at the Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield.
Drop in sessions to help in tracing your family history will be held on;
Friday 15th June Library 2 - 4pm
Saturday 16th June Library 9am - 1pm
Saturday 16th June Town Hall 1 - 4.30pm
Sunday 17th June Town Hall 10.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 18th June Library 10am - 12 Noon
Tuesday 19th June Library 2 - 4pm
Wednesday 20th June Library 10am - 12 Noon
Thursday 21st June Library 2 - 4pm
Friday 22nd June Library 2 - 4pm
Saturday 23rd June Library 9am - 1pm
HISTORICAL NEWSPAPER REPORTS
By Linda Wilding
Ray’s career began in 1945 as a copy boy, for the sum of 17s 6d a week. He would cycle to and from across the Railway bridge to deliver stories to the sub-editor at the Weekly News Office.
70 years later in 2015 Ray finally retired; during the latter part of his career Ray worked less hours, and we all came to love and read his popular page, of by gone history in our Weekly News. It brought back to life the Town we all missed and loved, and people we had lost touch with.
Over the next months I will be scanning some of Ray's reports, which I have kept over the years.
Ray has given me permission to do this and is pleased that you will all get to read his work again!
Download Ray’s Newspaper Report here…… 29TH SEP 2005 RISE OF SEAMAN ROWLAND.pdf
Jubilee House, St Paul's St. Crewe. CW12QA For parking use postcode CW12PT which is Victoria centre carpark (Asda carpark at the top end)
Bank Holiday closing
Mobberley Research Centre will be closed on the following dates: Friday 30th
March to Monday 2nd April inclusive; and Mondays
What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
due to be held on Tuesday 27th February has been cancelled due to bad weather forecast for later in the day.
Tuesday 27th Feb
What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters.
Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.
Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD
beginning at 7.30pm. Non members are very welcome. Admission £2.
I wonder if you could distribute this (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CALSusers) to FHSC members in whatever way you think best? It’s a short survey which will help to inform the planning of new facilities and the new service. We will be looking at the results in February and building them into the HLF bid.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Archives and Heritage Manager
Cheshire Shared Services - Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
Only Eleven Questions
Many of you will be aware that there are never ending stories in the news of breaches of customer records in major companies.
In some cases these may mean your user identity or password credentials may have been compromised.
There is a database of compromised passwords that can be checked to ensure you don't use a compromised password on a website.
In an attempt to protect you we have implemented checks against this database when you register for the site or attempt to change your password.
Below is today's news from the GRO: https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/login.asp
General Register Office (GRO) - PDF Extended Pilot
The GRO is piloting a service from 12 October 2017 to provide portable document format (PDF) copies of digitised historical birth and death records. The pilot will run for a minimum of 3 months to enable GRO to assess the demand for this service over a prolonged period.
Applications for each PDF cost £6, must be made online, and include a GRO index reference.
England and Wales records which are available as PDFs in this extended pilot include:
Births: 1837 –1916
Deaths: 1837 –1957
Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, and therefore a certificate is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or giving notice of marriage.
Have you used our Online Historical Birth and Death Indexes yet? They may include extra information, for example; maiden name or age at death.
Notice of AGM Flyer 2017 TWO WEEKS TO GO
This is advance notice of our AGM Saturday 21st October at our Mobberley Research Centre. click this link to download AGM Advert from Cheshire Ancestor containing full details taken from our September issue of the Cheshire Ancestor.
The Agenda for this meeting and the Draft Minutes from 2016 have been uploaded to our public documents. Click on FHSCheshire > Public Documents.
6th October 2017
All email issues now fully resolved. Normal FHSC branded formatting now operational again.
25 Sep 2017
Hurrah - All email dependent features are now operational again .......................... however:
- formatting of these is now very plain and not FHSC branded but at least the site is fully usable again
- I am working with the author of the problematic software and am hopeful of a new release of the code that will allow the FHSC branded emails to be back in action very soon
- Contact Us is now back in action so please use that for any further contacts
Following the news that password resets aren't working, I can now confirma that the following list of features that rely on us being able to send emails are currently not working:
- Forgotten Username
- Forgotten Password
- Registering as a new website user confirmation emails not arriving
- Contact Us emails not being sent
- Confirmation emails re membership renewals, etc are not being sent
Please be patient whilst we try and rectify the issues.
Please note that our automatic reset password has stopped working since we updated our software yesterday.
We are working to fix the problem as soon as possible.
very best wishes, Gay Oliver Web Administration
Today I fixed issues with some links to Cheshire Surnames, especially registered users.
The link in the top menu was broken and has been removed.
The link in Quick Links was also broken and has been replaced by two links. One for your surnames and one to search the surnames.
The links are also now shown to all logged in users including paid members.
This is advance notice of our AGM Saturday 21st October at our Mobberley Research Centre. click this AGM Advert from Cheshire Ancestor containing full details taken from our September issue of the Cheshire Ancestor.
The Agenda for this meeting and the Draft Minutes from 2016 have been uploaded to our public documents. Click on FHSCheshire > Public Documents.
We have been experiencing some issues with the search facility on the Surnames facility.
A change and some testing today suggest we may have now fixed this.
Please add feedback to this news item to let me know your experiences.
FAMILY HISTORY COURSE
Starting on Monday 9th October 2017 at 2.00pm
A six week course for beginners or as a refresher at Mobberley Research Centre, Rajar Building, Town Lane, Mobberley
£5 per session Including use of the Research Centre Facilities.
For members or non-members.
Tutor: Jean Laidlaw
The Family History Unit will be open from 9.30 - 12.30 on the following Saturdays
20th. May, 24th. June, 22nd. July and 19th. August
Unfortunately due to ill health the advertised speaker has had to cancel his talk. The meeting of the Macclesfield group on Tuesday 25th April will now be a Virtual Tour of Macclesfield with Howard & Rosie Rowley.
The Macclesfield group of the Family History Society of Cheshire will be hosting
A demonstration of TWILE by Kelly Marsden one of its founders.
Twile is a timeline of everything that's ever happened in your family. It pulls together all of your family history, memories, photos and stories in the same place which all the family can explore and add to.
This will take place on 23rd May 2017 starting at 2.00pm at The Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD (Entrance on Wellington Street, opposite the Churchill Way Car Park.)
To get the most out of the demonstration you need to bring a laptop, ipad or similar device.
We will be on the North West Group stand and also represented by Federation of Family History Societies. David Lambert, Sharon and Ian Hartas, Rosie Rowley, Geoff Johnson and myself will be present on the stand on occasions during the 3 days. If anyone wants to have a chat about their research we will be willing to advise.
David Smetham (Chairman)
You can now join the FHSC, renew your membership and upgrade membership via the website.
Check out the Changelog for all the details.
RootsTech, based out of Salt Lake City, is the largest Family History event held each year in the United States. There are more than 200 sessions and I would love to go one year. Fortunately several of these sessions are now available via their website: https://www.rootstech.org/
Did work make you ancestor ill? a talk by Alan Jones.
Some occupational hazards from the past, before the days of workplace Health and Safety Officials.
Tuesday 28 February 2017 7.30pm - 9.00pm
The Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD
Entrance on Wellington Street, opposite Churchill Way Car Park (free in the evening).
Meetings are open to the public, and admission is £2 per meeting including refreshments.
Changes to the published programme are shown on our website at www.fhsc.org.uk
EE, the company that took over Orange, has announced that all of the email addresses associated with Orange and Freeserve are to be closed in May. The addresses are those which end in any of the following:
I am aware that a number of our members will be affected by this. Please ensure you check your email address on My Subscription and update it with a replacement.
For anyone who enjoyed Wednesdays episode, here are the six best websites for researching your Welsh Family History
The FHSC would like to welcome all the new members of the Sale Group who have either transferred from the NCFHS or joined as new members.
Please use Contact Us if you need any assistance
Today we launch an accessibility tool that will aid those with eyesight difficulties to use the website.
It includes features to allow contrast and font size to be changed.
It also provides the capability for any text that has been highlighted to be read aloud.
You will access the tool via the new blue Screen Reader icon in the bottom right of all screens.
Clicking on it will bring up the full menu of options.
You can add comments to this news item to give feedback on its usability. It has a number of options to change the configuration but I obviously need feedback from those with sight difficulties in order to assess its effectiveness.See: https://storejextensions.org/extensions/screen_reader.html for full details of the tools.
NOTE - The Birkenhead Group of the Family History SOciety of Cheshire is no longer meeting. It was formally closed on the 29th January at the Quarterly Meeting of the FHSC Committee. If you have any queries then please contact the FHSC Chairman via Contact Us in the top menu bar.
The webmaster has already changed your affiliation to 'Unattached' from Birkenhead.
Members can use My Subscription to change their affiliation to a different local group or leave it set it to Unattached.
Today I have launched a new item on the My Membership menu call My Newsletter Archive.
You are able to get to all the newsletters you have ever received, even if you have subsequently unsubscribed.
A great use for this feature is you can check if a newsletter that arrives via email is actually valid. If its not on the archive it didnt come from us.
Click on the link below to download a copy of our latest Tameside Newsletter
With regard to the above named our Audenshaw Local History Society is looking to place a marble which we rescued from Red Hall church some number of years ago prior to demolition. It would be the icing on the cake if we can have a descendant/family member to unveil the monument. Would it be possible for an appeal go out on the Forums Facebook/website for an appeal for anyone with any information. We are currently looking towards the Monday 27th March for the ceremony the venue is Ryecroft Hall Audenshaw for installation.
John Ousey was an elder of the original old Red Hall chapel which is now beneath the waters of the reservoirs in Audenshaw. He departed this life 10th November 1873 in the 75th year of his age. He was 75 years of age so born in 1799. He was what we would call today registrar for Audenshaw, Littlemoss Droylsden, and lived at Jasamine Cottage, which has now sadly been demolished.
His remains (together with other family members) were removed from the grounds in the Old Hall Chapel then Re-interned in the grounds of the new Red Hall Chapel on Audenshaw road Audenshaw in July 1877. The grave is still there today now in the small cemetery of the new building of Trinity Church.
Bob Kirk might remember that he was the Registrar at the beginning of Civil Registration and could often spell names in three separate ways in the same entry.
I did know an Ousey descendant many years ago who lived in Australia, but lost touch with her about 15 years ago.
Can anyone Help!
very best wishes,
Many of you will have recently received a number of emails and newsletters from us.
Some of you, including committee members, are rightly concerned that these may not have come from your society - especially as the old site was less able to send emails.
I have written the first of a series of help information in order to allay fears and provide you information to help you decide whether the emails you receive are genuine.
You will find these accessable via the FAQ menu in the top menu or by clicking HERE.
They can be found in the Security category.
Please keep checking back as I will add a number of others over the next week.
The new Sale group of the FHSC has now been officially formed, has a committee and has held its first meeting.
UPDATE - The group now has its own pages on this website but they need to be finalised for content.
Unfortunately we did have some teething problems with Contact Us emails not being received.
The sytem is now back and working but ................
If you have already used Contact Us and not received a reply then please resend your query to the same person again.
North Cheshire Family History Society is being wound up and the following statement is taken from their website:
"We regret that owing to insufficient support the Society is being wound up. New memberships are not being accepted. Existing memberships expired at the end of 2016. Our last meetings were in November 2016. Our last ever issue of the North Cheshire Family Historian, for November, has been published.
A number of existing members from the Sale Branch plan to form a new Group within the Family History Society of Cheshire.
An inaugural meeting of this Group will take place at the usual venue:
Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Rd, Sale, M33 3ED
at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 11th January 2017
It will be followed by
'Big Trees from Little Acorns Grow - A round trip with the seed man from Sale, Samuel Ryder', by Liz de Mercado.
If you are interested, please come along and bring any friends or neighbours."
As a concession (to equalise the 6 month differential between NCFHS and FHSC membership renewal dates) ex NCFHS members wishing to join the FHSC may do so at any time before 1st July 2017 and be given full membership through to 1st July 2018.
All ex NCFHS members will receive complimentary printed copies of Cheshire Ancestor for the December 2016, March and June 2017 issues and may visit both our research centres and any FHSC group meetigs during this period, being admitted as honorary FHSC members.
We hope to offcially create and formalise the new SALE Group after the above meeting, when Ex North Cheshire members will be offered temporary membership of FHSC until they choose to opt in or out of full membership with the transitional benefits mentioned above.
I have just fixed an issue whereby the Forgotten Password facility was incorrectly thinking you were a robot attacking the site.
Please notify me if any errors persist of this type after 22:45 on 31st December.
Non-members can now register so they can use the replacement Cheshire Surnames that was very popular. Click HERE to register.
Once you are registered go to My Membership on the main menu to find the Surnames facilities.
Please provide feedback on the facility by adding comments to this blog (only visible once you are logged in).
If you opt to become a fully paid up member the you can add and search members' surname interests worldwide.
This is quite a new feature and it will become progressively more useful as members continue to add the names they are researching.
For those of you looking to read the digital version of Cheshire Ancestor then login and you will find a direct link to all the Cheshire Ancestors in the dark green menu bar.
CHRIST CHURCH WESTON POINT BY LINDA D WILDING
Christ Church was erected in 1841 by the Trustees of the River Weaver Navigation Company. It was built for employees and their families. The Church is of red sandstone, in Gothic style consisting of a chancel, nave, transept, south porch and western tower, with octagonal spire, containing a clock and one bell.
There is a tablet of white marble on the north wall of the nave, erected in memory of 22 men of Weston Point who fell in the Great War. READ MORE MY DOWNLOADING HERE......... pdf CHRIST CHURCH AND VICARAGE (1.07 MB)
THE BOSTON FAMILY BY LINDA D WILDING
The BOSTON Family lived at Halton Grange (the Town Hall) Francis and his wife had three daughters Sybil, Peggy and Elizabeth. Francis owned Boston Tannery but later it was renamed Puritan Tannery. FOR MORE ABOUT THE FAMILY PLEASE DOWNLOAD HERE....... pdf BOSTONS (223 KB)
JAMES WILDING BY LINDA D WILDING
James Wilding was born in