All the latest news

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}

How to Follow Groups

Anyone can choose to add any of our groups to your areas of interest, but you must be a registered member first.  Please click on MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS in the top menu to see what the different styles of membership entitle you to.  Once registered and logged in, you can visit any of our group pages and click on the ADD  *****  TO MY GROUPS  button top right.  Eventually we hope to add personalised newsletters, depending on your areas of interest, to the services we offer our members

You can follow more than one group, for instance if your research is based in one geographical area, but you attend meetings at other groups.  Before the groups appear in your MY MEMBERSHIP menu you will need to refresh the page.

TWILE Demonstration at Macclesfield

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.)

 

All members of the society are welcome although booking is essential as places are limited – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place.

 

To get the most out of the demonstration you need to bring a laptop, ipad or similar device.

Who Do You Think You Are ! Live 6th- 8th April

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.

Regards

David Smetham (Chairman)

13 March 2017 Changes

1. Access enabled from Japan.

2. Login and Logout subtly changed:

- Single Login/Logout menu item in top menu in an attempt to workaround issues seen by some users when logging in.

-  Help added on Login and logout pages to explain two reasons for login failure and how to deal with them

- Reset password on entry form changed to make it clearer what to do

- Text in reset password email changed to make it clearer what to do 

26 February 2017 Changes

Today we launch a major change to the operation  of FHSC.

1. Membership can now be initiated directly from the website with payments accepted online using PayPal or debit/credit card.

Check out the Membership Options menu item for what is available and help on how to join..

This will greatly speed up your ability to join the society.

2. Existing members can now choose to renew their membership using these same additional payment methods. If you do this please remember to cancel ALL your standing orders in favour of FHSC. 

Check out My Subscription on the My Membership menu.

3. You can also upgrade your class of membership, e.g. from Digital to Printed Cheshire Ancestor.

Again check out My Subscription on the My Membership menu.

4. We would encourage all members to move to making their subscription payments online via the new payment methods as it will greatly assist in the smooth running of the society. The benefits include:

- you will always pay the correct payment that is due 

- no need to worry about changing/cancelling standing orders as subscription fees change over time

- no worries about paying multiple times in a given year as some members do now because they have multiple standing orders set up

- increase in speed of turnaround and removal of manual errors in processing the hundreds of standing orders and cheques that need to be processed every 1st July

5. The previous offline payment methods are still available, via standing order/bank transfer/cheque, but it is hoped that the volume of people using these will drop significantly.

February 18th 2017 Changes

1. The Mobberley Research Centre has been offering a lookup service to FHSC members for some time now, with access via postal request or email.

From today you can now order a lookup from our baptisms/marriages/burials/memorial inscriptions via an online service with payment via Paypal or card.

You can access the service from:

  • the FHSC Shortcuts menu on the home page
  • the Research menu on the Mobberley page
  • the Research options on your My Subscription menu

 

2. This is the first use of the online shop and so a My Cart feature will appear on some pages.

Macclesfield Group February 2017 Meeting

Macclesfield Group February 2017 Meeting

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

 

Email Addresses

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:

 

Orange.net

Orangehome.co.uk

Wanadoo.co.uk

Freeserve.co.uk

Fsbusiness.co.uk

Fslife.co.uk

Fsmail.net

Fsworld.co.uk

Fsnet.co.uk

 

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.

Accessibility Tool Launched

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.

Birkenhead Group Is Now Closed

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.

Looking for Descendants of John Ousey

  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,

EMail and Website Security

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.

New Sale Group - Support Required

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.

Cheshire Surnames Resurrected

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.

Christ Church Weston Point

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)

James Wilding

JAMES WILDING     BY LINDA D WILDING

 

James Wilding was born in Liverpool in 1863 to James and Sarah Wilding nee Sanders .and was the older brother of Mary Ann and William John.   Before moving to Runcorn, James served his apprenticeship in Liverpool.......James was an amazing architect and designed many of our buildings in Runcorn. Please download here for more about him........ pdf James Wilding (3.60 MB)

Bridgewater House

BRIDGEWATER HOUSE      BY LINDA D WILDING
 
This magnificent Georgian building situated along Old Coach Road, Runcorn, was built in the early 1760, for the Duke of Bridgewater.
 
It’s near the lower end of the ten locks leading from the Runcorn basin of the Bridgewater Canal to the river Mersey.
 
For more information download the document here........ pdf BRIDGEWATER HOUSE (868 KB)
 
 

 

 

Login Issues for Existing Members

Now that our new site is up and running all our members will have to reset their passwords to access Members Only content.

Click on Login in the top green menu and then use the Forgot Your password? link. On the next screen which opens you should enter your email address and then click on submit. Be aware that the Submit button only works after a number of seconds (his is to protect us from attacks by robots).

Now go to your email inbox and look for an email from us. If you cant find it then check in your junk/spam folder. If you dont receive it then please contact the Web Administrator via Contact Us.

Also contact us if your email address is rejected as it means our records need updating.

If you do get the email then click on the link which will take you back directly to our website to reset your password.

Please make this a strong password: at least 8 characters long with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols

Once you have logged in you can look at the data we hold about you that may need changing.  You will find it in the My Membership menu under the Member Admin options.

Good Luck! and Welcome to our New Website.  This is not a static website and we will continue to add to it and increase facilties throughout 2017.

November Newsletter

November Newsletter

NEED VOLUNTEERS TO TAKE OVER REFRESHMENTS:

So pleased that Pam Evans, Jenny Lever and Anita Wozniak are now helping with refreshments with a couple of other volunteers in reserve

NEW SOCIETY WEBSITE TO BE LAUNCHED VERY SOON

This new site will be launched very soon.  Once it is launched it will have the same address: www.fhsc.org.uk and the whole look and feel of our website will have changed.

Provided you have kept your email address up-to-date with us and you know your membership number, you should have no problems accessing 'Members Only' content, but the first time you log in you will have to use the reset your password link.  Your username will be the same eg 004161 or 000245 using the correct number of noughts to make it a six figure number.  You should also be able to change your username too on or new site. Please visit FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) in the top menu bar and then on GENERAL for how to create a secure and acceptable password.

NEW MOSSLEY WW1 BLUE PLAQUE TRAIL

I have added this to our Tameside Local History Forum webpage: www.tamesidehistoryforum.org.uk and then click on Latest News and Information where you will be able to download a leaflet with full details.

Series 13 of WDYTYA starting soon: At last we have a start date:

Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One for series 13. It will be on our screens Thursday 24 November at 8 pm.

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, star of film and stage Sir Ian McKellen, news presenter Sophie Raworth, The Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson, Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, presenter Liz Bonnin, actor and comedian Greg Davies, actress Sunetra Sarker and popstar Cheryl all discover their past in this year’s series. More information here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/who-do-you-think-you-are

click read more for much more news:

Read more

New Venue and Dates

From January 2017 we shall be holding our monthly meetings at a new location and switching back to the last Thursday of the month. Our new venue is the church hall at All Saints Church, 2 Vicarage Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ.  The church is on the left hand side of Hoole Road coming into Chester from the M56 and A41. The entrance to the church hall and carparking area is behind the church and access is immediately on the left off Vicarage Road. Meetings start at 7.30 pm and dates for 2017 are 26 January, 23 February, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May, 29 June, 27 July, 28 September, 26 October and 30 November. All FHSC members and visitors are always welcome.
 
We are continuing to hold public help desks at the Chester History and Heritage Centre at St Michael's Church, Bridge Street Row, Chester CH1 1NW, every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 12 am and 1 to 4 pm, and at Chester Library, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2EF, every Tuesday from 10  to 12 am.

Bracey/Bracy DNA Study

I am the administrator of a project investigating the genetic relationships between male holders of the Bracey name and it’s variants. We have recently found a cluster of Bracey/Bracy chaps in the USA who are all the genetic descendants of William Bressee of Isle of Wight County, Virginia in the seventeenth century. 
 
 The Bracey surname is historically found in three locations in England, South Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Norfolk (apart from a London population from at least 1600 that are considered likely migrants, possibly from all three of those counties). We know that the South Gloucestershire family are genetically distinct from that of the Virginia patriarch and our group would like to probe the relationship between the Cheshire Bressy/Bracey family and these two clusters.

Cheshire BMD Tutorials

Ian Hartas has visited many if not most of our groups to demonstrate the most effective ways of using his UKBMD website.  To make this information available to a wider audience he has created a series of video tutorials.  These are short 5-7 minute videos available via YouTube.

Please click the following link to go straight there and to find out more information: www.ukbmd.org.uk/tutorials{rscomments on}

Wallasey Visits and Help Desks

Wallasey Group have recently had two successful visits to Archives. At Wirral Archives we were encouraged to use their resources for our own research and at Liverpool Maritime Archives we had a very interesting and informative talk on their holdings by the Archivist, Sarah Starkey. Those of us without maritime ancestors felt as if we were missing out!

 

Next year I hope to plan a visit to Liverpool Record Office for those who have not already been.

 

We continue to hold Help Desks at Wallasey Reference Library on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 10 till 1 and Alison Williams and I also volunteer there most of the other Fridays. So help is on the doorstep should you need it.

Tameside Local Studies and Archives Library

Tameside Local Studies and Archives Library

Tameside's Jewel in the Crown for Family Historians.  In addition to the normal deposits that most local archives hold eg parish register microflims, newspapers, maps, trade directories etc our Tamesdie Local Studies Library holds major depostis for the Manchester Regiment, Tameside Magistrates Courts, Hospital records, Earl of Stamford Estate Papers and all the gathered archives for the nine towns which made up Tameside.{rscomments on}

Cheshire BMD events

ALL Births, Marriages and Deaths registered in Tameside and currently held at Tameside Register Office have been indexed by a team from our Tameside Family History Group.  A total of 1.8 million entries.  This should be your first place to look since we were given permission by the Registrar to put all the Mothers' Maiden Names in all entries right from the start of Civil Registration (1837), similarly the age at death.  We also included the wife's maiden name in all marriage entries and any previous names mentioned in the records.  For Marriages we included where they got married and its worth checking whether the records for that church or chapel have been microfilmed and are available to search at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Library: 0161 342 4242  This could save you having to buy the certificate. www.cheshirebmd.org.uk

Tameside Family History website

For everything you need to know about Family History in Tameside you can check out my family history website: tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk  Here you will find many transcribed early sources, help guides, useful web links and addresses.  Also various local history articles going back to medieval Ashton Manor{rscomments on} Make a cup of coffee and sit down to browse, there is a lot here.  tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk

EATON Family DNA Project

I am Douglas MacMillan, Director of the DNA program for the EATON Families Association here in the U.S. We have been operating since 2006 and have nearly 140 DNA samples by now. Most of these are U.S. Eatons, although we also have a sprinkling of samples from the U.K., Scotland and Ireland. We have so far isolated about 6 or 7 Eaton "sub-clans" residing in the U.S.

Our most urgent need is to find an Eaton male descending from any Eaton from the 15th or 16th century in Cheshire.

In particular, from Richard Eaton, Vicar at Coventry, who went on to be Vicar at Great Budworth, Cheshire, in the years before his death in 1600. Two of his college-educated sons came to America. One of them, Theophilus, later founded a new colony in southern New England, where he became the first Governor of our State of Connecticut. He died in that role in 1658, whereupon his widow brought their children back to the Great Budworth area.

Read more

Family Free Maker and MacKiev

Ancestry made the following announcement to users of Family Tree Maker™ in early February 2016

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.

RootsMagic

We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history. 

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. You can find additional details about these Family Tree Maker partnerships on our blog. We also encourage you to continue to check back on our blog for future updates in the coming months.

NEW UKBMD Tutorials

Ian Hartas has visited many if not most of our groups to demonstrate the most effective ways of using his UKBMD website.  To make this information available to a wider audience he has created a series of video tutorials.  These are short 5-7 minute videos available via YouTube.
Please click the following link to go straight there and to find out more information: www.ukbmd.org.uk/tutorials

Family History Cameos

Family History Cameos

Mon 15 Feb at 19:30 · Wesley Place Methodist Church
Three short talks on family and local history.
Golden Days: Memories of Iron & Steel making in North Staffordshire. John Higgins will be talking about his visit to Goldendale Iron and Steel Works (Tunstall) when he was a boy in the late 1940s.
Great Differences: Diana Bevan’s topic is about her four great grandfathers who were very different in looks and personalities.
Wow Factors in Family History Research: Bernard Newman will be passing on his experiences and surprises when researching his family tree.
Admission is £1 for FHSC members and £1.50 for visitors who are most welcome. This includes light refreshments.

Find My Past News

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Docman Linking

Here is a link to a public document in Docman, the Constitution :

pdf FHSC Constitution (39 KB)

It will allow it to be opened by clicking on the link.

 

Here is one to an image category, an album of photographs taken when our Tameside Group visited, but it will only be able to be viewed by Tameside Group followers:

Fairfield Moravian Settlement

If you arent logged in then it will take you to the login screen

 

Here is a  link to a single image in that folder:

image Fairfield (1.32 MB)

How to Add your Photo/Gravatar to News Items

Here is an example of a blog entry that displays the users avatar from Gravatar.

To register for Gravatar an upload an image goto: https://en.gravatar.com

If you click on the Avatar you can see the authors profile.

If the author clicks on his avatar then it allows him to edit his profile.

The profile also shows a index to all that authors blog entries. You can click on these to jump to the article.

The Gravatar image is also used in any comments that user makes.

The authors profile and image are shown below the blog entry if you go to the details page by clicking on the blog entry title (in this case Blog Facilities)

A blog entry can include images.

 

Updated by Alan

Photo of the Month

Congregational Church, Wilmslow, early 1900s

This postcard was published by Jones Stationers of Wilmslow
and posted in Manchester in 1912 to Miss Dora Rogers, Wootton Villa, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.

The Congregational Church, now the United Reformed Church, stands on the corner of Alderley Road and Chapel Lane in Wilmslow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the resources held by the FHSC Research Centre at Mobberley for Wilmslow:


On microfiche or film: 

Wilmslow, Dean Row Chapel Baptisms 1864-1980, Burials 1893-1899
Wilmslow, Dean Row Unitarian Burials 1751-2000
Wilmslow, Dean Row MIs
Wilmslow, Lindow St.John the Evangelist MIs
Wilmslow Quaker Burial Ground, Water Lane, MIs
Wilmslow St.Bartholomew Bapt. 1558-1830, Marr. 1558-1887, Bur. 1558-1902
Wilmslow St.Bartholomew Bapt. 1877-1910, Marr. 1863-1919
Wilmslow St.Bartholomew MIs + Grave Plan & Index

Printed:

Wilmslow United Reform Church 1844-1982, Pleasant Pastures - W. Lazenby & F. Morgan
Wilmslow Methodist Baptisms 1811-1962
Wilmslow Hawthorn St. Methodist Marriages 1937-1949
Wilmslow Morley Green School-Chapel Baptisms 1882-2005 + List of Members 1881
Wilmslow St. Bartholomew Parish Register 1558-1652 transcript vol.1
Wilmslow St. Bartholomew Parish Register 1558-1652 transcript vol.2
Wilmslow - Pownall Hall
Wilmslow & Alderley Edge Official Guide
Wilmslow area, Buildings of Architectural & Historic Interest  - Wilmslow Trust 1970
Wilmslow at War
Wilmslow Past and Present
Wilmslow, A Portrait of  (Hodson 1974)
Wilmslow, Bollin Fee Settlement Examination - Thomas & Sarah Shirt 1704
Wilmslow, Handforth & Alderley, Portrait of  (Lee 1996)
Wilmslow, Handforth, Styal & Alderley, Looking Back at  (Garratt 1983)
Wilmslow, The Story of - Howard Hodson 1971
Wilmslow, Three Sundays in 1851, 1861 & 1871
Wilmslow, Water Lane Chapel & Methodists of
Wilmslow Methodist Church the First 200 Years

Crewe Family History Unit is Moving

The Family History Unit (FHU) will be moving from Crewe Library to a suite of rooms in the Municipal Building.  This relocation is due to the construction of the 'Lifestyle and Wellbeing Centre'. The library will move but there is not space for our research archives.

We will be housed on the 2nd. floor of the Municipal Building.
Opening hours will remain the same, as will facilities, but with more space.  In order to undertake this move the FHU is currently closed
The  family History Unit reopened on Monday 4th. January 2016.
c/o Municipal Building  Floor 2
Earle Street, Crewe,  Cheshire,  CW1 2BJ      Tel:- 01270 685699   Outside opening hours please leave a message.

February 2015: Photo of the month

Astbury, c. 1907

This postcard was sent on September 18th, 1907 to Miss H. Brugess (sic), The Lowe farm, Buglawton, Congleton and bears an intriguing message:

"Dear Harriett, will you ask your mother if she will let you meet me at the Town Hall at quarter to seven on Thursday night. I sent to J.R.(?) and he will tell T. with fond love from a Friend N. I."

So - who is the mysterious N.I.? Did he meet Harriett at the town hall?

January 2015: Photo of the month

Alderley Park, c. 1905

This postcard was sent at 7:15pm on Christmas Eve 1905 to Master R Haigh, Post Office, Chelford. It reads: "With best wishes for Xmas from Bainy (?) Alderley Dec 1905".

The postal service must have been a lot better in 1905 than now, if a postcard franked at 7:15pm on Christmas Eve reached its destination in time for Christmas Day!

Alderley Park was the home of the Stanleys, but the house was damaged in a fire in 1931 and later demolished. The park and remaining buildings were purchased by ICI in 1950 for its fledgling pharmaceutical business which eventually became AstraZeneca.
More information can be found on the Nether Alderley Parish Council website.

 

Meeting Report: 27th January 2015

‘Lord of all he Surveys’ by Gwyneth Mitchell

For our first meeting of 2015, we welcomed back Gwyneth Mitchell to talk about estate owners and their families.
Unfortunately Gwyneth was feeling rather ‘under the weather’ but still managed to give us an interesting insight into the lives of the landed gentry in the 1700s-1800s.

We learned that the country house was the powerbase of the nation’s ruling class until about the 1880s. The family who owned the estate had an effect on the local people even if they didn’t live or work on the estate, as these were usually the men who became the local MP, the judiciary, the clergy, set up the local militia or became officers in the forces.

The first son of the family was usually the heir to the country estate by a process known as entailment: his life was mapped out for him from birth and his education was completely geared towards the day when he would become the estate owner. The whole estate, including all the employees and villagers, would often participate in a huge celebration when the heir came of age, as that meant the estate would pass on to the next generation as a whole and their future lives were secure.

Gwyneth explained how the young men in the family were educated: first at home, then at a boarding school, where they were often treated harshly, with cold baths, cross-country running in the rain, one meal per day with remaining meals to be obtained out of their own allowance. This was intended to give the boys self-sufficiency and strength of character. She went on to tell us about the ‘grand tour’ which many young men, and later young women, undertook in order to further their education. These tours through France, Italy and other European countries often lasted for a number of years and cost several thousand pounds.

The papers of many local families, such as the Stanleys of Alderley, include many diaries and letters which give us a good picture of life in the 1800s – 1900s, with eyewitness accounts of events including the workers riots of August 1842, military exercises, elections and society weddings. Letters written by the Stanleys in the 1800s were published in the 1930s, edited by Nancy Mitford, and can be found on the Ancestry website.

Private Thomas Alfred Jones VC.DCM

SUNDAY 3RD AUGUST 2014 MEMORIAL GARDEN, GREENWAY ROAD, RUNCORN.
The World War One Commemoration and the Unveiling of the Statue Of our local Hero
Private Thomas Alfred Jones.
 
It was a beautiful summer’s morning well attended by our local Town to show their respect and gratitude not only for "Todger" but for all the men and women he represented in other conflicts.
 

Bracy/Bracey DNA Study

 I am the administrator of a project investigating the genetic relationships between male holders of the Bracey name and it’s variants. We have recently found a cluster of Bracey/Bracy chaps in the USA who are all the genetic descendants of William Bressee of Isle of Wight County, Virginia in the seventeenth century. 
 
 The Bracey surname is historically found in three locations in England, South Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Norfolk (apart from a London population from at least 1600 that are considered likely migrants, possibly from all three of those counties). We know that the South Gloucestershire family are genetically distinct from that of the Virginia patriarch and our group would like to probe the relationship between the Cheshire Bressy/Bracey family and these two clusters.

 We are able to offer a free DNA test to any Bracey chap who can demonstrate or believes he is related to a branch of the Cheshire family and I wondered if you might have any members of your Society with Bracey interests who may be able to help us in locating such a DNA donor?
 Kind regards

 John
 John Clement This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Bracey Y-DNA Project Administrator
 Edgmond
 Newport
 Shropshire
 UK

St Chads Wybunbury MIs

St Chad's Church Wybunbury (old churchyard) Monumental Inscriptions

Crewe Group have this new publication by Lancon Publishing for sale.
The publication is in paper format cost £14   + £ 4 p&p UK.  +£6 p+p rest of Europe.  
+£10.50 p+p rest of World
A high quality product which includes a graveyard plan. CD version will be available 
at a later date.
Available by post from Mrs M Spate[group Leader], FHSC - Crewe Group, c/o Crewe Library,
Prince Albert Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DH. or purchase from Family History Unit in Crewe Library.

Eaton Family DNA Project

 

I am Philip Converse, Director of the DNA program for the EATON Families Association here in the U.S. We have been operating since 2006 and have nearly 90 DNA samples by now. Most of these are U.S. Eatons, although we also have a sprinkling of samples from the U.K., Scotland and Ireland. We have so far isolated about 6 or 7 Eaton "sub-clans" residing in the U.S.
Last Updated on Saturday,

 

Macclesfield Group AGM September 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Macclesfield Group was held on Wednesday 24 September 2014, at St John's Church Macclesfield.
Click here to download the Minutes of the Meeting.

AGM in a Nutshell:

Committee
The Committee Members were re-elected:
Group Leader - Rosie Rowley
Secretary - Howard Rowley
Treasurer - Babs Johnson

Meetings - change of day, venue, and admission charge
From January 2015, meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6XD - park in Churchill Way car park (free in the evening) and enter the building through the new main door on Wellington Street.
Meeting admission charge will be £2 per person including refreshments.
Computer Group meetings will no longer be held, but computer-related topics will be incorporated into main group meetings.

Our Bramhall Group

 Our Bramhall Group Website is www.bramhallfamilyhistory.com Ian Cameron has taken over from Jim France as our new web-master

 

Our LibraryWe are in the process of cataloguing our library books & realise that some of the research sources mentioned in them are now out of date. The first place we search for information now is the internet to find out what records are available on-line.  All the same, many original sources do need checking and some of our books do contain research tips that are still relevant – so please use our library or lose it. We do need volunteers to man it at our meetings. Books, CDs etc. can only be borrowed by members. Please return all library items by the following meeting as others may be waiting to borrow them. An up-to-date list of all items held in the library can soon be viewed on our website at www.bramhallfamilyhistory.com

We are grateful to Chris Bradley of Bramhall who has donated some books of his late father, Dennis, to our group library. Also thanks to other members & non- members for donations.

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Christ Church, Bebington and St. Andrew's, Bebington M.I.'s.

We have recently completed transcribing the Memorial Inscriptions at Christ Church, Bebington and have produced a book that also contains photographs of all the current headstones. The book also incorporates those transcriptions recorded in 1985.
We have also transcribed the Memorial Inscriptions at St. Andrew's and have produced a book that also contains photographs of all the current headstones.  The book also incorporates those transcriptions recorded by the S.O.G. in 1968, before the headstones were removed. There are copies of the book at Bebington Library, Mobberley and our own library.
The books have also been produced on CD and is available for purchase through the usual channels.
NEW! The BebingtonGroup will do lookups and and provide extracts from the book for the following fees : Monumental Inscription only £1.20; Inscription plus pictures of church & churchyard, plot plan, and, if available, picture of grave £2.50.
Click on the "Group Leader" link above and email us with the details of the ancestor you wish us to trace and the Church you wish us to search. We will reply and let you know if we can locate a grave.

Macclesfield Reflects

‘Macclesfield Reflects…’ WWI Project
‘Macclesfield Reflects…’ project members are researching the history of the
Macclesfield area during the early 1900s to discover the stories of those who
lived or died during the Great War and ensure they are not forgotten.
The Macclesfield Group is assisting with the ‘Macclesfield Reflects…’ project by:
transcribing local WWI - related records held in Cheshire Archives, collecting
local WWI - related information from individuals and old newspapers, assisting
local churches with research into the names on their war memorials, uploading
information to the website at www.macclesfieldreflects.org.uk, producing local
WWI displays and providing a research helpdesk at some events.
If you have any memories, photos, or documents about someone from the
Macclesfield area who was involved in WWI in any way and you would like
to share this information, please get in touch. The project group also has some
unidentified photos on the website - click on ‘Can you Help?’ to view them. If
you can identify the people or the location, please let us know. The contact
email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bramhall Group Newsletter Spring 2014

January- June 2014

 

2nd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm

 

9th January –   Puddings, Pomanders and Polish – what happens in National Trust properties when closed for the winter -                                                              Barbara Foster   

                                                                                              

13th February – Hazel Grove Full Circle– Rowcroft family history research reveals the unexpected -                                                                                                   Norman Rowcroft

 

13th March – CheshireKnights and some of their Ladies - Part 1– a look at the wonderful medieval effigies found in some Cheshirechurches–                       Tony Bostock  

                                      

10th April- ResearchingJohn le Mesurier’s Ancestry –                              Cathryn Walton

 8th May -  The Irish Potato Famine -  conditions & migration of  Sandra’s family -           SandraMcLaren                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

12thJune– What’s in the News – Using newspapers for family history -          Sylvia Dillon

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The Bramhall Groupmeets in the Main Hall of the United Reformed Church on the corner of Robins Laneand BramhallLane South, SK7 2PEat 7.30. p.m.

Unfortunately due to the increase in costs of room hire, speakers etc. since the group’s formation, our admission cost will increase to£2 including refreshments from January 2014.

Those of you who attend on a regular basis will know that at the end of the meetings we ‘make some time’ for refreshments and give people the chance to discuss their ancestral research problems with others in the hope that they can sort some of them out. Visitors are always very welcome but we trust that those who attend regularly will join the FHSC.

 

For further information

Please ring 01614395021 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                  Our Bramhall Group Website is www.bramhallfamilyhistory.com

                Ian Cameron has taken over from Jim France as our new web-master

.                The Family History Society of Cheshire Website is www.fhsc.org.uk

Our LibraryWe are in the process of cataloguing our library books & realise that some of the research sources mentioned in them are now out of date. The first place we search for information now is the internet to find out what records are available on-line.  All the same, many original sources do need checking and some of our books do contain research tips that are still relevant – so please use our library or lose it. We do need volunteers to man it at our meetings. Books, CDs etc. can only be borrowed by members. Please return all library items by the following meeting as others may be waiting to borrow them. An up-to-date list of all items held in the library can soon be viewed on our website at www.bramhallfamilyhistory.com

We are grateful to Chris Bradley of Bramhall who has donated some books of his late father, Dennis, to our group library. Also thanks toother members & non- members for donations.

New Books in our Library:

The OxfordNames Companion – a definitive guide to surnames, first names & place names of the British Isles.

Discovering Cathedrals– David Pepin.

Tracing Your Family Tree – Jean Cole & John Titford.

The Genealogical Services Directory - Family & Local History Handbook

The History of Marple & District– Marple Local History Society

Remembered – Marple Men who fell in The Great War – Clarke, A. Cook & J Bintcliff.

McLaughlin Guides – Eve McLaughlin: Reading Old Handwriting, Simple Latin for Family Historians, Illegitimacy, The Censuses – 1841-1891

Gibson Guides - Electoral Registers since 1832 & Burgess Rolls,Poll Books c.1696-1872Land Tax Assessments c.1690-c.1950.

An Introduction to Occupations – Joyce Culling. FFHS.

An Introduction to Poor Law Documents before 1834– Anne Cole. FFHS.

Records of the Church of England – Susan Bourne & Andrew Chicken

Discovering Your Old House– David Iredale & John Barrett

My Father was a Merchant Seaman – C & M Watts

Shoemaking– June Swann

Tales of Manchester Jewry & Manchester in the Thirties, More Tales of Manchester Jewry & Rothschild in Manchester etc.- Monty Dobkin

Workhouses & Hospitals of North ManchesterSusan Hall

Working Class Housing in Nineteenth Century ManchesterJacqueline Roberts

The Invasion of 1745 - Peter JC Smith

Waterways into Castleford - John C Fletcher

Electricity in ManchesterRoy Frost

Hulme Memories- Mary Jordan

The Way to Glory - James W Bancroft

Directories of Manchester & Salford 1772 & 1778 - Elizabeth Raffald

Magazines – Selection of Family Tree magazines, Derbyshire Family History Society Journals & The Yorkshire Family Historian

                                                              BRAMHALL GROUP COMMITTEE

                                                             Ian Bickley                           Group Leader

                                                            Liz Wilkinson                      Treasurer

                       Susan Bickley                      Programme Organiser/ Publicity

                      Janet McMurray                  Refreshments Organiser

                      Mary Gash                           Refreshments Assistant

                      Norman Rowcroft               Committee Member

Please let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your current email address if we do not have it. Thanks - Ian   

Wallasey Group 20th Anniversary 2010

The Wallasey Group was inaugurated 20 years ago in March.  The Committee wanted  to mark the event and have published a book to celebrate the occasion and record the achievements of the group’s members over the years.

 Our Anniversary Book, Wallasey Now and Then, is now published, and is available  at  £9.95 plus P&P, if required.  It is an A4, perfect bound book, with 176 pages and contains more than 400 photographs, old and new.

The book records many of the changes that have taken place in what was the County Borough of Wallasey.  It covers the areas of Poulton, Seacombe, Egremont, New Brighton, Upper Brighton, Liscard, Wallasey Village, Leasowe, Moreton and Saughall Massie.

Most of the new photographs have been taken during 2009 and 2010, especially for the book.

Please get in touch with me for further details of how to obtain your copy.


Irene Birch

Group Leader

Eaton Family DNA Project

I am Philip Converse, Director of the DNA program for the EATON Families Association here in the U.S. We have been operating since 2006 and have nearly 90 DNA samples by now. Most of these are U.S. Eatons, although we also have a sprinkling of samples from the U.K., Scotland and Ireland. We have so far isolated about 6 or 7 Eaton "sub-clans" residing in the U.S.

Our most urgent need is to find an Eaton male descending directly from the Richard Eaton, Vicar at Coventry, who went on to be Vicar at Great Budworth, Cheshire, in the years before his death in 1600. Two of his college-educated sons came to America.  One of them, Theophilus, later founded a new colony in southern New England, where he became the first Governor of our State of Connecticut. He died in that role in 1658, whereupon his widow brought their children back to the Great Budworth area. 

Actually. we think that we have DNA from a modern Eaton whose family has been in Ireland since before 1700, which traces to a Theophilus brother.  However, his paper trail back to Theophilus is a bit weak in the early going.  Therefore we are eager to find a current Eaton who has strong credentials back to Theophilus and his father. Cheshire seems a logical place to look, since from the 1600s to 1860, Cheshire censuses show an abundance of Eaton households residing in ithe general area around Great Budworth, who may or may not be descendants of the Vicar.  Of course there has been fair residential mobility in the period since 1860, so Eatons may have thinned out considerably in this Cheshire micro-area.  In any event, we are interested in interchanges with any males who have reason to believe they may be from this line.

We would be glad to hear from such Eatons.  Ultimately, we would want to have a DNA sample drawn from any contestants, as the final proof positive.  (The sample is simple and painless: our lab would mail a "kit" containing a couple of sponge swabs to be wiped on the inner cheeks, rewrapped and sent back to Houston, Texas.)  The sample is, however, pricey: US$ 149.  We would be glad to review paper trails presented, and if we felt they were truly strong, we would pay for the test.  If we are reduced to somewhat weaker paper trails, we would consider another arrangement, such as sharing the costs equally.

We would be glad to receive paper trails at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Macclesfield Christmas Social December 2013

Christmas Social Evening and Quiz

At this year's Christmas Social the 4 Teams had their memories challenged by a round of Talk Bingo, a Video Round, an Audio Round and two rounds of questions covering Occupations and Places.




 

 

 

Whilst our quizzers tucked into the refreshments during the breaks, our Group Leader Rosie put her organisational skills to the test and provided the tea and coffee refreshments.

Macclesfield Group AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Macclesfield Group was held on Wednesday 25 September 2013, at St John's Church Macclesfield.


Committee
The following were elected onto the new Committee:
Group Leader - Rosie Rowley
Computer Group Leader - Howard Rowley
Secretary - Howard Rowley
Treasurer - Babs Johnson


The Role of the Committee is to ‘Steer the ship’
•    Ensure the Group is running smoothly
•    Ensure the Group is run within FHSC guidelines
•    Ensure Volunteers receive the support they need
•    Reduce costs where possible
•    Increase income where possible
•    Ensure Meeting Programmes deliver what our members are looking for
 
The Committe will be supported by a Volunteer Team comprising:

•    Membership Secretary:
     Maintain Macclesfield Group membership lists, send welcome letters to new members.
     Check FHSC communications for membership changes. Mike Fidgett

•    Bookings Secretary:
     Find/book speakers and premises. Confirm bookings, pay speakers, send thank-you letters.  Chris Gosling

•    Refreshments Organiser:
     Organise the serving and clearing away. Julie Skirvin

•    Sales Organiser:
     Pack and post orders for Group Publications.
     Organise sale of Publications at meetings/events.  Margaret Heathcote

•    Projects Co-ordinator:
     Oversee all Macclesfield Group projects. Prepare project descriptions.
     Volunteer to be confirmed when Projects are identified.

•    Help Requests Secretary:
     Respond to help request letters/emails. Ask Group members for help. Maintain a list of useful contacts.
     Pat Craig (Supported by Bob Nixon and John Yates)

L&NWR Crewe Engineering Works Staff Registers

The L&NWR -Crewe Engineering Works Staff Registers  are now available to view on microfilm in the Family History Unit at Crewe. 

These records chart the employment history of each employee including any disciplinary action taken, as well as first date of employment and date of birth.  Some record the previous employer and rates of pay. In addition there are 2 films relating to staff employed in Carlisle and Rugby.There are 21 films of available records but there are gaps as some books are missing.  

We are grateful for the support of members who have helped us to raise over £1,000 towards the cost of these films. If you are travelling to view these films then please make an appointment to book a viewer.

Baptised in Crewe Volume 1

CD for sale,  helping you to trace your ancestors baptised in CREWE:

43,000 transcribed entries from various churches within the town.  Also included are images and potted histories of the churches.

The CD costs £10  plus postage and packaging. For further details please dowload and copy of our flyer and application form.

flyer    application form

Computer Resources at Mobberley Research Centre

I am pleased to announce that we have subscribed to a Worldwide membership for Ancestry.co.uk. This is available to search for free at the Research Centre on one computer.

As a result of this Find my past will only be available to view on three computers .

Membership for The Genealogist Diamond edition has been renewed for another year.

Bracey/Bracy DNA Study

 I am the administrator of a project investigating the genetic relationships between male holders of the Bracey name and it’s variants. We have recently found a cluster of Bracey/Bracy chaps in the USA who are all the genetic descendants of William Bressee of Isle of Wight County, Virginia in the seventeenth century. 
 
 The Bracey surname is historically found in three locations in England, South Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Norfolk (apart from a London population from at least 1600 that are considered likely migrants, possibly from all three of those counties). We know that the South Gloucestershire family are genetically distinct from that of the Virginia patriarch and our group would like to probe the relationship between the Cheshire Bressy/Bracey family and these two clusters.

 We are able to offer a free DNA test to any Bracey chap who can demonstrate or believes he is related to a branch of the Cheshire family and I wondered if you might have any members of your Society with Bracey interests who may be able to help us in locating such a DNA donor?
 

 Kind regards
 John
 John Clement This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Bracey Y-DNA Project Administrator
 Edgmond
 Newport
 Shropshire
 UK

Crewe Group Volunteer

Due to the retirement of one of our volunteers we have a vacancy for a lead person to work in our research room in the south of the county.
 
Saturday 9.00 - 13.00 hrs at present (but could be Wednesday, Thursday or Friday to suit)
Vacancy can be filled by existing volunteer willing to take on extra responsibility or a new volunteer who could be trained. Opening and closing the unit within the library as well as assisting visitors with their research.
 
Thank you for considering this vacancy.
Please contact the unit any Monday or Tuesday for further information, alternatively email Margaret Spate  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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