Who are we?

  • The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy.
  • The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and also the North West Group of Family History Societies.
  • All our officers and officials are unpaid volunteers, helping in their spare time.
  • We produce a large number of Publications relating to Cheshire family history.
  • Why you should join

    • Four copies a year of our ‘Award Winning’ magazine the Cheshire Ancestor.
    • Members only web site content e.g., research guides and information.
    • Surnames interests being researched by other members.
    • Help from our Volunteers at our two well stocked libraries/research centres.
    • An interesting programme of events throughout the year at group meetings.
    • Help and advice at group meetings and via the online forum.
    • Click here to download our Reasons to Join Flyer  pdf Reason to Join September 2019 (67 KB)

    Where are our groups?

    See the Groups menu above to find the locations of all our groups across the county.

    Featured Events

     * Urgent* One of our Wednesday afternoon volunteers is having an extended holiday to New Zealand from beginning of September until the end of January. She covers the first, third and fifth Wednesday afternoons. We have reluctantly agreed to close the centre on these days until February
    The Research Centre provides a wide range of facilities to help you with your research
    Our team of Duty Volunteers is there to help you make the most of the facilities on offer.
     Although the bulk of our resources relate to Cheshire, we also have some records for contiguous counties and some facilities for UK-wide searches.

    We have seven computers with Internet access. We have subscriptions to Find MyPast, which includes the 1939 Register and the1911 census, Ancestry and The Genealogist. There is no charge to use these research programmes. 

    There are also a number of film/fiche readers for viewing our large collection of Cheshire parish registers and monumental Inscriptions plus many interesting fiche from other counties. There is a collection of CDs and other records, now available on the computers via an external hard drive.

    We have an extensive library with many fascinating books. Our sections include books on Cheshire, other counties, one-name studies, directories, military and information books to help with your research. We also have a large document collection, including wills and a collection of original documents with surname indexes.

    Please try and come for a visit, you will be made most welcome by our friendly volunteers and you never know, you may just find that elusive ancestor. Please note we are located on the first floor and we regret there is no lift.

    For more information use  Holdings from the menu. 

    Admission of members
    There is an admission charge of £3 per visit. This helps towards our running costs but includes tea or coffee as required and free parking on Ilford Way at the side of the building.  Membership status may be checked on arrival.  Our rules are similar to those at most record offices and will be pointed out to you on arrival. Lockers are available for personal belongings and small bags etc, but please do not bring large bags to the Research Centre.

    Admission of non-members
    Non-members are welcome, but preferably should make a booking by telephoning the centre on 01565 872210 during normal opening hours. The cost of entry for a non-member will be £5 per visit. If the visitor joins our society on the day of the visit, the entry charge will be refunded. Non-members will be required to sign a form of agreement to abide by our regulations upon entry to the centre. We reserve the right to refuse admission to the centre.

    Here is a link to the downloadable   pdf Mobberley Research Guide (364 KB)