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Lest We Forget - Tameside

Lest We Forget - Tameside

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.tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk

Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2018

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

RAY MILLER SEAMAN ROWLAND

RAY MILLER

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

Macclesfield meeting February 2018

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.

For further details please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Chester Record Office Survey

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.

Best wishes

Paul

Paul Newman 
Archives and Heritage Manager 
Cheshire Shared Services - Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Only Eleven Questions

Has your password been compromised?

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.

Alan

Webmaster

News from the GRO - PDF Certificates extended trial

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. 

Indexes

Have you used our Online Historical Birth and Death Indexes yet? They may include extra information, for example; maiden name or age at death.

2017 AGM

 

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.

Emails Now Fully Working From Website - UPDATED

6th October 2017

 

All email issues now fully resolved. Normal FHSC branded formatting now operational again.

 

Regards

Alan

 

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

Regards

Alan

 

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Dear All

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.

 

If you need to contact us then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Regards

Alan

Reset Password not working

Please note that our automatic reset password has stopped working since we updated our software yesterday.

 

If you cannot remember your password, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We are working to fix the problem as soon as possible.

 

very best wishes, Gay Oliver Web Administration

Cheshire Surnames

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.

Family History Course

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

For further details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01625 430467

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.

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.

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.

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)
 
 

 

 

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:

FindMyPast:

Much more to their website than searching for your ancestors, visit their webinar page to find out their topics, lots here for family history researchers. For example: expert tips for searching the 1939 register or Irish Catholic Registers etc

FMP keep adding so many records each Friday its almost impossible to keep up click on the FindMyPast Fridays link in the centre of their webpage to start scrolling – pages and pages of new releases to scroll through since our last meeting.

ANCESTRY:

How to find out their latest additions – use this page:

http://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/recent-collections   Just enter the country in the top box.

I have recently tried to trace some of my Belgian Family who emigrated to Canada and the US after the war.  Two of my mother’s cousins married Americans, one in Niagara Falls and another to Seattle.  I have found when they left Bruxelles to sail via Rotterdam to New York, one family went to Montreal initially and then crossed over to the USA and I found details fo their crossing and also the address they were going to in the USA.  Have found various telephone directories showing where they lived and their occupations over a period of time and lastly their Social Security Death Indexes. I still have a cousin over there that I am in contact with and found her on Facebook.

I have also found a researcher in Bruxelles who is researching my family back story. Until I found her I only knew the names of my great grandparents by the family names I gave them as a child and there seemed no way forward.  Had planned a visit, but found out that my family originally came from the ARAB quarter of Bruxelles, where the recent terrorist group originated.  Also my grandmother was adopted as a young child.  My researcher, Marie Cappart, has helped to find my grandmother’s original birth parents and has gone back and found all her great grandparents.

She is now working on my grandfather’s side and has found his marriage certificate which has given me his parents’ names.  I now know that le Grand Bon Papa was Philippe Jean Piette and that Bobonne was Jeanne Adolphine Groenendaels.

I have been researching Family History in this country for 20 years, my husband’s in this country, got back to circa 1550 and uncovered some amazing stories on the way, but it has taken DNA testing to start to unravel my Irish Family History.  Now, to start to discovering my Belgian roots is especially wonderful.  Never thought it would happen, particularly since I had no surviving family in Belgium, except a lost cousin. Thought I would have to plead with WDYTYA to take up my story.

An interesting coincidence, Great Grandfather, Grandfather, My Mother and I all got married when we were 19, and both my brothers were only a year out at 20.

CATHOLIC RESEARCH:

http://www.genguide.co.uk/source/roman-catholic-registers-and-records/30/  An excellent resource from Genguide “Registers of Catholic baptisms, confirmations, marriages and occasionally burials. The Toleration Act of 1689 guaranteed freedom of worship for dissenting groups and granted these groups the right to establish their own licensed places of worship (attendance at Anglican church services was compulsory up until the Act). However, the Act of Toleration expressly excluded Roman Catholics from the guarantee of freedom of worship and Catholic repression continued. ---“ . I think this is a very useful website with much more than just the RC information. Really worth searching out if you have Catholic ancestors

VIRTUALLY BREAKING NEWS:

The General Register Office announced today (3/Nov/2016) that their historic births and deaths indexes are now searchable online via the GRO's own website.

Their announcement stated: "GRO Online Historic Indexes Following successful development and testing, the GRO online historic birth and death indexes are accessible via our website from today, 3 November. The indexes have been created using GRO records which have already been digitised, and cover birth records more than 100 years old, and death records up to 1957 (the latest digitised year we hold). The online indexes, will provide a customer enhancement, making the indexes more readily available for searching than the microfiche we currently make available via the 7 public libraries / records offices across England and Wales. This service will be in addition to, rather than replacing the facility to search the indexes at the 7 sites. The full set of indexes will still be held and updated at these sites. The online index also provides enhancements, to that on the microfiche, where possible showing mother’s maiden name for births prior to 1911, and age at death for those records prior to 1865. There is also the facility to purchase a certificate. The index is accessible free of charge via the GOV.UK website which links to our online ordering site."

You will need to register first at: https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/Login.asp and from there it is easy to search and very quick to show results.

I would still use Cheshire BMD for local Tameside records because these are complete and do give the above extra details, but if your ancestors came from anywhere else, its well worth giving this new resource a try, particularly if you had a fairly common name and don’t know which certificate to order, the extra information may help to pinpoint it.

TAMESIDE FAMILY HISTORY:

My own website has been completely reviewed and updated. I hadn’t managed to do this since February so many pages updated. tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk lots of resources here to help you with your family history.

DON’T FORGET THAT BOTH FINDMYPAST AND ANCESTRY.COM ARE AVAILABLE TO USE FOR FREE AT TAMESIDE LOCAL STUDIES AND ARCHVES LIBRARY and that we have volunteers there helping people on the first and third Tuesday afternoons each month.

Programme 2016/2017

November 9 – Tameside Local History Forum’s study group about their CockBrook Project

December 14 – Quiz, Potato Pie supper plus perhaps a speaker still to be arranged.

January  11 – Eric Millward – The Maiden and the Diplomat – A Georgian Scandal.

February – no meeting due to Chapel Pantomime

March 8 – tba

April – trip to WDYTYA to Birmingham NEC

May 10 -  Rita Greenwood “Holy or Unholy Matrimony”

June 14 – maybe a trip

I have four ideas to fill the gaps and will let people know as I confirm dates.

Gay Oliver: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  5 November 2016

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.

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.

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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.

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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 cost of the test is US $149. We would be glad to review lineages presented, and if we felt they were truly strong, we would pay for the test.

We look forward to receiving paper trails atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

 

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.
 


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