Family History Societies -
Cardiganshire to Cheshire

This section lists county associations from Cardiganshire to Cheshire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Cardiganshire

Cardiganshire FHS:

Address (Secretary):

Miss Menna H Evans
Cardiganshire FHS
Hyfrydle
Ffodd Ddewi
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 1EU

E-Mail:

ymholiadau@cgnfhs.org.uk

Details:

Cardiganshire FHS was founded in 1995 and encourages the study of genealogy of those connected with the county.  Their aims are to assist people just starting out with their genealogical research, and to administer to the needs of people researching their ancestry in Cardiganshire whether they live in Wales, the UK, or overseas.

Many books held by the Society can be consulted in Ceredigion Archives.  A list of these books is available on their site.

The Society publishes a journal in March, June and November.

Many publications and other items are sold by the Society, which incorporate:

  • Back Issues of Cardiganshire FHS Journals
  • Burial Indexes
  • Cardiganshire Places and People: Screensaver
  • Families and Farms in Cardiganshire
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Return of Owners of Land 1873 for Wales, excluding Monmouthshire

Old Ordnance Survey Maps are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Aberaeron and Llangrannon
  • Cardigan and District
  • Lampeter, Tregaron and District
  • Mid-Cardiganshire
  • North Cards and Aberystwyth

Town plans are also available, which include:

  • Aberaeron
  • Aberystwyth
  • Lampeter
  • Newquay

Website:
http://www.cgnfhs.org.uk 


Dyfed FHS:

Address:

Mr Colin Potter
c/o Dyfed FHS
25 Milton Meadows
Milton
Tenby
Pembrokeshire
SA70 8PL

E-Mail:

secretary@dyfedfhs.org.uk

Information
:

Dyfed FHS was established in 1982 to help people interested in genealogy and heraldry, with a specific interest in the counties of Cardiganshire (Ceredigion), Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

Branches of the Society operate in the following places:

Cardigan

Meeting Location:

The Stable Room
Cardigan Castle
Green Street
Cardigan
SA43 1JA

Contact: Mrs Alma Stanford (Telephone 01239 831310)



Camarthen

Meeting Location:

Bethania Chapel
Priory Street
Carmarthen

Contact: Mr Eric Davies (Telephone 01554 891241)


Haverfordwest

Meeting Location:

Prendergast Church Hall
Haverfordwest

Contact: Mrs Cate Hobbs (Telephone 01646 650250)


Llanelli

Meeting Location:

Llanelli Library
Vaughan Street
Llanelli
SA15 3AS

Contact: Mrs Linda Martin (Telephone 01267 267039)



Upper Towy Valley

Meeting Location:

The Dolaubran Complex
Brecon Road
Llandovery

Some indexes are accessible on their site, which include:

  • Dyfed Hundred Boundaries 1813/1837
  • George Family Internments Survey
  • Oxford Alumni 1715-1886 (Dyfed Students)
  • Pembroke People Index (5000 names included in the book by Richard Rose)
  • Pembrokeshire Muster Books 1613 (Index)
  • Pigot's Directory 1830: entries relating to Dyfed
  • Rose Hill Cemetery, California Memorial Inscriptions (Many people from Wales, including Dyfed)

Many publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Alderman in Carmarthen 1618-1837
  • Burgesses and Mayors Carmarthen 1631-1843
  • Carmarthen Land Tax 1796
  • Census Indexes and Transcripts
  • Dyfed Apprentices in Bristol
  • Dyfed Marriages 1813-1837
  • Heol Awst Membership Index, Carmarthen 1841-1851
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Marriages (pre 1813)
  • Notices of Marriage, Carmarthen 1851-1859 (including civil)
  • Parish Register Indexes
  • Pembrokeshire Hearths Index
  • Rev. Griffiths Diary Index
  • Sardis Chapel, Trimsaran, CMN, Report Extracts 1903-2001
  • Strays
  • Vaccination Records

A list of surnames currently being researched by members of the society is also accessible.

Website: 
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk 




Carmarthenshire

Dyfed FHS:

This group is listed under Cardiganshire




Cheshire

Cheshire FHS:

Address:

Lesley Smetham
c/o FHSC
Little Trees
Gawsworth Road
Gawsworth
Macclesfield
SK11 9RA

(Mobberley Research Centre):

FHSC Research Centre
Rajar Building

Town Lane
Mobberley
WA16 7ER

(Crewe Family History Unit):

Crewe Town Library
Prince Albert Street
Crewe
CW1 2DH

E-Mail:

Please use the FHSC Contacts page of their website to find out the principal officers of the association and how to contact them.

Details:

The association was founded in 1969 and its aim is to encourage and advance the study of genealogy, specifically for the county, but it also helps people who live locally whose ancestors came into the county from elsewhere.

Many branches are operated by the Society, which include:

Alsager

Meeting Location:

Wesley Place Methodist Church Hall
Lawton Road
Alsager
Cheshire
ST7 2AF



Free parking is available in the Civic Centre car park.


Bebington

Location:

The Bebington Suite
Bebington Civic Centre



A selection of books and CD's can be loaned to members at the meetings.


Bramhall

Location:

United Reformed Church Hall
77 Robin's Lane
Bramhall
Stockport
SK7 2EF



The Bramhall branch of the Society was established in May 1999 and now has approximately 200 members.


Chester

Location:

All Saints Church Hall
2 Vicarage Road
Hoole
Chester
CH2 3HZ



A Help Desk is operated at meetings, and members can talk to other members about their research.


Computer Group

Location:

Hartford Methodist Church Hall
68 Beach Road
Hartford
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8 3AD



The Computer Group is a forum where those family historians using computers can meet to exchange ideas and keep up to date with the latest family tree software.


Congleton

Location:

Congleton Library
Market Square
Congleton
CW12 1ET




Crewe

Location:

Crewe Lifestyle Centre
Moss Square
Crewe
CW1 2BB



A short history of Crewe is accessible on the site.


Macclesfield

Location:

Salvation Army Church
Roe Street
Macclesfield
SK11 6UT



Some resources are sold by the branch, which include:

  • History of Christ Church
  • Parish Register Transcriptions: Christ Church (Baptisms 1775-1943, Marriages 1889-1982, Burials 1776-1961, Memorial Inscriptions)
  • Photographs of Christ Church
  • Macclesfield Town Maps 1871
  • Miscellaneous Information regarding Christ Church
  • Roman Catholics in Macclesfield

Nantwich

Location:

Nantwich Methodist Church Centre
Hospital Street
Nantwich
CW5 5RP



Parking is available in The Gullet or Morrison's Car Park.


Northwich

Location:

Hartford Methodist Church Hall
68 Beach Road
Hartford
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8 3AD




Runcorn

Location:

Churchill Hall
Cooper Street
Runcorn
WA7 1DH



A short history of Runcorn is accessible.


Sale

Location:

Trinity Methodist Church
Trinity Road
Sale
M33 3ED



You are advised to park in the local streets because the church car park can become congested.


Tameside

Location:

Old Chapel
Old Road
Dukinfield
SK16 4BT



The metropolitan borough of Tameside was created from:

  • Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Audenshaw
  • Denton
  • Droylsden
  • Dukinfield
  • Hyde
  • Mossley
  • Mottram-in-Longdendale
  • Stalybridge

A 'Family Tree Detectives' session is run by the branch at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Library.


Tarporley

Location:

Little Budworth Village Hall
Vicarage Lane
Little Budworth
Tarporley
CW6 9BP




Wallasey

Location:

Claremount Road Methodist Church
Claremount Road
Wallasey
CH45 6UE



The group covers the areas of:

  • Egremont
  • Leasowe
  • Liscard
  • Moreton
  • New Brighton
  • Poulton
  • Saughall Massie
  • Seacombe
  • Upper Brighton
  • Wallasey Village

A help desk is run by the branch.



The Mobberley Research Centre is operated by the Society, which is situated in:

Address:

Rajar Building
Town Lane
Mobberley
WA16 7ER

Telephone:

01565 872210

Many resources are accessible, which include:

  • Computers with internet access, which includes subscriptions to FindmyPast, Ancestry and The Genealogist. 
  • Directories
  • Military Books
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • One-name Studies
  • Original documents with Surname Indexes
  • Parish Registers
  • Reference Books
  • Wills

The Society does make a charge to people using the Centre, but free parking is available in Ilford Way, which is adjacent to the building.  Unfortunately they are situated on the first floor and the building does not have a lift.

Many items are also available in Crewe Family History Unit, which include:

  • Computers with Access to FindmyPast, Ancestry and The Genealogist. 
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths (BMD) 1900-1950
  • Maps
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Newspapers: Crewe Chronicle, Nantwich Guardian and Sandbach Chronicle 1960's, 1970's and 1980's
  • Parish Records
  • Reference Books
  • Wills (Indexed)

A lift is available in the building.

Car parks are available in the area.

Access to this facility is free, but donations are welcome.  Payment is required if you wish to take photocopies of any resources you consult, but some documents cannot be photocopied because of copyright law. 

Tea and coffee making facilities are available.

You are required to sign in and out at the building's main reception, specifying that you are visiting the Family History Unit.  They are located on the second floor.

Website: 
http://www.fhsc.org.uk 



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