Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Family History

This is from the website of “Cheshire Country Council” and is very useful for the Family Historian searching for ancestors in the Cheshire area which can be found at

How To Start

Tracing your ancestry can be a very long, time-consuming process, so before launching into the project it is important to take some preliminary steps:

1. Decide which line of your family you wish to trace: it is easy to be sidetracked by coming across records of other branches of the family, or unrelated families of the same name, and so waste time and effort.

2. Get ALL the information which you can from members of your own family – names, dates and places. Even when some of this information proves not to be accurate, it can often provide useful clues or pointers in the right direction.

3. Read one of the many guides to family history research which are now available.

4. Try to find out whether anyone else has done work on your particular family. The best way to do this is to contact the local Family History Society; most of these Societies keep a register of their members’ interests. A list of such Societies in Cheshire is given below:

Stop Press

Working in co-operation with the Family History Society of Cheshire and the South Cheshire Family History Society the County Council has started to make its back Registration Indexes available over the Internet. It will be some time before all our historic records are available. However, to see what progress we have made use the links below to connect to the Family History Society sites.

Family History Societies

Family History Society of Cheshire
Secretary: Mrs Hilda Massey
101 Irby Road
CH61 6UZ
Telephone: 0151 342 2441

North Cheshire Family History Society:
Secretary: Rhoda Clarke,
2 Denham Drive, Bramhall,
Stockport. SK7 2AT.
Telephone: 0161 439 9270

South Cheshire Family History Society:
PO Box 1990, Crewe CW2 6FF

The Federation of Family History Societies:
The Administrator
PO BOX 2425

The Federation of East European Family History Societies have a genealogy internet site which contains further information.

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