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There are many websites which provide links to Family History resources of all kinds. To avoid duplication I have concentrated here in providing links to sites which have been of use to me in researching my extended family tree. Hopefully you will find a link below which is of assistance in your research. If you also know about a Website which could be useful in further research please let me know by email to

The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy, and  now has around 3000 members worldwide. As well as helping people with ancestors in Cheshire, it also assist members living locally whose ancestors originated elsewhere.



The Clwyd Family History Society was founded in 1980, and now has more than 1300 members worldwide. The Parish Register transcriptions made by the Society have been invaluable to me in researching births, marriage and burials prior to registration beginning in 1837. These transcriptions can be purchased via the CFHS website or viewed either at their Resource Centre in Cefn Mawr or the Flintshire Record Office at Hawarden.



The Flintshire Record Office was established in 1951 and moved to the Old Rectory, Hawarden, an eighteenth-century, grade-II-listed building set within its own grounds, in 1956. Details of the Archives held at Hawarden can be accessed via the Archives Network Wales website.


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Overleigh Cemetery at Chester. This database of the cemetery registers is the work of volunteers on three continents. It covers the years 1850-1950 and includes over 60,000 entries. The database includes information on every person buried in the cemetery: name, description, address, age, date of death and burial and grave number.


Overleigh Cemetary Logo Is a superb site created by Peter Higginbotham which describes in considerable detail the era of workhouses in the UK. Within my family tree there are many notes relating to Holland family members who had to rely on the charity of the workhouse. Pictures of the Holywell Workhouse where most many of them turned up can be viewed on Peter's site.


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The DftCom2 compiler is the MS Windows program which I have used to convert a single Gedcom file to the set of files required to implement a Dynamic Family Tree. The programme is free to use and for an absolute novice like me fairly ease to set up.


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The National Library of Wales located in Aberystwyth is acknowledged as the principal centre for researching Welsh genealogy. It has a growing online database and provides an index to the archives which can be viewed at the Library.


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Local History Online  for books, news, resources, information, courses and local history contacts. Also a calendar of events and local history books for sale online.


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Cheshire Record Office located in Duke Street, Chester collects and preserves historical records relating to both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire, the diocese and the city of Chester. It makes the records available for study free of charge by members of the public. It also provides a records management service for Cheshire County Council and houses the Local Studies Library. Their Online Catalogue and Online Tithe Maps can be accessed via this link.

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The Greenfield Valley is a  seventy acre country park with woodlands, reservoirs, ancient monuments and industrial history close to the market town of Holywell, North Wales. This is a unique undertaking which allows modern day visitors to get a feel for how our ancestors lived and worked.


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JAVA Plug-in. If you are unable to view my Family Tree when using MS Internet Explorer, it may help to install the Java Plug-in from Sun Microsystems. If you are already able to view the Tree, there is no need to install the Plug-in.


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The Lost Cousins website enables you to find other people who share the same ancestors - and it does this by comparing the information you enter about your relatives with the information that other members have entered from the 1881 Census.


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Part of the Family Tree Forum Web Site this free online magazine has interesting articles on a range of genealogical topics.  
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Ancestry Search Info provides free guidance on where to find information which will help in tracing your English and Welsh ancestors.  
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Roger Vaughan's Picture Library. Here you will find a mass of information and photographs relating to Victorian fashions together with details of Photographers who operated across the UK during the Victorian & Edwardian Period.   Roger Vaughan Logo
Freemen of Chester Database. This database is taken from an index to the rolls and registers of freemen of the City of Chester and covers the period 1747 to 1925.  
Cheshire Heraldry. A web site dedicated to the art and science of heraldry in the County Palatine of Chester.