The North West Group of Family History Societies 

Ormskirk Market Day

Liverpool and South West Lancashire FHS

 Your Society Needs You!

Our Society is run by volunteers, and there is always the need for new people to help run it for the benefit of all Family History researches in South West Lancashire, whether it's offering to make the coffee and tea at group meetings, or becoming an officer on the main Committee.

We are also on the lookout for a person who would like to be involved with the website, initially to work with the current webmaster and eventually taking over once training has been given. There is no need for coding, but a basic knowledge of HTML sometimes comes in handy, although there is so much help on the internet it isn't necessary.

Please give these some thought and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you feel you would like to be involved with any of these roles.

This will apply to all our North West Group, many are needing to fill volunteer posts since covid

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Family History Society of Cheshire Advent Calendar

Family History Society of Cheshire Advent Calendar


Visit the Society's website Margaret Roberts,  Social Media and Publicity Officer has created an advent calendar with hints and tips for family historians. These have appeared daily on our Facebook Page 

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Obituary for Bill Huyton - longest serving Chairman of Ormskirk Family History Society

It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of Bill Huyton, our Chairman Emeritus, aged 73, at Aintree Hospital, on 29 January 2021. A stalwart member of ODFHS for twenty years, Bill went on to enjoy the distinction of being our longest-serving Chairman. Described by one of our members as “one of the leading lights at ODFHS”, a fellow member of the North-West Group of Family Societies also praised him as a “thoughtful and passionate family historian, member and leader”.
Whether attending NWGFHS meetings or helping at public events (from Westhead Carnival and Ormskirk Mediaeval Weekend, to Who Do You Think You Are? Live and the recent Virtual Really Useful Family History Show), Bill was keenly interested in the way our ancestors lived. He was a member of the West Lancashire Heritage Association, and became actively involved with the West Lancashire World War One Anniversary group. When a chance to meet distant cousins from New Zealand came up in 2011, Bill relished the opportunity to further their mutual research.
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London Group reformed for NW Group FHS


I am pleased to advise details of the relaunch of the London Branch.


Cumbria FHS and Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society have been operating a London Branch over a number of years and normally offer six meetings a year on a Saturday afternoon. This Branch helps to provide some additional benefit for some London based or near London based members. Interest from the members of this Branch has been falling so it was decided to  relaunch the London Branch with some additional support from the North West and also inviting Members of other North West FH Societies to join them. Members of the NWGFHS’s gave a positive response and there is some commitment for financial support. Members of FHSC therefore are invited to attend these meetings, giving the opportunity to share your NW Family history research.

The first meeting under the new management committee will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020 at Saint Stephens Church, Gloucester Road, and Southwell Gardens, London SW7 4RL commencing at 2.00pm.

The speaker will be Ian Waller FSG FGRA and his subject will be "What Happened to Lucy?"

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Lancashire Records Office Calendar 2020


Lancashire Archives Calendar for 2020

Some fascinating talks and events lined up for 2020

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Derbyshire U3A Conferences 2020 at Buxton




Derbyshire U3A conferences at Buxton

Angela and I attended their Conference in September and thoroughly enjoyed it. They have a fabulous line up of speakers including Dr Nick Barratt and Debbie Kennett.

They are hosting a half day conference on Friday 20th March where the topics will consist of what was life was like farming in Tudor times and Commonwealth War Graves records.

Their Full day conference in September Saturday 19th where topics will include One place Names – Janet Few., Putting your ancestors in place. Debbie Kennett on the Joy of Surnames and Dr Nick Barratt on House Histories. One more speaker yet to book.


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