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A website with – An Irish TimeLine of History – 0432 to 1974

This is a brilliant way to see and understand Ireland and it’s trouble history. This cover a range of years from:- 0432 to 1974


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Researching Your Own Theatrical Ancestors

We had an unusual request recently and not some thing I had thought of and I don’t have any of them in my family either. So I thought I would see what I could find and of course

Hint and tips to find them can be found here:

1024 Great Grandparents – – 8 X Great-Grandparents

When calculating in each generation we have to double our grandparents, so two Parents, four grandparents. 8 great grandparents etc. So after 10 generations we each have 1,024 8 X great grandparents. That is unless you have a pedigree collapse. [This is when close relations marries] E.g If your granny married her first cousin(your grandfather) you will only have six rather than eight great grandparents. The affect of this is that you would then have 776 rather than 1.024 8 X great grandparents.

What is a First Cousin, Twice Removed?
First cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you.

Second cousins have the same great-grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents.
Third cousins have in common two great-great-grandparents and their ancestors.
Once removed means there is a difference of one generation. Your mother’s first cousin would be your first cousin, once removed. She is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents.
Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. Your grandmother’s first cousin would be your first cousin, twice removed because you are separated by two generations.
What is a Double Cousin?
Just to complicate matters, there are also many cases of double cousins. This situation usually occurs when two or more siblings from one family marry two or more siblings from another family. The resulting children, grandchildren, etc.  are double cousins, because they share all four grandparents (or great-grandparents) in common.


December 2016
Identify ancestors before buying a certificate!
The General Register Office (GRO) for England and Wales has released new online indexes that boost family historians’ chances of accurately identifying their ancestors, before forking out for a certificate. For the first time there is a search field for the mother’s maiden name for locating a birth registered between July 1837 and December 1915, and an age at death field for deaths registered between July 1837 and December 1957.


- April 8, 2017

May 2nd Meeting "THE PLAGUE DOCTOR FROM EYAM", DAVID BELL David is not a doctor, nor is he an historian, but he does spin a terrific yarn.
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- April 3, 2017

4th April meeting, we have David Scrimgeour's presentation of 'Early Assylum Life' 7:30 St Hughs, Littlemoor, Chesterfield, S41 8QP
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- March 1, 2017

Tuesday the 7th of March talk by Lynne Earland, An extraordinary story from a grain of sand and is why it is called, 'Out of Acorns Grow'.
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Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at St Hughs Catholic Church, Littlemoor, Newbold. S41 8QP

Coming Soon

June 3rd
Look out for further information update here:
CADFHS's 2017 Fair of Family History, Local , Social History and Heritage with Crafts.
to be held at
The Proact Football Stadium

CADFHS's 2017 Fair

More information on this event to follow

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Mission Statement
Chesterfield & District Family History Society aims to be one of the country’s leading and most forward thinking ‘Family History Societies’.

Providing a strong base to enable our members to develop and grow as ‘Family History’ researchers.

We aim to foster a positive experience and environment, through creative and innovative, and related services for our members.