Root and Branch March 2012
The contents of the March 2012 issue are:
- West Surrey Family History Society Information/Root and Branch:
Information about membership categories and guidelines for submitting articles to Root and Branch.
Sheila Brown outlines interesting historical events being celebrated this year ranging from the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic to the
Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
History is also in the making with the upcoming London Olympic Games.
- Chairman's Letter:
Sue Turner shares the exciting news that the British Library has created "The British Newspaper Archive" at
with the goal of digitizing 40 million newspapers pages over the next ten years.
- From the Secretary:
Ann Sargeant reminds members that their renewals help the Society continue to provide a host of informative resources, as well as opportunities to gain
research experience in family history.
- Members' Interests:
If any of the following names are on your family tree, you will want to check the Root and Branch list for complete contact information: ALLEE, ANSELL,
BAILEY, BAXTER, BLEWITT/ETT, BURLINGHAM, CLARK, COWARD, DAVIES, DAY, DEARLOVE, GARD(I)NER, GREENO, GRINNEAU, IRISON, MELLENS, MINNS, MITCHELL, MULLINS,
MYALL, OXENBOROW, RAISEY, RASEY, REASEY, REYNOLDS, SAVAGE, SHORTLAND, WACKETT, WADE, WARING, WARING, WINN, WOOLSTON, WYNN, YOUNG.
- Help for Members (formerly Aid & Assistance):
Members who are willing to undertake small tasks in their home areas in this issue includes research in London East End.
- Computer Corner:
Jeanne Bunting shares her results in testing voice recognition software.
- News from the Centres:
What's on at Camberley, Farnham, Guildford, Walton-On-Thames and Woking, as well as news from the Computer Group, plus a recap of recent meetings.
- Future Meetings at the Society:
Upcoming meetings of West Surrey Family History Society from March through June.
- News from Surrey Heritage:
Team Leader Julian Pooley notes nearly 700 paintings of Surrey’s churches and chapels during the 1820s are available,
some of which have been used in an exhibition.
Another exhibition features Surrey’s Victorian and Edwardian residential institutions.
- Diary of Events around the UK:
News regarding museums, family history fairs and associated events that will interest both new and experienced genealogists.
A member offers to reunite a World War II ration book and national identity card for Charlotte A. DING to a family member and another remembers
Private Francis Glenville PACKER, who wrote in her mother’s autograph book.
New family history research titles include:
A Village at War by John Callcut;
The British Police Forces and Chief Officers 1829-2012 by Martin Stallion and David S. Wall and
The Story of Guildford by Marion Field;
Tracing Your Canal Ancestors by Sue Wilkes;
Tracing Your Naval Ancestors by Simon Fowler; and
Tracing Your Second World War Ancestors by Phil Tomaselli.
- The news from GRO is births and deaths registration has been modernized.
- The 1911 census records now include the missing column denoting the health conditions of some family members.
- Excellent progress is being made in transcribing and indexing baptisms, marriages and burials from parish registers, reports Cliff Webb.
- Bob Brock takes readers through the fascinating news highlights of the year 1912 that included Scott’s expedition reaching the South Pole and
the sinking of the Titanic.
- Surrey’s connection with the Titanic disaster was Jack PHILLIPS, the ship’s chief wireless telegraphist, according to Christine Butler.
- Ann Sargeant urges researchers not to miss the abstracts from Surrey wills, registered and unregistered from 1480 to 1821,
because they contain a wealth of information.
- The Woking History Society has issued a new booklet based on Edward Ryde’s survey of on Horsell in 1851.
- Dominic Harper’s list of lunatics, who were admitted to “licensed houses” from 1802-1810, includes
Stephen WINTER, John YOUNG, Anna KEEN, George JEFFERY, John ANDREWS, Mary GLOVER, James ACCATT, John BRICK, Donnsilla LANE, Thomas HILL,
William CORDERY, William ROGERS, Thomas HARDING, Thomas HILL, Sarah ELLIS
- Unwanted birth, marriage or death certificates are available to researchers for the following persons:
Alice BOWEY, Lucy Eveline BOWEY, Charles MURRAY, Edward James SULLIVAN, John ATKINS and Amelia GOODCHILD, Ernest Robert JOHNSON
and Margaret HUSSSEY and James BOWEY.