Root & Branch December 2009
The contents of the December 2009 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 looks back with pride on a successful Open Day in October when a number of guests received help that enabled them to move forward in their
She also acknowledges with thanks the staff at the Surrey History Centre who are so expert at handling a wide variety of inquiries.
- Chairman's Letter:
With the wealth of subscriptions and books available, Sue Turner says buying a Christmas gift for the genealogist in your family is easy.
In addition, she suggests that if you have criminals in your family tree, try perusing The Police Gazette because you might be surprised at what you find!
Still struggling on how to file your digital photos? Sue passes on a tip turned in by a reader that simplifies the process.
- From the Secretary:
Ann Sargeant announces that West Surrey History Society members are welcome to attend events organised by the Surrey History Trust, Surrey Archaeological Society
and Friends of the National Archives.
She is anticipating another exciting "Who Do You Think You Are" event in February and also highlights RA49, RA50 RA51 Research Aids.
- Members' Interests:
If any of the following names are on your family tree, you will want to further check the Root and Branch list for whom to contact for more information:
APPS, AUFRECHT, AVENELL, BECKIN(G)HAM, BOORER, BRICKLE, BUTLER, CASE, CHIPPNG, CHRIS(T)EIMASSE, CHRISTMAS, COLEMAN, COLLINS, CONSTABLE, COOKE, COOPER, CRANCH,
CRISTEMASSE, DABORN, DANCEY, DROUET, ELLIS, FAULKNER, FAUX, FAWKES, FIELD, FOULGER, FURNESS, GETTINGS, GIFFIN, GREEN(A)WAY, GRIFFIN, HANCOCK, HARDING, HEADON,
HEWETT, HORN, HOUSTON, JACKMAN, KEENE, KUDGELL, LARKINS, LAWRENCE, LEWER, LOADER, LUFF, LYONS, MAIN, MARTIN, MASON, MAYNE, MILEHAM, MOTT, PHILLIPS, PHILIPS,
RIDLEY, SADLER, SHOVE, SHUDD, SIMMONS, SLANEY, SMEETH, STAFFORD, STANFORD, STILWELL, THOMPSON, TREVILLION, TROTTER, TUFFE/IN, TUNNELL, UPRIGHT, WALKER, WARREN,
WEEKS, WHITING, WILKINS RUSSELL, WINTER(S), WOODFIELD, WOODS, WORSFOLD.
- Aid & Assistance:
Helpful members of West Surrey Family History Society are ready and willing to undertake small research tasks in their home areas for distant members in need of
- Help Wanted:
If your family tree includes JOB and MARTHA CARTER of Shere, a distant cousin needs your assistance.
Writing from New Zealand, a researcher seeks information about DR. DOUGLAS JOLLY of West Horsley.
Was a female member of your family on the staff of Potter, Crundwell and Bridge, Solicitors, of South Street, Farnham?
If so, perhaps you can help a reader identify her mother in a group picture. Assistance is also requested about connections to the name MAYNE/MAIN.
- Computer Corner:
Jeanne Bunting shares her frustration with a computer crash and the anxiety of trying to retrieve documents and settings.
She also advises that findmypast.com has introduced a subscription service for the 1911 census and Ancestry.com has started putting the London Parish Registers
on its website, although organisation of the material needs more work to be user-friendly.
- News from the Centres:
What's on at Camberley, Farnham, Guildford, Walton-On-Thames and Woking.
- Future Meetings at the Society:
Choose from 20 upcoming meetings of West Surrey Family History Society from January through March.
- News from Surrey Heritage:
Surrey had more mental hospitals than most counties.
Its collection of records relating to the care and treatment of the mentally ill are impressive both in scope and quantity.
To that end, a recent event was entitled ‘Time Out of Mind,' a one-day international conference of interest to those working on the history of mental illness.
- Publications by Post:
Members can order CD10 – The Surrey Burial Index, second edition 2009; CD 15- Surrey Baptisms not in the IGI and
CD 16 – Early 20th Century London: Maps, Street Names and Schools.
- Diary of Events around the UK; Family History Education Events and Family History Classes:
Activities planned will appeal to new or experienced genealogists.
There's a vintage Egyptian postcard waiting to be claimed by a descendent of the PROUD family of Guildford/Surrey;
details about the BOORMANS are readily available; three certificates for the marriage of CONISBEE/DALLEN in 1858;
death of Alfred CONISBEE in 1879 and death of Elizabeth DALLEN in 1858 are offered; and information is requested on Mrs. ROBERSTON EUSTACE.
Through the Journal, several family branches have made contact; the names they are researching are HUGHES/OLDER and MORRELL/MORRILL.
- Book Review: “Further Scenes of Shalford Past” by Margaret DIERDEN is a charming snapshot of life in Shalford
from early times to the present.
The soft cover book is available from the Surrey History Centre, the author or the West Surrey Family History Society Bookstall.
- WSFHS Computer Group:
A self-help group that is meeting monthly in Pyrford, Woking invites newcomers to join them.
- The DARWIN/WEDGWOOD WOKING CONNECTION:
Norman E. PENTY traces the visits of Charles Robert DARWIN to the Woking area, where his wife, Emma WEDGWOOD grew up.
- Westminster Wander:
Valda HUDSON recounts a most memorable walk that began outside St. James Station.
- The Military Museum at Aldershot:
Bill HAMPTON, a member researching the military uniforms that members of his family wore in old photos, reports success.
- Buried at Sandhurst:
Dominic HARPER documents the death of James DONALDSON and members of his family.
- A Mad Atters' Tea Party and Shere Museum:
Christine Butler describes the Attfield E-mail Group's get-together to research their research interest: James AT(T)FIELD. What a great idea!
- The Hunting of the Clarke – PART TWO:
G.D. CLARKE picks up where he left off 20 years ago with his research that appeared in Root and Branch.
Among the names he mentions are JACQUES, CHEEPER, CHEAP, CHEPER, CHEAPE, ROYAL, DAVIDGE, TERRY, BOKENHAM and CLARK.