Root & Branch - March 2009
The contents of the March 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 introduces readers to the indexes and lists in this issue, as well as highlighting exciting research projects carried out by members in Canada
and Australia who share their discoveries in this issue.
- Chairman's Letter:
Sue Turner provides tips on how the hobby of family history can become cheaper as you go and reiterates the importance of fact checking for accuracy.
- From the Secretary:
As Ann Sargeant reminds readers about their subscription renewals, she reports that West Surrey Family History Society has one of the lowest subscription rates among
its counterparts, offering good value for the money.
- 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:
ALDRIDGE, AVARD, AVERY, BELTON, BILTON, BIRCH, BONNEY, BRISK, BUCK, BUCKLEY, BURDI/EN, BUSS, CHEESEMAN, CLEMENTS, COLLEY, COPAS, CREAMER, CUMMING, DRAGE,
DUGDALE, EALEY, EILLIOTT, FAINT, GOODFELLOW, HAMMOCK, HAMPTON, HAMTUN, HARRIS, HATTON, HAWKINS, HEDGER, JACOBS, JEFFERY, JENNINGS, KEAST, KIMBER, KISLIN(G)BURY,
LECK, LEEK, MOATH, MOSS, MOTH, NETTLEFOLD, PALMER, PARFITT, PEARSON, PENNY, POOK, POWELL, REEVES, ROLAND, ROWLAND, RUSSELL, SCOFFIELD, SHWERWIN, STONNER, SWEATMAN,
TOWERS, TOZER, WALTON, WARNER, WESTING, WILTSHIRE and YOUNG.
Interesting topics range from an upcoming trip to England for the New Zealand descendents of Thomas CHAPMAN and Mary Ann EALES to a reminder that journals
for many other counties are available to members.
- Aid & Assistance:
Helpful members of West Surrey Family History Society are ready and willing to share records for the surnames Hampton, Belton and Pool, and offer various other help
from other parts of the UK.
- Help Wanted:
Can you provide clues to help researchers with information about the descendents of the surnames STEDMAN or STREATER, add to the list of clergy at Frimley or
Camberley, know of a house in Cobham called The Eyrie or if there is a home near Woking that is depicted in a collection of glass negatives?
- Computer Corner:
Jeanne Bunting provides insight into the exciting new resource – the 1911 census, which is now available online.
- 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 March through June
- News from Surrey Heritage:
Julian Pooley provides fascinating details about the records of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.
- Diary of Events around the UK:
With so many opportunities to visit family history events, you'll want to review these dates and make plans to attend.
- Book Reviews:
Childhood in Englefield Green 1907-1923; Tracing Your First World War Ancestors; Female Occupations – Women's Employment from 1840-1950;
Army Records – A Guide for Family Historians; Air Force Records, A Guide for Family Historians; and First World War Army Service Records.
Good reading and great ideas!
- Surrey Baptisms in Some Victorian Parishes:
Cliff Webb seeks help from members for access to a number of Surrey churches that have not yet archived their registers.
- Finding London Burials:
Cliff Webb tells members how using a Google map and data from a booklet on Greater London cemeteries to plot the locations of their ancestors' homes may help them
identify where they are most likely buried.
- Brookwood Cemetery, Woking:
Margaret Hobbs describes how to research this, the largest cemetery in the United Kingdom.
- Ancestral Surrey:
Canadian James Stovel, a direct descendent of William STOVEL of Surrey, takes readers on the tour he enjoyed when he visited England.
- Family History Classes and Trips:
Spring 2009: Begin family history research or learn more about it.
You can also take advantage of a coach trip to the National Archives, Kew.
- 1911 Census Snippets:
Some humorous entries including that of a mother of five whose occupation was reported as “slave to family.”
- Unraveling the SPONGS of Chobham and Windlesham 1790-1820
which was written by Graham Caldwell, is part one of a look at that family's tree.
Other surnames of interest include BUSH, HAMPTON and HOWARD.
- Reference Library:
New offerings include certain records from Middlesex Regiment Militia Attestations; London 1865 Trade Directory;
Middlesex Parishes of New Brentford, Hounslow, Stanwell, Sunbury, Ashford, Feltham, Hanworth and Pinner; Chobham Church;
John Evelyn School in Wotton-Dorking; Chertsey; Addlestone; Bagshot; Bisley; Byfleet, Chertsey; and Woodham.
- What Year Was It?
A previously published snow scene in Surrey to amuse children and teach them research techniques was correctly identified by Meg HOBBS as having been taken at
- Deserted Down Under:
A list of Navy and Marine deserters who were born in Surrey but lived in Australia, compiled by Dominic Harper.
Surnames include: BARKER, BARNES, BARTLETT, DAVEY, ELSLEY, GOLDING, HOLLOWAY, KNIGHT, MARTIN, NASH, TOLFEN, WARDELL, WOODS and WORSFOLD.
- Deciphering a Victorian Photo Album:
Bob Brock says he was fortunate to receive the photo album of his great-aunt Helena Annie KNIGHT GINMAN who emigrated from Surrey to Michigan.
He provides a winning strategy to make the most of this great family history treasure.
- Wandsworth Baptisms:
Transcriptions, Part One of some of the entries that can be found in CD15 “Surrey Baptisms not in the IGI”, see Publications