Root and Branch September 2012
The contents of the September 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 draws attention to the many 'firsts' associated with Woking.
- Chairman's Letter:
In her last column as chair, Sue Turner notes that Surrey History Centre has joined with Ancestry.co.uk to publish records.
She also highlights the delightful research path she took in preparing a Woking Centre talk on My Favourite Ancestor.
- From the Secretary:
Ann Sargeant reports progress on the concerns voiced by members that were presented to the Federation of Family History Societies regarding the quality of
information provided by commercial genealogical websites.
- 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:
BECK, BENNETT, BOGLE, BOWEY, BOWIE, BOX, BUDDEN, CHAM(M)INGS, CHEMENS, COLEMAN, COUSINS, HALL, HAWKEY, HEWITT, JACOBS, KEMP, LEWIS, LLOYD, MARTIN, MATHEWS,
MATTHEWS, NORMAN, PARSONS, PAUL, RAYNO/ER, SHRUBB, STARK(E/A)Y, STARKIE, STARKE, STEVENS, TISDALL, TREWBY, WALLIS, WARD, WEBB, WORIES.
- Help for Members (formerly Aid & Assistance):
Those who can offer help to fellow members are asked to submit details. A recent offer of help comes from a Crewkerne, Somerset member
who has baptism registers for St. Mary Magdalen
and is willing to carry out searches in South Somerset/West Dorset.
- Computer Corner:
Jeanne Bunting describes the fascinating search to solve the mystery deathbed admission, "I am not the person you all thought I was."
She also reminds us to record our sources and offers a tip of how to treat books that get wet.
- 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 September through December.
- News from Surrey Heritage:
Thousands of documents are now online, thanks to an agreement between Surrey County Council and Ancestry.co.uk.
In addition records were received from The Surrey Society for the Employment and Reformation of Discharged Prisoners, photos from the Ockham area,
records and photos from the Surrey constabulary and police forces in Reigate and Guildford, a scrapbook of the New Haw Housewives Association and
the Flanchford Park estate that once belonged to Thomas Lord Windsor.
- Diary of Events around the UK:
News regarding museums, family history fairs and associated events that will interest both new and experienced genealogists.
Help is needed to break down a brick wall on Ellen Elizabeth SMITH, from Horsell (originally from Kent) who is buried in the Brookwood Cemetery under her 'husband's' name MARCHANT.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is seeking the next-of-kin of Corporal Arthur TOPLESS.
Information about (Arthur) Michael SULLIVAN and Katherine Mary PHELAN also is being sought.
An 1880-90 photograph of George Waldergrove BLIGH is offered to family members.
Female Convicts Research Centre in Australia seeks to connect the descendants of convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land with their birth families in the U.K..
New family history research titles include:
Addlestone’s Victory Park by Jim Knight;
An Illustrated History of Ottershaw Park Estate 1761-2011 by John Athersuch;
Pirbright Then and Now by Pirbright Historians;
Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1836, A Guide for Family Historians by Jonathon Oates; and
Epsom & Ewell Through Time by Jeremy Hart.
- A list of unwanted certificates contains the names: George HODGSON, Ellen WALKER, Hanna HODGSON and Charles PAGE.
- Open Day 2012 Research Room and Help Desk, and 2012 Talks review talks at the upcoming event on Saturday 3rd November will range from "Railway Workers and Where to Find Them" to "Illegitimacy".
- Richard ELLIS reviews his Surrey Ancestral Connections that encompass the names: GREENWOOD, HUBBARD and LEITNER, as well as provides history on the Woking mosque.
- More Abstracts of Surrey Wills in the PCC by Cliff WEBB include the following names from Byfleet 1809-1857:
James JARRATT, William TURNER, Mary Sophia VARDON, Thomas POULTON, Isabella GLEGG, Edward HYDE, James COOK, Samuel FREEMANTLE, Martha BATTCOCK, John BARNES,
Elizabeth SPARKS, Thomas PALSGRAVE, George BERRYMAN, James COLLINS, Robert BOWYER, William CHARMAN, Thomas RYDE, James BERRYMAN, Catherine WYNYARD, William HARRIS,
Elizabeth SHRAPNELL, Samuel SHEPPARD, Edward EADES, Mary CHAMPION.
- Jenny MUKERJI profiles the Anglican Sisterhood of St. Peter in her article entitled Community of St. Peter, Woking.
A list of burials include: ASHTON, BACON, BANNISTED, BARNARD, BATTEN, BLACK, BRADLEY, BULLEN, BUTTLE, CARR, CHAPMAN, CHRISTMAS, CHRISTOPHER(S), COLLISON, DRURY, ELLIS,
FARRELL, FLETCHER, FOLKES, FOSTER, GARDINER, GERMAINE, GIBSON, GUNNING, HANKS, HANSON, HARPER, HARRIS, HICKS, HODGSON, HUMPHREY, IBBOTT, KEMPLAY, KIMM and KYTE/KEYTE.
- Yvonne TATNELL nee BECK continues the BRIDGETT family story.
- Lunatics in Licensed Houses by Dominic HARPER lists those in the care of Mr. Rich Browne of Great Foster House, Egham, Surrey, around 1800.
- A scrapbook about the activities of the New Haw United Housewives Association kept by Joyce EDGCOMBE brought pleasure to her daughter, Christine BUTLER,
who shares fascinating background on the organization
- London Walk by Valda HUDSON recaps the 10th annual stroll around the great city to view some of its remarkable historical treasures