Root and Branch September 2009
The contents of the September 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 promises that Open Day on Saturday 31 st October will be an event not to be missed.
She is anxious to know whether members have received inquiries following publication of Members' Interests in past issues of the Journal?
She's also interested in what members would like to see in future issues and if hearing how others pursue their research would be helpful.
- Chairman's Letter:
Sue Turner highlights the Trustees' report included in this issue of the Journal and reports on several events and conferences.
She also extends an invitation to attend the Open Day.
- From the Secretary:
Ann Sargeant reports on attending the FH Event at London's Barbican, welcomes the release of additional research aids and advises that there are changes affecting
users of the reading room at The National Archives.
- 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:
BEASLEY, BEAZLEY, BENDING, BENWELL, BRIANT, BRYANT, BUCKLAND, BURCHETT, CHAPMAN, CHEESMAN, COLES, COTTERELL, DALLEN, DAVEY, EALES, EELS, FENN, FISHER, FRASER, FRAZER,
GIGG, GODFREY, GRIST, HACKETT, HARRIS, JOSE, LOCKYER, MARSHALL, MOODY, RAPLEY, ROSE, SALTER, SOUTH, WELLS, YOUNG.
Two Surrey ladies, Miss P. ADKINS and Mrs. E.K. LORING, were identified as having written an operetta broadcast by the BBC Forces Radio in April 1942
and a plaque photographed in New Zealand honours David CLARK from Windlesham.
- Aid & Assistance:
Helpful members of West Surrey Family History Society are ready and willing to undertake small research tasks in their home localities for distant members needing
assistance, including Bristol Diocese Baptismal Registers, 1813-1837.
- Help Wanted:
There is good news for the lady from London who visited Trinity Road Police Station in Bristol to see a plaque on her ancestor, PC Richard HILL some years ago.
- Computer Corner:
Jeanne Bunting says that as wonderful as online research is, much genealogical information can be gleaned the old fashioned way – checking records and indexes.
- 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 September through December.
- News from Surrey Heritage:
Julian Pooley notes that workhouse name index to the Chertsey Board of Guardians is now are available.
He also shares the exciting news that through a new partnership project a collection of Surrey parish tithe maps will be scanned.
Julian also outlines a series of autumn events.
- Publications by Post:
Members can order RA 50 London & Middlesex Marriage Registers Indexes – Pre-1837 & their availability online; RA 50 London &
Middlesex Marriage Register Indexes – Pre-1837 & their availability online; RA 51 Burials Register Indexes & their availability online;
and RA 52 Surrey Electoral Registers & Where to Find Them.
- Diary of Events around the UK; Family History Education Events Autumn 2009 and Family History Classes:
Activities planned will appeal to new or experienced genealogists.
- Open Day 2009 Talks and Open Day Research Room and Help Desks:
Topics for discussion are: How to prepare for research in Record Offices and beyond; the 1911 census; Family History computer programmes;
Surname distribution; What's the latest on DNA?; and Irish records. Help desks will tackle topics such as Adoption and Family History; DNA and Genealogy; Irish Research;
Dating Old Photographs and Reading Old Documents, plus much more information available in the Research Room.
- The Giles Engineering Family:
Dr. Dennis MILLS presents research of an engineering family that originated in WALTON-on-THAMES, focused predominantly on George GILES, 1810-1877.
- How did your ancestors spell their surname?
Bob BROCK looks back at factors that may have influenced how names were spelled and how that changed over time.
- New Zealand BMD Records:
Cliff WEBB describes how to research New Zealand civil registration records.
- A RUSH OF BAPTISMS:
Cliff WEBB shares fascinating information from pre-1876 Surrey baptisms that are not in the I.G.I.
- What is the Society's Help Register?
If you are able to undertake small research tasks in your home locality for distant members or need help yourself, here is your opportunity.
- A Visit to See the Methodist Central Hall Historic Roll:
Christine BUTLER expresses satisfaction in her search for EDGCOMBE, DAVY and ROUND ancestors in the massive books.
- The Hunting of the Clarke:
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 TERRY, WANLESS, CHEEPER, BOKENHAM, KUYKER, SPILSBURY, TEAKLE, CLARKE and CLARK.
- Book Review:
Ann Sargeant suggests that new or more experienced genealogists might benefit from FAMILY HISTORY ON THE NET by Colin WATERS.
- West Surrey FHS Computer Group:
A group of members are looking into the possibility of setting up a self-help computer group.
- Wandsworth Baptisms 1816-1822:
A continuation of the lists published in the March and June issues.
- Deserted Down Under
A list of Navy and Marine deserters who were born in Surrey but found in Australia has been compiled by Dominic HARPER. Surnames include:
ANCELL, BENNETT, BOSTON, BROOKS, BRUCE, CANTWELL, CORNWELL, COWDRY, DYSON, EDWARDS, FLOYD, FROST, GARDNER, GEARE, GIBBS, GRANTHAM, GYNGELL, HOLLINGS, HOLMES, HUNT,
LYON, MEARS, MERCER, MIDDLETON, NIX, NOLAN, PARKES, POOLE, RIDGEWELL, ROBINSON, SCOTT, SHELLEY, THOMAS, TOWNSEND, WESTON, WHITEHALL and WINTER.