Root and Branch March 2010
The contents of the March 2010 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 notes she is very pleased to receive a new Parish Profile, that of Worplesdon, and encourages other readers to submit similar articles.
She pays tribute to a painting by Dr. Bridget DUCKENFIELD on her page and encourages readers to look at the London and Middlesex Parish Registers online from the LMA.
- Chairman's Letter:
Sue Turner recommends that wherever you live, keep an eye on your local Record Office or Local Studies Library and provide support because the recession is being felt
in all aspects of life. Sue also continues the fascinating saga of her absconding cousin and reminds readers that ancestors can turn up in the most interesting indexes
so it's worth expanding searches.
- From the Secretary:
Ann Sargeant reports that WSFHS Members can now enjoy events organised by a number of other organizations listed under Diary of Events around the UK.
She notes that volunteers will be welcomed by the Heritage Gallery in the Main Square at Camberley, which is raising the profile of the Surrey Heath Museum.
Check out the WSFHS website for a comprehensive list of member interests that is available online for the first time.
- 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:
ALCHIN, ASHLEY, ASKIE, AUSTIN, BAKER, BALL, BARHAM, BARTLETT, BIRD, BULBI/ECK, BURST, CAPENHURST, CAPNESS, CARTER, CHAMLEY, CHILD(S), CHURCH, CLARKE, CLAYTON,
CLOAKES(S), CONELL, COOK, COOKNEY, CROUCH, CUTLER, DAVIS, DAWS, DELL, EDWARDS, ELLERAY, FAULKNER, FINEUX, FINNIS, FLEMING, FRANKLIN, GLEW, GODDARD, GREAGSBEY,
GRIBSBY, HALL, HAMBROOK(E), HAMMOND, HAMPSHIRE, HAMPTON, HARLAND, HAYLES, HEATH, HERSEY, HILSDON, HILTON, HOLE, HOLLANDS, HOWARD, HYDE, KILLICK, LAMBERT, LAURENCE,
LAWRENCE, LAWSON, LEWINGTON, LITTLE, LONGHURST, MANSEL, MARSHALL, MASON, MATTHEW(S),MCCABE, MOORE, MORLEY, NAISON, NASON, NOVELL, PETERS, PETERSON, PHINICE, PIMBLEY,
PIMLEY, PIMLOE, POTTS, PRATLEY, RADFORD, RAVEN, REEVES, ROBERTS, SIMMONDS, SMITH, SOUTHON, STAMMERS, STOCKALL, STONEHILL, STREATLEY, STREET, STREETLEY, SYMES,
THORNDEL/ALE, THORNTON, THRELFALL, TICKNER, TIMPSON, TURNER, VANDENBERGHE, VOLLER, WALL, WARNER, WEATHER(H)E/AD, WEBB, WEBSTER, WELCH, WETHERED, WETHERHEAD, WHETHERED,
WILLIAMS, WITHERED, and WOODHATCH.
- Aid & Assistance:
Helpful members of West Surrey Family History Society are ready and willing to undertake small research tasks such as look-ups on Kent marriage registers and
Norfolk records for distant members who are in need of assistance.
- Computer Corner:
Jeanne Bunting isn't letting a broken leg totally disrupt her family history pursuits.
She recommends a website that contains thousands of digitized books on it and reveals her latest gadget: a pen scanner that she found at a car boot sale.
She shares some thoughts on her new mobile phone and reports that volunteers can assist with transcribing various international records for a free, online pilot project.
- News from the Centres:
What's on at Camberley, Farnham, Guildford, Walton-On-Thames and Woking, plus a recap of recent meetings, as well as an update on Computer Group activities.
- Future Meetings at the Society:
Choose from 24 upcoming meetings of West Surrey Family History Society from March through June.
- Newsfrom Surrey Heritage: By the end of last year, 300 postcards, 114 maps, 400 photographs and
an additional 705 Netherne mental hospital case files were added to the archives. Progress was also made on indexing the Brookwood hospital case books,
providing access to information about the first 4,000 patients at the hospital.
Experts from Surrey Heritage will continue to hold monthly family history internet and general advice sessions throughout Surrey libraries in 2010.
Volunteers, here's a project for you: help digitize Surrey's tithe records.
- Publications by Post:
Members can order West Surrey FHS Publications new compact disc CD 17 “Four Guildford Directories 1842-1934”.
- Diary of Events around the UK; Family History Education Events and Family History Classes:
There is always something new of interest to both new and experienced genealogists.
New Zealanders with roots in Surrey expressed their thanks for help they received on a recent trip to England ;
an assistant producer from the company that produces “Who Do You Think You Are?” is seeking help with a new series that will reunite family members;
a Canadian asks for advice in researching his grandfather, Herbert Richard HINTON, who was a railroad employee;
and an Australian researcher seeks assistance on discovering more about his RUSSELL family roots and the Chertsey Workhouse in Surrey.
- West Surrey Parish Profiles: WORPLESDON:
Shirley FORSTER takes us on a lively tour of this parish, which is located three miles northwest of Guildford.
Mentioned are the names: HEBBURN, CHITTY, SEARLE, GUNNER, TURNER, HOOKER, BUSHNELL, MERSH, BOWLER, WESTON and GLADWIN.
- Archive Services at the City of London:
The London Metropolitan Archives at Clerkenwell has been expanded to include archives from the London's Guildhall.
- Anne Charlier's Victorian Family Photograph Album:
After Anne found a dilapidated Victorian photo album in a secondhand bookshop in Hythe some years ago, she produced a fascinating pedigree of the BOWRING family that
include these names: SLATER, PRESTON, FINNEY, COOK and COOKE.
- Burials at Sandhurst Military Cemetery 1832 to 1930:
Dominic Harper has compiled a detailed look at the men, women and children who were buried at Sandhurst, transcribed from TNA records.
- Ag Lab Family History Fair:
West Surrey Family History Society, Hampshire Genealogical Society and Sussex Family History Group will showcase the often overlooked role of the agricultural
labourer in May – see ‘Events' section of this website.
- The London Gazette – Treasure Trove of Historical Information:
Starting out as a newssheet for the court, learn more about this authoritative source of information that is as old as the London plague.
- Be Careful with “Estimated Birth Years” in Census Transcripts:
Bob BROCK offers a hint on calculating ages from published census transcripts.
- A Family Story of “Those were the Days”:
Sheila BROWN explains how searching for information about a sibling helped her break through a brick wall. Family names include: HAYES, HOARE, JONES and ROLPH.
- Bryan Connections:
If BRYAN is one of your family names, you will want to know more about a gathering being planned by a group of Bryan family members in September 2010.
- Book Shelf:
Neil Storey's “Military Photographs and How to Date Them” will be an important resource for those seeking to know more about uniforms, badges, insignia,
ranks medals and the equipment worn by our military ancestors.
In “Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors,” Stephen WADE provides fascinating insight into those who lived outside the law.
“Memories of War” by the Send and Ripley History Society is an interesting collection of war memories that mark the 60th anniversary of the ending of World War II.