Root and Branch - December 2011
The contents of the December 2011 issue are:
- West Surrey Family History Society Information/Root and Branch:
Information about membership categories and guidelines for submitting articles to Root and Branch.
During family celebrations at Christmas, Sheila Brown suggests talking about family history to add to your knowledge.
- Chairman's Letter:
Sue Turner seeks to chat with anyone interested in serving as chairman, as well as volunteers who have an interest in editing our CDs.
She notes the Society is investigating whether Root and Branch can be made available electronically.
- From the Secretary:
Ann Sargeant revisits the Society's annual general meeting hosted by the Woking Centre.
The spectacular autumn weather reminded her of St. Luke's feast day on 18 October, also known as 'Dog Whipping Day.'
- Members' Interests:
If any of the following names are on your family tree, you will want to check the list in Root and Branch for complete contact information:
ALDRIDGE, BAKER, BLYTHMAN, BOWRA, BOYLETT, BROAKSON, BROOKSON, BURTON, CAPLEN, CARTER, CHRISTMAS, CHUTER, CLAYTON, COOPER, CRANSTON, CUBIS,
DOWNHAM, ELDRIDGE, ELLWICK, FAGGETTER, FRY, GENNINGS, GOSDEN, HARLAND, HERBERT, HERRICK, HONE, HOOK(E), HOOKER, JENNINGS, JORDEN, KING, LEALL,
MANN, RIDDICK, RUSH, SANDS, SAUNDERS, SIMMONDS, SLACK, STEVENS, STOCK, WATTS, WELL(E)S, WELLS.
- Help for Members (formerly Aid & Assistance):
Members who are willing to undertake small research tasks in their home areas are asked to contact Mrs. Sue Larkins at the address listed on the
inside front cover of the journal. "The Help Register" aims to put in touch members requiring help with those who can offer it.
Recent offers of assistance include records for the surname WELLS/WELLES in North East and South East Hampshire.
- Computer Corner:
Jeanne Bunting has been pursuing GRO indexes published on the internet, Free BMD indexes and Ancestry's indexing services with some unexpected results.
- 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 events at recent meetings.
- Future Meetings at the Society:
Upcoming meetings of West Surrey Family History Society from December through March.
- News from Surrey Heritage:
Team Leader Julian POOLEY Pooley looks at the establishment of the office of Justice of the Peace and records on offenders.
To see the most up to date version of catalogue data for all records in the care of Surrey Heritage, he invites genealogists to visit
- Diary of Events around the UK:
News regarding museums, family history fairs and associated events that will interest both new and experienced genealogists.
Enquiries include a researcher who questions why no marriages were recorded in one parish between December 1751 and November 1775.
Other genealogists seek a family death notice for Aubrey Wilton BRISCOE-KNIGHT from a Guildford newspaper and information on Surrey parish assistance
to families emigrating to Canada in the 1840s.
The Science Museum Library, which specializes in the history of science and technology, offers a useful guide and free inquiry service.
Following up on a prior Journal article about blacksmiths in Send, a reader seeks links to the following family names: TICKNER, WEBB, GROVER, HOCKIN(S),
WEST, SEX and BOXALL.
New genealogy titles include Haunted Surrey by Rupert Matthew; Tracing Your Rural Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians by Jonathan Brown;
The Territorials 1908 - 1914, A Guide for Family Historians by Ray Westlake; and Tracing Your Ancestors - A Guide for Family Historians by Simon Fowler.
- Publications by Post:
Research Aids that can be purchased through WSFHS Bookstall or GENfair including A Guide to Surrey Schools and Their Records - Oct. 2011 and
CD 24 A 2nd Collection of Surrey Baptisms (not in the IGI) Oct. 2011.
- Family History and the Media:
Nick Barratt, President of the Federation of Family History Societies gave us a fascinating insight in his presentation at the AGM.
- WSFHS History Fair and Open Day.
Chris Leech shares photos and commentary on Family History Fair and Open Day.
- More on West Byfleet School and Others Nearby by Christine BUTLER adds more details to an earlier Journal story
with new information on Pyrford School.
- Contemporary Records of Surrey Censuses for 1801, 1811, 1821 1831 show sources for early indexes by parish.
- A Confusion of Names and a Tragic Suicide? By David WORSFOLD describes a discovery he made while researching the death of
- Family History Classes lists opportunities for beginners to more experienced genealogists in Surrey.
- Valda HUDSON recaps highlights of the London Summer Walk led by Roy GIBB.
- Lord Mayor Treloar by John BIRCH reviews the interesting talk from Jane HURST at the Farnham Branch's September meeting.
- A list of Wandsworth Baptisms compiled by Cliff WEBB and Yvonne BEAN includes: MATTHEWS, MAY, MAYGAR, MAYGER, MAYNARD, McDONALD,
McKENZIE, McQUILLEN, MEADS, MEGILL, MERRY, MESSENGER, MEWES, MEWS, MIDDLETON, MILLER, MILLS, MILNER, MITCHEL, MOLD, MOODY, MOORE, MORRIS, MOTTLEY, MUNSER, MUSKETT,
NEARY, NEWMAN, NICHOLAS, NICHOLS, NORRIS, OGBORN, OGBOURN, OGBURN, OTWAY, PAGE, PAIN, PALMER, PARISH, PARKER