Root and Branch September 2011
The contents of the September 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.
Sheila Brown thanks all who contribute to the society and draws the attention of readers to the date and time 184.108.40.206 when the customary two-minute silence is held.
That extraordinary sequence will not occur again for a century.
- Chairman's Letter:
Sue Turner urges members to look back over their stack of birth, marriage and death certificates to see if any new clues are apparent.
She also noted how quickly technology is advancing with regard to digitizing books onto CDs.
- From the Secretary:
Ann Sargeant reviewed some recent events that were opportunities to connect with those with Surrey roots.
She also noted that Jane THOMAS has taken over the Members' Help Register.. She also seeks additional help with the journal.
It's an ideal volunteer opportunity for members who can type in Word and use email.
- 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, BESFOR, BROWN,
CAMERON, CAPLEN, CHENNELL, COLLINS, COOMBS, CUDBY, DOUGLASS, ELDRIDGE, FRAR(E)Y, FRY, GETTINGS, GOSDEN, GUNTER, HARLAND, HERBERT, HOPELY, KENDALL, KING, KNIGHT,
LILLIOTT, MARSH, MAY, MAYNE, MOORCROFT, MOORE, NICHOLAS, NICHOLLS, O'CONNOR, PHILLIPS, PORTSMOUTH, POULTER, SANDS, SAUNDERS, SHARPE, SLACK, SMAIL, STEWART, STRONG,
SUMMERS, SWEENEY, TULIP, UNDERWOOD, VOLLER, VOLLOW, WALLACE, WATERS, WHITTINGTON, WHYMAN, WILSHARE, WILTCHER, WILTSHIRE
- 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 a member who has the 1881 British Census and National Index British Isles Vital Records Index and Phillimore's Hampshire Marriage Index.
- Computer Corner:
Jeanne Bunting offers comparisons between GRO Indexes providers: Ancestry , FreeBMD and FindmyPast and provides feedback on her experience
with a new iPad.
- 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 September through December.
- News from Surrey Heritage:
Team Leader Julian POOLEY introduces SURCAT, a new online searching facility that will assist users of the Surrey Heritage archives via the website.
New accessions at the Centre include two volumes of nineteenth century prints, watercolours and ephemera relating to the history of Guildford,
as well as an archive from the RICKARDS family of Elm Bank. A recent donation comprises medical case books of the former Holloway Sanatorium at Egham.
- Diary of Events around the UK :
News regarding museums, family history fairs and associated events that will interest both new and experienced genealogists.
An inquirer seeks information of Herman George LONG of Camberley, who produced the first dictionary and folk songs of the Isle of Wight.
Another inquiry seeks information on Charles Augustus PORTSMOUTH, who was born in 1858 at the Union Workhouse, Epsom, and another seeks the death date of George HARRIS.
A tip from a user suggests those seeking commonwealth war graves check the free site www.cwgc.org .
Those seeking information on the Brookwood Memorial in Brookwood Cemetery are encouraged to check the latest issue of the journal for contact information.
The Agricultural Labourer in 19th Century England by K. Handford is a new addition of interest to those who are just starting out to research their
- The Send Blacksmith:
by Sheila BROWN profiles the life-size street sculpture in the village of Send.
The MAY and SEX families are associated with the monument.
- The Story of St. Clement:
the patron saint of blacksmiths is a lovely poem dedicated to the life and times of those who practiced the trade.
- Update on Uncle Roger Butler:
by Christine BUTLER offers the kind of fascinating details that can surface when old records are re-examined.
- More News from FindmyPast:
profiles the collaborative effort between the Company and and the British Library.
- The list of Royal Military College, Sandhurst, baptisms:
continues through to 1919. Surnames include: MILLER, VASS, RIDGEWAY, HALL, SCOTT, KITCHENER, DANIELS, WILBY, BANNING, MANSFIELD, GREGG, DAWES, GREENE, HYNES, SCOTON,
TAMSETT, POBGEE, CARNEY, WARD, GILBART, SOMMER, HEARD, MANNERS, JONES, IRVING, DUFFUS, MARINDIN, MILNE, FRANKS, BROWN, DeBRETT, EATON, ROSS, STEEL, TOMLIN, BOLS, WHITE,
HALDANE, JAMES, FARMAR, BINGHAM, WENBORN, HENEKER, MARTIN, HAM, COX, GWYER, WILKINSON, DORLONG, BOLS, ROBINSON, MALONE, FREDERICK, RAWLINS, TAYLOR, ASELY, HUTCHISON,
KETTLEWELL, LE FLEMING, ROLT, FENNELL, LIDDELL, RADICE, HOPLEY, DOWN, VENN, WALLACE, AUSTIN, BUCHANAN, RAWLINGS, STEPHEN, HAYTER, LOGMEN, PAGE, ARLINGTON, HUNTER,
- Family History Classes:
details opportunities for beginners throught to more experienced genealogists in Surrey.
- Born in Surrey and Died in Canada:
is a list of Strays with the following surnames: BAIN, BOND, BROOKBANK, BUDDEN, BURROWS, CAMPBELL, CLARKE, CONNELL, COOPER, COSBORN, CROUCH, DAVEY, DREWERY, ELLIOTT,
FOSTER, FREYPONS, GAMMON, HIND, HONEY, KEEPING, KYLE, LEROY, MacDONALD, O'HAGAN, PETERS, RANDALL, SANDERSON, SIMPKINS, SMITH, SPARKS, STEMP, STEWART, SYMONS, TAYLOR,
TEEK, THOM, THOMAS-THIBAULT, THRELFALL, WOODARD, WRIGHT
- The journal sadly announced the deaths of two long-time volunteers: June DOWNHAM and Ken BLATCH.