The Newsletter of
Pendle & Burnley Branch
Issue no : 1 - February 2001

Editor : Derek Mills


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the newsletter of the Pendle and Burnley branch of the LFH&HS.  The publication of the newsletter has been instigated by the results of the recent questionnaire, where 64% of the answers received, suggested that the committee should organise a system, whereby information could be disseminated amongst the membership.

It is anticipated that the newsletter will be published quarterly; in February, May, August and November.

The committee hopes, that by producing the Gazette, the membership of our society will be better informed of the events and exhibitions occurring in our area, the projects that are currently being undertaken and the research facilities available at our centre at Colne library.  Members are encouraged to submit letters or articles of a local interest to the editor, for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please send the information to Derek Mills, 23 Hall Park Ave, Cliviger, Burnley BB10 4JJ.

The committee intend to establish a repository of family tree records, so that future generations may use them in their research. If anyone wishes to donate their records, please contact one of the committee members.


1   The names of the present committee members and the duties they perform
2   Summary of the Questionnaire results
3   Lecture programme and out visits for the year 2001
4   Current and forthcoming projects
5   Useful addresses and telephone numbers, example, Registrars and Record Offices
6   Research facilities at Colne Library
7   Branch computer


Chairman Bob Abel
Secretary Sheila Markendale
Treasurer Ralph Peacock
Gazette Editor Derek Mills
Programme Secretary David James Taylor
Project Officer Ken Lupton
Publications Officer Christine Haworth
Librarians Sheila Richmond and Margaret Heap

Chairman Presides at committee meetings and generally controls the day to day running of the branch
Secretary Deals with correspondence and enquiries and provides information about the branch organisation.
Treasurer Controls the finances of the branch and issues an annual statement of the accounts.
Gazette Editor Prepares and edits the newsletter for publication.
Programme Secretary Compiles a programme of events for the year, by finding and arranging suitable speakers for meetings and suggesting locations for out visits.
Computer Officer Organises operations relative to the installation, maintenance and running of the computer system.
Project Officer Controls and organises the various projects to be undertaken by the branch, transcribing and indexing documents etc.
Publications Officer Takes and produces minutes of the committee meetings and controls the sale of books and pamphlets.
Librarians Collates and catalogues new and existing books and documents in the branch library and issues materials on loan to branch members.

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The committee would like to thank each member of the membership who replied to the questionnaire, for their participation. As a result of the varied answers we received, the committee have proposed a number of changes and innovations that are listed below.

Main points : 82 (67%) of the membership replied to the questionnaire from a total membership of 123.

Of the 82 members who replied ..

Committee members : Many members (50%) do not know who the committee members are and do not know what they do.  Included in this newsletter is a list of committee members and their duties, a summary of the duties of the Project Officer, current projects and why we undertake research programmes.

Meetings : The majority of members, state that they are satisfied with the Wednesday meetings, with the times to remain at 7-30pm to 9-30pm, so this has been agreed.  Four additional dates are to be added to our programme, so that with the A.G.M. and the Open night, we will have six practical evenings. Please consult the programme of events for details.

Christmas meetings : From and including December 2001, Christmas meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month.

Magazine table : Most members would be interested in a magazine table at the branch meetings.  It is now proposed to provide this facility, where members can bring or exchange information, leaflets, books and magazines.  It was also resolved, that the committee will issue our own "Starter Pack" for new and prospective members.

Committee meetings : The forthcoming meetings are to be held on the following dates ..

Periodically, members, for one reason or another, decide to resign from the committee and of course we have to fill those vacancies.  Shortly, a number of positions will become vacant and will require replacing.  If anyone is interested in joining the committee, will you please contact any of the officials.  It is quite a rewarding job and you will be assisting to run the branch in the most efficient manner.

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Venue COLNE LIBRARY at 7-30pm.

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Projects are undertaken to record, transcribe and index information of use to family historians.  They take many forms and sizes, but all are intended to provide a reference for other researchers and as a consequence the results are published whenever possible.

Occasionally, projects are requested from a parish priest to transcribe records which are due to be deposited at the County Record office.  Generally, a group of society members undertake to perform the research work and to work in teams.  It is important to obtain permission to publish the data from the priest or person who has custody of the information.  Much of the research work is now inputted onto data files into computers in order to facilitate access.

In some instances, it is possible to carry out the research work at home and documents, data sheets or microfiche are provided with which to transcribe the work.  Projects can take from a few months to several years to complete and sometimes involve joint efforts with another branch or other societies.  The Project Officer controls and organises the work.

 Examples of current and recent research work are as follows :

Current and forthcoming projects :

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Colne Library 01282 871155
M 09.30 - 19.00
T  09.30 - 12.00
W 09.30 - 17.00
T  09.30 - 17.00
F  09.30 - 17.00
S  09.30 - 16.00
Census Returns 1841 - 1891
International Genealogical Index(IGI)
Lancs Family History & Heraldry Society
Local Parish Registers
Monumental inscriptions
Pendle Branch Library
Trade Directories
Burnley Library 01282 437115
M 10.00 - 19.00
T  10.00 - 17.00
W 10.00 - 17.00
T  10.00 - 19.00
F 10.00 - 17.00
S  09.30 - 16.00
Census Returns 1841 - 1891
Electoral registers & poll books
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
Local newspapers, indexed
Monumental inscriptions
Parish Registers for the Blackburn Diocese
Trade Directories
Nelson Library 01282 692521
M 09.30 - 17.00
T  09.30 - 17.00
W 09.30 - 19.00
T  09.30 - 19.00
F  09.30 - 19.00
S  09.30 - 16.00
Census Returns 1841 - 1891
Directories and Electoral registers
International Genealogical Index(IGI)
Local Family Research
Local Parish Registers
Soldiers who died in Great War
Harris Library Preston 01772 404010
M 10.00 - 19.30
T  10.00 - 17.00
W 10.00 - 19.30
T  10.00 - 17.00
F  10.00 - 19.30
S  10.00 - 17.30
Electoral registers & poll books
Parish registers for Blackburn Diocese
St.Catherines Index, Civil Registration
 --- Births 1837 - 1995
 --- Marriages 1837 - 1995
 --- Deaths 1837 - 1995
Blackburn Library 01254 587920
M 09.30 - 19.00
T  09.30 - 17.00
W 09.30 - 17.00
T  09.30 - 17.00
F  09.30 - 17.00
S  09.30 - 16.00
S 11.00 - 15.00
Catalogues & bibliographies
Electoral registers & poll books
Parish registers for Blackburn Diocese
St.Catherines Index, Civil Registration
 --- Births 1837 - 1996
 --- Marriages 1837 - 1996
 --- Deaths 1837 - 1996
Lancashire Record Office 01772 263039
Bow Lane Preston
M 09.00 - 17.00
T  09.00 - 20.30
W 09.30 - 17.00
T  09.30 - 17.00
F  09.00 - 16.00
Note - The Record Office closes 1 week in 4 .. always advisable to ring first.
Catalogues & bibliographies
Census enumerators returns
Copies of Local Wills
County Archives
Electoral registers
Parish registers for Blackburn Diocese
Rate books
Maps & plans
Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints 01706 213460
Haslingden Road - Rawtenstall
M  Closed
T  10.00-12.00 14.00-16.00
W 10.00-12.30 13.30-16.00
T  13.30-16.00 18.30-21.00
F  10.00-12.30 13.30-16.00 18.30-21.00
Boyds Marriage Index
Complete 1881 Census Index
International Genealogical Index(IGI)
Part 1891 Census
St.Catherines Index, Civil Registration
 --- Births 1837 - 1983
 --- Marriages 1837 - 1983
 --- Deaths 1837 - 1983
Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints 01257 233687
Index to Civil Registration
International Genealogical Index(IGI)
General Register Office 0151 4714800
Postal ApplicationsRoom 09
Smedley Hydro
Trafalgar Road
Postal applications for Civil Registration Certificates, no visiting
Applications for Civil Registration Certificates by Phone or Fax using Credit/Debit cards
The Family Record Centre
1 Myddleton Street
London EC1
Local Registration Office 01282 43611612
Nicholas Street
Mon to Fri 09.00-12.45 & 14.00-16.30
Applications for Civil Registration Certificates in person and
Applications for Civil Registration Certificates in Person and by Post for local areas

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The branch library material is kept in the Colne Reference library in the glass fronted cupboards marked for the Pendle and Burnley Society.  We also have a set of Ordnance Survey maps kept in the map cupboard and microfiche are kept in the filing cabinets.

An account book, listing the books is kept on the top shelf, right hand side of the top right hand of these cupboards. The books are numbered according to a list begun by an earlier Librarian and added to by succeeding Librarians.  New material is entered in the book and given a reference and classification number before it is put into general use.  These numbers are displayed in a prominent place in the books or documents before they are put into the cupboards.  Also inserted into the books are metal strips that will be detected at the Library exit by a sensor that will bleep if the document hasn't been booked out.

At each monthly meeting, ONLY the LFH&HS. material is available for members to inspect.  Members are allowed to borrow up to three items at any one time giving their name, membership number, telephone number, reference number and name of the borrowed item.  These are to be entered into the booking-out section of the account book, preferably by the Librarian.  After each meeting the Library cupboards will be locked.

Members are encouraged to return borrowed items at the next available meeting. In the event of an item being held over three months, the borrower will be contacted for its return, or alternatively it can be handed to the Colne Reference Librarian, who will return it for them. 

A list of Library holdings, which is updated periodically, is kept on the top right hand shelf and a similar copy is on sale at the bookstall during each meeting at a small charge.  It should be noted that the general public are allowed access to the shelves during normal Library hours, on request and the discretion of the Colne Reference Librarian and although we attempt to keep material in reference number order, the books are sometimes misfiled. 

The Society will accept suitable books for the Library, which members are willing to donate.  Journals will also be accepted upon consultation with the Librarian.  If there are any books that you think the Society Library should hold, the Librarian will be grateful for suggestions.  Sheila Richmond & Ken Lupton (Librarians).

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As you may already know, we have received a Millennium grant of approximately 2000 that has enabled the branch to purchase a PC, a printer and associated software.  The computer has been set up in the lecture room at Colne library and we are in the process of inputting various programmes for the availability of all branch members.  The computer uses the Windows operating system, including Microsoft Word, Works and Excel etc.

The computer will be available at practical evening meetings and members will be given tuition if necessary, in how to use the machine and to access information. A system of booking the computer will be organised at a later date. The information available for research is shown below.

St. Leonard Baptisms: 1707 - 1802
Marriages: 1707 - 1812
Bride's Indexes: 1707 - 1812
Burials: 1707 - 1802
Padiham Street Index: 1891
Surname Index: 1891
All Saints Burials: 1850 - 1900
St Peter Burials: 1856 - 1895
Towneley Chapel Baptisms: 1800s.
St Mary RC Baptisms: 1855 - 1871
Marriages: 1825 - 1874
St Bartholomew Burials: 1813 - 1837
St John Burials: 1851 - 1900
Parish Records Baptisms: 1605 - 1900
Burials: 1595 - 1900
Marriages: 1595 - 1900
Quaker Records Baptisms: 1649 - 1836
Burials: 1656 - 1837
Marriages: 1649 - 1834
Census Returns 1841 - 1891
Quaker Records Baptisms: 1662 - 1806
Burials: 1679 - 1793
Marriages: 1668 - 1783
Parish Records Baptisms: 1693 - 1826
Burials: 1692 - 1807
Marriages: 1693 - 1837
Quaker Records Baptisms: 1651 - 1837
Burials: 1679 - 1837
Marriages: 1687 - 1811
Parish Records Baptisms: 1571 - 1813
Burials: 1571 - 1812
Marriages: 1577 - 1812
Quaker Records Baptisms: 1650 - 1836
Burials: 1659 - 1836
Marriages: 1656 - 1834

Census returns for the whole of the U.K on CD-ROM.  If anyone would like any further information about the Computer Group or using the branch computer, then please contact either Julie Birchall, Ken Lupton, Derek Mills or David Taylor.

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LFH&HS Pendle and Burnley Branch 2001