The Gazette
Pendle and Burnley Branch
  Issue No.15 - Aug 2004 Acting Editor Brenda I Hustler    


 1   Derek Mills 13  Did You Know ..
 2   Towneley Hall Road Show - Report 14  Diary Dates (What's on Where)
 3   Silver Jubilee Exhibition 15  Changes in Civil Registration
 4   Branch Open Night - Report 16  From The Society Executive
 5   Programme for 2004/5 17  BBC TV - Family History
 6   Projects 18  1851 Census CDs
 7   Library 19  Practical Evening Format
 8   In Our Ancestors' Times 20  Bits & Pieces
 9   In Memory of Little Ones 21  Using your PC (Computer Notes)
10  Reminder 22  Query Corner
11  Marriages in the Past  23  Stop Press
12  Some Important Dates 24  Items for Publication

DEREK MILLS ~ 1931-2004

We regret to report that Derek Mills, former editor of 'The Gazette' and long-standing member of our branch died suddenly on May 19th 2004. 

Derek had served on the branch committee since 1992 during which time he was project co-ordinator for two years.  When the quarterly newsletter "The Gazette" was started in 2000, Derek volunteered to be editor.  He continued as editor until he was forced to retire from the post in September 2003, due to eye problems.  In addition, Derek helped the branch in many other ways.  He was always there to help out at exhibitions and open days.  Before each branch meeting, he would be at the library early to help put out the chairs and get things ready for the meeting.  At the end of the evening he would help to stack the chairs and tables.  Derek and his good friend Ken Lupton, spent countless hours transcribing parish registers for our branch library and many of the bound volumes that are on our shelves are the results of their efforts.  Derek will be greatly missed and we offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

A donation in memory of Derek was made to the British Heart Foundation and a panel of the Jubilee Exhibition was dedicated to him.


The branch was well represented at this event, which was organized by the Friends of Lancashire Archives.  Although we had only short notice of the event, we nevertheless had an excellent display and took many of our resources including the branch computer.  The event was well attended, thanks to the beautiful sunny day.  It was a very busy day for those involved, and we had quite a few people who had obviously come specifically to look for help with their family history research.  Several had gone as far as they knew how and wanted help with where to go next.

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Our branch Silver Jubilee Exhibition was on display in Colne Library for the whole of July.  David Taylor, David Hustler and Bob Farrer did a sterling job putting it all up on the library wall.  On behalf of the branch - Well done lads, and thank you.  We managed to fill the whole of the display wall (48ft x 3ft) and there have been many complimentary remarks about it.  We even managed to get a picture in the Evening Telegraph at the beginning of July.  Unfortunately, the Colne Times only saw fit to put a picture in their paper on July 30th, the day the exhibition was taken down.  If you missed seeing it, you do get another chance.  It will be on display at Nelson Library for the whole of October, and will coincide with the Lancashire Record Office Road-show visit to the Library on Thursday, 21st October. 

The exhibition gives a brief history of the branch over the past 25 years and explains what family history is all about - who we are, where we are, what we do and how to do it.  It is aimed at stimulating interest in family history - where to look and what to look for, how to record results, etc and gives an insight into the many aspects of family history research. Moreover, it is good publicity for the LFH&HS and since membership of the society is down this year, hopefully it will bring in some new members.

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Our July branch meeting was an open night and research evening.  Unfortunately (or fortunately for some) it was also the night when there was a cycle race around Colne town centre.  We didn't find out about this until 5 days before the event and we were told that the town centre and car parks were to be closed off to vehicular traffic.  We tried to inform as many members as possible by e-mail and telephone.  If you missed being told - sorry, but there was little else that we could do.  Nevertheless, we had a very successful evening, with lots of visitors.  Hopefully, we have stimulated enthusiasm in our visitors and some will possibly join the society.  Some of our members abandoned their research (shame, shame) and had a grandstand view of the cycle race from the library windows.

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The Programme of Events for 2004 is now available as a card handout and can also be viewed on this website 

We now have a full programme of events booked for 2005, but we are always on the look out for good and interesting speakers.  If you know of any interesting speakers or there is someone special that you would like to hear, let me know about it.

Tony Mason, Programme Secretary.

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Our members continue to be very busy on various projects. 

Burnley Cemetery Memorial Inscriptions - Details of 1420 head stones have been transcribed by Ribble Valley Branch and the data from 1200 entries has been entered onto computer.  There are many queries to be checked and lots more headstones to be transcribed.  If anybody is interested in helping with this project, please get in touch.

Boer War - Index of "Letters from the Front" and reports of casualties in local newspapers.  Christine Haworth now has a database of 466 entries from the Nelson Leader and Burnley Express but still has to index the Burnley Gazette. 

Parish Registers - Work continues on transcriptions of ..

    St.Thomas', Barrowford, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.

    St.Bartholomew's Colne, Baptisms and Marriages.

    St.Mary's Newchurch-in-Pendle, Baptisms and Marriages.

1901 Census index - The name index of the 1901 census for Nelson is nearing completion and a start is to be made on the Colne index.  Anyone wishing to volunteer for this project should contact Christine Carradice, the Reference Librarian at Nelson Library.

A number of members spend a lot of time checking and amending all these projects.  Many thanks to all those involved.  Transcribing Parish Registers by our Branch is an ongoing project and volunteers to transcribe or check transcriptions are always welcome.  Please contact me if you are interested in doing "a little or a lot" to help the above projects or perhaps start one of your own.

Christine Windle, Project Coordinator - 01282 705894
Please note - Christine no longer has an e-mail address



Ten members continue to beaver away at home inputting the marriage indexes, whilst a happy band of 13 members faithfully spend 3-4 hours each Thursday morning at Burnley Register Office, checking the index lists against the original registers.  In total, there are 72,500 marriages to input, download, check and amend.  We have made significant inroads with this project and thank everyone involved for their dedication.  Will anyone involved in this project who has incurred any expenses, please let me know so that you can be reimbursed.  All disks will eventually be returned to their owners.  More Volunteers to help with this project will be most welcome. 

Keith Windle, LancsBMD co-ordinator - 01282 705894
Please note - Keith no longer has an e-mail address

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New acquisitions received for the library ..

Section 7, G15, Census: Book No 345 "Township of Bainbridge in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century" 1841 and 1851 complete census returns.  (Donated by Christine Bradley from Colne Library's surplus stock)

Lancashire Parish Register Society 

vol.152 Wigan, Part 2, 1626-1675 vol.155 Leigh, 1701-1753
vol.153 Wigan, Part 3, 1676-1710 vol.156 Prescott, 1727-1765 

These volumes, from an unknown donor, have been passed on to us by Burnley Library.  Since we already have copies of these volumes, the duplicates are housed in the basement at Colne Library.  Should anyone wish to borrow any of these volumes because the 'shelf' copy is out on loan, please contact Margaret, our branch librarian who will get the 'basement' copy for you.

We have now obtained microfiche copies of the Parish Registers for .. 

Holy Trinity Church, Habergham Eaves
Christenings 1837-1900 Marriages 1837-1900
Confirmations 1897-1900 Burials 1837-1900

St.Matthew's Church, Habergham Eaves
Christenings 1879-1900 Marriages 1880-1900

A replacement fiche has been purchased for Christ Church, Colne, Burials 1836-1885, fiche 2 of 3, which has been lost.  These will be added to the resources when they have been catalogued.

New microfiche envelopes have been purchased to replace those worn out.  The new envelopes have been printed with our name and logo.  The process of checking microfiche is underway and the following fiche are missing from the 1881 census of England ..

    YORKSHIRE - Surname Index (Pink): Nos.0001; 0041; 0065; Census Place Index (Red) No.0067

    DERBYSHIRE - Surname Index (Pink): No.0001 

    NORTHUMBERLAND - As Enumerated (Yellow): No.0002

Slips indicating the missing fiche are in place. 

Please remember that when you are taking microfiche from the storage drawer, you must ALWAYS put in a marker card to replace the fiche and on returning the fiche to the drawer, make sure that you replace the fiche in the correct place, not where someone else's marker card is.  A misplaced fiche is a lost fiche.  Once lost, many of the fiche cannot be replaced or are very expensive to replace. 

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian.

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 - Mrs Pip Cowling, 33 Windhill Old Road, BRADFORD, BD10 0SE

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Submitted by Margaret Heap

1857 Matrimonial Causes Act makes divorce possible without need for a private Act of Parliament.  Both divorces and separations increase in the second half of the 19th century.
1867 London Society for Women's Suffrage founded to press the case for women to vote in parliamentary elections.
1870 Married Women's Property Act gives women the right to keep their own earnings from employment after marriage and also to keep separate savings accounts.  Elementary Education Act permits women ratepayers to vote for, and to serve on, the new school boards.
1875 Women able to be elected as Poor Law Guardians (women ratepayers had been entitled to vote in guardian elections since the Poor Law Amendment Act was passed in 1834).
1878 Judicial separation between a husband and wife is formally permitted for the first time.
1882 Women were allowed to keep separate property, which they had acquired before marriage.
1888 Local Government Act permits women to vote for new county and country borough councils.
1891 Legal judgement confirms that a man cannot compel his wife to live in the matrimonial home.
1894 Parish Councils Act permits women to serve on urban and district councils.
1897 Non-militant National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
1903 Militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) founded.
1905 Suffragettes imprisoned after disrupting a Liberal rally in Manchester.
1910 Violence between suffragettes and police after a proposal to give women householders the vote is defeated in Parliament.
1911 First Conciliation Bill, which would have given the vote to single women with property, introduced.  Pankhurst suspends militancy while the bill was discussed.  Despite support in principle, the bill was put to one side.
1913 Further violence with Women's Suffrage and Political Union mounting arson and bombing campaigns.  'Cat and Mouse' Act passed, whereby women hunger strikers were to be released from prison, but re-arrested when fit enough to continue their sentence.
1914 Suspension of suffragettes' political campaign on outbreak of WW1.
1903-4 Inter-Departmental Committee on Physical Deterioration established to enquire into claims that the health of the nation was getting worse.  It found no evidence of actual deterioration but much of poor living standards.
1905 Conservative government passes Unemployed Workmen Act, which establishes local 'Distress Committees' to help provide employment or assistance.
1906 Education (Provision of Meals) Act gives local authorities powers to arrange school meals to improve the diet of working-class children.
1907 Education (Administrative Provisions) Act gives local authorities powers to authorise medical inspections at school.
1908 Children Act gives children protection from imprisonment and establishes separate juvenile courts.  Parents could be punished for neglecting children.
1908 Pensions Act: first old age pensions paid in January 1909.
1909 Housing and Town Planning Act establishes compulsory slum clearance schemes, but does not provide support to enable new houses to be built to replace slums.
1911 National Insurance Act.
1912 Board of Education grants support the school medical inspections introduced in 1907.

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Submitted by Ralph Peacock.

This item is taken from the group forum of the British Quilt List (BQL) and was originally written by Helen from Hobart and dated March 2004.

900 Calico Colonial Christening bonnets.

Imagine 900 calico colonial christening bonnets on round balls on sticks stuck into the ground in the shape of a cross, inside the high stone walls of the Female Factory in South Hobart.  This was the scene yesterday when Christina Henri's installation 'Departures and Arrivals' was opened in pouring rain.

When the Female Factory was in operation, 'Arrival' was the term used to record the birth of a baby, and 'Departure' to record its death.  There were 1200 births there and 900 deaths, a shocking record which earned the site the name "The Valley of the Shadow of Death".  Christina has documented each of the 'departures' in an impressive book, which lists names, ages, and the causes of death.

Each child was buried outside the Factory walls on the hillside above.  With low clouds obscuring the tops of the hills and constant heavy rain, it seemed yesterday as if even the weather was in mourning.  After the speeches, Christina scattered rose petals over the soaked bonnets and placed a bouquet in memory of a 2 year-old girl, whose twin is recorded as dying, but of whom there is no trace.  Later this year, the installation will travel to the Female Factories in Ross and Georgetown, where extra bonnets will be added to record the babies who died at those sites.

I was one of the innumerable women in Tasmania and elsewhere who thought of those babies as they made the bonnets, and was glad to be able to acknowledge their lives in some tiny way.  The bonnets I made had a deep old cotton lace border on them.  I got the lace from Helen Pearson, (once Helen from Durham, now from Scotland), when I visited her.  It seemed appropriate to put English lace on the bonnet, as the babies' mothers were all convicts from Britain.

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        .. is on Sunday 3rd October 2004, 12 noon for 12-30, at Rosehill House Hotel, Burnley. Guest Speaker Mr Ian Dewhirst, MBE.


Submitted by Jean Ingham.

If marriages are made in heaven, why do weddings cost the earth?   Present day weddings can be very elaborate expensive affairs.  Bridal outfits, the wedding itself, video photographers, the reception, and then an evening reception, can amount to several thousand pounds.  Eventually the happy couple honeymoon in some exotic foreign country.

Even fifty or sixty years ago most newly weds in this area were content to spend a few days, or, if they were lucky, a week on the West Coast (It looked good in the Colne Times report, but everybody knew it was Blackpool!).

Great expense was certainly not necessary in order to have a joyful occasion.

In her 'Memories of Colne' Mrs Cryer describes even earlier weddings at St.Bartholomew's in the 1850s: 

"But the merriest and most picturesque weddings were those from Barrowford.  First came a fiddler decorated with many coloured ribbons playing a merry tune.  After him came the bridal party, as often as not a bright rosy-faced country lad and lass.  If the groom had had a taste of "John Barleycorn" that morning he would jig it along the road with the best of them and the maid would daintily raise her flowered muslin and trip it by his side."

Sadly, not all marriages, however bright their start, were to end happily, as many were brought to an abrupt end by the early death of one of the partners.  Research in marriage registers shows a large number of re-marriages of young widows or widowers.  In the days of poor sanitation, and before the discovery of antibiotics; disease and death were never far from the door.  Many family historians are amazed at how quickly after the death of a spouse a new marriage took place.  Not surprising really when many had small children needing to be cared for.  A typical example is Jane Rawlinson, widow of only eight months with two little girls aged 1 and 4 who married my grandfather, Thomas Graham, in 1892.  In the first year of this marriage, Jane gave birth to a son and sadly, buried him one month later.  18 months later Jane herself died after giving birth to a second son.  There didn't seem to be much time for mourning because within a year Thomas had remarried and found another mother for his young family.  The chances are that most people understood the harsh economic reasons behind these fast courtships and re-marriages and therefore did not frown upon them.

This could not be said of marriages prohibited by kinship.  Whilst it is pretty obvious that a person is not allowed to marry a parent, grandparent or sibling, in the past there were many other forbidden partnerships.  For instance, until 1907 it was illegal for a man to marry his deceased wife's sister or until 1921 a woman to marry her deceased husband's brother.  In 1860 such a marriage actually took place at St.James, Briercliffe.  Priscilla Smith, widow, used her maiden name when she married William Duerden by licence.  Somehow the Vicar discovered the truth as one week later he wrote the following underneath the marriage entry;  "NB. Priscilla Smith is a false name; it should be Priscilla Duerden the marriage is ipso facto void.  She having married her deceased husband's brother."  It looks like somebody spilled the beans!  There was a long list of these forbidden relationships, many of which no longer apply, but which were studiously avoided by our respectable Victorian ancestors.

All the more ironic therefore that during the latter half of the 19th century many couples in the Barnoldswick area thought they were married when they were not.  Apparently in 1842 Reverend Milner hadn't registered the new church of St.James, Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, for marriages; making all the marriages for almost 40 years after technically invalid.  A great many highly respectable Barlickers must have gone to their graves in blissful ignorance that they had been "living in sin".  This situation may well have been the origin of the tale that people went to Barnoldswick to "live ower t' brush".

Life wasn't always married bliss for our ancestors, and divorce was not an option for ordinary people until the 20th century.  Couples who wanted a change of partner might agree to separate and live with someone else.  One unusual way of ending a marriage was for a man to sell his wife in a public place.  Although strictly illegal this was not uncommon in the 18th and 19th centuries.  According to 'The Annals of Colne' the last sale of a wife at the market place took place in 1815, but unfortunately no names are mentioned.  This method was probably a way of amicably declaring in public the end of one relationship and the beginning of another.  It would certainly have to be pre-arranged with the assent of the wife, because it would be a very brave lady who put herself forward and found NO takers!

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Submitted by Margaret Heap

1722 John Kay's "Flying Shuttle" - it increased the speed of textile weaving machine.
1767 James Hargreaves' "Spinning Jenny" - it greatly increased the output per person.
1769 Richard Arkwright's "Water Frame" - spinning by four pairs of rollers.
1779 Samuel Crompton takes out a patent for spnning by 'mule'.
1780s Four hundred and seventy seven inventor's patents registered.  (In the 1719s there had been only thirty eight).
1782 James Watt's "rotary steam engine" invented; it enabled concentration of power away from fast-flowing streams and thus aided growth of industrial towns.
1783-4 Henry Cort's "puddling" process allowed coal, rather than charcoal, to be the main fuel used in iron refining.
1786 Edmund Cartwright's "power loom" invented: it promised to increase the speed of weaving, but was not widely introduced to textile areas until 1820s.
1802 The value of exports of cotton goods exceeds those of woollen ones for the first time.

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        .. that in 1295, a market cross, often called the Paulinus Cross, was erected near to St Peter's Church in Burnley at a cost of 9s 1d.  It was moved in 1617 to Godly Lane to make way for a new market cross, and in 1880 was moved again to the garden next to the Old Grammar School (know locally as 'The Cannons').



Advice and research workshops at the Society's Resource Centre, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs. BB5 3LU 

 2nd October 2004       1 pm - 4.30pm.

16th October 2004       1 pm - 4.30pm. 

Cost per session 1.50 each.  The group's library and research aids (CDs, microfiche, etc.) will be available for use and advice will be given gladly.  Space is limited so you are encouraged to book.  Please let Margaret Purcell know if you wish to attend.  Bookings and enquiries to , 128 Red Bank Rd., Bispham, Blackpool FY2 9DZ.

FAMILY HISTORY FAIR in conjunction with the Federation of Family History Society Conference Loughborough University

Sunday, 29th August 2004       10am - 4pm.

Admission 2 per person Full details and timetable for the Conference at

Cymdeithasau Hanes Teulu Gwynedd a Clwyd Gwynedd and Clwyd Family History Societies

The Fifth Annual North Wales Family History Fair at Llandudno Conference Centre

SATURDAY, 4th September 2004      10am - 4.30pm. 

Admission 2  Accompanied children under 15 - free.


SATURDAY, 11th September 2004,  10am - 4.30pm, at Gateshead International Stadium, 

Admission 2.50  Accompanied children under 15 free.


SUNDAY, 12th September 2004, 10am - 5pm, at Princess Royal Stand, Exhibition Suite, Ormskirk Road, Aintree L9 5AS

Admission 2 per person, children accompanied by an adult are free.


SATURDAY, 25th September 2004,   10am - 4pm at The Spa Grand Hall, Scarborough.

Admission 2 per person, Children that are accompanied by an adult are free.

LANCASHIRE FH&HS ANNUAL DINNER .. hosted by Ribble Valley Branch at Whalley Abbey.

Friday, 1st October 2004,  7pm for 7.30 pm .. Guest Speaker - Christine Thistlethwaite.

Full details, menu and booking form in the May edition of 'Lancashire'


Manchester Velodrome (The National Cycling Centre), Sport City, Stuart Street, Manchester

SATURDAY, 2nd October 2004,     10am - 4pm.

Admission 2.00; children free. Free Parking


This will take place at Colne Library on Saturday 13th November 2004,  10am - 3.30pm.

Volunteers to help out on the day will be needed.  Three library computers will be reserved for our use.

See Jean, Brenda or Margaret for details of what is involved.

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Last year many members wrote to their respective Member of Parliament expressing concern at the proposed changes to civil registration, whereby information, which has been in the public domain since 1837 when civil registration began, would be withheld for records less than 100 years old.

On 22 July the GRO issued a press release about the proposed changes to registration and a 'Draft Regulatory Reform Order' (55 pages) - Explanatory Notes (339 pages).  All these can be accessed and downloaded via the links at   The document will make good bedtime reading (for several nights!).  They cover far more than the changes affecting details supplied on certificates. 

It would appear that under the revised model, the point at which registration records become historic would be 75 years for births and 25 years for deaths.  Nothing has happened yet by way of change, but final Government action isn't far away.  There have been rumours that the government do not need legislation to introduce these measures and can just implement them without further ado.  There is also a rumour on the rootsweb genealogy lists that it could be implemented before the end of this year.

So if you need any certificates for Births, Marriages or Deaths, which are less than 100 years old, GET THEM NOW, before it is too late.

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If you can help out with any of these, please contact the society president, , 2 Butterlands, Preston PR1 5TJ

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BBC 4 is making a television series featuring people looking into their family history.  This series will complement the BBC 2 series you might have already heard about - but while BBC 2 is featuring celebrities, we're looking for 'ordinary people' with an interesting family history story to tell: 

If tracing your family tree has changed your life then we would really like to hear from you: perhaps you've made unexpected, startling or extraordinary discoveries while searching for your ancestors?  Or are you involved in an ongoing search to uncover your roots?  If you have an interesting family story to tell, please contact .. 

Emma Parkins, BBC Factual and Learning, on 020 8752 6179 or by email -    All conversations are at this stage for research purposes only and are in confidence of course.

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1851 CENSUS CDs from S & N

Many of our members have purchased these valuable research aids.  We have found that in the 1851 census CDs for Lancashire, some folios have been missed out.  They are as follows ..  

    Disc 9 - Ormskirk & Wigan - HO107/2196-2199 (pt) 

    Disc 10 - Ormskirk & Wigan - HO107/2199(pt) - 2203 (pt) Folios 500-759 are missing.  Disc 9 goes up to Folio 499.  For 500-end it say insert Disc 10, but Disc 10 starts at Folio 760. 

    Disc 31 - Blackburn & Chorley - HO107/2259-2262. Folios after 505 are missing. The LFH&HS index Vol 40 (Darwen & Witton Sub-Districts) goes up to folio 732. 

S & N were contacted about these omissions and readily supplied an addenda disc containing the missing folios, plus some addenda to HO107/2179 and HO107/2219.  If you have purchased these CDs, S & N will supply an addenda disc, but only if you ask for it.

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Jean Ingham has gathered together a small group of members - Julie Birchall, Bob and Janet Farrer, Christine Haworth, Shirley Oldfield and Helen Wright - to formulate ideas for how practical evenings should progress.  At their meeting on June 16th, the following points were raised .. 

  a)  The booking system now in operation for using the branch computer (20 min. slots) seems to be working well.

  b)  Extra tables would be useful in the branch library section.

  c)  Members should be reminded that printed lists of databases on the branch computer and the library holding were on sale (to be ordered in advance).

  d)  Some members were not aware that CDs could be borrowed for home use, and was it possible to display them in the library area at the meeting.

  e)  A possible visit to Burnley Library was suggested.

  f)  The two internet sessions held last year were thought to be useful and it was hoped that more could be organised.

  g)  The possibility of holding occasional group discussions of members' family history problems would be useful.

If you have any ideas that you would like to be implemented, please contact Jean or any member of the group.

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Many of us have 'spare information' - information that is included on a page of a register or census that we have printed.  Some of it may be of use to other members, even if it is out of our area.  Many of us have families who moved about a lot, even to different parts of the country.  Several of us are from families who moved into Lancashire and Yorkshire from the south.

Extract from the Parish Register of St Pancras Old Church, Shoreditch 1828 

Submitted by Mary Jackson

Entry No.119 GEORGE ROSE of this Parish, Bachelor, and HANNAH JESTER of this Parish, Spinster were married in this Church by Banns, this 18th day of February 1828 by me CHARLES PERRIN, M. A. Signed - G ROSE and HANNAH JESTER. In the presence of MARY JESTER and ??? 

Entry No.120 PETER KEIR of this Parish, Widower, and MARY JACKSON of this Parish, Spinster, were married in this Church by Banns, this 19th day of February 1828 by me J. BRACKENBURY, Curate. Signed PETER KEIR and the mark of MARY JACKSON. In the presence of ??? JACKSON and ???? 

Entry No.121 CHARLES RUSSELL of this Parish, Bachelor, and FRANCES HOWDEN of this Parish, Spinster, were married in this Church by Banns this 19th day of February 1828, by me J BRACKENBURY, Curate. Signed - CHARLES RUSSELL and FRANCES HOWDEN. In the presence of DAVID GREENE and MARY HOWDEN.

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USEFUL WEBSITES  Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919.  It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history  IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles and North America.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) has organised the IGI records into 'batches'.  These batches relate to how and when the information was extracted from source material.  Each church has a specific batch number.  For example .. 

Burnley, Hollingreave Road Congregational or United Reformed Church - Marriages 1893-1895 has batch number M155641

Colne, Particular Baptist Church Christenings - 1778-1836 has batch number C091751  From Court Hand Restored, by Andrew Wright of the Inner Temple, first published in 1776; a convenient reference combining a number of hands in one place -- no need to leaf through pages of separate alphabets.  This shows examples of the alphabet as used in old handwriting and is a very useful reference when searching parish registers.  This site provides links to many web sites that offer on-line transcriptions of UK Births, Marriages and Deaths.  Many sites offering UK census transcriptions are also linked from here.  Local BMD - these are the indexes created from the original registration entries held by the local registrars.  More and more counties are putting their indexes on-line, so it is advisable to start looking here first.  LancashireBMD is part of this network.  The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day.  A2A does not yet offer a full description of all the archives in England, but it is regularly updated and contains newly-included catalogues.  An excellent site containing census records 1841-1901 for villages in Wensleydale and Swaledale, transcribed by Christine Amsden.  Many people moved from these areas with the collapse of the lead mining industry and failure in agricultural harvests.

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Earby and District Local History Society is setting up a series of House History Workshops in association with the Workers Education Association.

There will be three workshops, the first two will be on Saturday 9th October and Saturday 4th December with the third to be arranged for February 2005.

The tutor will be Dr Rob David.

Further details and outline of the course from or tel.01282 843850

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Items for publication should be sent to the Acting Editor - Brenda I Hustler, 49 Stone Edge Road, Barrowford, Nelson Lancashire BB9 6BB or email:-

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LFH&HS Pendle and Burnley Branch 2004