The Gazette
Pendle and Burnley Branch
  Issue No.21 - February 2006 Acting Editor Brenda I Hustler    

CONTENTS

 1   Membership Renewal 10  More Misdemeanants
 2   Branch A.G.M 11  Genealogists Bible
 3   Members Interests 12  News from The Society
 4   Programme 13  Lancashire Record Office
 5   Library 14  Federation News
 6   Projects 15  Query Corner
 7   LancashireBMD Project 16  Email Addresses
 8   Diary Dates (What's on) 17  Items for Publication
 9   Indictment Rolls 18  Stop Press

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR LFH&HS

    Have you renewed your membership?  If not, then why not do it NOW?

    If you don’t receive your green ‘Lancashire’ magazine later this month, check that you have renewed your membership.  The magazine is only sent out to members

    Think of all the benefits you get from membership – ‘Lancashire’ the society’s magazine and ‘The Gazette’ our branch newsletter, both issued 4 times a year.  You can borrow books and CDs from our branch library and use the databases on our branch computer.  There are 13 branches of LFH&HS and as a member you can go to any of their meetings.  See the ‘Lancashire’ magazine or the society’s website for their programmes.  Best of all, there is all the help, advice and friendship that you can get from other members.


BRANCH A.G.M. - WEDNESDAY MARCH 15th 2006

    The following officials are due for re-election at this year's Branch A.G.M. to serve for TWO years: 

    Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Minutes Secretary, Librarian, Executive Liaison Officer, Programme Secretary, Editor for the Gazette and Committee Members. 

    Jean Ingham (Chairman), Margaret Heap (Librarian and Minutes Secretary), David Hustler (Executive Liaison Officer), Tony Mason (Programme Secretary), Janet Knowles and Moira Whittaker (Committee Members) are all willing to stand for office again, but we need a Vice-chairman and an Editor for 'The Gazette'.

    Nominations for any of the above offices, with consent of nominee, (in writing) should reach the Branch Secretary by one week before the AGM.

    A Nomination Sheet was available at the January meeting and will be available at the February meeting.  Branch members were asked to propose or second those who had volunteered to continue serving on the branch committee.  Sadly, only one person took the trouble to propose someone.  Was the lack of response because you are not interested or was it that you just couldn't be bothered?  Without a committee the branch will cease to function and all the branch resources will be returned to the Society.

Although attendance at last year's A.G.M. was slightly better than in 2004, it was still poor.  Your committee work hard on your behalf and deserve your support. Attending the A.G.M is your chance to demonstrate your support and is an opportunity to express your opinions of the way the branch is run.

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MEMBERS INTERESTS

    Many of you will be wondering what has happened about the new Member's Interests list.  Please note that this is our BRANCH list, not the one being started by the LFH&HS with a form in the last edition of "Lancashire."  You may remember that a year ago, you were asked to fill in forms so that the list could be brought up to date, since many addenda items had been added to the one created in 1999/2000, and this list also contained the names of many people who were no longer members of the society.  Several responses came in quite quickly, and thanks go to the members concerned.  The majority, however, came in dribs and drabs over a period of about nine months.

    Many members have still not responded to the request

    The new list is almost ready for publishing and will be printed and a copy put into our branch library.  A list will also be posted on the branch website of those members who requested publication on that medium.  At the February meeting there will be a list of names of the people who have sent in their member's interests.  If your name is not on it, then your research names will NOT be in the new member's interest list.

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PROGRAMME

    The Programme of Events for the coming meetings is shown below and can also be viewed on this website 

  •  15.Mar.2006        A.G.M. and Practical Evening

  •  29.Mar.2006        Easter Eggs, Bonnets and Bunnies - Ron Bolton

  •  19.Apr.2006        Skeletons in the Cupboard - Bill Taylor

  •  17.May.2006       Out-visit to Heptonstall Museum

  •  31.May.2006       Practical Evening

  •  21.Jun.2006        Scottish Ancestors - Dan Muir

Tony Mason, Programme Secretary.

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LIBRARY

New acquisitions received for the library ..

  •  A hand written transcription by Edward Spedding of the 1881 census for Nelson - folio's 74-89, 93-109 & 113-130 has been donated by the transcriber - Edward Spedding. 

New CDs: 

  •  "Bernulf" - a music CD of local folk songs has been donated to the branch by Heather Sheldrick.

    These are welcome additions to our resources and we thank the donors for their generosity.

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian.

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PROJECTS

    Work continues on several projects. 

  •  Burnley Cemetery Memorial Inscriptions - Checking of the 1400 MIs in the old part of the cemetery are almost complete. 

  •  Transcription of the 1901 census for Pendle District continues and could possibly be completed by Easter.

  •  Checking continues on Colne St Bartholomew's Church marriages 1813-1900, burials 1813-1835 and Trawden St.Mary the Virgin Church - baptisms, burials and marriages up to 1900

  •  Checking continues on Newchurch-in-Pendle St Mary's Church, transcription of baptisms, burials and marriages are still in progress.

  •  Peter Walsh is assisting David McBride in recording the Memorial Inscriptions for Walton Lane Cemetery.

    Thank you to all those working on projects. 

Bob Ellis. Project Coordinator


Note:
Burnley Library has put an unchecked version of "our" transcriptions of the Burial Register (1839-1845) for St Peter's Church, Burnley on the "Lancashire Lantern" website.  Members should be aware that there are many mistakes in this on-line index.

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LANCASHIREBMD PROJECT

    A group of ten checkers continue to work on registers for the Burnley Registration District at the Lancashire Register Office in Preston.  They have almost completed the Birth indexes and a start has been made on photocopying the Death indexes.

Christine Windle, Lancashire BMD Project Coordinator

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DIARY DATES - (WHAT'S ON)

LFH&HS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

27TH MAY 2006 

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE

 

IRISH ANCESTRY GROUP - ADVICE & RESEARCH AFTERNOON
    The Resource Centre, 2 the Straits, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.  Saturday 4th March 2005, 1pm to 4.30pm.  Enquiries to , 128 Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9DZ or e-mail.  SAE please if you would like travel directions.

CITY OF YORK FHS FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    New Earswick Folk Hall, 10am to 4pm, Saturday 26th February 2006.  Admission £1.  For further details contact Jan Wood on 01653 628952, e-mail:

CHESHIRE FHS ANNUAL FAIR & OPEN DAY
    The Memorial Hall, Chester Way, Northwich.  Saturday 11th March 2006.  Admission £1.  For more details e-mail

NORTHERN FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    Civic Hall, Pudsey.  Saturday 11th March 2006, 10am to 4.30pm.

MERSEYSIDE & CHESHIRE FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    Hulme Hall, Bolton Road, Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral.  Sunday 12th March 2006, 10am to 5pm.   Admission £2 (accompanied children under 16 free)

SHEFFIELD & DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    The Centre in the Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, Sheffield S2 2PL.  Saturday 1st April 2006, 10am to 5pm.  Admission: Free

STOCKPORT FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    Stockport Town Hall, Wellington Road South, Stockport.  Sunday 2nd April 2006 10am to 5pm.  Admission £2 (accompanied children under 16 free)

KEIGHLEY & DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    The Victoria Hall, Keighley.  10am to 4pm, Saturday 22nd April 2006

THE CENTRAL ENGLAND FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    Buxton Pavilion Gardens, St John's Road, Buxton, SK17 6XN.  Saturday 27th May 2006, 10am to 5 pm.  Admission £2 (accompanied children under 16 free).

YORKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    York Race Course, Saturday 24th June 2006, 10am to 4.30pm 

THE NATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    Gateshead International Stadium. .Saturday 9th September 2006. 10am to 4.30pm.  Admission £3.00, accompanied Children under 15 free.

MALTON FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    The Milton Rooms, Malton, North Yorkshire.  Saturday 16th September 2006, 10am to 4pm.  Admission Free.

LIVERPOOL AINTREE RACECOURSE FAIR
    Princess Royal Stand Exhibition Suite, Ormskirk Road, Aintree L9 5AS.  Sunday 29th October 2006, 10am to 5pm.  Admission £2 (accompanied children under 16 free).

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INDICTMENT ROLLS AND QUARTER SESSION PROCEEDINGS

Submitted by Brenda I Hustler 

    Was your ancestor a felon?  Have you found illegitimacy in your family? 

    Sometimes ancestors just "disappear", perhaps permanently or for just a few years.  The usual thought is that they must have been working away from home.  But, have you considered that they may have committed a felony and been in prison or even been transported to Australia. 

    It is often said that all families have illegitimacy somewhere in the ancestral lines, and if you haven't yet found it, keep looking because it is sure to be there somewhere. 

    If you find either of these events occurring in your family history research, have you considered looking through the indictment rolls and quarter session proceedings?  These are held at the county record offices and it is usually a case of searching through lots of old parchment rolls to find the information that you want.  Yes, it is time consuming but nevertheless it can be quite fascinating.  The indictment rolls not only cover trials of felons and list the Jurors, they cover rights of way, highways and byways and town boundaries.  In the quarter sessions proceedings you find out who has been ordered to pay maintenance for an illegitimate child.  

    A few weeks ago I had occasion to search through the indictment rolls at Lancashire Record Office for Henry JACKSON, who was born in Burnley, but who was transported to Australia in 1830 for committing a felony with his associate Levi RUSHWORTH.  Whilst doing this I came across quite a few people from the Pendle and Burnley district who had also committed a felony.  Some were just sentenced to hard labour, some were transported and others were acquitted. I recorded some of them and a few of the cases are listed here. Some are on pre-printed forms whilst others are all hand written and they can be a bit "wordy" particularly if a felon had stolen property from more than one person. 

Indictment Rolls - April 1830 

    Lancashire to wit
The Jurors of our Lord the King upon their Oath present, that LEVI RUSHWORTH late of PRESTON in the County of Lancaster, Labourer and HENRY JACKSON late of the same place, Labourer, on the third day of April in the eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King and Defender of the Faith at PRESTON in the County aforesaid, one Smoothing Iron of the Value of one Penny, one Shirt of the Value of one Penny, two aprons of the Value of one Penny, two Bed Gowns of the Value of one Penny, one Handkerchief of the Value of one Penny, four stockings of the Value of one Penny and two Pounds weight of Bacon of the Value of one Penny of the Goods and Chattels of RICHARD WAKEFIELD then and there found and being, by Force and Arms feloniously did steal, take and carry away, against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity. 

Signed - Gorst V Birchall 

Palmer Solicitor.  Tried and Guilty.  Transported for seven years each
Witnesses: JAMES NUTTALL & MARGARET WINDER
Two sworn in court 73 & 74.  A True Bill


    Lancashire to wit
The names of the Jurors to try the issue of the traverse between our Sovereign Lord the King and LEVI RUSHWORTH and HENRY JACKSON, RICHARD LANCASTER and JOHN HILTON. 

    1  JOHN WHALLEY of Kirkham, Cabinet Maker 
    2  THOMAS BYRNE of Barnacre with Bonds, Farmer 
    3  JOHN HOLKER of same, Farmer 
    4  ROBERT PARKER, of same, same 
    5  THOMAS GARDNER, of same, same
    6  JOHN BIBBY of Chorley, Book Binder 
    7  WILLIAM BATES of same, Shop Keeper
    8  JOHN WADSON of Leyland, Farmer 
    9  CHRISTOPHER WADDINGTON of Kirkham, Miller 
  10  JOHN BARNES of Treales Roseacre and Wharles, same 
  11  EDWARD RUTTER of Bretherton, Farmer 
  12  HENRY ATKINSON of Livesey, Farmer 

Issues of every of them are twenty Shillings.  Each is attached by his pledges (John Doe & Richard Doe) 

Signed PETER HESKETH Esquire, Sherriff 


    Lancashire to wit
The Jurors of our Lord the King upon their oath present that JOHN ROBINSON late of Township of HABERGHAM EAVES in the County of Lancaster, Labourer, on the twenty seventh day of March in the eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith at HABERGHAM EAVES aforesaid in the County aforesaid, one Watch of the Value of one Penny, one Ribbon of the Value of one Penny, and one Watch Seal of the Value of one Penny, the Goods and Chattels of JOHN WHITAKER then and there found and being, by Force and Arms feloniously did steal, take and carry away, against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity 

Signed - Gorst V Birchall 

Shaw and Artindale Solicitors.  Pleads Guilty, remanded to hard labour for three calendar months.


    Lancashire to wit
The Jurors of our Lord the King upon their oath present, that JOHN HENRY PLATT late of Township of PADIHAM in the County of Lancaster, Labourer, on the third of April in the eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith at PADIHAM aforesaid in the County aforesaid, one Muslin Handkerchief of the Value of one Penny, one Handkerchief of the Value of one Penny, and two candles of the Value of one Penny, the Goods and Chattels of WILLIAM HEAP then and there found and being, by Force and Arms feloniously did steal, take and carry away, against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity.

Signed - Gorst V Birchall

Shaw and Artindale Solicitors.  Pleads Guilty remanded to hard labour for two calendar months.


    Lancashire to wit
The Jurors of our Lord the King upon their oath present, that RICHARD HAWORTH late of the township of BURNLEY in the County of Lancaster, Labourer on the tenth day of January in the tenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith at BURNLEY aforesaid in the County aforesaid, one Blanke of the Value of one Penny and one Knife of the Value of one Penny and one Pair of Pliers of the Value of one Penny of the Goods and Chattels of JOHN BOYS then & there found and being, by Force and Arms feloniously did steal, take and carry away, against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity 

Signed - Gorst V Birchall

Bolton Solicitor.  Pleads Guilty.  Transported for seven years
Witnesses: JOHN BOYS, WILLIAM LAMBERT. 


    Lancashire to wit
The Jurors of our Lord the King upon their oath present, that RICHARD HAWORTH late of the township of COLNE in the County of Lancaster, Labourer on the second day of February in the eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith at COLNE aforesaid in the County aforesaid, Sixty Yards of Cotton Cloth of the Value of one Penny and Sixty Yards of Calico of the Value of one Penny, and one Whaling Glass of the Value of one Penny the Goods and Chattels of HENRY BOYS then and there found and being, by Force and Arms feloniously did steal, take and carry away, against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity

Signed - Gorst V Birchall

Bolton Solicitor.  Pleads Guilty.  Not sentenced on this indictment.


    Lancashire to wit
The Jurors of our Lord the King upon their oath present, that RICHARD HAWORTH late of the township of COLNE in the County of Lancaster, Labourer on the second day of February in the eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith at COLNE aforesaid in the County aforesaid, one Pair of Trowsers of the Value of one Penny and one Pair of Braces of the Value of one Penny of the Goods and Chattels of JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE then and there found and being, by Force and Arms feloniously did steal, take and carry away, against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity

Signed - Gorst V Birchall

Bolton Solicitor.  Pleads Guilty.  Transported for seven years to commence at the Expiration of his former Sentence at this Session for seven years.
Witnesses JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE, William ASQUITH


    Lancashire to wit
The Jurors of our Lord the King upon their oath present, that MATTHIAS STANWORTH late of Township of BURNLEY in the County of Lancaster, Labourer, on the sixteenth of April in the eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith at BURNLEY aforesaid in the County aforesaid, Three Iron Rollers of the Value of one Penny, Two Iron Handles of the Value of one Penny, and one Pillar of the Value of one Penny, one Iron Nut of the Value of one penny and Ten Pounds Weight of Iron of the Value of one penny the Goods and Chattels of JOHN SPENCER and another then & there found and being, by Force and Arms feloniously did steal, take and carry away, against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity

Signed - Gorst V Birchall

Shaw and Artindale Solicitors.  Tried and Guilty.  Remanded to hard labour for six calendar months. 


    Lancashire - to wit
The Jurors for our Lord the King upon their oath present that DAVID SHARP late of the Township of BARROWFORD BOOTH in the County of Lancaster, Labourer, otherwise called DAVID JACKSON, late of the same place, Labourer, on the twenty ninth day of December in the tenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord, George the fourth by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, with force and arms at BARROWFORD BOOTH aforesaid in the County aforesaid in and upon one WILLIAM ASQUITH, then being one of the Constables of the Township of BARROWFORD BOOTH aforesaid in the County aforesaid in the peace of God and our Sovereign Lord the King and in the due Execution of the said office, then of their being, did and make an Assault and to the said WILLIAM ASQUITH then and there did beat, wound and ill-treat so that of his Life it was greatly despaired, and other wrongs to the said WILLIAM ASQUITH then and there did, to the Great Damage of the said WILLIAM ASQUITH and against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity.
And the Jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do further present that DAVID SHARP otherwise called DAVID JACKSON, afterwards to wit on the said twenty ninth day of December in the tenth year of the reign aforesaid with force and arms at BARROWFORD BOOTH aforesaid in the Country aforesaid in and upon the said WILLIAM ASQUITH in the Peace of God and our said Lord the King, then and there being to make an Assault and him the said WILLIAM ASQUITH, then and there did beat, wound and ill-treat so that of his life it was greatly despaired and other wrongs to the said WILLIAM ASQUITH then and there did to the great damage of the said WILLIAM ASQUITH and against the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity.

Bolton, Solicitors.  Gorst & Birchall 
Result  -  Submit  -  Judgement Respited 
Witnesses:  WILLIAM ASQUITH, WILLIAM LAMBERT


    You can initially do a search on the internet at www.a2a.gov.uk just using the name of your ancestor and you may find that they are listed in the catalogue of a specific record office.  Alternatively you can search the catalogues at the record office.

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MORE MISDEMEANANTS

Submitted by Margaret Heap 

Extract from the "Colne & Nelson Times of 1903" 
Friday, December 4th 1903

    A School of Gambling Surprises at Nelson - Sunday Tossing on the Moors

    At Nelson Borough Police Court on Saturday, Wm Armistead HEYWORTH, Nelson; Peter Clement BLEZARD, Colne; Joseph BARKER, Nelson; Thomas Henry ASHTON, Nelson; Robert BALDWIN, Colne; John HARTLEY, Colne; and Albert WILKINSON, Colne; were summoned for gaming with copper coins. 
    Mr Thornton appeared for the defence. PC KING said that at 11.35 on Sunday morning he and PC WREN were in plain clothes, and saw these men in a sheepfold on a footpath leading from Coldwell to Trawden.  All except HARTLEY and WILKINSON were tossing and they saw money pass between them several times.  WILKINSON and the other men were posted on the hill top watching for the police.  When the police got near the place, someone at Coldwell whistled and HARTLEY and WILKINSON shouted to the other men and the whole gang broke up and went in different directions. HARTLEY and ASHTON were caught and the police go their names, the former, however, giving a wrong name and address.  The police afterwards got the name of the other men. HARTLEY in answer to the Magistrate's Clerk said his correct name was John THORNTON. BARKER gave evidence and denied that he and the other defendants were there for the purpose of gambling.  He had no money himself and had gone to fly a pigeon.  The others were waiting for the public house opening.  Superintendent BRASSINGTON asked the defendant if people did not go there frequently without money and were they not paid seven shillings a day for watching for the police when others were gambling?  Mr THORNTON contended that the walls of the sheepfold were too high to enable the officers to see the men inside the sheepfold.  BALDWIN said he saw no tossing of coins at all.

    Supt. BARASSINGTON: How did 14 or 15 of you come to get in a sheepfold?  -  "We were sheltering from the rain till opening time". 

Armistead HEYWORTH had been up 12 times before.  BARKER had been fined previously for gaming.  Supt. BRASSINGTON said several complaints had been received as to this gambling and he asked the Bench to put a stop to it if possible. 

Armistead HEYWORTH was fined twenty shillings and costs, and BARKER the same amount.  The other defendants were fined ten shillings and costs or fourteen days.

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GENEALOGISTS BIBLE

Submitted by Ralph Peacock 

Originally submitted by Jeanagh Punter to the Eng-Warks-Birmingham Rootsweb list

    The Ancestors' Commandments: 

  •  Thou shalt use the same forenames for each person from every generation, preferably in every family of every generation, to cause confusion and befuddlement amongst thy descendants. 

  •  Thou shalt wait the maximum amount of time before registering births and deaths, better still, thou shalt forget to register them at all. 

  •  Thou shalt have 2 forenames, and use them interchangeably on ye olde official records, but never, ever, together. 

  •  Thou shalt change thy forename at least once during thy lifetime. 

  •  Thou shalt use every conceivable spelling for thy surname, and even some thou hast not heard of before. 

  •  Thou shalt never use the same year of birth. Thou wilt vary it, adding three years here and removing five years there. 

  •  Thou shalt use the house name and county as thy birthplace, never the town or village 

  •  Thou shalt completely disappear without trace for at least 15 years of thy life, and then wilt appear in the next county with thy second wife without leaving trace of the passing of thy first spouse. 

  •  Thou shalt use at least 2 versions of thy father's name. 

  •  Thou shalt not use family members as witnesses at thy wedding. 

  •  Thou shalt be wedded somewhere neither of thee live.

  •  Thou shalt not have thy children baptised, and shalt not use the same church for each of thy brood if thee do.

  •  Thou shalt move between counties at least once every 10 years, the week afore the census is best. 

  •  Thou shalt move hundreds of miles from thy home town at least once. Better, we wouldst pray that thou move to another country. 

  •  Thou shalt make life as difficult as possible for thy descendents when they decide to research thee. 

  •  Thou shalt use as many of these commandments as is possible during thy lifetime, but never all at once.

Can you suggest any more commandments that our ancestors adhered to?

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NEWS FROM THE SOCIETY - LFH&HS

    Carole Walker, the treasurer for the society, is proposing to stand down at the next A.G.M. in May 2006, and a volunteer is urgently needed to take over.  Help will be given to anyone interested.  The treasurer has reported that all the main sources of income of the society are down and there have been increases in administration costs and in magazine production and postage. 

    As a result, the society needs to consider if it is appropriate to increase subscriptions at the A.G.M. in May 2006 for implementation in 2007. 

    The 2005 Society Dinner was hosted by Bury branch but attendance from other branches was poor.  This year is it Rossendale branch's turn, but they are reluctant to organise the dinner as attendance numbers are decreasing.

    Our President, Derrick Walkden and Chairman, Tony Foster are both due to retire this year, from their posts in LFH&HS, having served six years in their respective posts.  Replacements are needed for these two important positions within the society. 

Members are urged to attend the A.G.M. to take part in any decisions that are made by the society.

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LANCASHIRE RECORD OFFICE

SATURDAY OPENINGS – 2006
   
Lancashire Record Office will open on the second Saturday of each month in addition to the usual daily opening times.  The office will open from 10am until 4pm on ..

11th March 10th June  9th September  9th December
 8th April  8th July 14th October
13th May 12 August 11th November

Please note that no documents will be produced between 12.30 and 1.30pm

USER CONSULTATION MEETING
    The County Archivist warmly invites all users and potential users of the Lancashire Record Office (LRO) to attend the next User Consultation Open Meeting at the LRO, Bow Lane, Preston on Tuesday 21st March 2006 at 2pm. 

    The LRO value your views and want to know what you think about various aspects of their service, particularly some of the recent developments in the public search room.  The LRO will also be launching and demonstrating the public test version of their new electronic catalogue.

GETTING TO KNOW THE RECORD OFFICE
    Lancashire Record Office are holding a series of sessions, led by the Public Service Archivist, which aim to help new users to understand the range of material available to them and the basic procedures for using the Lancashire Record Office.  You will learn how to use the finding aids and how to request the archives you need for your research, so that you can make the best use of your time on a future visit.  The sessions last for about 2 hours and will be held in the Record Office Lecture Room and Search-room on: 

    Friday 3rd March 2006, 3.30pm. 
    Monday 13th March 2006, 3.30pm. 
    Friday 31st March 2006, 3.30pm.

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FFHS NEWS - from the Federation of FHS

GENES REUNITED / FRIENDS REUNITED

    You will already be aware that QinetiQ recently sold its rights as licensee for the 1901 census online to Friends Reunited.  It was confirmed recently that ITV has bought Friends Reunited, and with it the right to operate the 1901 census service.

    The acquisition, according to news reports, comes as part of an Internet spending spree by media companies such as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. as they attempt to counteract sluggish ad sales in traditional areas such as television.  Other companies vying for Friends Reunited apparently included UK publishers Trinity Mirror and Daily Mail & General Trust.  The report on the BBC website concludes by saying that "ITV has high hopes for the Genes Reunited strand within Friends Reunited.  The site, which allows people to trace their family tree, has 46 million registered members."

    The Head of Online Services & Strategic Marketing at The National Archives has advised us they have been assured that ITV are extremely committed to maintaining and expanding the 1901 census service, and they are confident that ITV will be excellent licensees.  Indeed, they understand that Friends Reunited's expansion into genealogy was one of the main attractions for ITV. 

    The FFHS has been invited to put any specific questions we may have to either party. So, if any member society has serious concerns or queries about the future operation of the 1901 census service, as a result of the purchase of Friends Reunited by ITV, please let Geoff Riggs, Director of Computer & Internet Facilities, FFHS, know. e-mail -
 

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ARCHIVES ONLINE PETITION:

    Do you think that archives are worthwhile?  

    You can help ensure that archives receive the funding they need by filling in The National Council on Archives online petition at:

  www.ncaonline.org.uk/announcements/save_the_countrys_memory

    Following the publication of Giving Value: Funding Priorities for UK Archives 2005-2010, the National Council on Archives continue to lobby government and funding bodies to convince them that putting archives higher up the agenda is worthwhile.  Chronic under-funding of archives means that some UK collections remain un-catalogued, housed in unsuitable conditions or unused. In the worst cases important archives are sold to overseas buyers.  By signing the online petition you will be helping to protect the nation's heritage and showing your support for archives. The petition will be sent to Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.  In accordance with the Data Protection Act we will only use the data you provide to us for the purposes of lobbying on behalf of archives.  

    For more information contact: Ruth Savage, Policy & Development Officer, National Council on Archives, Tel: 020 8392 5376 or e-mail -
 

ONLINE INTERNET FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH SURVEY

    The Society has been contacted by Kate Friday, a PhD research student at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.  She is examining Internet family history resources and their users.  Her study will investigate the users themselves, how they view both e-genealogical resources and Local Studies library collections, and how these resources are used within the research process.  She has recently launched a 5-minute online survey, located within a website that explains more about the process at:

  http://www.researchingegenealogy.co.uk

    This hopes to gather information about people accessing UK information online for their family history research. 


THE PITFALLS OF BELIEVING TRANSCRIPTIONS

    The following was found recently whilst going through the 1861 census for Much Hoole on Ancestry.co.uk. 

    On Ancestry, the place of birth has been transcribed as Heckmondwike, Breckonshire, Wales, but the enumerator wrote Hesketh with Becconsall

    With errors like this is it any wonder you cannot find your ancestor. Remember - always check the primary source.

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