The Gazette
Pendle and Burnley Branch
  Issue No.23 - July 2006 Acting Editor: Brenda I Hustler    


 1   Society Annual Dinner 12  Branch Open Day
 2   Straits Resource Centre 13  Social History of Burnley
 3   Local History Month 14  Yorkshire Indexes on Lancashire BMD
 4   Programme 15  Deeds at Northallerton CRO
 5   Library 16  CD-Roms at Nelson Library
 6   LancashireBMD Project 17  LFHHS Branch Website
 7   Projects 18  LFHHS Society News
 8   Diary Dates (What's on) 19  Query Corner
 9   Burnley Boys Transported 20  Email Addresses
10  Lancashire Record Office 21  Items for Publication
11  Story behind the Stones


Hosted by Blackburn and Darwen Branch
 at The Whitehall Hotel, Ross Street, Darwen, BB3 2JU
 Sunday 8th October 2006 at 4 pm.
At 4 pm. Welcome Drink
Speaker: Peter Park with "A different look at the records"
6 pm. Dinner
Cost £17 per head. Places will be allocated on a first paid basis with booking forms and monies; being due no later than Thursday 7th September 2006. Why not take this opportunity to meet members of other branches socially. Remember, LFH&HS covers Lancashire and we are all part of the same society, not just an isolated branch on the Lancashire / Yorkshire border.


    Number 2 The Straits at Oswaldtwistle became the Society's headquarters just over 4 years ago.  The intention was that it would become an administration and resource centre.  The administration part has been established and journals and book sales are dealt with from there.  A working party has now been set up to develop 'The Straits' into a fully operational resource centre, hopefully with books, fiche, 4 networked computers and broadband.  Once complete, volunteers will be required to staff the building during opening hours.  David Hustler is representing Pendle & Burnley on the working party.

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Local History Month is being featured in most libraries in the district. Colne is asking for a short story about your ancestors. Other libraries may be doing something different. If you wish to get involved, please contact your local library.

  • Barnoldswick 01282 812147
  • Burnley 01282 437115
      contact Susan Halstead or Diane Schofield
  • Colne 01282 871155
      contact Christine Bradley
  • Nelson 01282 692511
      contact Christine Carradice
  • Padiham 01282 771640

and although outside our area, also included is

  • Clitheroe 01200 428788
      contact Sue Holden or Ruth Hargreaves

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

 •  16.August.2006   Local Canal - Andrea Smith
 •  30.August.2006   Open Night / Practical
 •  20.September.2006   Mother Ann Lee  - Pat Colman
 (Shaker Movement)
 •  18.October.2006   Yorkshire Roots - Michael Fisher
 •  15.November.2006   Reluctant Soldiers - Fred Holcroft
 •  29.November.2006   Practical Evening
 •  13.December.2006 Christmas Festivities (Ticket Only)

Tony Mason, Programme Secretary.

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New Books ..

  •  LPRS No.161 Heywood (Vol 1), Baptisms & Burials 1733-1812

  •  LPRS No.162 Whalley Part 3 1653-1753

  •  LPRS - "Lancashire Parishes for The Genealogist" (a directory).

  •  Holy Saviour RC Parish, Nelson - A Brief History

  •  Heptonstall and Cross Stone - Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
          (various dates ranging from 1594-1837) - 12 Volumes.

  •  "Parish Administration, Charity & Law 1750-1850"

The latter have been purchased and donated to the Branch library by one of our members who wishes to remain anonymous.  The branch would, however, like to thank this member for the generous gift, which will, no doubt, be a valuable resource for our members

New CD-Roms ..

  •  LFH&HS CD 004 - Parish Church of St Peter, Burnley, Memorial Inscriptions and Burial registers 1813-1982

  •  LFH&HS CD 005 - The Borough of Pendle: 1901 Census Index and partial transcription.

Grateful thanks to all those who have worked so hard to produce these excellent CDs.  Both are available to purchase from the Society CD/fiche sales

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian.

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    It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of Tony Coward, a valued member of our team.  Tony and his wife Gloria have helped with this project from the beginning.  Our deepest sympathy goes to Gloria and her family at this sad time.  We all miss him.

    Work on the Birth indexes is now in the final stages, and a start has now been made on in-putting the Death indexes, thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers.

Christine Windle, Lancashire BMD Project Coordinator

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  •  Burnley Cemetery Memorial Inscriptions - Work on MIs in Part 2 of the old ground is now underway.

  •  Work continues on transcriptions of the registers for St.Thomas's Church, Barrowford, and St.Mary's, Newchurch-in-Pendle.

    The Memorial Inscriptions for most of the churches in our area were recorded in the early 1980s.  These were typed up in the days before PCs.  Work has started on transferring this information into databases so that they are available on the branch computer in addition to being in printed form in the big green books in the branch library.  St Mary's Newchurch-in-Pendle, has now been completed and work on Winewall Inghamite Church is underway.  Thanks go to all those working on these projects.

    We are sad to report the death of David McBride, who, although not a member of the Society, did some valuable work for the Branch on the 1901 census (now complete), Walton Lane Cemetery and the transcription of St Mary's, Nelson, Baptisms.  Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife and family.  We will continue with this project in David's memory.

    If you would like to help out with any of these projects, please contact Bob Ellis, Jean Ingham or Brenda Hustler.

 Bob Ellis, Project Coordinator

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Organized by Chorley Branch at Astley Hall, Chorley on Saturday 5th August, 12 noon to 5 pm

Everyone welcome. Admission free.

There will be information/displays/resources by LFHHS Chorley Branch, LFHHS Irish Ancestry Group, Chorley Reference Library, Latter Day Saints (Chorley), Wigan History Shop, Southport & North Meols Family History Society, & Chorley Local & Social History Society.

The Memorial Room at Astley Hall will be open.  The Friends of Astley Hall will be present during the afternoon, dressed in period costume.  The Hall's Courtyard Cafι and the Branch's Family History Research Centre within Astley Hall will be open throughout the event.

Further information: email - 
Telephone 01257 515920 (Family History Research Centre) or 01257 262028 (when Centre closed)



  •  MINI-CONFERENCE The Resource Centre, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle
Saturday 7th October 2006, 10.30am to 4.30pm

  •  ADVICE & RESEARCH AFTERNOON Workshop - Advice & Research Session
Saturday 2nd December 2006, 1pm to 4.30pm at The Straits.

Enquiries to , 128 Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9DZ
SAE please if you would like travel directions.

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

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

    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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Submitted by Rev. David Wiseman

    My granddad, Joseph Wiseman of Burnley, had an old tin trunk in his bedroom, which he told my dad to destroy on his death.  Fortunately, dad disobeyed his father and opened the trunk!   In it, he found 58 letters written from convicts to their father in Burnley (1840-1856).  The letters came from great uncles of my granddad and even in 1950, it was, in his eyes, still a source of sadness and shame to have had relatives transported.  (As a young genealogist, I was delighted!).

    The two convicts were Richard Taylor and Simon Brown (step-brothers) and the letters were written to their father, George Taylor, who lived, according to the address on the envelope, "Near the Star Inn, Hill Top, Burnley".  George Taylor, the recipient could neither read nor write and his daughter Thomasina Taylor did all the correspondence.  She was my granddad's grandmother, and that was why they were handed down on our side of the family.

    All the Wiseman and the Taylor families in the Burnley of the 1840's came from Kettlewell in Yorkshire.  They were, in the main, tanners (my granddad Joseph was the last, working at Hough's Tan-yard on Finsley Gate in Burnley).  They were obviously desperately poor and the two step-brothers, Richard and Simon, were driven to stealing.  Simon Brown stole a hat in Burnley (now that's what I call "desperate"!) and Richard Taylor stole three hundred yards of cloth in Skipton.

    They were both caught, tried and convicted.  Mercy was a bit thin on the ground in those days and a person convicted of stealing a ribbon valued at a few pence could expect seven or more years in prison.  Simon Brown was tried at Lancaster and was detained at Lancaster Castle, whilst Richard Taylor was tried at Pontefract and was imprisoned for a while at York Castle.  (If I'd have been proud, I could have entitled this piece "Burnley Boys who lived in Two Castles!")

    They were both sentenced to ten years imprisonment in Australia and never saw Burnley or their families again.  (Nor each other!).  After some weeks in their castles, the Burnley boys were transferred to the hulks, Simon to HMS Warrior at Woolwich and Richard to HMS Fortitude at Chatham.  It was some time before they sailed, indeed Simon not until May 1841.  When they did sail, Simon travelled on HMS David Clarke from Sheerness to Tasmania and Richard on HMS Eden from Chatham to Sydney.

    The journey took approx over four months, and nothing was heard from the lads until Richard started work at the Sydney General Hospital in 1841.  By this time, brother Simon was living and working on an estate in Hobart, Van Dieman's Land.  To two young men in their early twenties, neither of whom could read or write, it must have been a terrifying ordeal  (All the letters are written in different hands, presumably by fellow convicts).

    The letters gradually change in tone from repentance and sadness to hope and optimism.  Richard has plenty of pious regrets whilst in York: "I hope that God will be merciful to me, and I hope that we shall meet again in a Better Place."  "I am determined to lead a Godly life and I go to Chapel every day."  "When I have lived out my ten years in a far distant land, how happy I shall be to return to my native home."

    Two years later he wrote from Sydney: "When I landed, I was assigned to the General Hospital in Sydney where I had 39 fellow servants, one of whom, my mate, was a boot and shoe maker and my chores being so very light, I used to sit besides him and make threads.  From that I learned to stick (stitch?) and eventually picked up the trade by which I earn a comfortable living.  I live on my own little property, it is only half an acre but it faces the road where the Coaches pass every day to and from Sydney.  There are very rich mines of gold found about 100 miles up the road.  A Black found a hundred weight in one piece worth £4,870."

    Meanwhile Simon, in Tasmania, distinguished himself in the employ of Edward Bisdee, owner of a large estate called Lovely Banks in Springhill, Oatlands, Tasmania, rising from a ploughman and waggoner to overseer or foreman.  Mr Bisdee was a large sheepholder possessing 400,000 acres with 20,000 sheep.  Simon found working among sheep and cattle far more agreeable than working at the weaving looms of Burnley.

    Inside a few years, both brothers had married, (by permission) both to fellow convicts. Richard Taylor, in Sydney, married Julia Hand who was a weaver before being transported, whilst Simon, in Tasmania, married Margaret Martin who had been sentenced to seven years after stealing a watch in Liverpool.

  With a bit of delving, we have discovered records of the men.  We know this:-

        SIMON BROWN - Weaver, 5' 8", fresh complexion, long hair, red hair, blue eyes, long nose, broad chin, arms and face freckled, tattoo of a woman with a parasol on the inside of his left arm.  Offences: Drinking in 1842, absent without leave, having a quantity of wool in his possession supposed to have been the property of his master, insolence, fighting during Divine Service, misdemeanour.

        RICHARD TAYLOR - Reads and writes, cotton spinner, 5' 5", dark complexion, brown hair, dark brown eyes, lower front teeth irregular, eyebrows meeting, scar on nose, mole on right cheek, scar on jaw, hairy breast.

    There is so much more from these 58 letters.  In 1965, I deposited them at the County Records Office in Preston, and they can be viewed there.  (I still have one or two floating around our house - they probably came second class mail !)

    Neither brother returned to Burnley, and we have a letter reporting Richard's death in Sydney in 1856.  I have never managed to make contact with any of "our family" over there but I surely owe them some letters!

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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 ..

12 August 14th October 9th December
9th September 11th November

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Submitted by Christine Haworth


    Burnley Cemetery Old Ground - Grave 4739: MI 827 reads -

"In Memory of Alice HARTLEY of Burnley, who was killed at Helmshore by a collision of two trains, on the 4th of September 1860, aged 24 years."

    There is a long report in the Burnley Advertiser for 8th September 1860 and more details in the Colne section of the newspaper.

    About 3,000 people had gone from East Lancashire on three excursion trains to Salford to visit the attractions at Belle View Gardens.  Some extra old carriages had been borrowed from the Chester and Birkenhead Railway.  On the return journey the first train left Salford at ten minutes to eleven and arrived back safely.  The second train left at ten minutes past eleven and the third train at thirty-one minutes past eleven.

    The second train with about 1,000 passengers and 31 carriages got to Helmshore where it stopped to let out some passengers.  When the guard released the brakes there was a jerk and 16 carriages broke away from the train and started sliding down the line between Helmshore and Ramsbottom.  Mr Shaw, the superintendent, saw what had happened and unhooked the engine from the train in order to go down the other line to warn the third train, but unfortunately he was too late.  The carriages had already run 400 yards down the line and collided with the oncoming train.


Richard HEAP, mechanic of Colne, aged 25, left a widow and five children.

Starkie HARRISON, tailor of Barrowford, aged 21, single-man.

Samuel DUCKWORTH, beamer of Ewood Bridge, aged 40[?],
    left a widow and eleven children, nine of whom are under age.

John HARTLEY, labourer of Accrington, aged 21, single-man.

Thomas BLYTHE, weaver of Garden Vale, Colne, aged 34, single-man.

Thomas LOFTHOUSE, cotton spinner of Huncoat, aged 64.
    He was a widower but left nine children.

Mary HAYES of [?], hand loom weaver, aged 51, unmarried.

Alice HARTLEY of Burnley, power loom weaver, aged 24, unmarried.

Mary FELL of Barrowford, power loom weaver, aged 19, unmarried.

Isabella HINDLE of Baxenden, aged 22, wife of Thomas HINDLE, collier.

    Wounded:- [extract of those said to be from Burnley, Nelson & Colne]

Alice HIGGINS, Temperance Hall, Barrowford, broken leg.

John CLEGG, Milton St., Burnley, broken leg.

Mrs CLEGG, wife of above, fractured leg.

Jane DUCKSBURY, wife of Mr Starkie's gamekeeper, Padiham, both legs fractured.

Smith MEDLEY, Colne, broken leg.

John WHITAKER, Whitfor, Nelson, fractured leg.

Robinson HARTLEY, Barrowford, fractured thigh.

Lawrence JARVIS, Barrowford, fractured leg.

Richard DEARDEN, Treacle Row, Habergham Eaves, fractured thigh & cut on head.

Hartley BUTTERFIELD, Barrowford, compound fracture of leg.

Mary Ann BULLOCK, Burnley, fractured leg.

Sarah LEIGH, Barrowford, generally contused.

Ann DIXON, Nelson, bruises on forehead.

John FORT, Colne, bruised leg, contused chest & cut face.

Thomas MASON, Burnley, bruised leg.

Robert MEDLEY, Colne, contused face & chest.

James COOPER, and sister, Burnley, both bruised legs.

Mary MOODY, Burnley, generally contused.

Henry WHITAKER, Burnley, bruised legs & head.

    ADDENDA Submitted by the Editor

Re: Hartley BUTTERFIELD, listed above as injured.  Barrowford St Thomas Graveyard: MI reads -

"In Memory of……………….. Also of Hartley BUTTERFIELD, their son, who died September 19th in the 21st year of his age, at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, from the effects of injuries received, at the railway collision near Helmshore, on the 4th day of September 1860.  In my health ill the thought, My place was run so near, Now the time for me to is come, No longer to be here."


    Burnley Cemetery Old Ground - Grave15538: MI 362 reads -

"In Loving Memory of Charles Frederick, aged 26 years, the dearly beloved son of John Charles & Sarah Ellen Simpson, of 48 Queensbury Road, Burnley, who was accidentally shot by the American soldiers at Manilia [sic], Feb 23rd 1899, & was interred at the English Cemetery, "San Pero", Manilia [sic], Philippine Islands."

    The report in the Burnley Gazette of 1st March 1899 says that Charles Frederick Simpson had been an overlooker in a Burnley mill.  About twelve months before his death he had gone out to Tondo, Manilla in the Philippine Islands to work as an overlooker at the Andrews Cotton Mill, run by a Manchester syndicate.

    In Tondo some serious disturbances were taking place that the American troops were trying to quell.  The mill manager - an Argentine subject, Mr Simpson & Mr T Haslem were watching from an upstairs window when their white suits attracted the attention of the troops.  The soldiers mistook them for natives (Philippinos) firing from the window and so shot the three of them.  The mill manager was killed on the spot, Mr. Simpson was mortally wounded and Mr Haslem only slightly wounded.

    A telegram from Washington to the mill owners in Manchester said - "…the shooting is generally regretted but is declared to have been unavoidable……".


More examples of THE STORY BEHIND THE STONES will be printed in the next edition of The Gazette.

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    This will be held at Nelson Library on Saturday, 14th October 2006, 10 am to 3.30 pm.  We will be asking for volunteers to help out on the day


Submitted by Sian Pooley

    Did your family live in the Burnley area in the nineteenth century?  Have the letters, diaries or other family documents that they wrote survived?  Would you be willing for your family's records to be included in academic research into the social history of Burnley?

    I am a PhD student in history at the University of Cambridge and part of my research focuses on the social history of Burnley in the nineteenth century.  I am researching the history of relationships between parents and their children in the nineteenth century and I am studying this through a series of case studies of contrasting localities.  The Burnley area is especially interesting because of the unique roles that children played in the local weaving industry in this period.  I am using a wide range of sources, including censuses, school log books, local newspapers, letters and diaries.  Personal letters and diaries have tended to be neglected as sources for academic research.  I want to find out about life in the Burnley area between 1860 and 1905, by studying the writings of the ordinary people who lived there.  Many of you may have had relatives who lived in the Burnley area and whose families have kept the personal letters and diaries that they wrote.

    If you would be willing to share your family's letters or diaries with me, I would love to hear from you.  I would of course take the greatest care in studying or copying the documents and would fully acknowledge all your assistance.  I would also be keen to talk to members at a future meeting of the Society about childhood in Burnley and how their family histories fit into my research into the social history of nineteenth-century. 

    If you would like to know more, please contact me by post or email.

Ms Sian Pooley, St John's College, Cambridge, CB2 1TP   Email: 

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Submitted by Jean Ingham

    When searching for civil registration records of ancestors in the Barnoldswick area a good starting point is the Lancashire BMD website   Marriage indexes for the following Barnoldswick area C of E churches are now on-line.

 •  St.Mary Le Gill, Barnoldswick, (1837 to 1908).

 •  St.Michael's, Bracewell, (1837 to1950).

 •  St.Mary's, Kelbrook, (1869 to 1950).

    Prior to 1974, the Barnoldswick area was part of the Skipton registration district in Yorkshire.  Due to the boundary changes in that year, however, Barnoldswick and the surrounding area (Earby, Kelbrook, Salterforth etc.) became administered by Lancashire.  At that time the old civil registration records of births and deaths, and marriages in the Church of England only, were transferred to Burnley Register Office in Lancashire.  In 2005 another big change took place when the records covering the whole of the Burnley registration district were transferred to the new office in Preston.  Burnley Register Office now only holds current registers for the last 3 to 6 months.

The address of the new office is:-
    Lancashire Registration District Certificate Services
    Quayside Court, Chain Caul Way, Preston PR2 2ZP

Please note that Barnoldswick couples who wanted to marry in a Register Office had to go to Skipton Register Office.  These Civil marriages, together with Non-Conformist Chapel marriages, were not transferred to Lancashire but are now at a central office in Harrogate.  The indexes to these will appear on the Yorkshire BMD website some time in the future.

The Harrogate address is:-
    The Register Office, Bilton House, 31 Park Parade,
    Harrogate, HG1 5AG

At the moment the indexes on the Lancashire BMD site only cover marriages but the indexes to births and deaths, which were registered in the Barnoldswick area from 1837 - 1900, will also be added.  Watch this space for further updates.

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Submitted by Christine Haworth

    I came across a large bound typescript in Leyburn library that included the following items connected to our area that have been deposited at the CRO Northallerton.

    Topham Family of Middleham Calendar: 942.74 Y North Yorkshire, CRO, Northallerton - Accession ZIF - Deposited 4.Nov.1959 by Mrs E J A Craven-Smith-Milnes of Middleham House, [Page] 109

Lancashire - Parishes of Burnley & Colne

    1139-45 1720.Sep.24 - 1724.Oct.30 ...
Seven letters: John Coates, London & [from Dec.1722] Roger Coates, Roydhouse to Luke Yarker, Rokeby, near Greta Bridge & [1724] Dalton, near Richmond - re coal mines in Colne region.  Interesting matter relating to mines management & mention of workmen's combination.

    1146 1744/5.Jan.24 ...
Counterpart 21 years lease at £110 rent for let 3 years & £150 thereafter:  John Duke of Montague to Luke Yarker of Burton in Bishopdale, gent. - coals, collieries, coal mines &c not already demised to any other person in the "Wapentake Lands" in the "parishes and hamlets" of Simonstone, Read & Huntroyd; in the lane called the Lenches or Burnley Ridge in the manors of Colne & Ightenhill; Carry Hayes in the Forest of Trawden, Old Lawne [Laund?], Wheatley Lane, Blockwell Head & Briercliffe in the manor of Ightenhill, Habergham Eaves, Higham, Goldshaw, & Barrowford Booths, West Close, Nether Higham, Reedley Hallows, Roughlee, Wheatley Carr, New Lawne [Laund?], Barley & Whitley Booths in the Forest of Pendle & manor of Ightenhill; in the parishes of Colne & Burnley & in Smalden Cross, Smalden Field, Underhand Yate & Berkett als Burchin Moore in Bolland.

    1147 1753.Apr.5 ...
Agreement for 20 years lease: John Yarker of Leyburn esq. to John Bannister of Carry Bridge, parish of Colne, yeo. - copyhold farm at Carry Bridge at £12-7s-0d rent. 

    If anyone is interested these documents, the North Yorkshire CRO at Northallerton still hold these items [ref: ZIF 1139-1147] but they are not able to photocopy them.  They could be microfilmed, however, the cost of this is -
            16mm diazo negative reel or part thereof £77.50
            35mm diazo negative reel or part thereof £77.50

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Census CD-Roms
Lancashire 1841 Cheshire 1841 Devon, Norfolk & Warwick 1851
Lancashire 1851 Cheshire 1851 Devon 1891
Lancashire 1861 Cheshire 1871 Hants. 1891
Lancashire 1871 Cheshire 1891 Glos. 1891
Lancashire 1891 Cumbria 1891 Staffordshire 1841
Lancashire 1901 Cumberland 1841 Wiltshire 1851
Yorkshire 1861 Yorkshire N & E Riding 1841 Wiltshire surname Index 1871
Yorkshire 1871 Yorkshire N & E Riding 1851 Wiltshire 1891
Yorkshire 1891 Yorkshire West Riding 1841
Yorkshire 1901 Yorkshire West Riding 1851 Pendle surname Index 1901
Miscellaneous CD-Roms
1900/01 Liverpool phone book N & E Cheshire Marriage Index 1754-1837
Ancient port of Whitby and its shipping 1717-1900 National Burial Index for England and Wales
Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945 Pallot's Baptism index 1780-1837
Australian Vital records index 1788-1905 Pigot Directory Cheshire 1834
British Isles Genealogical register Pigot's Cumberland 1834
Cheshire Parish Records Poll Book of the Borough of Leeds Nov.1868
Directory of Scarborough, Whitby etc 1855 Slater's Cheshire Directory 1855
Family Tree maker Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914-19
Generations Family Tree Staffordshire Directories
History of the 100 of Macclesfield Vital records Index British Isles Births & Christenings
Holy Trinity Church Chester Parish Registers Vital records Index British Isles Marriages
Kelly's Cheshire Directory 1865 Vital records Index North America Marriages
Kelly's 1898-99 Directory of W Kensington, Hammersmith, Shepherd's Bush and Fulham Vital records Index North America Births & Christenings
Licensed victuallers asylum 1841-1891 census transcript White's History Gazetteer and Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1837-1838
Marriage index of Cheshire 1700-1837 West Riding Election 1848
Morris and Co Cheshire directory 1880

    These are available for use on Nelson Library computers and can also be used on the People's Network computers.  Users need to have a library card and pin to access.  There is also a designated Local Studies PC.  Through our On-line Reference Library, however, free access is provided for users of the People's Network computers in all Lancashire Libraries.  The CDs will continue to be kept at Nelson Library, because, as the People's Network PCs are often heavily used (a PC can be booked up to a week ahead at any library), the standalone PC can be used instead.

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    There is now an index of the names mentioned in previous editions of "The Gazette".

    The members' interests pages have been updated and addenda will be added to the printed version in the branch library.  The updated list will be available on floppy disc at the bargain price of 50p.  Anyone who bought a "floppy disc" of the original version can have a replacement free of charge on return of his or her disc.



Lancashire Mining Disasters 1835-1910   This is a forthcoming publication of a new book by Jack Nadin.  Details available at the branch meeting.

Fiche Catalogue Update   Jim Lancaster from Bury Branch has been re-organizing the Society's microfiche catalogue over the past few months so that the catalogue has more meaningful descriptions and a more uniform approach.  The new catalogue should be included with the August edition of "Lancashire".

Request for advice from Sheffield FHS   The secretary of Sheffield FHS has asked if any Society has gone down the route of employing paid staff to help keep their wheels turning.  Since many of our members are also involved with other Societies, some of you may be able to comment on this matter.  For more information visit their website

Message from the new Chairman   Greetings to you all, who are reading this letter in your branch newsletter.  Allow me to introduce myself, I am Stephen John Ward and I was elected to be the new Society Chairman at the AGM on the 27th May.   I am following a man who has great respect amongst Society members. This is Tony Foster who is now our Society President.

    Over the next year I hope to visit all the Society Branches, I will be introducing myself to each branch, so come and have a chat, give me your ideas about what you want from your Society.  Those of us who have Society roles do not have all the best ideas.  I also want to bring a challenge to all our members that is for more Society members to get involved.  At our last Executive meeting the following decisions were made:-

    A working group was set up to bring recommendations at the next Executive Meeting about the Straits at Oswaldtwistle.

    Get your members interest to Tony by the end of August.  If you have sent them in you will get a free CD-Rom with all the Society Members Interests on.  If you are not a subscriber, you will have to pay £3 to get a copy.

    The Society attended the York Fair on the 24th June and we will be attending Southport (North West Group Fair) on Saturday 23rd September and Aintree in October.

    1. Don't forget to book for the Society Dinner at the Whitehall Hotel, Darwen. Booking forms will be in your August copy of Lancashire.

    2. Two new CD-ROMs are now available from Dorothy Haworth.

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    If you have, send me an e-mail with a subject line of "e-mail address confirmation" and just put you name in the body of the message. Send it to


When the last issue of 'The Gazette' was posted out by e-mail, several messages "bounced" and were returned as undeliverable.  If you have changed your e-mail address, please inform me.

    If you have your research interests posted on the branch website please check that you have the correct address listed (try sending an e-mail to the address on the list).  The research names of a few members have had to be removed from the members' interests pages on the website, because their e-mail address are 'bouncing'.  If your interests are not on the website and you think they should be, is it because you have changed your e-mail address without telling me ?

Brenda I Hustler, Branch Secretary

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Items for publication should be sent to the Acting Editor - , 49 Stone Edge Road, Barrowford, Nelson Lancashire BB9 6BB



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