The Gazette
Pendle and Burnley Branch
  Issue No.33 - January 2009

CONTENTS

 1   Branch AGM 11  Did You Know
 2   Annual Conference & AGM 12  The Stuttard/Stutterd Saga
 3   Programme 13  Federation News 1911 census
 4   LancashireBMD Project 14  Colne's 'Adam'
 5   Projects 15  Lancashire Record Office
 6   Advice & Help Sessions 16  Query Corner
 7   Library 17  Members Interests
 8   Society Resource Centre 18  ..And Finally
 9   Diary Dates (What's on) 19  Items for publication
10  Certificates and Memorabilia 20  Stop Press - What's On

A Happy New Year to all our readers 

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MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS

    MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS were due on January 1st.  Have you renewed your membership?  

If not, then why not do it NOW?  There was a renewal form in the NOVEMBER issue of "Lancashire" or you can get one from the branch secretary.  If you don't receive your 'Lancashire' magazine in February, check that you have renewed your membership.  The magazine is only sent out to members

 

BRANCH AGM - WEDNESDAY MARCH 18th 2009

    The following officials are due for re-election at this year's Branch AGM 

    To serve for TWO years: 

    Vice-Chairman,  Secretary,  Treasurer,  Programme Secretary,  Projects Co-ordinator,  Gazette Editor,  Publications Officer,  Executive Liaison Officer,  LancashireBMD Coordinator,  Committee Members. 

    Nominations for any of the above offices, with the consent of the nominee, (in writing) should reach the Branch Secretary by one week before the AGM.  A Nomination Sheet will be available at the January and February meetings.  Branch members are asked to propose or second those who volunteer to serve on the branch committee.  Remember, without a committee the branch will cease to function and all the branch resources will be returned to the Society.  At the moment we have a good committee and our branch is very successful, but it will only remain so if you support it and that means coming to the AGM.  This is your chance to contribute & express your opinions on the running of the branch.


LFHHS ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND AGM

    Saturday 6th June 2009 at The University of Central Lancashire, Preston 

    Arrival and coffee at 9.15 for 10am prompt start to the conference.  There will be two talks then lunch at approximately 1pm, followed by another speaker after lunch.  The AGM starts at approximately 3.45pm until 4.30pm.

Full details and booking form will be published in the February edition of " Lancashire."  It is your Society and this is your opportunity to come and have your say on how the Society is run.  You should try to attend the AGM to see where the Society is heading and to contribute to its future.

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PROGRAMME FOR 2009 

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

     •  21.January Heraldry on the A59 - Derrick Walkden
     •  18.February Blood & Gore in Victorian Medicine - Dick Chitty
     •  18.March AGM & Practical Evening
     •  15.April Sabden: A Heritage Walk - David Eaves
     •  29.April Ancestry Presentation - Brenda I Hustler 
    and / Or a Practical Evening


    The Out-visit in May needs to be arranged.  Suggestions are - Bury MuseumSamlesbury HallBrowsholme Hall,  or Weaver's Cottage Rawtenstall.  Other ideas very welcome.

    A visit to Liverpool was suggested for the summer of 2009 and in the next few weeks I will make enquiries regarding the hire of a coach etc. 

    Refurbishment of Colne Library should start in November and may mean that we have to make other arrangements for our meetings.  We should be informed of how plans are progressing in a few months time.

Jean Ingham, Acting Programme Secretary.

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LANCASHIREBMD PROJECT

    We had an excellent start to 2009 when almost 15,500 marriages for the Burnley Registration district went on-line.  These were all Church of England marriages and a full list of churches and the period covered can be seen on the BMD website.  The transcription of Non-Conformist and Register Office Marriage indexes is progressing very well.  Over the last few weeks, however, owing to either illness, bad weather or the unavailability of the room, the checking team at Preston has not been able to work at full capacity. 

    Hopefully things will be back to normal soon.  A big thank you to everyone for doing such a fantastic job..

Christine Windle, Lancashire BMD Project Coordinator

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PROJECTS

    Work continues on the transcriptions of the registers for St.Mary's, Newchurch-in-Pendle; St.John's, Great Marsden; Holy Trinity, Burnley; St.Peter's, Burnley, Baptisms for St.Mary's, Nelson and MIs for Walton Lane Cemetery.  Unfortunately the inclement weather during 2008 has held up the finalization of work on the latter. 

    Thanks go to all those working on these projects. 

Bob Ellis. Project Coordinator

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ADVICE & HELP SESSIONS

    Advice and help sessions will be held throughout the winter months on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Volunteers to help at these sessions are required.  Jean is organizing a rota for helpers, so don't just leave it to "Somebody else."  Why not help out?

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LIBRARY

New acquisitions received for the library. 

Lancashire Parish Register Society 

  •  Vol.168  STRETFORD St.Matthew, 1598-1837

  •  Vol.169  TODMORDEN St.Mary, 1813-1837

The following were donated by Roland Hull of Ribble Valley

  •  Vol.131  ECCLES, Baptisms 1632-1665/6,  Marriages 1632-1664,  Burials 1632-1663

  •  Vol.132  URSWICK,  Baptisms 1634-1837,  Marriages 1692-1837,  Burials 1634-1837

  •  Vol.145  FLIXTON,  part1 1570-1730  

  •  Vol.146  FLIXTON,  part2 1731-1812  

  •  Vol.147  LEYLAND,  1711-1780  

  •  Vol.148 HOLLINWOOD,  Baptisms 1769-1854,  Marriages 1836-1837,  Burials 1769-1837

 

Microfiche - Received from LFHHS -

Fiche No Location Fiche Type and Description Date Range
B121 Bamber Bridge St Saviour’s Marriages 1839-1991
F09 Farrington Moss St Paul’s Parish Church Burials 1840-1900
G30 Garstang Nateby Kirkland Strict & Particular Baptist
Grave Register & MIs
1839-2004
L44 Lund St John the Evangelist Burials & MIs 1859-2003
L45 Lund St John the Evangelist Marriages 1840-1963
L46 Lund St John the Evangelist Baptisms 1841-1966
P35 Pilling Wesleyan Methodist Marriages 1919-1973
W32 Walton le Dale St Leonard’s Christening 1809-1812; 1854-1967
W33 Walton le Dale St Leonard’s Marriages 1837-1978
W34 Walton le Dale St Leonard’s Burials & MIs 1668-2005
W35 Whittle le Woods St John the Evangelist Burials 1831-1918
L44 + Lund St John the Evangelist Baptisms (1841-1966)
Marriages (1840-1963), Burials & MIs (1859-2003)
 
W32 + Walton le Dale St Leonard’s Christening (1809-1812; 1854-1967)
Marriages (1837-1978), Burials & MIs (1668-2005)
 

 

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian.

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LFHHS RESOURCE CENTRE, 2 STRAITS, OSWALDTWISTLE

    The resource centre is now open every Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 5 pm.  More volunteers are needed to staff the centre so that it can be opened on other days, possibly Saturday or Sunday.  If you have not already been to visit the LFHHS Resource Centre, it is near to Oswaldtwistle Mills. 

    The following is a link for a map of the area: http://www.tinyurl.com/22o3oq 

    If you would like to volunteer to help out, please email  


DIARY DATES - (WHAT'S ON)

LFHHS IRISH ANCESTRY GROUP
All meetings are held at The LFHHS Resource Centre, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle on Saturdays

EXPLORING IRISH ANCESTRY USING a PC
    Speaker - Brenda I Hustler 
    Saturday 14th February 2009, 1pm to 4.30pm.  Pre-Booking is essential    

ADVICE & RESEARCH WORKSHOP
   
Saturday 4th April 2009, 1pm to 4.30pm

GRIFFITH'S VALUATION
   
Speaker - Margaret Purcell
   
Saturday 13th June 2009, 1pm to 4.30pm

Enquiries to Miss , 128 Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9DZ


CHESHIRE FHS 10TH FAMILY HISTORY DAY
    Memorial Hall, Chester Way, Northwich 
    Saturday 21st February 2009, 10am to 4pm
    Free Car Parking adjacent to venue. 


'WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?' NATIONAL HISTORY SHOW
   
Olympia, London, 27 Feb to 1 Mar 2009 
    Advance price, Adult £18, Child (6-15) £5. Door price, Adult £20, Child £6

MERSEYSIDE & CHESHIRE FAIR 
    Hulme Hall, Bolton Rd, Port Sunlight, Wirral CH6 5DH 
    Saturday 8th March 2009, 10am to 5pm 
    Admission £2 Accompanied children - free 


CITY OF YORK & DISTRICT FHS FAIR
    The Folk Hall, New Earswick, York 
    Saturday 21st March 2009, 10am to 4pm 


ROTHERHAM FHS FAIR 
    Herringthorpe United Reformed Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham 
    Saturday 29th March 2009, 10am to 4pm 
    Admission £1. Free Parking.

    In conjunction with the Fair there will be three Family History presentations:
     •  10.30am Starting your Family History - A Beginners Guide 
     •  11.45am A Guide to using the Internet for your Family History 
     •  2.00pm Further sources in Family History - Beyond Births, Marriages & Deaths


PUDSEY FAMILY HISTORY FAIR 
    Pudsey Civic Hall 
    Saturday 4th April 2009, 10am to 4pm 


NW GROUP OF FHS - 32nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE 
    Woodford Community Centre, Woodford, Cheshire. 
    Saturday 18th April 2009, 9am to 4.30pm. £21 including lunch, £9 without lunch


KEIGHLEY & DISTRICT FHS FAMILY HISTORY FAIR 
    Victoria Hall, Keighley (Adjacent to the Leisure Centre) 
    Saturday 25th April 2009 10am to 4pm 
    Admission Free


DONCASTER FHS FAMILY HISTORY SPRING FAIR
   
Doncaster School for the Deaf 
    Saturday 25th April 2009, 10 am to 4pm. Admission £2?

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CERTIFICATES and MEMORABILIA

    We have recently had copies of the following certificates donated to our library archives. 

 •  Birth Certificate for Elizabeth ASHWORTH, daughter of James ASHWORTH, Gardener, and Hannah, formerly DIXON, born 24th Dec 1840 at Ardwick. 

 •  Death Certificate for Elizabeth NUTTER, aged 64, widow of Richard NUTTER, a tailor (Master), died on 3rd April 1908 at 70 Standish Street, Burnley. 

HAWKEN Certificates and Memorabilia. 

    Mr Alan Heaton has kindly donated copies of certificates for his uncle, William HAWKEN's family, together with some family photographs and an autograph album. 

 •  Birth Certificate for William HAWKEN, son of Lewis William HAWKEN, Worsted Weaver and Clara Anne, formerly RILEY, born 15th April 1890 at 86 Leeds Road, Nelson. 

 •  Birth Certificate for Sarah Ellen HAWORTH, daughter of Henry HAWORTH, Cotton Weaver and Mary Jane, formerly EAST, born 3rd June 1894 at 9 Oak Street, Brierfield. 

 •  Death Certificate for William HAWKEN, died 19th January 1960 at Fishguard 

 •  Death Certificate for Sarah Ellen HAWKEN, wife of William HAWKEN, died 22nd April 1951 at Burnley General Hospital.

 •  Adoption Certificate for Margaret, 19th June 1930. Adopters, William and Sarah Ellen HAWKEN, 2 Albert Street, Brierfield. 

 •  Birth Certificate for Margaret HAWORTH, daughter of Tom HAWORTH, Builder's Labourer and Frances, formerly HERRIMAN, born 27th September 1925. 

Although William HAWKEN was born in Nelson, his father Lewis, was born in Liskeard, Cornwall, and seems to have arrived in Lancashire during the 1870s.  Clara, William's mother, was born in Nelson. 

 •  An autograph album that belonged to Lily HAWKEN, who died at a relatively young age, only three or four years after she had been given the book by William, her brother.  There are several names in the book together with addresses.  These will be listed in a future edition of the newsletter. 

    If anyone is interested in the aforementioned, it will be possible to produce photocopies of the certificates and memorabilia. Please contact the branch librarian, Margaret Heap for details.

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DID YOU KNOW

    Did you know .. The inaugural meeting for Pendle Family History Society was held on May 22nd 1979 at Colne Library.  Later this became the Pendle and Burnley branch of Rossendale Genealogical and Heraldry Society the forerunner of LFHHS.  That makes our branch 30 years old this year.  There was, however, a functional Family History Group in Pendle prior to this.  It was instigated by Wilfred Spencer, the librarian at Colne and included Gladys Whittaker and Doreen Crowther amongst others. 

    So our group has existed longer than the Society. (We about 40 years old).

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THE STUTTARD /STUTTERD SAGA - A CONTINUATION

    Some of you will know that, a few years ago, Peter Walsh, one of our branch members, transcribed "The diary of Jabez Stuttard" from microfiche.  He subsequently wrote two articles for "The Gazette" in May 2005 and Jan 2007.  In the last edition, Geoff Stuttard submitted The Ancestry of Sir John Boothman Stuttard, (Lord Mayor of London 2006-7). 

    Subsequently Peter has now put pen to paper and continues the story of this long established local family

 

"COOR" THE WIVES OF JOHN STUTTERD

submitted by Peter Walsh

    Thank you Geoff, you have just ruined part of one of my best family trees. 

    For those who can remember my piece in the Gazette, issue 18, May 2005, I wrote that I was having problems getting past William Stuttard, born December 1808.  I considered that the answer must be somewhere in the various census, so I started to construct family trees from the Pendle and Burnley areas.  About nine months ago, I had the break through.  From information at Burnley Library, I found the missing link.  As Geoff has written, the Southfield Stutterd's were not the only ones in that part of Lancashire.  My family came from Newchurch in Pendle and I now have a family tree from Ellis Stutterd, who married Ann Hartley in 1734, through to my mother, Cora.  I am, however, digressing. 

    One of my favourite family trees is the Stutterd's of Southfield.  It is quite an impressive tree, from Jabes Stutherd from Keighley through to John Boothman Stuttard, who was the Lord Mayor of London, with offshoots to Henry Gladstone Stuttard in Tasmania. (the Gazette, issue 25, January 2007). 

    The part that Geoff Stuttard says I have got wrong, is the wives of John Stutterd, Minister of Colne.  I had said, from his baptism 27th March 1750, he first married Nancy Hartley, 4th May 1776.  They had four children, John, James, William, and Hartley.  Nancy died and on 10th May 1806 he married Mary Stutterd, but they did not have any children.  On Mary's death he married Grace Holgate, 14th May 1814 and, another Hartley was born in June 1818.  I am probably not the first genealogist who has gone down that route. Jabez, his brother recorded John's death in the diary that I transcribed.  It is as follows .. 

    Wednesday June 10th 1818.  This is the day of my brother John's interment, 
    about 70 people invited.  They laid his remains in the Baptist Chapel Yard, 
    a little above my dear Mother and his two former wives

    Three marriages! but his payout of his money the following day, has always troubled me. 

    Thursday June 11th 1818.  The day was spent dividing my brothers library 
    and money, as follows: £49-1s-8d to Yorkshire; £49-1s-8d to my son John; 
    £49-1s-8d to Myself; £15 to sister, Mary; £20 to his Widow

    His other brother, died at Banbury September 1815, therefore his eldest son John, (Yorkshire) was given a share.  Why was nothing left for John's children?   Was it because he never had any?   We now come to Geoff Stuttard's piece in the last issue of the Gazette (issue 32, October 2008).   Who was Betty Coor?   I sent an e-mail to Geoff, with that question.  He replied, sending me a copy of a lecture by the former Bodleian Librarian, Mr David Vaisey CBE, in which he explains how he came across the letters, written between the three Stutterd brothers, John, Thomas and Jabez.  They must have been quite prolific writers, writing letters, sermons and diaries.  How the diary of Jabez arrived at Colne Library is a mystery as is the information about Thomas and his children going first to Banbury and then to Tasmania. 

    In his lecture, David Vaisey does not mention, Betty Coor, only a person called Betty, who had enumerable stillbirths, and two children who had died young.  It was Geoff, who found the marriage at Gisburn.  Consequently, I went back to Nelson Library, to look at the microfiche for the parish registers Gisburn Church.  It was almost indecipherable, but I was in luck, the parish registers for Gisburn, 1745 to 1812, had been transcribed and were in a book.  I also found an interesting baptism. 

    Betty, dau. of Elizabeth Coor, illegit. 28th February 1753, father blank

    Gisburn was a small community of about 700, mainly farmers, where everybody knew every ones business, so it is most likely that they knew who the father was.  Did Elizabeth Coor leave the village in disgrace?   Did she walk over to Colne with her baby, via Coal Pit Lane to the top of Weets, at 1000 feet, no place to linger in March or April 1753.  From there did she join the packhorse route, past Star Hall and Admergill Hall to Higherford and then on to the poor house at Colne Field, Colne?   Did Betty grow up in the Colne area and meet John Stutterd there?   Or did John Stuttard travel to Gisburn to preach and met Betty there?   Whichever the case, on 4th April 1774, they were married at St. Mary's, Gisburn.  The register reads - 

    Entry No 164, John Stutterd of the Chapelry of Colne, School Master, 
    and Betty Coor of Gisburn, married, 4th April 1774.  Witnesses, Mary 
    Dean and William Ayrton

    I imagine that Betty was never in the best of health, after having the stillborn children.  Of her two sons, one failed to reach his second birthday, the other his fifth birthday.  On her death, John married a second time.  The register at St.Bartholomew's Church, Colne reads. 

    10th May 1806, John Stutterd, widower, married Mary Stutterd. 
    Presence of Jabez and John Stutterd
.. (which must be correct)

    The marriage did not last long, and on her death John married for the third time to Sarah Holgate, at St. Bartholomew's Church, Colne. The fiche is almost unreadable, but a copy of the Bishop's Transcripts in Burnley Library reads. 

    29th December 1814, John Stutterd, widower, married Sarah Holgate, 
    spinster.  Presence of Elijah Holgate and John Heap. 

    There you have it.  Did John have five children by Nancy Hartley, as I originally thought, or did he marry Betty Coor and have no surviving children?   What information I have received regarding the letters, I have found to be accurate, therefore I am going to modify my family tree.  I shall then leave it for a few months.  I am going back to tidy up my Walsh family tree.

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FEDERATION NEWS

    You can find this posting and a copy in PDF Format on the FFHS Website at 

http://www.ffhs.org.uk/archives/census1911.php 

1911 Census goes live 

    The 1911 Census has gone live on the Internet at http://www.1911census.co.uk/

    The site is a pay per view site in partnership between FindMyPast and The National Archives.  Initially, the site will not be part of the FindMyPast system and will not be available for viewing as part of their subscription services, although log-in details and pay per view credits will work on either site.  

    The census will go live on the FindMyPast subscription site later in 2009. 

    The Federation of Family History Societies hopes that you will be able to further your research and carry it forward into a key period of the 20th Century, which included the build up to the First World War and Suffrage for Women.  There will only be one more census that we can use in the first half of the 20th Century and that is the one for 1921 as the Census for 1931 was burnt during the Second World War and there was no census taken in 1941 due to the war, although a National Register was made for the issue of identity cards.

    The release is ahead of the usual release date of the first working day of the year following the 100th anniversary of the taking of the census; for the 1911 this would have been the 3rd of January 2012. 

    The Information Commissioner has made a RULING in 2006 about the availability of the 1911 Censes and the early release is explained in this ruling.

    The 1911 Census also differs from the previous censuses in that it is the original householder's schedules that have survived and not the enumerators' books we are used to.  As a consequence of this the amount of data is greatly increased and the paper copies are stored on 2 kilometres of shelving, approximately 8 times larger than previous censuses.

    This increase has meant that it has taken much longer to prepare them for public access and much credit goes to the teams at the TNA and FindMyPast for getting this done.

    From today there will be a staggered release of the information in the 1911 census.  This will include images and transcription data, but with sensitive data held back, in line with the Information Commissioner's recent ruling.  From 3 January 2012 the public will have full access to the entire 1911 census, including the information not accessible in 2009.  Researchers anywhere in the world will be able to search across the fields of the census by name, address or The National Archives catalogue reference, and download high-resolution digital images. 

    Natalie Ceeney, Chief Executive of The National Archives said: 

    "The 1911 census holds more information than the 1901 census.  It is also the first census where the householder's schedule has remained the master entry, rather than the enumerator's notes, so researchers are actually able, in most cases, to view their actual ancestors' handwriting when looking at 1911 census entries.  This will be an invaluable resource for anyone who is working hard to trace their family's history." 

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    Also available are the enumerators' summary sheets which give information and statistics on their locality.  These will be added to the site when all the household schedules are complete.  The following counties are online now and the others will follow as soon as possible, with Nottinghamshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire going live very soon.

Bedfordshire 
Berkshire 
Buckinghamshire Cambridgeshire Cheshire 
Cornwall 
Derbyshire 
Devon 
Dorset 
Essex 
Gloucestershire 
Hampshire 
Herefordshire 
Hertfordshire 
Huntingdonshire 
Kent 
Lancashire 
Leicestershire 
Lincolnshire 
London 
Middlesex 
Nottinghamshire 
Norfolk 
Northamptonshire Oxfordshire 
Rutland 
Shropshire 
Somerset 
Staffordshire 
Suffolk 
Surrey 
Sussex 
Warwickshire 
Wiltshire 
Worcestershire 
Yorkshire (West Riding)
Counties not available for launch:
England: 
Durham 
Cumberland 
Northumberland 
Westmorland 
Yorkshire 
(East & North Riding)
Wales: 
Anglesey 
Brecknockshire 
Caernarvonshire 
Cardiganshire 
Carmarthenshire 
Denbighshire
Flintshire 
Glamorgan 
Merionethshire 
Montgomeryshire 
Monmouthshire 
Pembrokeshire 
Radnorshire
Other: 
Isle of Man 
Channel Islands 
Royal Navy overseas 
Military Establishments
                   overseas 

 

    For those of you, like me, who were there during the release of the 1901 Census you will remember the 'Great Crash' and the subsequent wait for some months before it finally got up and running.  For the 1911 Census this should not happen for a number of reasons. 

    Firstly, there will be 24 Computer servers providing the resources to keep it running under normal access levels.  It is, however, expected that in the initial roll-out there will be a higher demand and to ensure that this does not fall down like the 1901 Census certain steps have been taken.  These include the staged addition of some 'server hungry' features and therefore initially there will be no wildcard searches.  This feature and others will be enabled once the initial rush has died down so at this stage, you will need a surname or a street address to find an individual or family. 

    An additional safeguard is the ability to redirect visitors that exceed the capacity of the site to a page that informs them that the site is busy.  This will be an irritation to those who read it but will ensure that overload cannot happen. 

Basic facts about the 1911 census 

    The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911.  Over 8 million schedules were delivered to householders around the country.  The completed forms provide us with personal details of the 36 million people who were living in England and Wales at the time, offering a fascinating insight into the state of the nation nearly 100 years ago. 

    The census shows the name, age, sex and marital status of each person, as well as giving details of their occupation, birth place and nationality.  The 1911 census also asks for additional information about married women: how long they have been married and how many children have been born to that marriage.

    The 1911 census has been called 'the fertility census' as it lists the total number of children that a woman had given birth to; this information is especially valuable to family historians as it accounts for children no longer living at home as well as those who had died before 1911. 

    Census returns are a key source for people tracing their family history, as well as those studying local, social and political history.  For family historians, one of the main attractions of the 1911 census is that, for the first time, it is the original householder schedules that have survived so we can see our ancestors' own handwriting, complete with any unsolicited additional comments that they might have made.

Information recorded for each person:
    •  Name and Surname 
    •  Relationship to head of family 
    •  Age and Sex 
    •  Marital condition 
    •  Profession or Occupation 
    •  Birthplace Nationality 
    •  Infirmity (e.g. deaf, dumb, blind, lunatic, imbecile etc.) Note: this information 
        will not be available to view until the census is officially opened in January 
        2012.  At the request of the Information Commissioner these details have 
        been obscured in the images that are made available prior to that date. 

Additionally, details recorded for married women: 
    •  Years married 
    •  Children born to present marriage, living or deceased 

Some interesting entries found by the transcription team include: 
    A mother of five children whose occupation is listed as "slave to family"

    An opinionated household head, evidently affronted by the invasive nature of the census, who writes: "Put some charge on goods coming from abroad ..Could you not find something better to do than ask about children that have been dead over 56 years?"

    The return for one household lists the family cat as a domestic servant, giving the feline's nationality as "Persian"   We hope the enumerator appreciated the joke.

    One householder, apparently objecting to the intrusive nature of the census, writes on the return: "Would you like to know what our income is, what each had for breakfast and how long we expect to live or anything else?"

    We've found a disparaging comment made by the head of a household about a woman in his service.  Scrawled on the bottom of the census return is: "This woman calls herself 'about forty' and refuses to say more.  She looks 60.  She leaves my service tomorrow."

    I hope that this release will enhance the research experience for those of you who probably thought that they would need to wait another three years for the information.  Best wishes for successful research in 2009

David HOLMAN, Chairman, Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS)

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COMMENT ON THE 1911 CENSUS by ROY STOCKDILL

    Roy Stockdill, Professional genealogical researcher, writer & lecturer. - Newbies' Guide to Genealogy & Family History: www.genuki.org.uk/gs/Newbie.html 

    In all cases that I have seen so far, the household schedule appears to have been written by the one who completed it.  This is the very first census in which we are seeing for the first time our ancestors' own handwriting!!!  Personally, this gave me a good feeling, since the census was filled out by my grandmother, as a widow, and as she died before I was born, I had never seen anything of her handwriting before.  There was, of course, much less illiteracy in 1911 than during previous censuses, so the majority of householders would have been well able to fill them in. 

    One thing which listers should watch out for is that 1911 was the height of suffragette activity and many women boycotted the census in protest at not having the vote.  I have seen a marvellous entry in London where apparently the wife filled out the schedule but she did NOT put herself on the form.  Instead she put down her husband and their two cats and two dogs!!!!! 

    Across the form the enumerator has scrawled "Women deserted the house in a census strike."  Wonderful stuff!  However, it may be a reason why you can't find a female ancestor if she was a suffragette.


MORE FEDERATION NEWS

    The Guildhall Library is to be extensively refurbished this year for the first time since 1974.  This will have a significant impact on access to the collections in the Manuscripts Section, the Prints and Maps Section, and in the Printed Books Section of the Library from March 2009.  In order to keep readers up to date with the changes to the service that will occur, a newsletter dedicated to the refurbishment works is available from: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/8D53141A-4E06-4EB7-B525-47FB9E37BBEF/0/Refurbishmentprojectnewsletter.pdf

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COLNE'S 'ADAM' WAS TEMPTED BY TWO APPLES

    Extract from - Child Marriages, Divorces, and Ratifications &c in the Diocese of Chester, A.D.1561-66 By Frederick J.Furnival, MA (1897).  Early English Text Society London.  [Copy Lancs.Rec.Office] p.45.(26) 

    James Ballard  v. Ann Ballard.  She gives him, when 10-11, two apples to marry her.  The curate acting is punished 8 Nov 1565.  James Hartley, parish of Clitheroe aged [41?] heard say that the said James and Ann were married in the parish church of Colne on 12th in Christmas five years ago, said James being about 11-12 without consent of his friends by one Sir Roger Blakey, curate of Colne.

    "I was in the house of Christopher Hartley of Wycoller uncle to said James [when he] was brought to the house - James declared to his uncle that said Ann had enticed him with two apples, to go with him to Colne and to marry her." 

    John Smith of Colne aged 30. Bernard Parker aged 23 of Colne, Christopher Hartley aged 27 of Colne [were witnesses].   Divorce - [granted] not consummated.

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LANCASHIRE RECORD OFFICE

Saturday opening dates 

    Office open from 10am to 4pm on the second Saturday in each month. 

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

10 January   9 May 12 September
14 February 13 June 10 October
14 March 11 July 14 November
18 April (3rd Saturday)   8 August 12 December

    

LANCAT - Lancashire R.O. online catalogue is available at ..

www.lancashire.gov.uk/education/record_office/services/catalogue.asp

CATALOGUE UPDATE

DDX 1101 acc 10471 Plans and report on building known as Lob Lane (or Lob Hall, Chamber Hall or Chamber Hill), Clitheroe Road, Brierfield 1977
DDX 2708 Lancashire Football Association archives including minutes 1878-1963, financial records, competition results and receipts, 1879/90-1964/5, register of players fined or cautioned, 1953-1960s, press-cuttings 1931-1935
DDX 2717 The Lancashire Football Combination archives including minutes and financial records, 1902-1983
DDX 2717 Plans of Hornby Castle and Ivy Bank High School for Girls, Burnley c1950  

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DID YOU KNOW .. 

    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

    Every day, more money is printed for Monopoly that the US Treasury.

    The first couple to be shown in bed together on USA prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.


QUERY CORNER


MEMBERS INTERESTS

    Have you ever looked at the members' interest list on our branch website? 

    It was noted recently that two of our branch members who have joined the "Society's Yahoo chat list" found that they had common ancestors because one of them happened to put a list of some of his ancestors in a message to the chat list.  If they had looked at the members' interest list on the branch website, they would have found each other years ago. They are listed next to each other against one of their ancestor's names.

    The members' interest list was originally created in 1999/2000.  It was updated in 2002 and a section was included on the branch website.  If you have your interests listed on the website, have you checked that they are still correct?  More importantly, have you checked that your e-mail address is correct.  You can do this by clicking on your name on the website and it will bring up a blank message with your e-mail address already inserted.  Write yourself a message from your PC and if it bounces back to you, your e-mail address on the website is incorrect.

    The list is going to be updated in the near future. Several of those included in the list are no longer members so their interests will be removed at the next update.

    If you wish to have your interests listed on the branch website, you must fill in a form with the details and return it to the branch secretary.  Forms are available at each meeting or can be downloaded, as a word document, from the branch website.  You can then complete it on your PC and return it to the branch secretary by e-mail as an attachment.

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.. AND FINALLY WHY WORRY?

    by Ron Chadwick (found in a family history magazine) 

    Sometime we tend to take our family history too seriously, so that what should be a pleasurable activity becomes a chore and we are apt to worry when things go wrong.  We worry when we can't find great-grandfather's marriage details; we worry over Uncle Septimus's missing will; we worry about Aunt Ethel's maiden name, and a hundred and one other things.  Really, there is no need to worry at all, as the following will show. 

    To start with, you only have two things to worry about: whether you have completed your family tree as far as the records will allow, or whether you have not.

    If you have completed it, then you have nothing to worry about.  If you have not, then you have only two things to worry about: whether you are going to find it easy, or whether it will be difficult.

    If it is going to be easy, then you have nothing to worry about.  If it will be difficult, then you have only two things to worry about: whether you will be able to complete it before you die, or whether you will not.

    If you know that you will be able to complete it in your lifetime, then you have nothing to worry about.  If you are going to die before it is finished, then you have only two things to worry about: whether you will be going to Heaven or whether you will be going to the other place.

    If you go to Heaven, then you will have nothing to worry about; if you go to the other place, then you will probably be kept so busy shaking hands and greeting all those elusive ancestors of yours that you will not have any time left to worry.

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ITEMS for PUBLICATION

    Items for publication should be sent by email to the or
    by post to the Editor, c/o 49 Stone Edge Road, Barrowford, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 6BB


(STOP PRESS) WHAT'S ON

Dukes theatre in Lancaster

    From Thursday 29 January to Saturday 21 February 2009, the Dukes theatre in Lancaster present a new drama based on the Lancashire Witches and this period in history.  Sabbat is a world premiere production that freely imagines events around the trial and execution of Alice Nutter and the Lancashire Witches. 

    Mon-Fri 8pm: £13.50 (£9.50 concessions) Saturday 8pm: £15.50 (£10.50 concessions) Standing/Leaning: £5 

    For more information visit: http://www.dukes-lancaster.org/theatre/sabbat

 Associated events 

    Mon 2 Feb, 6.30pm THE LANCASHIRE WITCHES: A NOT GUILTY VERDICT Tickets £3. 

    Tue 3, Thu 12 & Wed 18 Feb, 6pm LANCASTER CASTLE: WITCH TOURS Tickets £1.50.

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