The Gazette
Pendle and Burnley Branch
  Issue No.34 - April 2009

CONTENTS

 1   Annual Dinner 11  Branch A G M
 2   Annual Conference & AGM 12  Branch Officers 2009-2010
 3   Programme 13  1911 Census
 4   LancashireBMD Project 14  1911 Census Vouchers
 5   Projects 15  Henry VIII had a lot to answer for
 6   Advice & Help Sessions 16  Federation News
 7   Library 17  Lancashire Record Office
 8   Society Resource Centre 18  Query Corner
 9   Diary Dates (What's on) 19  Getting to Know Lancashire Record Office
10  Foreign Ancestry 20  Items for publication

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL WAS DUE ON 1st JANUARY 2009

    HAVE YOU RENEWED YOURS?   MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE BRANCH SECRETARY

 

SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER

Friday 5th June 2009 at The Masonic Hall, West Drive, Thornton Cleveleys  FY5 2BL 

 Speaker - Dr Colin Penny "Lancaster Castle" 

Hosted this year by Fylde Branch.  Reception 7.00 pm Dinner 7.30 pm.  

Cost - 18 per person.  Booking form and menu were published in the February edition of "Lancashire"  

Contact: Mrs Olive Thexton, Fylde Branch Secretary


SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND AGM

ST CUTHBERT'S CHURCH CENTRE, LYTHAM ROAD, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE  PR2 3AR

Saturday 6th June 2009 

    Arrival and coffee at 9.15 for 10am prompt start

    10.00am  Welcome and Introduction 

    10.15am "In the name of God - Amen"  Wills and probate records explained.  Speaker - David Lambert 

    11.30am "A History of Cremation"  Significant milestones in its development and acceptance.  Speaker - John Marsden 

      1.00pm  Lunch 

      2.15pm "Heraldry from Hatching to Despatching"  Funeral Hatchments described and explained.  Speaker - Peter Marshall 

      3.45pm  Annual General Meeting 

Conference and AGM with buffet lunch - 12 per person 

Conference and AGM without lunch - 5 per person 

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE compared to last year 

Full details and booking form were published in the February edition of "Lancashire."  It is your Society and this is your opportunity to have your say on how the Society is run 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 

       29.April Ancestry Presentation - Brenda I Hustler 
    and / Or a Practical Evening
       13.May Out-visit to Pendle Hippodrome 
    Note - this is 2nd Wednesday .. No meeting on 3rd Wednesday this month
       17.June Jewish Genealogy - Lorna Kay
       15.July Practical Evening
       29.July Quakers - Julia Robinson
       19.August Open Night and Practical Evening


    A visit to Liverpool has been arranged for Saturday 25th July 2009.  A forty-six-seat coach has been booked.  Please add your names to the list; available at branch meetings, or contact me (Jean Ingham) to book a place.  Places are not limited to members only and you can bring a partner or friend. 

    Refurbishment of Colne library should start in August 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

    Another 2,325 Non-Conformist marriages have gone on line and the transcription of the C of E marriages from 1950 to 1982 is progressing very well.  Hopefully most of them should be on-line shortly.  The transcription of the Register Office marriages is also progressing well. 

    Unfortunately the team cannot work at full capacity due to the frequent non-availability of the required working space.  Many thanks to those who have taken over my responsibilities during my absence

Christine Windle, Lancashire BMD Project Coordinator

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PROJECTS

    Part 2 of the MIs at Burnley Cemetery Old Ground - over 1000 headstones is complete.  These are in the following plots - Under The Bank Plot, C of E;  Kennel Plot, C of E; and Lodge Plot, RC.  A start has been made on Part 3, which should finish most of the headstones in the Old Ground

    Several other projects such as transcribing and checking Parish registers are on-going.

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ADVICE & HELP SESSIONS

    A team of volunteers has been formed and at least three have attended at each session.  Sessions took place from October to March.  It seems to have been a worthwhile event as more people become aware of our presence.  Posters were put up in all the main libraries and library staff have advised people to visit us.

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LIBRARY

    The following Monumental Inscriptions have been typed up by Arnold Slater from the existing transcriptions, and have now been issued as separate volumes: - 

    G.18 Book No. 531   Colne Cemetery  
    G.18 Book No. 532   St Paul's, Nelson 
    G.18 Book No. 533   Wheatley Lane Inghamite Chapel 
    G.18 Book No. 534   St.Margaret's, Hapton;  St.Mary's, Kelbrook;  St.Peter's, Marton-in-Craven;  St.Mary's, Thornton-in-Craven

    The Society's library has been split by Christine Bradley (Colne Library) - part has remained in the normal place, but part, including the parish registers, has been transferred onto the balcony at the top of the stairs

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian.

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LFHHS RESOURCE CENTRE, 2 STRAITS, OSWALDTWISTLE

    The centre is open every Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm.  If you have not already been to visit the LFHHS Resource Centre, it is near to Oswaldtwistle Mills.  There are four PCs with internet access to Ancestry (Worldwide), a set of all the Society's microfiche plus some from other societies and hundreds of reference books.

    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 Straits, Oswaldtwistle on Saturdays

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

ADVICE & RESEARCH WORKSHOP
    Saturday 8th August 2009, 1pm to 4.30pm

LOCATING IRISH SURNAMES
    Speaker - Sharron Owen
    Saturday 10th October 2009, 1pm to 4.30pm 

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


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, Leger Way, Doncaster  DN2 6AY
    Saturday 25th April 2009, 10 am to 4pm.  Admission 1 (Children Free)


LANCASHIRE RECORD OFFICE EXHIBITION
    Colne Library, Market Square, Colne  BB8 0AP 
    Saturday 16th May 2009, 11am to 3.30pm. 
    see Lancashire RO section on later pages of this newsletter for further details


14th ANNUAL YORKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
    Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, York Racecourse
    Saturday 27th June 2009, 10am to 4.30pm.  Free Car Parking adjacent to venue


MEDIEVAL RECORDS FOR FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORIANS
    Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive Leeds, LS10 1LT
    Sunday 12th July 2009, 10am to 4.30pm.  
    Admission only by advance ticket 17.50 per person.
    Tickets from 22 Regency Park Road, Pudsey, West Yorkshire LS28 8PW (s.a.e required)
    Lectures 
      Gentry and Tenants from Muniments - Dr.Simon Harris
      Genealogy in the Church Courts - Dr.Philippa Hoskins
      Health and Beauty - Dr.Vicky Shearman
      Reading Latin Documents - Sylvia Thomas
      People in Charters - Dr.Philippa Hoskins
      Food from Larder to Table - Peter Brears 


NATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY FAIR 2009
    Gateshead International Stadium
    Saturday 12th September 2009, 10am to 4.30pm.
    Admission 4.  Accompanied Children under 15 Free. 


SCARBOROUGH FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY FAIR
    Pindar Leisure Centre, Moor Lane, Eastfield, Scarborough YO11 3LW
    Saturday 10th October 2009, 10am to 4pm. 

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FOREIGN ANCESTRY - A REMINDER

Submitted by John Lustig

    In the October 2008 issue of The Gazette, we published a "Foreign Ancestry Questionnaire" which sought to provide your Committee with some idea of the extent and nature of members' interest in their non-UK "roots."   If this proved to be significant, then we could consider ways to help you in your foreign research by, for example, including relevant items in the monthly programme, putting together members with a common interest, and so on.

    I have to report that, by the end of January, only 5 members (including myself) had responded!   We want to thank them for taking time to do so.   Their interests cover France (including the Huguenots), Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Eire; also Scotland, which you may or may not think of as foreign!   These members are all willing to share their information and experience and that's a good sign.

    However, this scale of response can hardly be called significant from a membership of over 90!   Should we assume that most members have:-
    (a)  already fully researched their foreign roots; or
    (b)  don't actually know (yet) if they have any; or
    (c)  have quite enough to do researching their "home" ancestors and really can't be bothered with any "away" links?

    Or perhaps, with the onset of the Christmas/New Year festive season, our questionnaire has simply been overlooked.   Well, it's not too late!   So PLEASE take a moment to consider this opportunity and ask for a copy of the Questionnaire.   We'll make them available at the usual Branch meetings.   Let's be hearing from you!!

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MEMORABILIA

    Margaret Heap, branch librarian, has a Sunday School prize awarded to MARY SOUTHWELL, dated 1905, which she would like to pas on to Mary's descendants.


BRANCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Branch AGM was held on Wednesday March 18th 2009

    Jean Ingham, branch chairman, reported that over the past year meetings had been well attended and there had been a range of informative lectures.  Advice and help sessions together with short tutorials were available to members at each meeting and monthly daytime help and advice sessions for the general public have been held during the winter months.  This year there were out-visits to Skipton Castle in May and Lancashire Record Office in September.  In addition to the branch Open Day at Colne library, the branch was represented at the Local History Fair at St.Peter's Church, Burnley.  Some new microfiche and books have been added to the branch library stock and the library is well used by members and the general public.  In addition to the LancashireBMD project, work has continued on other projects including recording memorial inscriptions at cemeteries in Burnley and Nelson. The website has been maintained throughout the year and is a valuable source of information for those with family history interests in the Pendle and Burnley area.

    Brenda Hustler, branch secretary, reported that there had been a decrease in branch membership but that attendance at branch meetings was good.  The members' interest pages on the website and in the printed book had been updated and it was the responsibility of each member to check that their entries were correct.  It was also essential that members should check their e-mail addresses and any change in e-mail address should be reported to the branch secretary.  The branch newsletter, The Gazette, has continued to be published quarterly and archived copies are available to view on the branch website.  The availability of "Ancestry" via computers at the library, together with the creation of the Society's members forum, have led to a considerable reduction in requests for help.
    David Hustler, branch treasurer, gave a financial report for the branch, in which he noted that donations to branch funds, for research work done, have decreased considerably.  The main expenditure for the branch is for speakers and publication of the newsletter, whilst income is generated from donations at the door for meetings and refreshments.
    Resignations:-
    Bob Ellis has resigned as Projects Office but will continue to help out in other ways.
    Brenda and David Hustler have resigned as secretary and treasurer, respectively.  The chairman, Jean, thanked them all for the work that they had done for the branch and society over the past years.

    Election of Officials: There were no nominations for Vice-Chairman,  Programme Secretary,  Projects Officer,  Gazette Editor or Executive Representative.  Due to a technicality, it was not possible to propose and vote for the position of Treasurer.  Other posts were elected as follows:-
    Secretary - Annette Malpass;  BMD Coordinator - Christine Windle;  Committee Members; - Christine Haworth, Mary Jackson, John Lustig.  At the first committee meeting held on 1st April 2009, Bob Ellis was co-opted onto the committee and Geoff Riley was co-opted as Treasurer.  Both will be submitted to the branch members for approval at the next meeting in April.

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BRANCH OFFICERS for 2009-2010

Chairman Jean Ingham  Vice Chairman

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Secretary Annette Malpas  Treasurer Geoff Riley
(to be confirmed)
Librarian Margaret Heap  Minutes Secretary Margaret Heap
Programme Secretary

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 Projects Coordinator

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Publications Officer

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 Executive Liaison  Officer

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Lancashire BMD Coordinator Christine Windle    Gazette Editor

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Committee Members Bob Ellis (to be confirmed)
Janet Knowles
 Christine Haworth
 John Lustig
Mary Jackson
Moira Whittaker

   

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1911 CENSUS

    England has now been completed on the 1911 census.  The complete counties of Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland, which comprise 443,204 new records, are now live on 1911census.co.uk.  In addition, the Gateshead data, which comprises 84,195 new records, has now been added to Durham.  This means that the whole of England is now online and searchable.  The Welsh counties will be added soon.


1911 CENSUS VOUCHERS

    Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society has made a bulk purchase of 1911 Census Vouchers through the Federation of Family History Societies.  The vouchers have a face value of 5.00 and are available directly to members at 4.50 each.  This is a 10% discount on the usual price.

    The vouchers can be ordered directly from the Society Treasurer and will be sent following receipt of an order accompanied by a cheque and a stamped addressed return envelope.  The vouchers are credit card sized cardboard so only a small standard envelope is required.  They will be posted back by return mail - first or second-class according to the postage provided on the return envelope.

    Although there is no minimum order size, because the discount on each voucher is small it is unlikely to be worth ordering just a single voucher.  Send orders to the Treasurer at the following address:

    Stephen Benson 32 Slater Lane Leyland Lancashire PR25 1TN

    All cheques must be made payable to L.F.H.& H.S.  No post-dated cheques please.  Any questions telephone 01772-422808

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HENRY VIII HAD A LOT TO ANSWER FOR

Submitted by Brenda I.Hustler

    The starting point for most family historians is the census and civil registration.  Using these can only take you back to 1837, so prior to that, you have to consult parish registers or microfiche copies of them, for christenings, marriages or burials.  There are, however, other parish records which are often ignored.  These are the Churchwardens/Overseers of the poor account books, sometimes called the Vestry Minutes Books.  In some ways, these are a partial census of the parish at the time.  Many of the early books have not survived, but several exist for the late 18th to early 19th centuries and can usually be found at county record offices.  They contain a lot of information about the people of the parish and often record details of settlements, highways maintenance, people who did work for the parish, in addition to the payments made to the paupers, the poor of the parish.  Most of them have not been indexed and it is a case of reading through them and it's "joined up writing" which is sometimes difficult to read.

    In recent history we have had a welfare state but in the past, the poor of the parish had a very hard time.  Prior to Henry VIII, there was a comparative welfare state.  This was run by the church and monasteries who provided employment, education and care for the sick and infirm.  As most of you will know, Henry VIII sacked and disbanded the abbeys, monasteries and religious orders and left his daughter Elizabeth I with a problem.

    The poor and needy of that time had to beg or rely on the charity of friends and neighbours in order to survive.  Their circumstances were often brought about by events beyond their control, such as physical or mental disability, illness, infirmity, death of the provider for the family, or in country areas, failure of crops resulting in a poor harvest.  The introduction of the Elizabethan Poor Laws in 1602 was an attempt to stop the begging and in some cases, robbery by street beggars.  This provided a means of survival for the poor and needy, and decreed that each parish would be responsible for its own parishioners.  Money for the poor relief was to be raised by voluntary contributions or rates raised from landowners and tenants of property worth more than 10 per annum.  The rate was set by the vestry, the governing body of the parish, its name being derived from the small room in the church where the minister vested himself prior to the church service.

    Members of the vestry were the vicar, two churchwardens, two overseers of the poor and other members of the parish.  The vestry nominated the Constable or village law officer, the Churchwardens, the Overseers of the poor and the Surveyors of the Highways.  These were subject to the approval of the Justices of the Peace.  Parish relief for the poor was administered by the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor, who were required to keep detailed records of the rates they collected and the amounts paid out and to whom it was paid, these being referred to as the 'Layings Out' or 'Disbursements'.  These disbursements and rates were recorded in the Churchwardens' Accounts each year.

    The poor were divided into two groups, those who would work but couldn't and those who could work but wouldn't.  The latter were considered to be lazy and were severely beaten until they recognized the error of their ways.  Outdoor relief in the form of food or money was given to the poor who had somewhere to live and could look after themselves.  Indoor relief was for those who were homeless or incapable and they were given shelter in Alms houses or were forced to go into the local workhouse or 'Poor House', although not all villages had a 'Poor House.'  The Parish Union Act of 1782 enabled parishes to join together and share the cost of providing a 'Workhouse.'

    The Settlement Act of 1662 decreed that only those who had a right to be in the Parish by birth, apprenticeship, marriage, holding office in the parish, living in the parish for over three years prior to 1662, employment within the parish for over a year and a day, or by renting a property worth 10 per year, would be eligible for parish relief.  Consequently, many people were "removed" from villages on the flimsiest excuse, even though they were not receiving parish relief.  As a result, the Removal Act was introduced in 1795 and this amended the Settlement Act so that no-one could be removed from a parish unless they were applying for parish relief.

    Removal orders can be found in the Quarter Session records, usually held at county record offices.

    From 1697, paupers needed to carry a settlement certificate with them if they moved. This was to show that their parish of legal settlement would take them back if they requested poor relief, and would pay the 'removal' costs.

    The advent of the railways in the mid 19th century provided a means of travel and migration to other regions for work.  Prior to that, most men would have been employed on the land or in cottage industries, and most girls would be employed as domestic servants in the households of estates, businesses or farms.  Many of these girls, young and not so young, became unmarried mothers and this was considered a serious offence and regarded as a shameful act, even though it was not unknown for the father to be one of the local gentry or even the vicar.  Quite often these girls were banished from their families and sent away to where they were not known, to give birth to their child.  Until 1744 pregnant unmarried women were hurried from one parish to another so that the baby would become the responsibility of another parish.  After 1744 a child acquired its mother's place of settlement.

    In parish baptism registers you will frequently find that an illegitimate child is baptised, but a note is made of where the child was born.  In many of the 17th and early 18th century registers, both parents of a 'base' child are named, but most parish registers do not give the name of the father of an illegitimate child.  Nevertheless, parish officials were anxious to trace the father and the unmarried mother would be questioned as to the identity of the father of her child.  Once his identity had been established the father would be required to pay for the woman's lying in and to support the child, thus saving the parish the expense.  These are referred to as bastardy depositions and can often be found in Quarter Sessions records.

    The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 instituted a national system of poor relief and Workhouses.  There was a crusade against out relief and many people who had previously managed on out relief were put into workhouses.  By 1870, virtually every pauper was in the workhouse, the exceptions being a few very elderly people of good character.

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Extracts from Thornton in Craven Parish Vestry Meeting Minutes 1814-1850

Thornton Vestry, Nov'r 7th 1833
    At a meeting held this day it was agreed by Tho's Sunderland to pay Fifteen Pounds on account of a Warrant issued against John Berry his half Brother which sum is to clear John Berry for the payment of a Bastard Child born on the Body of Susan Ingham up to the 20th day of August 1833.
    Received in Part of the above sum Twelve pounds this 7th day of Nov'r and the remainder is to be paid on or before the 7th day of December by me Thomas Sunderland.
    We the Churchwardens and overseer of the parish of Thornton do hereby agree to Indemnify Thomas Sunderland for the sum above specified from any attempts which John Berry his half brother may make against him for the said sum.
    As witness our hands this 7th day of Nov'r 1833.
Thomas Bond,  John Shuttleworth,  Church Wardens;   John Southwell, Overseers


Memorandum - Vestry Gill Church

    It is agreed between the Parish of Thornton and the Township of Barnoldswick that William Atkinson, weaver, lately residing in Barnoldswick but now at Addingham, and all his lawful descendants shall be considered as having a settlement in the Parish of Thornton and the Township of Barnoldswick, conjointly, and that the expenses which they may cause as paupers be equally divided between the said Parish and Township.
    As witness our hand this twenty third day of April 1829
Mordant Barnard - Curate of Thornton & Incumbent of Barnoldswick
James Crowther,  John Southwell,  Churchwardens & overseers of Thornton
John Clarke,  Thomas Tomlinson,  Churchwardens & overseers of Barnoldswick


24th March 1838 Contra. Per Thornton Township     s   d
  By Cash paid to Will'm Procter for breaking stones, opening benches etc 5    3   0
  Paid Tho's Aldersley for working 78 days  3   18   6
  Pd Rich'd Broughton for breaking 51 yds stones 2   11   0
  Paid Henry Wilkinson for new Wheelbarrow 15   0
  Paid Rich'd Windle for breaking stones 2   0
  John Smith, Gubshill work done 12   0

The account continues ..  .. 


1818 Paupers names and residence

    1    Peggy Mitchell;  Thornton
    2    James Watson;  Nuttercoat
    3    Peggy Riddiough;  Woodhouse
    4    William Hargreaves;  Barlick ..  ..  and these lists go on into the hundreds.


There is a copy of these Vestry Minutes in our branch library - Book Nos 323 & 324

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FEDERATION NEWS

    On 25 October 2007 the Prime Minister announced that he had asked Paul Dacre, working with Professor David Cannadine and Sir Joseph Pilling, to chair an independent review of the ' 30 year rule,' under which most government records are transferred to The National Archives and made available to the public by the time they are 30 years old.  The review team's final report was published on 29 January.

    Details can be found at http://www.30yearrulereview.org.uk/default.htm

 

FEDERATION GENERAL MEETING 29 AUGUST 2009

    The Federation of Family History Societies will be holding its General Meeting at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham University, in the afternoon of 29 August 2009.  This meeting is open to Member Societies and their Members so if you are a member of a Family History Society you are welcome at this meeting.  For information about FFHS go to www.ffhs.org.uk

    If you are interested in getting involved in one of the FFHS sub committees or becoming a member of the FFHS Executive Committee, working for the benefit of family historians, please contact , Communications Officer FFHS

    The venue for this meeting has kindly been provided by the Halsted Trust, coinciding with their conference ' Open the door and there are the people,'  28th to 31st August 2009.  Details of this event can be found at www.openthedoor.org.uk  including accommodation.  Please note that if you want to attend the conference the early bird discount is only available until 30 April 2009

 

RESULTS OF THE LOCAL AUTHORITY ARCHIVE SURVEY 2008

    According to the latest survey, co-ordinated by The National Archives, the larger services are more likely to be high-performing than smaller ones.  The main challenges identified by the survey are:

  Preserving digital records: no archive service yet has an active digital preservation programme, though some promising developments have been brought to light
  Cataloguing and access: most services still have large backlogs of uncatalogued or inadequately catalogued material, which makes material harder to access
  Buildings and facilities: many archive services need better facilities to secure a sustainable future and quality of service provision

    Nevertheless, the survey also revealed some champions in the archive sector, demonstrating the real value of these important institutions.  The top five were:

  London Metropolitan Archives (88%)
  Norfolk (85.6%) Hampshire (84.5%)
  East Riding of Yorkshire (81%) joint with West Sussex (81%)
  Westminster (80.5%)

Details of the survey results can be found at

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/stories/285.htm?WT.lp=n-33642

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON CHANGES TO THE GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE WEBSITE

    From the 1 April 2009, General Register Office (GRO) information for the public will move from our current website ( www.gro.gov.uk ) to join the website Directgov.  It is intended that a full launch, supported by a Press Release, will take place on 7.April.2009.  Directgov is a cross-government supersite, the aim of which is to host information on all public services in one place.

    The new website address for GRO is www.direct.gov.uk/gro   This will take users to an area entitled "Registering Life Events"   As well as providing easy links to the GRO online certificate ordering service, it will contain information on the registration of birth, adoption, stillbirth, marriage, civil partnership and death as well as guidance on family history and the use of the General Register Office birth, death and marriage indexes.

    The current GRO web address ( www.gro.gov.uk ) will remain active and will host a "homepage" that will guide visitors to GRO information via links.  The web address for the GRO online ordering service remains the same and can be found at http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates   This page can also be easily accessed via www.direct.gov.uk/gro   If you have any queries regarding this initiative please contact the GRO communications team at gro.communications@ips.gsi.gov.uk.

 

CIVIL REGISTRATION BILL - 2007 NORTHERN IRELAND

    The Northern Ireland Assembly's Finance & Personnel Scrutiny Committee (FPSC) has now completed the third stage of the Civil Registration Bill 2007 and released its Report.  It supports Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO) proposal that all future death registrations in Northern Ireland should record parents' names.  In the Report's opening remarks, under the heading ' Key Conclusions and Recommendations,' it says ..

    "The Committee welcomes the Department's commitment to give further consideration, when drafting the new regulations, to the proposal to extend the data recorded in death registrations to include the names of the parents of the deceased.  The Committee recognises that this measure would benefit genealogical research and would bring Northern Ireland into line with RoI and Scotland in this regard.  As such, the Committee looks forward to considering the new regulations in due course."  
    For further information please visit http://www.cigo.ie/news.html

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LANCASHIRE RECORD OFFICE

Saturday opening dates 

    Office open from 10am to 4pm on the second Saturday in each month (except April) 

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

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

    

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

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

CATALOGUE UPDATE

SMBr 1/3 Brierfield Congregational School attendance register, 8.Mar.1884 - 9.Aug.1884
SMBr 2/2 Brierfield National School attendance register, 8.Dec.1883 - 26.Apr.1884


Lancashire R.O. Exhibition at Colne Library - 16th May 2009, 11am to 3.30pm

    This will be a new exhibition about the Record Office and its holdings relevant to Pendle.  Material from the Wilfred Spencer Collection will be on display and there will also be general information about the Record Office.  An archivist will be on hand to help with any family history questions.  The unidentified photographic material from the Spencer collection will also be on show and the Record Office are looking for help in putting names and dates to faces and places.

    One unidentified photograph is shown below.  The picture was taken sometime after 1908, outside the Salvation Army Citadel in Ludgate Circus, Colne - what is now the Citizens Advice Bureau in Market Place.  As yet no-one has been able to identify what event was taking place.

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QUERY CORNER


GETTING TO KNOW LANCASHIRE RECORD OFFICE

    Have you ever wondered how to use the search room in the Record Office?   How to find your great-great-grandfather's will?   How to order a photocopy?   How to ask to see a document or map?

    If so, these sessions are designed for you.

    An archivist will describe some of the sources they hold and how the Lancashire Record Office works.   They will explain the basic procedures for using the Lancashire Record Office and give guidance on how to use the finding aids, helping you to make the best use of your time when you next visit the office.

    Sessions will be held at 3.00pm in the Record Office on the first Thursday of every month for the remainder of 2009

4th June 3rd September
2nd July 1st October
6th August 5th November
3rd December

Each session is FREE and will last 1 - 2 hours.  Places are limited so advance booking is essential

To book a place please telephone on 01772 533039 or email

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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


2009 LFH&HS Pendle and Burnley Branch