The Gazette
Pendle and Burnley Branch
  Issue No.38 - April 2010


  1  Society Conference & AGM

  2  Diary Dates (What's on)

  3  Barnoldswick Library

  4  Manchester Central Library

  5  Carlisle Record Office

  6  Richard Haighton, Iron Works

  7  Programme

  8  Library

  9  LancashireBMD Project

10  Burnley Cemetery Records

11  Branch AGM

12  Lancashire Record Office

13  A Brown Study

14  Harrison re-visited

15  Resource Centre

16  LDS Family History Centre

17  TNA News


19  Federation News

20  Query Corner

21  Items for publication


JULY MEETING; Change of Date






    Joint event with the North West Group of Family History Societies

    Saturday 22nd May 2010   Arrival and coffee at 9.15 for 10am prompt start

10.00am Welcome and Introduction

10.15am "The Workhouse" Speaker - David Lambert

11.30am "Small business families in the North-West of England 1760-1820 Speaker - Hannah Barker

  1.00pm Lunch

  2.15pm "Wanted, Widows with large families" Poor Law Commission Migration Scheme 1835-1837 Speaker - Peter Park

  3.30pm LFHHS Annual General Meeting

Conference and AGM with buffet lunch - £12 per person,  Conference and AGM without lunch - £6 per person

Application form in the February edition of "Lancashire"   Applications to be sent before 1st May 2010 to

    Sheila Court, 12 Hardlands Avenue, Torrisholme, Morecambe  LA4 6NT


    Have you renewed yours?   Membership renewal forms are available from the branch secretary


All meetings are held at The LFHHS Resource Centre, 2 Straits, Oswaldtwistle

    Saturday 12th June 2010, 1pm to 4.30pm

    Saturday 14th August 2010, 1 pm to 4.30pm

TALK (To be arranged)
    Saturday 9th October 2010, 1pm to 4.30pm

Enquiries to , 8 Liddington Close, Newfield Park, Blackburn  BB2 3WP

    'The Centre in the Park' Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Road, Sheffield  S1 2PL
    Saturday 24th April 2010 10 am to 4 pm
    Admission free.  Refreshments available
    Visitors can catch Supertram from Midland Station or access the Centre via A6135

    Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Clayton Street West  NE1 5HH
    Saturday 15th May 2010, 10am to 2pm Admission free

    Helsby Community Centre, Lower Robin Hood Lane, Helsby, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 0BW
    Saturday 15th May 2010, 9:30am to 5pm
    Seminar looks at maps & mapping as used in family history and one-name studies.

    Cost £15 per person including drinks and a light buffet lunch.
    Email:      Guild Website:
    Applications to be received by 10.May.2010

    The Shirehall, Shrewsbury
    Saturday 5th June 2010, 10am to 4pm

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    Seaburn Centre, Whitburn Road, Sunderland  SR6 8AA
    Saturday 5th June 4010, 10am to 2pm Admission free

    The event also attracts re-enactment groups and Genealogical Societies

    Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, York Racecourse
    Saturday 26th June 2010, 10am to 4.30pm

    Admission £4, Children under 14 free.   Free Car Parking adjacent to venue

LANCASHIRE FHHS ANNUAL DINNER will be a Sunday Lunch this year
    The Midland Hotel, Morecambe  LA4 4BU
    Sunday 4th July 2010 - Arrive 12.30pm or earlier for 1pm lunch

    Cost of the luncheon will be: 2 Courses £15.95,  3 Courses £19.95 Tea and coffee are included
    This notice missed the February Journal, but you can download an application form and menu in PDF format
    from the Lancaster & Morecambe website :

    Newcastle Central Premier Inn, Newbridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne  NE1 8BS
    Saturday 11th September 2010, 10am to 4pm
    Admission £3, Children under 15 free

    Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster
    Saturday, 18th September 2010, 10am to 4pm

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    Barnoldswick library now have microfiche of the Parish Registers for Thornton-in Craven church.  These consist of Marriages to 1942,  Banns to 1923,  Baptisms to 1838,  Burials to 1903


    Manchester Central Library closed at the end of February for three years for repair and renovation.  Consequently, there is a temporary closure of Manchester Archives and Local Studies until 28 June 2010, when the Local Studies service and Microfilm Unit will reopen in its new temporary home on the second floor of the new City Library at Elliot House.  A wide range of Local Studies and microfilm/microfiche sources will be available on demand, although microfilm/microfiche readers will need to be booked in advance.

    Greater Manchester County Record Office (GMCRO) will continue to provide its current levels of service until 28 June 2010.  Central Library's Archive Service will reopen in its new temporary home at GMCRO on 28 June 2010, with its collections joining those of the County Record Office.  If you would like to see archive materials, it will be essential to book a place in advance.

    All other archive collections will be stored in special off-site archive storage, but will be available for customers to access upon giving two weeks' notice.  Information about these off-site collections will be on the archives online catalogue, or on the GMCRO website

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    Carlisle Record Office will close on 29 APRIL 2010 until JANUARY 2011, when it will re-open at a new location at Petteril Bank in south Carlisle.  For more information go to


- IRON FOUNDERS AND ENGINEERS  Following publication of this item in last month's Gazette, Bill Todd would like to thank all those who responded to his article and helped so much to improve the history.  He has now put together a website for the miller and the company history at


(click on the Haighton's history link if you are not interested in milling machines).  This is still work in progress

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

•  21.April Social History of Haworth in the times of the Brontes - Isobel Stirk
•  19.May Out-visit to Martholme Manor .. There are still a few places left for the out- visit.  Supper venue still to be confirmed
•  16.June Quakers - Julia Robertson
•  30 June Practical Evening at the library and DNA session
    The DNA session will take place at Nelson & Colne College on June 30th   The minimum number for this event is 20, members should book in advance.
•  21 July Stage and Mail Coaches - Gerard Schofield
My apologies for repeating this ..
THE JULY MEETING HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 21 JULY.  After changing the date for the July meeting to the second Wednesday to avoid the Cycle Race,
it has since been found that the cycle race is to take place on that day.
•  18 August Open Evening and Practical

    A coach trip to Lancaster has been provisionally booked for a Saturday in July (date to be confirmed).  So far there are 25 names on the list but it is also open to non-members.

    The 2011 programme is being compiled.  Suggestions for speakers are welcomed.

 Jean Ingham, Acting Programme Secretary

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    The following books are now back at Colne Library :- Lancashire Parish Register Society set; Local parish registers; Local monumental inscriptions; Local census indexes.  They are housed in the old "Colne Times" room and will only be available to members on meeting nights for the time being.  Unfortunately, space in the Library is at a premium, and there will be a special meeting of the committee in May to discuss what to do with the remainder of the books and the microfiche collection. 

    The full set of the Lancashire and Yorkshire census CDs have also been returned and at present are being stored in the filing cabinet at the top of the stairs.

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian


    The remaining 1,337 closed church and chapel marriages have all been transcribed and sent to Tony Foster prior to the webmaster and are now on the internet, so all the marriages up to 1982 are on the net.  The team are continuing transcribing the births and another 5,028 have just gone on the net.
    Thanks to all the team.

Janet Knowles, Lancashire BMD Project Coordinator

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    Burnley Cemetery Burial Registers 1856-1933 are now on-line at


    The Branch AGM was held on Wednesday March 21st 2010

    Jean Ingham, branch chairman, reported that last year was a busy time for our branch.  Meetings had been well attended and there had been a variety of informative lectures.  Practical workshops using the library computers and branch library resources have proved popular and advice and help sessions were available to members and visitors.  This service, however, was suspended due to closure of Colne library for major renovation and meetings were held at the nearby Birtwistle Centre for four months.  Librarian, Margaret Heap, storied all the books at her home and arranged for the remaining resources to be stored at the homes of other members.

    In April 2009, the branch was represented at Keighley Family History Fair and we had two out-visits during the year.  The first, in May, to the Hippodrome, one of Colne's local theatres and a coach trip to Liverpool in July.  The branch Open Day at Barnoldswick library was a busy and successful one.  Thanks go to the volunteers who helped on the day.  The LancashireBMD project, co-ordinated by Christine Windle and Bob Abel, assisted by Janet Knowles and Bob Ellis has made steady progress and thanks go to the dedicated team of volunteers who are helping to make this project such a big success.  The website has been maintained throughout the year and along with the quarterly newsletter is a valuable source of information for those with family history interests in the Pendle and Burnley area.  The smooth running of the branch is only made possible by the hard work of the committee and those just willing to lend a hand when needed.  The chairman, Jean, thanked the officials and committee for the work that they had done for the branch and society over the past year.

    The Secretary, Annette Malpass, reported that queries had been received throughout the year and the nature of them varied considerably, but there had been only one completed members' interest form received.  Membership lists are updated monthly and members are asked to inform the branch secretary and David Burgess, the society's membership secretary, of any changes of addresses and e-mail addresses.  Name badges have been made as required and members are asked to inform the secretary if they have not got one, or if require changes to their list of names. A paper was written for the Branch Committee and for the Society on the subject of Trustees.  The chairman and secretary have attended two Executive meetings of the Society as observers and have taken part in the ongoing debate on Trustee status.  Whilst the experiences have been interesting, the differences of opinion between Branch and Society have not moved towards resolution.

    Geoff Riley, branch treasurer, gave a financial report for the branch, in which he noted 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.

    Election of Officials: Nominations were received for Chairman, Librarian and one Committee Member and these were voted for "en bloc"

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There were NO nominations for Vice-Chairman, Minutes Secretary, Programme Secretary,

Projects Coordinator, Executive Liaison Officer, or Gazette Editor.

    When Jean, the Chairman, asked for volunteers from the members to fill these posts ..


    Most of you will have heard the expression "Many hands make light work"   If we don't get some more hands to become branch officers, the light will eventually go out completely.  There will be no more interesting talks, no more help with your family history problems, the branch will close down and all our resources will be returned to the society.  As you can see from the table shown below, there are many blank spaces.  We urgently need some names to fill those spaces.


BRANCH OFFICERS for 2010-2011

    The current committee is as follows

Chairman Jean Ingham Vice Chairman Position vacant
Secretary Annette Malpass Executive Liaison Position vacant
Librarian Margaret Heap Minutes Secretary Position vacant
Treasurer Geoff Riley Projects Coordinator Position vacant
Lancashire BMD Coordinator Janet Knowles Gazette Editor Position vacant
Programme Secretary Position vacant
Committee Members Bob Ellis,  Christine Haworth,  Mary Jackson,   John Lustig,  Moira Whittaker,  Christine Windle


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    "Getting to Know Lancashire Record Office" sessions are being held again this year.

    Have you ever wondered how to use the search-room in the Record Office?   What sort of records they hold?   How to find your great-great-grandfather's will?   What goes on behind the scenes?   If so, these sessions may be of interest to you.  Sessions will be held on the first Friday of every month at 2.30 pm and each session lasts about 1½ to 2 hours.  Places are limited so booking is essential.

    To book telephone 01772 533039 or e-mail the record office at

    Sessions in 2010 will be on 7.May,   4.June,   2.July,   6.August,   3.September,   1.October,   5.November  &  3.December


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

8.May.2010 12.June.2010 10 July 2010 14.Aug.2010
11.September.2010 9.October.2010 13.November.2010 11.December.2010


LANCAT - Lancashire RO online catalogue is available at ..

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Submitted by Pat Dyson

    My partner, Martin Holtby, is the proud possessor of a BOX relating to family history.  All the usual things - certificates, letters, various official documents relating to employment and masses of wonderful photographs mostly scrupulously labelled.  But as I went through them I realised that something was missing.  ' Martin,' I said, ' where's your father's side?'   Sorting through all the paper he produced a small snapshot.  ' That's Granny - Betsey Rose - on her first flight'.  A gentle-faced lady stared in wild excitement from the steps of an unimaginably small and fragile aircraft.  ' My father took her to the Isle of Man in 1937'.  And that was it.  Further searching found one or two more photos featuring the same lady, usually with her son, but nothing more.  Her husband had died around the time of the Great War but there were no photographs or documents for either of them.

    ' Right - we start with your father and work back.  Where's his birth certificate?'  That turned out to be a silly question.  In the meticulous records kept by Martin's mother there was no birth certificate for George William Holtby.  Photographs there were, from his war service onward, but nothing before about 1915.  We would have to find his birth ourselves.  This was before the Internet made searching the Civil Registration records a matter of clicking a mouse and becoming irritated when the result doesn't come up within twenty seconds.  The next time we were in London I went off to the Family Records Centre (now closed) and wrestled with the huge volumes, each containing one quarter for every year the Births have been indexed.  Martin thought his father was around 70 when he died in 1968 and knew he celebrated his birthday about the twentieth of August.  Since he was understood to have been very young when he joined the Army then a window of about four years, 1895 to 1898 seemed reasonable.  Four volumes a year for four years is sixteen volumes varying from heavy to nearly unliftable.  All I got was some over-developed biceps.  He wasn't there and when I could look it all up on Ancestry he wasn't there either.

    When it became available I did find him on the 1901 Census as a child of 3 living with his parents in Whitefield near Manchester.  Once I knew her age I was able to trace his mother back through the census to her beginnings in (very) rural Lincolnshire.  But his father was more difficult.  His birthplace was said to be Benniworth, also in Lincolnshire, and I managed to find him in the 1891 Census, lodging in Salford not far from the house where Betsey Rose was in service - before that there was little indication; no Holtbys in Benniworth, the only possibility said he was two years younger and born in another small Lincolnshire village.  At what date did he lose his memory of when and where he was born?   That I couldn't find their marriage hardly needs to be said.

    In Manchester one afternoon with time to spare I wandered into Central Reference Library, (as one does) and thought ' I'll see if I can find Martin's father's mysterious birth'.  I had thought for some time that I should have a look at the film of the Stand Baptism Register round August 1897 - that is the parish church for Whitefield.  I inserted the film and turned through August - as usual he wasn't there.  Then I noticed dates scrawled in the margin on each baptism about three months earlier and figured out that these must be the actual birth dates.  So I turned to October and there he was - George William Holtby - but wait a moment, those were all his forenames.  His parents' names were John William and Betsey BROWN.  Clearly some sort of confusion had arisen.  I went home and checked Lancashirebmd and found that not only was he definitely registered as George William H Brown but the marriage of his parents was between John William Brown and Betsey Rose.  I ordered certificates and waited, not telling Martin anything at this stage: when they came they confirmed my discoveries.  This also explained why John William Holtby had been impossible to find with any certainty.  I had another probe into Ancestry's indices, this time for Browns and had some success - partly because Brown is not that common a name in Lincolnshire and partly because, whatever he was calling himself, John William always gave the same date and place of birth.  But it turned out that while his father was George, son of George, when I sent for the marriage certificate of George and Emma Brown, her maiden name was HOLTBY.  For whatever reason, John William had left Lincolnshire and was living in Salford in 1891 calling himself Holtby but in 1897 he married Betsey as Brown and registered the child as Brown, returning to Holtby for the 1901 Census and presumably remaining so until his death in 1914.  I compiled a tree for both Browns and Roses roughly back to the beginning of the 19th century, found Martin some new relations through the Ancestry site, and presented the results to him for his birthday (in a brown box file of course).  He was a bit aghast and wondered if he should now be known as ' Martin Brown'.  The answer is, of course, ' No' because you can call yourself anything as long as there's no fraudulent intention.  He could of course hyphenate his surname and become Holtby-Brown.

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    Query Corner Newsletter No 23 July 2006 .. Kay Gifford, from Perth W.Australia, who originally sent in this query has sent news of her research which may be of interest to other HARRISON / NELSON researchers.  She was searching for the death of John HARRISON of Foulridge and finally found the information in the "Annals and stories of Colne" by J Carr, chapter III, page 100 .


"1847 March.  Burial here of John Harrison, a Foulridge navvy employed on the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway.  This unfortunate man was killed on the spot by a shoot of earth near Kelbrook.  The deceased was followed to the grave, in the presence of an immense number of people, by a number of navvies dressed in white smocks and trousers, each wearing a white rosette in his hat.

1847 Burial at Colne of' John Harrison, a Foulridge navvy.  This man was killed by a fall of earth while employed on the Railway near Kelbrook.  The deceased was followed to the Grave in the presence of an immense number of people, by a number of navvies dressed in white smocks and trousers, each wearing a rosette in his hat.  This accident happened at Blue-Hill Cutting and near this Parish."

    A tragic end indeed for a young man.  Without this accident, however, my g/grandfather would not have been born of Ellen Harrison (Widow) and a Mr Windle; and consequently I would certainly not have the "genes" I now carry!   If there is any further information to be found via the Family History Library or the Colne Library, I would really appreciate receiving it.

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    For a trial period, starting on 1.May.2010, the centre will be open on the first Saturday of every month from 1pm to 5pm.  This is in addition to the existing opening times, every Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 5 pm.  It is situated near to Oswaldtwistle Mills.  Go to for a map.

    The centre has four PCs with internet access to Ancestry (Worldwide) and now has a subscription to Findmypast, which gives access to the 1911 census along with many parish records.  The Findmypast subscription is available on only one of the PCs so for anyone wishing to search the 1911 census, it would be best to book a session on this PC.  To do this, leave a message on the Straits answerphone 01254 239919.  During busy times, sessions may have to be limited to 30 minutes.

    In addition to internet facilities, each PC can access to the LDS Vital Records Index for British Isles (2nd Ed), Middle America (Mexico), North America, Western Europe for the Alpine, Benelux, French, German, Italian and Spanish Regions.  The LDS Pedigree CDs are also available to use.  The Society Pedigree Database and the Lancashire Marriage Index are also available on the PCs, and there is an opportunity to try out four different programmes for recording family history, namely - Family Historian,  Roots Magic,  Master Genealogist and Family Tree Maker.


    The cost of hiring a film has increased to £7.50 for a 3 month loan period (1 month loan no longer available).  This is the first increase in about 15 years and is still an excellent service if your ancestral research is in a distant part of the country.

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    Chelsea Pensioner's Service Records from 1883 to 1900 can now be searched and downloaded at   Each individual soldier's record is at least four pages long and full of fascinating details that are invaluable to family and military historians.  As well as being some of the most detailed records available to family historians, the records include servicemen born in the UK and throughout the world, including many soldiers born in India and the Caribbean

    Security Service files.  The latest files released by the Security Service feature a wide range of subjects from film directors, journalists and playwrights to how the Hitler Youth tried to foster relations with the Boy Scouts.  Almost 200 files released cover the years before, during and after the Second World War.  See TNA website for details

    Naval records now available on Documents Online.  You can search and download 164 volumes of logbooks of the Royal Navy's voyages of scientific discovery. These volumes are the logs and journals of naval officers of ships engaged in exploration and surveying the Pacific, Arctic, Antarctic, Australia, the Americas and the west coast of Africa. The final batch of Admiralty files from ADM139 have now been digitised. This means over 680,000 Royal Navy seamen records are now available to search and download online. See TNA website

    The Alien Arrivals Collection has just gone online on   These records document the arrival of more than 610,000 immigrants into the UK between the late 18th and early 20th centuries

    Ancestors at Sea  If your ancestor was born, died, or maybe even got married at sea you can now search for them with  Previously only available on microfilm at The National Archives you can now search online for over 150,000 individuals who were passengers at sea between 1854 and 1908.  You can also search passenger lists from 1890 to 1960 with  to find out if your ancestor went to sea.  These lists include the names of immigrants, emigrants, businessmen, diplomats and tourists and can be searched by name, destination, port of departure and ship name.

    Changes at The National Archives  Two announcements from TNA (a) car park charges to apply from 27 April;  (b) from Monday, 19 April 2010 a new online process to order copies of documents that are not already downloadable from TNA's website. 

    Car park charges.  There will be flat-rate charge of £5 per day.  Annual pre-pay tickets, offering a substantial discount, will also be available.  Visitors who drive to The National Archives without having booked and paid for a space will not be able to access the car park.  Full details can be found from

    Copies of documents.  This new streamlined service will provide an instant quote based on the average cost of copying similar documents and means customers will no longer have to wait ten days for a quote.  As some documents can contain hundreds of pages, where a customer does not know which pages within a document they need copies of, a search fee of £45 will be introduced to recover the cost of searching for the information.  Full announcement see

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    These are companion web sites by Ian HARTAS, dedicated to providing links to web sites with online data and information to aid in family history research.

    UKBMD (UK Births, Marriages and Deaths) provides links to web sites with birth, marriage, death and census information. It has evolved over the years to act as an aid to help you find on-line data to build your genealogical trees, but its strength is in raw genealogical data rather than your family history.

    UKGDL (UK Genealogical Directories and Lists) provides links to web sites with other online data such as trade directories and electoral rolls etc. School lists, trade directories, electoral rolls, passenger lists, old photographs etc., are all valuable sources of information which can help you complete your family tree.

    UKMFH (UK Military Family History) aims to help you find out the history of your military family by linking to web sites that have online information which will help you discover what your families did and how they lived in their military life. Muster rolls, discharge papers, pension records are all valuable sources of information which can help you complete your family tree.

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    Threat to Chair of Palæography at King's College, London
    KCL is proposing to axe the English-speaking world's only Chair of Palæography, that is, the study of ancient writing, the discipline which underlies any work done with manuscripts from a time before typescript (and after, where Gothic Black Letter is concerned).  Without training in palæography the original sources of this period basically become inaccessible.  More information about this can been seen at  There is a petition against these proposals at signatures

    Third Edition of the National Burial Index
The FFHS is pleased to announce that the Third Edition of the National Burial Index (NBI3) is now available.  NBI3 is available on a single CD and contains over 18 Million burial records.  Copies are available from FFHS at a price of £30 for first time purchasers and £15 for upgrades from NBI2.  For further information and details of how to order please visit our website click on the NBI3 Image on the Home Page to download the order form

    Redbridge's Local Studies and Archive service at Ilford Central Library, Essex
This archive is currently home to more than 150,000 items - from back issues of newspapers to original manuscripts and prints - and deals with between 6,000 and 7,000 recorded enquiries each year.  Cost cutting proposals which would see the service reduced from six members of staff to one temporary worker were agreed in principle at a council cabinet meeting on 11 January.  Campaigners opposed to the planned cuts following this and the decision to make cuts was deferred until 1 April You can read more about this at

    Increased fees for registration services at the General Register Office (England and Wales)
and at Local Registration Services

    The General Registry Office has announced new prices effective from 6th April 2010 for issuing BMD certificates and other services.  From that date the ordinary service price increases from £7.00 to £9.25 from the GRO at Southport or to £9.00 where obtained from the local authority.  This is an increase of just over 32%.  One plus - the price will still be the same if you are unable to quote them the reference number.

    The fee for all priority orders will become £23.40.  This represents a small increase from £23.00 where the order is made online quoting the reference.  Where no reference is known or where the order is not placed online there will be a reduction compared to the current fee.  Full details can be seen in the press release at

    General Register Office certificates
    Following the withdrawal of the reference checking facility the FFHS has received confirmation from GRO that if a customer applies for a certificate from GRO and does not have a GRO reference, they are able to supply information to help identify the record.  GRO will search in the year they quote together, if necessary, with a year either side.  If GRO cannot find the record on this basis, they will refund the fee in full.  Using the "non-quoted reference" route does entail the likelihood of a longer response time for those using the "standard" service.  GRO aims to despatch on or by the 4th working day for those quoting a reference, but on or by the 15th working day for those without such a reference

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The following five queries have been received from Jean, our Chairman. 

Any replies to these should be addressed to Jean Ingham, 3 Rutland Street, Colne  BB8 0QJ

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    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

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