Pendle & Burnley Branch

The Gazette
Issue No.46 - April 2012


  1 Committee Members 2012-13

  2 Archive News

  3 Archive Opening Hours

  4 Library

  5 BMD Project Report

  6 Membership Renewal

  7 Programme Report

  8 Astley Hall Trip

  9 Irish Ancestry Group

10 2012 Programme

11 Gazette

12 Family History Day

13 Increase in price of certificates

14 Query Corner

15 Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

16 Message from Ian Hartas, UKBMD


Acting Chairman: Jean Ingham   Committee Member: Christine Haworth
Secretary & Gazette Editor: Arnold Slater   Committee Member: Mary Jackson
Librarian & Minutes Secretary: Margaret Heap   Committee Member: Sylvia Marshall
Treasurer: Geoffrey Riley   Committee Member: John Lustig
Programme Secretary: David Marshall   Committee Member: Moira Whittaker
Lancashire BMD Co-ordinator: Janet Knowles   Committee Member: Christine Windle
Executive Representative: vacant   Vice Chairman: vacant
Projects Co-ordinator: vacant   Webmaster: vacant

Contacts ..

    Jean Ingham, research enquiries, email:

    Arnold Slater, secretary, email:

    Arnold Slater, gazette editor, email:


    A number of Archives are reporting revised opening times, some to due to refurbishment and others due to the restrictions on finances.  If you intend to visit any of these Archives you are advised to check the opening times and availability of the collections before arranging a visit.



Opening Hours Monday, 9am-5pm;  Tuesday, 9am-8.30pm;  Wednesday, 9am-5pm;  Thursday, 10am-5pm;  Friday, 9am-5pm;
Second Saturday of every month, 10am-4pm

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The following CDs have been received from the Society:-

    CD 020 Clitheroe, St.James : MIs and Images

    CD 021 Coppull, Chorley, St John The Divine : Baptisms 1912-1951

    CD 022 Whittington, St Michael The Archangel : MIs and Images

    CD 023 Prominent People of Blackburn and District : 1100 - 1899

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian


    April 2012 - Since the last Annual General Meeting 137,711 deaths have been added to the Lancashire BMD web site, so all the deaths from 1837 to 1974 for the Burnley area are now on the internet. In addition, 44,513 Births have been added over the past year and 33,241 mothers' maiden names have been added for birth entries that were already searchable on the web site.

    So far the team have transcribed over a million records for the internet, all of which take a lot of hard work and time, but very much appreciated judging by the many favourable comments received.

Janet Knowles, BMD Co-ordinator


We have recently compiled the membership list for this year and there are one or two names still missing that are still probably members of this branch.  Have you renewed your membership?  Membership renewal forms are available from the branch secretary



Would you please ensure that the Secretary is informed of any change of address - including email address


Raymond Smith has been booked for the December meeting 'From Muck and Music to Stones and Roses'

The monthly surgeries at Colne will resume in the Autumn.

Jean Ingham


    The Astley Hall visit will take place in the afternoon of the 16th of May.  After the tour it is proposed that we visit a nearby pub for a meal.  Cost of tour of Hall is 4 plus cost of meal, if required.  Transport will be by car-sharing.  Please pay 4 at the April meeting.

Full details available from Jean Ingham.

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    The group meets at 2 Straits in Oswaldtwistle  BB5 3LU, to hear speakers, offer each other assistance, spend some time in research and enjoy good company and a cup of tea.  All are welcome to join us.  The next meeting will be on Saturday 14th April

All meetings are on Saturday afternoon between 1pm and 4.30pm

   9th June, Chris Ward will be speaking about Holidays and Heraldry in Ireland

   11th August, Fergus O'Connor will be speaking about the Story of the Blasket Library

   13th October, Advice and Workshop

   8th December, Branch Members will be giving mini talks on their ancestry and experiences of Irish ancestry research


The programme of events for the coming year is shown below and can also be viewed on the branch website at

    16 May Out Visit to Astley Hall, Chorley (afternoon meeting)

    30 May Practical Workshop

    20 Jun 'The Titanic' - Nigel Hampson

    18 Jul Open Evening

    15 Aug 'A Magistrate' - Anne Redman

    29 Aug Practical Workshop

    19 Sep 'The Cracoe Triplets' - David Marshall

    17 Oct 'Lancashire versus Hitler' - Ron Freethy

    31 Oct Practical Workshop

    21 Nov 'Newchurch Families' -  Brenda Hustler

     5 Dec Christmas Festivities  (by ticket only) 'From Muck and Music to Stones and Roses' - Raymond Smith

Printed copies of the programme are available. 

Jean Ingham, Acting Programme Secretary

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Editor, Arnold Slater

    Articles are always welcome, I will try and fit them in as soon as possible. Articles for the July Gazette by the end of June please. Please send to or by post to the Editor, c/o 6 Sussex Street, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB18 5DS



Saturday November 3rd at Colne Library



    From April 1st there are a couple of revisions kicking in to the statutory legislation for local certificates.  If you register a birth, marriage or death at a local registrar's office, the cost to obtain a certificate at the time of registration is to rise from the current 3.50 to 4.  For historic certificates - i.e. those that we use for our genealogical research - the price is to rise from 9 to 10.  There is to be no change for the cost of certificates obtained from the national GRO for England and Wales at Southport, which remains at 9.25.  Apparently these changes are due to the Registration of Births Deaths and Marriages (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2012, laid before Parliament on 9th March.

Beryl Evans, FFHS Archives Liaison Officer

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    Replies please, unless otherwise stated, to: 

    Last month we received a reply to a query that was first published in October 2009 - which just proves that the Gazettes (45 of them to date), available on the branch Website are worth looking at ..

Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society


    Saturday 19th May 2012,  9.45am to 5.00pm at St.Cuthbert's Church Centre, Lytham Road, Preston, Lancashire  PR2 3AR

    More details and booking form can be found in the February issue of LFHHS Magazine


    Hi, this is just a quick note to highlight the need for caution when accessing the various BMD web sites.  The majority of the site, under the UKBMD project, all end with "".   One exception is the Shropshire BMD web site which is a ".info" site.  Recently the domain name has been registered.  It is nothing to do with the BMD web sites - it's a scam site set up purely to trap the unwary.  So, as usual, the safe and recommended way to access all of the BMD sites is to have in your browser's favourites list and always click on the "Local BMD" menu button.  This way you will always be guaranteed to see the full list of BMD web sites and that the link from UKBMD will take you to the correct site.


2012 Pendle & Burnley Branch