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No FHS in South Warwickshire!

At a number of events in recent years, queries on southern Warwickshire have been directed to NNWFHS – our knowledge is limited beyond our own “patch” though to a degree we can draw on our learning through work on indexing projects for NNWFHS and also those in the Lichfield diocesan records.

At the WDYTYA Live show in 2015 the problem became even more obvious.  NNWFHS, Coventry FHS and Rugby FHS cover their well-defined areas with BMSGH taking care of “greater Birmingham”…the southern swathe is without a dedicated Society, and it is about time somebody gave something back to family history and started a group: there is a vast amount of interest in the area.

So, if you are into family history and live in the southern part of Warwickshire, why not grasp the nettle, talk to the Federation of Family History Societies and the existing FHS within the county and those adjacent to the borders, and get a group going.  We dare you to have a go!.

Let’s see a new FHS started dedicated to southern Warwickshire!

Report on 2015 WDYTYA at the NEC, Birmingham

Due to refurbishment of the London venue, the show was on our doorstep - we could not afford NOT to attend.

Members of the West Midlands Group of FHS booked a block of tables. This proved advantageous: we were adjacent to Coventry FHS, with BMSGH, Shropshire, Malvern & Herefordshire nearby.

The cost to exhibit is considerable. OK, you are listed in the programme and your name mounted above your table…plus a smart carpet down the aisles! We knew we had to sell plenty of CDs but sales fell a tad short. The surprise was the number of people who signed up as new members during the Show. As ever we picked up ideas…and saw some examples of what NOT to do!! We were impressed by the friendly helpfulness of the NEC staff.

nnwfhs at wdytur

Enough members volunteered to ensure plenty were on duty at all times! We all had different skills and experience: it worked well. It was great to meet members keen to support their Society.

We met some lovely people, had some routine plus some unusual queries, but what ‘made’ the show was the lady who complimented both Coventry and us on our helpfulness and welcoming attitude: she joined!

Would we do it again? Not an outright “whoopee yes” but more “it is again at NEC, we gained members, so we will” decision. The booking is in for 2016, same spot and hopefully alongside other West Midlands FHS Group members.

Come and visit in 2016: 7-9 April [despite what some websites say, it is 7-9 April].

A report on the Bates Family History Gathering

On Saturday 9 May, 2015 a group of individuals with an interest in BATES in and around north Warwickshire gathered in the lounge of St Mary’s, Atherstone to share their assorted trees, meet the occasional cousin…and all the usual things that can occur at such a get-together.

There was a display of the Baddesley Pit Explosion research which was of interest to many: yes, there is a BATES amongst the men killed! Visitors were also able to view the WW1 Men of Atherstone display in the church.

It was surprising how many seemingly unconnected lines of BATES lived in, or dipped a toe into, north Warwickshire. People came from as far away as Sussex and Yorkshire, with one couple having landed that morning from their holiday!

Quite a number came who tie in with the two seemingly separate BATES in Hartshill/Mancetter. And others scattered around the borders of the NNWFHS area who may prove to tie into the main lines known to stem from the Mancetter parish registers. And one Mary Ann BATES married in 1883 to a SWINFIELD – if you tie to that line, there is a Swinfield gathering in September at Barwell.

Other BATES were around the Appleby or Church Gresley areas, plus a clutch at Pailton/Monks Kirby.

It was nice to have chance to chat with individuals about their research and to be able to discuss places/sources that may lead to further evidence. We may even have gained a new member or two!

One thing came out of the gathering: do not accept what you find on mainstream (or other) websites without proving it for yourself!

Publication News – April 2015

The NNWFHS transcription team is pleased to announce the launch of our latest CDs. This will take place at the WDYTYA event at the NEC in Birmingham on 16 – 18 April 2015. The CDs will also be available at the Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre Spring Fayre on 18 April 2015.

Series 1 of the baptismal transcriptions 1813-1861 includes:

1 : 1  Bedworth
1 : 2  Ansty, Bulkington, Burton Hastings, Churchover, Monks Kirby, Shilton, Willey, Withybrook & Wolvey
1 : 3  Atherstone, Caldecote & Mancetter
1 : 4  Ansley, Arley, Astley, Attleborough, Chilvers Coton & Stockingford

Each CD contains well in excess of 7000 entries and each is £12 for non-members and £10 for members.

The Marriage Licence Bonds 1733-1754 CD contains details of surviving Bonds issued for marriages in Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and parts of Shropshire, held in the archives of Lichfield Record Office.  The CD will normally cost £15 for non-members and £12 for members, but we are promoting it with a special “at the show” price of £10.

Extracts for Astley & Chilvers Coton 1684 - 1840s A further CD (£6 for non-members and £4.80 for members) is being launched which contains details taken from the extensive collection of Arbury Estate Papers and Parish Chest material deposited at the Warwickshire Record Office, appertaining to these two villages

  1. 1684 listing of inhabitants of Chilvers Coton
  2. 1781 listing of inhabitants of Chilvers Coton - Census
  3. 1782 listing of inhabitants of Astley - Census
  4. 1841-42 listing of Soup given to Arbury poor at Christmas
  5. 1830s names of persons applying to Arbury for Charity
  6. 1803 list of poor families of Chilvers Coton
  7. 1777 Parliamentary report on Poor House at Chilvers Coton
  8. Poor Law – apprenticeship, indentures, bastardy orders, removal orders, settlement examinations & certificates for Chilvers Coton

March 2015 Journal Issued

The NNWFHS Quarterly Journal has been released and has been winging its way to members via their chosen method of delivery. As ever our Editor, John Parton, has put together an interesting publication full of facts and information about Family History in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire. This edition features:

Chairman & Editor's little box page 1
Secretary's scribbles page 2
The paradise island of Bernuda - not page 3
Maclure a most interesting Bates twiglet page 5
Warks wage rates 1684-1729 page 7
A chink in the GRO door page 8
You are a protestant - what are you potesting at? page 8
Bucks FHS open day page 9
Nuneaton Festival of Arts 1950s page 9
Michael Drayton of Harshill page 10
Coal Mines - we need your input page 12
* BATES DAY * page 12
George Bates page 12
Bates transported for theft page 14
NNWFHS lending library page 15
Migration to Canada from Bulkington page 15
Distressing fatality to an old resident page 16
Colin Grazier GC page 17
George Eliot - new ventures page 18
Maxstoke castle page 19

Remember the journal is only available to Members (who can click here for a PDF copy) and for as little as £10 per year members receive four journals and exclusive access to copies of all journals issued since 2009 as part of their membership. In addition they have access to other databases and information put together by the Society that is not made generally available. If you are not already a member join now!

Transcribing N. Warks Parish Records - We Need You !

North Warwickshire Parish Register Transcriptions

Ever wondered how all those records got into our CD's and booklets?, well very simply they were transcribed by NNWFHS members from the original records or copies of the originals onto Excel Spreadsheets.

We have now completed two series of transcriptions of Burials [1813-1865] and Marriages [1754-1881] for all the parishes within the North Warwickshire area; work has now begun on the post 1754 Baptismal records. They provide invaluable information for Family Historians and whilst you are transcribing you can gain an interesting insight to the popular names of the time. All of the previously transcribed records are now available for purchase in our online shop.

Since there are many parishes to be completed and each register contains many entries, it would be a great help to the project team if we had a few volunteers to help us. The work is not onerous; it just needs a little concentration. In order to complete a transcription, it requires access to the filmed [Ancestry] or original [Warwickshire Record Office] registers, the ability to type the records into an Excel document [format provided], and a few hours of your time.

If you have an interest in a particular parish which has not already been transcribed, then we can allocate that to you; at the moment most parishes are available, but for how long ???.

Looking forward to hearing from you [please click here to email me].

Carole Eales

Project Manager.


NNWFHS Meetings & Events

  • June Speaker Meeting Tue. 9 Jun, 2015 (7:15 pm - 10:15 pm) Speaker Meetings Members are cordially invited to the next Speaker Meeting which will take place at the Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton, CV11 4LP,  on Tuesday, 9 June.  Our speaker will be Tim Burgin and the topic, Waterloo - The Aftermath.  Be prepared for some surprises ! Doors open at 7:15pm for a prompt 7:30pm start. There is a small free car park.   Following the speaker there will be the usual cuppa and a chat.

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