Many of us have family photographs where we cannot identify the subject, and all too often the relatives that might help us to do so are no longer with us. Therefore the topic for the April meeting of the society was of particular interest, and we had not one, but two photography experts on hand to give tips on identifying old photographs. David Alton and Graham Bandy were both informative and amusing as they took us through the simple steps to help with identification.
Style and size of the photograph is an important factor in providing a possible date. Earlier styles were Daguerrotype, around 1840/1850, with the image on silver plated copper sheets. Then there were Ferrotypes with the image on a sheet of laquered iron from 1856/1867. Cartes de Visite were popular, and cheap, from the late 1850s onwards. These were paper on card and typically measured two and a half by three and a quarter inches. Earlier versions had simple square cut corners which later became more rounded. Photographer's details were often printed or embossed on the lower front or back.
The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is running a competition open to all UK residents as well as residents of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged between 5-16 years on Thursday 13th July 2017 (the closing date for entries) except the children or close relatives of the Trustees of FFHS including its consultants and contractors or any persons closely connected with the Competition.
We would like to encourage children and young people, with the help of their older family members to develop an interest in family history. The My Family Tree booklet produced by the FFHS will help to start their research adventure
To enter the Competition competitors must:
Submit a photocopy or scanned copy of a completed double page spread of their ‘My Family Tree’ booklet and/or the completed family tree chart as printed in the booklet
Write a short paragraph (no more than 450 words) describing what they enjoyed most about working on the booklet.
To obtain a copy of the booklet (FOC) please send your name and address by email to The Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'My Family Tree' in the Subject Heading or request a copy by post by writing to: The Administrator FFHS PO Box 8857 Lutterworth LE17 4RE
To enter the competition and for further information please read the Rules then download and complete the Entry Form
Please note the closing date is Thursday July 13th - Good luck!
The March 2017 Journal has been issued and will be finding its way to members via their chosen delivery method. This edition features:
Front cover: Attleborough Baptist Church
Editor & Chairman's little box, p.1
Secretary's scribbles, p.2
Warwickshire Record Office – recent accessions, p.3
Religion - Food for Thought, p 3
Curdworth memorial, p.5
Explore your Nonconformist Forebears, p. 6
Nonconformists in Polesworth, Dordon & Austrey, p.7
Attleborough Baptist Church – The Beginning, p.9
WW1 aviators in Curdworth, p. 11
Speaker Meeting reports by Val Lewis:
North Warwickshire Revealed Through Photographic Postcards, p.13
Nonconformist Burial Records, p.14
Filling the [largely Victorian] Gaps on Your Tree, p.15
Found in the Parish Registers – Solved by GRO, p.16
Warwickshire County Record Office – Change to Opening Times, p.16
The Great War Roll of Honour, p.17
The Great War North Warwickshire Memorials Project, p.20
Free – The Journal of Genealogy & Family History, p.21
New Members, p. 21
Back cover: Some of the Nonconformist Chapels in North Warwickshire Remember the journal is only available to Members 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!
Nuneaton Family History Help Desk
Wed. 24 May, 2017 (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) Help Desk MeetingHelp Desk sessions have usual Library facilities for computers, Find My Past and Ancestry.co.uk AND here only access to access to the full local studiescollection for Warwickshire
Held at Nuneaton Library Church Street, CV11 4DR
Chesterfield FHS Fair
Sat. 3 Jun, 2017 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Other FHS EventNNWFHS will once again have a table/stand at the Chesterfield Family History Society Fair.10am to 4pm on Saturday 3rd June 2017Chesterfield FC Proact Stadium, S41 8NZClick here for more details
June Speaker Meeting
Tue. 13 Jun, 2017 (7:15 pm - 10:15 pm) Speaker MeetingsResearch & Help Session: Centenary of battle of Messines Ridge - the War Memorials Project on the website: Celia Parton. Plus cuppa and a chat!
Baptist Church Hall, The Green, Attleborough CV11 4JZTuesday 13th June 2017: doors open 7.15pm – speakers start 7.30pm promptChurch car park is in Freer Street with gate directly to Church Hall entrance
Coleshill Family History Help Desk
Mon. 19 Jun, 2017 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) Help Desk MeetingHelp Desk sessions have usual Library facilities for computers, Find My Past and Ancestry.co.uk.PRE-BOOKING PREFERRED
Held at Coleshill Library Tel: 0300 555 8171Between High St. & Parkfield Rd, B46 3LD [next to the Swan Hotel]