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Tamworth Road Show Local & Family History Day

Tamworth Road Show - Local & Family History Day

  • Date: Saturday 4 July 2015
  • Time: 10.30pm – 4.00pm
  • Venue: Tamworth Library, Corporation Street, Tamworth B79 7DN
  • Admission: free - no tickets required

Roadshow run by Staffordshire Archives & Heritage with opportunity to discover Tamworth's rich past through fascinating displays.

There will be displays by local history and family history groups.

Papermaking, writing competitions and children's activities.

Family History Advice will also be available along with Ask the Experts.

NNWFHS will have small static display.
See website: http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure/archives/Events/home.aspx

June 2015 Journal Issued

The NNWFHS Quarterly Journal has been released and is 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:

Secretary's scribbles page 2
Sir Roger Newdigate page 4
Arbury estate CD   page 4
Who Do You Think You Are? page 5
Bates - a shockingly bad case page 6
Dates for your diary page 7
The Ancestry of William Chamberlain of Bedworth page 8
Reports on monthly speaker meetings page 9
Hall Hospital page 10
festival of Arts page 10
Coal Mines - commemorative plate page 10
Perrins Pit page 11
Sports in Nuneaton - your help needed page 11
Bates Gathering at Atherstone page 12
Book reviews page 13
Local Civil Registration Unravelled page 14
Prying Eyes ... of the Church Courts page 16
Queen's Rd Infant School 1935-7 page 17
Hams Hall page 18
200 page 20
New members' contact details & surname interests page 21

Back cover Some of the Halls of North Warwickshire from old postcards

Remember the journal is only available to Members (members click here to view it) 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!

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].

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 £10 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

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

  • July Research and Help Session - Photo Restoration Tue. 14 Jul, 2015 (7:15 pm - 9:15 pm) Help Desk Meeting Research & Help Session: At the Heritage Centre. Computers available alongside a short talk and demonstration on photo restorationfor family historians. Plus cuppa and a chat!   Click for directions to Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre

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