Latest News from NNWFHS

A message from the Webmaster

Over the past few weeks the website has been upgraded from an old and potentially unsecure version of our Joomla website builder. We moved from V1.5 to V3.3 and the difference between the two was significant including one change which removed a layer of administration which in turn rendered hundreds of [hyper]links useless.

You may not have noticed but our website actually used to be made up of the three sites, Main, Membership and Shop and these have all now been merged into one which in turn caused a few more headaches. Many days were lost dealing with our hosting company and we had to change providers.

The members section has been improved and we now have our own little community which will allow all members of the society to login and leave messages, documents or exchange ideas and information with fellow members. Additionally when logged in to the site the Shop will detect that you are a member and automatically display the discounted rate (around 20%) for any product available. I encourage members to login and look at the new Members area and our online, but private, community.

I would like to thank you all for your patience as we go page by page repairing links.

As ever we always welcome your feedback and ideas.

Election of Officers - November 13th 2014

Following the Annual General Meeting of the Society that took place on Tuesday November 11th 2014 and the Committee Meeting that took place on Thursday 13th November 2014 the following officers were elected and appointed to the following positions.


Carole Eales:                 Membership Officer and Project Manager

Bernadette Evans:         Officer Without Portfolio

Hilary Hodgkins:            Journal and Publication Distribution

Sandra Horsley:             Hon. Treasurer

Celia Parton:                  Vice Chair & N. Warks Co-ordinator

John Parton:                  Chairman, Journal Editor and CD Production

Valerie Pickard:              Publications and Help Desks Co-ordinator

Ian Shuter:                     Webmaster

Jacqui Simkins:              Secretary & Programme

Oct 2014 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's jottings

Coming soon - and a request for your assistance Page 3
Letters Page 4
New online mapping tool from Warwickshire Libraries Page 5
Performing arts, Nuneaton 1945-50 Page 7
McDonagh family, Nuneaton & Bedworth Page 10
New cds - in shop now Page 12
Book reviews Page 13
Kiss Ethel for me Page 13
Famous people from N Warks - Sir John Bretland Farmer Page 14
AGM Page 14
Christmas get-together Page 14
North Warwickshire Pages Page 15
       A North Warkwickshire land dispute Page 15
       War memorial project update Page 18
       Willday's terrace celebrates the end of WWI Page 20
       Help needed Garland / Kitridge & variants Page 20
New members contact details Page 21
New members surname interests Page 21
Members change of contact details Page 21
Members deceased or resigned Page 21

  • 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 [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.].


Carole Eales

Project Manager.


NNWFHS Meetings & Events

  • January Research & Help Session Tue. 13 Jan, 2015 7:15 pm Speaker Meetings Research & Help Session: computers available alongside a short talk and discussion on Wonders – and Pitfalls - of Online Newspapers. Plus cuppa and a chat   7.15pm for 7.30pm start at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre.

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