Latest News from NNWFHS

NNWFHS Display up and running for WDYTUR at the NEC

The NNWFHS display/stall is up and running at the 2015 Who Do You Think You Are taking place at the NEC from tomorrow through Saturday (see below).

Please call in and say hello, you will be made very welcome!


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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!

Bates Family History Gathering

An Invitation

Do you have a BATES in your family from Nuneaton and/or north Warwickshire or the surrounding area.

Or do you THINK you have? - Then this is the gathering for YOU!

Saturday 9 May 2015: 2pm till 5pm
St Mary’s Church lounge,

Atherstone CV9 1EX

Those who are not family historians are also very welcome.

Come & meet your “cousins”!

Bring along any memorabilia, family trees, photographs (including those unnamed in case others can identify them), bits and pieces— all those gems that families enjoy looking at and can help others "fill in some gaps" in their family history.

There will be drinks and light refreshments - so do please let us know you are coming.

We will ask for a donation to cover these and to enable a donation to the church.

Free car parking!!. If you are not “local” make a day visit or even take some time to look around the 12th Century St Mary's Church or around Atherstone with its nearby Shops, pubs, etc.

Contact - Carole Eales or Jacqui Simkins (click name to email).

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

  • Bates Family History Gathering Sat. 9 May, 2015 (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm) NNWFHS Event Do you have a BATES in your family from north Warwickshire or nearby, or do you THINK you have?Then this is the gathering for YOU! See the News Items to your right for more detail.

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