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 Coleshill Hall Hospital page 10 Nuneaton 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 Waterloo 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!
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!
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.
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].
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:
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 - 1840sA 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
1684 listing of inhabitants of Chilvers Coton
1781 listing of inhabitants of Chilvers Coton - Census
1782 listing of inhabitants of Astley - Census
1841-42 listing of Soup given to Arbury poor at Christmas
1830s names of persons applying to Arbury for Charity
1803 list of poor families of Chilvers Coton
1777 Parliamentary report on Poor House at Chilvers Coton
Poor Law – apprenticeship, indentures, bastardy orders, removal orders, settlement examinations & certificates for Chilvers Coton
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 ???.
July Research and Help Session - Photo Restoration
Tue. 14 Jul, 2015 (7:15 pm - 9:15 pm) Help Desk MeetingResearch & 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