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PROJECTS

Over the years scores of volunteers have contributed untold hours of work on research and projects not solely for the benefit of our members but for all family and local historians. A substantial number are currently engaged on the projects described on these pages.

We urgently need volunteers to help with our projects - read more. If you are interested in becoming  involved in any of the current indexing projects please contact Jacqui Simkins.


Current Projects

Certificate Database
A 'certificate database', or an index of BMD Certificates and Wills held by members is being compiled. It is intended to work in much the same way as the Members’ Interests, allowing members to exchange information already purchased from the GRO and is available via 'Searchable Databases' in the 'Members' Pages' section (registration required) of this website.
 
War Memorials Project
Started in November 2008
The aim of this project is to photograph and transcribe the names from the War Memorials in our area and to write about the lives of those commemorated.  At present the photographs can be viewed on our Gallery pages but the transcription details are only available via 'Research Resources' in the 'Members' Pages' section (registration required) of this website. The life stories are available on the 'Articles' section but will only be visible if you have logged in.

If you have any photographs, have already transcribed any of the memorials or have stories about the men commemorated which you would like to make available to our project, please contact the project co-ordinator.

North Warwickshire Marriages Index (NoWMI)
Started December 2007
 
Marriage information is a vital component in taking our research into the early 1800s and beyond. The IGI provides only the most basic information - name of bride and groom, date and place of marriage - and even then some "member submitted" details on the IGI are suspect. NNWFHS has started a project to index all of the marriages from local parish registers.  This project requires volunteers and anyone who has a computer can be involved, no matter where they are based in the world.  For more information about the project or how to volunteer please click here.
 
North Warwickshire Burials
As part of the National Burials Index Programme, the Society contributed data for the first two CD releases of this index. The Society is continuing to transcribe and index burial registers for the remaining C of E parishes in our area. Many of these have been published in booklet form. For a list of burials publications please visit our Bookshop. However, we are beginning to replace the booklet indices with full burial register transcriptions; the 1813-1837 series is now available for purchase.  Work is almost compete on the 1838-1865 series.  If you have access to Ancestry or have access to North Warwickshire registers via one of the local repositories and would be willing to help with further projects, please contact Jacqui Simkins.

Completed Projects

1901 Census Index for Nuneaton 
Transcribed by Alva King, this valuable research tool contains more than 26,000 entries from the 1901 census for Nuneaton and the immediate surrounding area. For more information or to search the 1901 census index please click here.
 
Nuneaton and Bedworth Municipal Cemeteries
Permission was obtained from Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council to have Microfiche images produced from the original burial registers. Alva King entered the information for Oaston Road cemetery into a database from which we have produced a surname index. A CD containing digitised images from the original registers and a copy of the surname index can be purchased from our Bookshop. An index to Bedworth Cemetery is now available on the Members' Pages; Attleborough and Stockingford indices will be uploaded soon.
 
Atherstone Cemetery Burials
Started in 2006, the aim of this project was to transcribe the burial records for the Atherstone Town Cemetery. We had permission from the Town Clerk to transcribe the records held in his office, which were on index cards and in alphabetical order. A group of volunteers worked on this, putting all of the information on to a spreadsheet. When the work was finished and the entries sorted into register order there were found to be many omissions. It was, therefore, necessary to check these against the original burial registers held at Warwick Record Office, which entailed many trips to Warwick. This work was completed in 2011 and the data is on computer CD entitled "Buried in Atherstone" and is available to purchase via our Bookshop.

External Projects

Camdex Civil Registers Indexing Project
Volunteers from our society are also working with staff at Nuneaton Register Office on a project to create an online searchable index of the Warwickshire Registers of births, marriages and deaths. Click on the link to go to the Warwickshire Registration website.

Private Projects

Baddesley Pit Explosion
Celia Parton has collected a large amount of memorabilia about this disaster in the course of studying her own family history. She has now written a book about the disaster entitled Parker’s Fine Pumping Engine, The Baddesley Pit Explosion 1882. She would be interested to hear from anyone who has a story to tell or any memorabilia relating to the disaster. Contact Celia Parton or visit her website.
 
Index of Birth, Death and Marriage Announcements 1772 - 1939
This index, taken from local Coventry newspapers, includes not only Coventry but also all surrounding parishes (Foleshill, Keresley, Coundon, Cheylesmore, Exhall to name a few).  From around 1838 non-conformist marriages are included, such as Catholic, Warwick Lane Chapel, West Orchard Chapel, Vicar Lane Chapel, Friends Meeting House, Cow Lane Chapel, Independent Church, Well Street, Independent Chapel, Foleshill, Great Meeting House and Wesleyan Chapel, Warwick Lane.  Deaths in the House of Industry, Barracks, Workhouse, Bablake Hospital, City Hospital, and Fords Hospital appear from around 1841. Have you lost an ancestor?  There are many stray marriages and deaths included, in this country and abroad. Going on holiday for the “benefit of your health” sometimes had the opposite effect!  Also included in this index are birth, marriage and death announcements for north Warwickshire 1808 - 1870.  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Warwickshire Assize and Quarter Sessions Index 1765 - 1901
Taken from reports in local newspapers covering Warwick and Coventry Assizes and Quarter Sessions. email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Local History of Corley and the Surrounding Area
Victor Terry, member number 2007-02. His study includes maps, photographs, postcards etc. For more information please contact Victor via the membership secretary.

Tell Us About Your Research

If any members are pursuing private projects which are of a wider interest than their own immediate family histories (eg. historical events, village studies, occupations and professions, census and register transcription etc) we would be very happy to publish details on this website and or elsewhere. In this way there could be scope for comparison, collaboration and, via occasional reports in the society's journal, useful publicity. Contact Jacqui Simkins.

Acknowledgements

The Society would like to thank all project volunteers, past and present, without whose diligence, co-operation and sacrifice of their spare time, very little of the progress reported here would have been made.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 November 2013 17:21