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Rossendale Branch Newsletter August 2000

Frank Hargreaves ...... Memorial

Frank died in November 1998 aged 74. He had for many years been Project Organiser for the Rossendale Branch, until ill health forced him to give up a this pursuit. In his memory the members of this Branch have purchased the Phillimore Atlas and Index, 2nd edition; edited by Cecil Humphrey-Smith. which has been added to our library stock. This very fine book comprises maps of the pre 1832 parishes of England, Wales and Scotland. At the rear of the book there is an index taken from a Gazeeter of 1834. Each parish is shown together with a listing which indicates original registers, years covered by the IGI, local marriage indexes, copies of registers and non-conformist registers held at the Public Record Office.

Haslingden Roots

If you have ancestors in the Haslingden area you may be interested to know that this research group now meets every Monday at St. James' Church Haslingden from 7.30 to 9.00. Visitors are welcome.

Did you miss....

Our vist to Blackburn Library?

On July 5th we visited Blackburn library to see the facilities which have been offered to the society. The Family History section consists of 7 microfiche readers, 5 film readers and a reader-printer. You can have east access to all the Civil Registration Indexes from 1837 - 1966 on microfiche. Also available on fiche is the IGI and all our project fiche. The 1881 census is available on CD and the Vital Records Index is on order.

A booking system is inoperation for film and fiche viewers.

There is a shelf containing magazines from all the Societies with whom we exchange journals. So if your interests are in Bristol and Avon or Ontario in Canada you can examine their magazines on the premises.

Whilst a great deal of the material available is Blackburn biased, this will be redressed as the LFHHS stock is built up.

I have been given a Holdings List this includes various general directories covering 1818 - 1966. The Indexes to wills published by the Record Society and other series publications such as The Chetham Society Volumes.

There are a number of Blackburn newspapers on microfilm. The Northern Daily Telegraph (now the Lancashire Evening Telegraph) is available from 1866 to date.

Opening Hours

Monday & Tuesday 9.30 - 8.00

Wednesday, Thurday, Friday 9.30 - 5.00

Saturday 9.30 - 4.30

For further information contact:

Blackburn Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn BB2 1AG. Tel: 01254 587920.

Rossendale Ancestry

Recent enquiries include:

1. Susan Hall of Tin Tac, Holy City, Chardsock, Axminster, Devon EX137 DA seeks

a) info on Hoyle Family, Haslingden. I have sent her some details from census and she is now back to James Hoyle living at Coal Hey, Deardengate 1841. He had married Janet Fergusson from Scotland in 1833. She had remarried in 1851 to John Dobson of Coal Hey. She was widowed again by 1861.

b) Details wanted on Susan Fletcher mar. James Edward Hoyle both born 1858.

c) William Woods 1845? -1903 born in Accrington.

d) Mary Ann Warburton wife of William Woods born in Oswaldtwistle. Their daughter Minnie b.1887.

e) Alice Lonsdale of Grane who married John Hoyle 23 May 1857.

2. Nigel Holt 25 Borrowdale Ave. Fleetwood FY7 7LF seeks

a) info on Holt Family. Richard Holt b. 1840 in Whitworth living at Huttock Lane End, Stacksteads 1871 mar. c 1867 to Amelia Taylor.

b) Taylor Family. Amelia's parents were Richard born c1801 at Newchurch and Sarah... Amelia was 21 in 1861 living at Tunstead.

3. Beryl Hussey. 9 Tungate Crescent, Cringleford, Norwich NR6 4UZ.

a) Cowpe Family of Haslingden. Thanks to a tree from John Simpson we have been able to trace this family back to 1690s.

b) Sanders Family. Beryl's mother was Muriel Sanders 1903 - 1967 (wife of Thomas Cowpe 1893 -1968) daughter of John Henry Sanders, Minister of Manchester Road Methodist Church.

c) Ellen Hargreaves b c1849 in Ramsbottom who married Thomas Cowpe (same age) Insurance agent.

4. Albert Daly email marriage details for John Bernard Daly who married Isabel de Charon Haslingden Registration District 1857.

5. Iris Alderson email iris@alderson.freeserve.co.uk Iris has an ancestor Ormerod Heyworth born Bacup 1840, son of George Heyworth, stonemason, who removed to Yorkshire and was supposedly adopted by Heyworth Dixon.

6. Marilyn Winton, Route 5, Box 306, York Drive, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337 is interested in the Haworth and Ormerod Families of Gambleside in the 17th century. She is also interested in Quakers for the same period. She is writing a book.

7. Joan Haworth email joanhaworth@bigpond.com.au says she is researching a) Richard Heyworth 1888 - 1944 b) Grace Matthews 1885 - 1944. They were both buried at Bacup cemetery.

8. Graham Warburton email graham@warburton.freeserve.co.uk says "my great grandfather James Warbuton b.1850 at Newchurch was bapt. 19 May 1850. He would like to find the marriage of James to Margaret in December 1848.

Coming events, talks, conferences, exhibitions.

Monday 28th August

Family History Road Show. Much Hoole Country Fair (Bank Holiday)

31st August to 2nd September

A major conference on 20th century records Forward to the Past has been organised by the Society of Genealogists, Imperial College, London. Further details from the SOG, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA

Tuesday 19th to Tuesday 26th September.

Searching for that elusive Irish Ancestor. Family History Conference. Belfast & Dublin. Interested? See Rita Hirst for details.

Saturday 28th October

Family History Fair. Following last year's successful event the Fair will once again take place at the Guild Hall, Preston.