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Rossendale Branch Newsletter June 2005

Programme: 2005

Wednesday 1st June

Alice in Downunderland

Barbara Riding

Wednesday 6th July

Out Visit to Fulwood Barracks, Preston

Contact the Secretary for further details

Wednesday 3rd August

Research and Enquires Evening

Wednesday 7th September

Mines, miners and mining in Rossendale

by Clive Seal - Mining Historian.

Did you miss.....

Our talk on making a will?

Leslie Norris, a solicitor in the Ramsbottom area. took a light-hearted view of a serious subject. He told us how he drifted into this line of work. His father wanted him to be an architect. He wanted to be an actor. He eventually found his niche specialising in wills. He told us about some of the odd requests he had received and some of his more eccentric clients . He described some of the pitfalls of making your own will and explained why a four foot wide desk was sometimes a necessity, when disappointed family members came to blows.

Coming Events

Saturday 9th July 2pm - 4pm

The Heraldry Society and Ribble Valley are holding an Out-visit at All Hallows Church at Great Mitton. This lovely Medieval church is situated just 3 miles from Clitheroe. You should find it well worth a visit.

Saturday 6th August 12 am - 4.30am

A celebration of Local and Family History is being held at Astley Hall, Chorley. All local history societies will be participating.

7th October 2005

LFHHS Annual Dinner

The annual dinner 2005 is to be held by the Bury Group at the Masonic Hall, Bury. It will be a standard meal with options costing £17. Parking is free. The speaker is Peter Watson. Full details will appear in the next "Lancashire" magazine.

Local History Fairs:

The Society proposes to have stalls at the following Family History Fairs

Saturday, 25th June, The Yorkshire Family History Fair Held at York Racecourse (Knavesmire Stand).

The Society has a first floor stall, others are anticipated to include: Family Tree Magazine; Practical Family History; Federation Publications; Local Archive Departments; Local History books; New and second-hand microfiche readers; Postcards; Research aids; Reference books; Computers; Maps; Advice table; Stationery, etc.

Admission is £3.00; 10am - 4.300pm Cafeteria Facilities and Free Car Parking This is always a popular venue 3500 people attended last year.

Sunday, 2nd October at Manchester

Sunday, 6th November at Aintree

Note this list has been amended from the one published previously. Anyone able to assist at any of these Fairs should contact Stephen Ward the Society’s Exhibition Officer. Tel. 01204 650348 Stephen says that, apart from the York Fair he has so far been "underwhelmed" with offers of help!

Saturday 3rd September - Saturday 24th September

The Rossendale Group is putting on a display at Haslingden Library entitled "The Irish in Haslingden" Members are asked to provide their own family trees and stories.

On the 24th September members of our Irish Group will be present to advise on how to continue your researches in Ireland.

Rossendale Ancestry


Sarah Tonks Member no 8218 writes:

I'm looking for information on three generations of Greenhaughs in Newchurch / Bacup:

GEORGE GREENHAUGH - born c 1865 in Bacup; married Elizabeth Ashworth (born c1866, daughter of Thomas Ashworth and Alice, nee Waddington) at St John's Church, Bacup, on 17 August 1889; moved to Spotland Road, Rochdale, in the 1890s

CHARLES GREENHAUGH - born c1841. Place of birth given in different census returns as Bacup Hollingworth, and Littleborough. Married Alice Newman (born 28 July 1841 at Irnell Springs, daughter of Edmund Newman and Alice nee Mercer) on 7 April 1861 at the Haslingden Register Office. At the time of the 1881 census, Charles and Alice lived at the Queen Hotel, 12 Doorstones, Newchurch with their children George (see above), Mary Jane, Nancy, Fanny and Elizabeth

GEORGE GREENHAUGH - born c1807, Low Moor, Yorkshire. Married to Nancy (born c 1811). In the 1861 census (taken on the same day as his son Charles' wedding) George and Nancy were shown as living at the "White Horse", 6 Yorkshire Street, in the parish of Christchurch, Newchurch. George's occupation is given in the census as "beerhouse keeper", although Charles' marriage certificate gives George's occupation as coalminer. Does anyone have any more information on the Greenhaughs or their relations? Does anyone have information relating to the Angel Inn (10 Yorkshire Street), the White Horse (6 Yorkshire Street) or the Queen Hotel (12 Doorstones)? I'm not based near Newchurch, so I'd be interested in any information on Yorkshire Street or Doorstones in general.

Many thanks.

Please could any response be addressed to me at sarah_tonksie@hotmail.com or Sarah Tonks, 75 Riverview Grove, Chiswick, London W4 3QP

New Television Series

1.Are you related to Royalty?

Do you have reason to believe you have blue blood? Could you be related to a Duke, Earl or even a King or Queen? Shine, a leading independent television production company is looking for volunteers to take part in a new primetime series that hopes to verify the true royal connections of everyday people. If you think that you may be descended from royalty please contact Shine at: traceyourorigins@yahoo.co.uk

New Television Series 2. W.W.I in Britain

A new TV series has been commissioned that focuses on the impact of the 1st World War on communities in Britain. The production Company, Wall to Wall (producers of Who Do You Think You Are) want to examine the lives of those affected by the conflict by looking at war memorials, not just those of the armed forces, but including nurses and civilians killed during the war.

However, case studies are urgently required, and Wall to Wall would be keen to hear from family historians and volunteers who have come across inspiring stories in their research, to complement Wall to Wall's own research (led by Nick Barratt). Any contributions should be sent to alexfinch@walltowall.co.uk As part of the programme strand, the broadcaster is looking to create an online directory of war memorials and those commemorated on them, consolidating and complimenting existing information, providing an invaluable resource for all family historians in the future.

The Lancashire Registration District

The Lancashire Registration District was created on 23rd May 2005 by the merger of the following Registration Districts:

Burnley and Pendle;
Fleetwood & Fylde;
Hyndburn and Rossendale;
Lancaster; Preston & South Ribble;
Ribble Valley;
West Lancashire.

Records from the old Preston, Fleetwood & Fylde and Ribble Valley Offices have moved into the new building and during the summer months the Indexes and Registers from the other offices will be moved to Preston. All events registered after the above date will be registered as the Lancashire District. For the purposes of family history research the original reference number and the ‘old’ district names will be retained.

As registers are moved the new address will appear on the application form on the Lancashire BMD website www.lancashirebmd.org.uk

During the move it is possible that there may be a delay in issuing certificates but the registration staff will endeavour to keep this to a minimum.

Lancashire Registration District, Certificate Services, Quayside Court, Chain Caul Way, Preston, PR2 2ZP Tel. 01772 326881