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Rossendale Branch Newsletter March 1998

Rita and Valerie would like to thank everyone who took part in our Genealogical Quiz in February. Our congratulations go to Evelyn Scholes on winning the Beginners Quiz. I hope everyone now knows that the Chairman of the LFH&HS is Terry Walsh! Our particular thanks go to our two brave Brains Trust teams.

"The Pedigree Chums" otherwise Jean Harrison, Michael Hiltua and Evelyn Scholes were captained by John Dalton and "the Roots Group" comprising Maureen Hodgkinson, Paula Matthews and Wilf Day were captained by Brenda Kershaw. The Pedigree Chums won this very close contest with a final score of 52 to 51. Perhaps we should say they won by a wet nose and were definitely not barking up the wrong tree!


You are reminded that next month we have our Heirloom Evening. You are asked to bring a memento of your family. It doesn't have to be valuable in monetary terms.

Just something that is precious to you, a medal, a kettle, a Christening gown, a photograph, a back scratcher, something whereby you can say "here hangs a tale...." and tell us something about your childhood or that of your parents and grandparents. Think about it, they say everyone has a story to tell.

AGM. If you wish to air any matter at the AGM or if you wish to serve on the committee in any capacity, please inform our Chairman John Dalton tonight.

Civil Registration Certificates.

From April certificates will cost £6.50 on personal application at the Family Record Centre and from Local Registrars. Postal requests to Southport with full reference will go down to £9.50.


9th May 1998. Don't forget to book for our own (LFH&HS) One Day Conference and AGM.

Full details are in your February magazine. If you haven't received your magazine, did you pay this year's subscription?

20th June 1998. NW Group of Family History Societies. 21st Annual One Day Conference- hosted by Cumbria FHS, will be held at the Crooklands Hotel, Nr. Kendal. There is a full programme of interesting lectures. Lunch and tea (with birthday cake) are included in the conference fee of £15.00. Early booking is advisable as it is expected that places will be as hard to get as World Cup tickets!

Contact. Janet Arniston, Jack Dike, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3AL. 

The PRO has applied for lottery funding in its bid to finish filming the First World War Soldiers' Documents, Burnt Series (WO 363). If the application is successful filming should be completed by the end of 2002. If it is turned down, despite help from the Genealogical Society of Utah, who are filming letters A to E, it might take until the middle of the next century for all 33,000 boxes to be filmed. Letters of support should be sent to Dr. Elizabeth Hallam Smith, Director of Public Services, Public Record Office, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.

Rossendale Ancestors:

Mr. H. Wise, 31 West View Avenue, Burley in Wharedale, Ilkley, West Yorks is researching the name Wise in Haslingden and Edenfield. His grandfather John William Wise was living at 268 Holcombe Road in 1891 aged 4. In 1881 he was living at Fieldens Farm, Musbury.

Mr. J. Andrew, 10 Stanage Way, Chesterfield, Derbys S40 4XU is researching the name Andrew and Pomfret in Rossendale. In 1881 his ancestors were living at 11 Newchurch Old Road. The father Joseph Andrew (60) had originated in Crowland Lincolnshire. The mother Mary Ann (50) was from Peterborough.

Mr. B. Driver, 4 Willowcourt Avenue, Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex HA3 8ES. His Driver family came to Rossendale from March in Cambridgeshire. His Grandmother mother Mary Ann was living at Rowlands in 1881 with his grandfather John & Gt. Aunt Eliza Ann. His Grandfather's brothers Robert & James were already in Rawtenstall. He has some cousins living in Haslingden. His mother was Doris Mitchell from Crawshawbooth. Any information would be welcome.