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Rossendale Branch Newsletter September 2005

Programme: 2005

Wednesday 7th September

Mines, miners and mining in Rossendale

by Clive Seal - Mining Historian.

Wednesday 5th October

Pendle Witches by Mrs Stockforth

Wednesday 2nd November

"Lest we Forget".

A talk by Mary Davison.

Wednesday 7th December

Christmas Festivities

Free Access to the 1901 Census.

The National Archives has advised us that Friends ReUnited has bought the contract for the 1901 census service from QinetiQ.

For SEPTEMBER ONLY there is to be free Access to the 1901 Census on-line.

Follow the link from UKBMD home page, http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/


At Haslingden Library 3rd - 30th September Also on 24th September

Our Irish Ancestry Group will give advice on tracing your ancestors in Ireland. 10am - 3.30pm

Coming Events

Saturday 1st October 10am - 4pm

NW Family History Fair with Internet Connection at Manchester Velodrome, the National Cycling Centre. (opposite Manchester City Stadium and behind ASDA Supermarket) "Sports City" Stewart Street, Manchester.

Free Lectures:- Basic Sources of Family History. Family History OnLine. Admission £2. Children free if accompanied by an adult. Anyone able to assist on the Lancashire stall should contact Stephen Ward the Society’s Exhibition Officer. Tel. 01204 650348

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 were in the May "Lancashire" magazine.

Saturday 8th October

Awesome Archives

A family event will be held at Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston 10 . 30 am - 3 . 00pm (please take your grandchildren to enjoy the fun).

Tel: 01772 533039
email: recordoffice@ed.lancscc.gov.uk
Website: www.archives.lancashire.gov.uk

No more Spinsters?

According to a recent edition of "The Times" the Registrar General of England and Wales proposes to change the way marriage certificates are completed. A newly married person previously described as "spinster" or "bachelor" will in future be described as "single". Divorced men and women will continue to be described appropriately, as presumably will be widows and widowers.

This will be effective from December 5th when the new Civil Partnership Act becomes law, as part of the Government’s reforms to bring marriage law into line with the Act.

Geoff Riggs. FFHS www.ffhs.org.uk

Rossendale Ancestry

Trevor Ormerod member (8327) has sent the following details of his Ormerod and related families.

1) ORMEROD/ LIVESEY (Whitewell Bottom)

George Ormerod (b. c1786) married to Betty Livesay? Living at Whitewell Bottom, in the 1841 census as farmers, they had the following children. John Ormerod 1811 (butcher); Elizabeth Ormerod c1811 (Woollen Weaver) she was either John’s wife or his twin sister; George Ormerod c1816 (butcher); Grace Ormerod c1821 (woollen weaver); Samuel Ormerod, my GG.gf, born May 1825 (woollen weaver) and James Ormerod c1827.

2) ORMEROD/ PILLING (Newchurch)

Samuel Ormerod my GG grandfather (living at Bridleway) married November 1851 at St. Nicholas, Newchurch to Elizabeth Pilling b c1826 (living at Mill End). Her father was James Pilling and Ashworth Pilling was a witness. They had 5 children: George William Ormerod b July 1852; James Ormerod bc 1854; Elizabeth Ann Ormerod b1856; John Ormerod c1860; Samuel Ormerod b Sept 1862 (my G. grandfather)

3) ORMEROD/ ASHWORTH (Newchurch)

Elizabeth Ann Ormerod b. 1856, a cotton weaver (living at Mill End) married July 1881 at Bethlehem Unitarian Chapel, Newchurch, to James Henry Ashworth b. c1853, a cotton beamer living at Shawclough. His father was Richard Ashworth and the witnesses were James Ormerod, her brother and Sarah Trippier.

In the 1901 census Elizabeth and James Ashworth had moved to Oswaldtwistle, with their child Alice Meda Ashworth b. December 1889. and was looking after James (my gf.) Arnold Ormerod the two sons of Samuel Ormerod (my G. gf) after the death of their mother in 1899. Elizabeth, James and Alice Meda are all buried in the same plot at Bethlehem Unitarian, along with James Pilling the grave owner.

4) ORMEROD/ FIELDING (Oswaldtwistle)

Samuel Ormerod (my G. gf) an iron moulder (living at Victoria Terrace, Oswaldtwistle) married February 1890 at John Street Chapel, Oswaldtwistle) to Mary Elizabeth Fielding b. Dec 1865, a cotton weaver (living at Roegreave Road, Oswaldtwistle). They had two sons James (my GF) b. August 1894 and Arnold b. 1896. Both Arnold and James serviced in the first world war, James as a driver in the Royal Field Artillery and Arnold in the York and Lancaster Regiment.

Tom Ormerod, 11 Pennine Way, Brierfield BB9 5DT email: tormerod@autopack.co.uk

Society News from Tony Foster

Vice Chairman: Sheila Court of the Lancaster and Morecambe Branch has agreed to fill this post. It is good to know that there is someone who can act for the Society in my absence.

PayPal: We are continuing to investigate the use of PayPal with a view to members (particularly overseas members) using this to pay their subscriptions.

Chairman and President: Derrick Walkden and myself will have completed our 6 year term of office in May 2006. If any member wishes to discuss the position of Chairman they should contact me.

Treasurer: Carole Walker will be stepping down as Treasurer at the next AGM, in May 2006. Any member interested in becoming Treasurer should contact Carole.

Email Addresses: Currently our website includes various email addresses by which members of the public are able to quickly access the Society. The way they appear on the website makes them easily accessible to anyone wishing to send spam. If you are receiving large quantities of spam then Fred is able to make the addresses less acceptable. Please contact Fred if you wish to make this change,

17th Century Handwriting: The Society is looking for volunteers willing to transcribe the 1660 Lancashire Poll Tax Returns. If any member is able to read 17th century writing and is willing to undertake this valuable project, then we will be able to provide a microfilmed copy of the tax returns. Please contact me.

Lancashire Graveyards by Bill Taylor: Each branch has 10 copies for sale at £2 each.

Tony Foster - Chairman.

Contact email addresses will be found in your current "Lancashire" Quarterly magazine from the Society.

The Most Amazing Names in Britain

A specialist development team at Granada Television is currently developing a programme proposal about the most amazing names in Britain. They are looking for surnames that tell an amazing story - the surname might be 900 years old, one descendent may have been part of the aristocracy and one may have been a farmhand or the current holder could be 2000th in line to the throne or perhaps they are the last known holder of a specific surname....

If you can help, please contact Jo. Walker Tel. 0161 827 2503; Fax. 0161 827 2883

Email. jo.walker@granadaamedia.com