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Rossendale Branch Newsletter September 2013

Programme: 2013

Wednesday 4th September

Out visit to Whitworth Heritage Museum
*See note below

Wednesday 2nd October

A talk about the Co-op by Norman Hindley

Wednesday 6th November

A film on the causes of World War I

Wednesday 4th December

Christmas Social

Note: Whitworth Heritage Museum is located on North Street OL12 8RE. Please assemble at the Museum by 7.00pm. There will be refreshments available for a donation.

Beginners Welcome. Haslingden Library every Monday 5.30 – 8.30 pm
Note: the doors to Haslingden Library close at 7.30 pm.

and at Rawtenstall Library every Tuesday 1.30 – 3.30 pm

We may be able to do simple look-ups for distant members. When contacting us with an enquiry, please include your membership number

The LFHHS Resource Centre.

The Society’s Resource and Research Centre at 2 Straits, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 3LU is open every Thursday from 1.00pm – 5.00pm and 1st Saturday of each month 1.00pm..


 The Manchester City Library website at http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500138/central_library/5808/a_new_central_library/2 has details of the impending closure of the current access arrangements and the restricted access to limited resources until the new unit reopens next Spring (2014).
The Manchester Room at City Library, Elliot House and GMCRO in Ancoats both close on 15 September.
From then on until Manchester Central Library re-opens in Spring 2014 there will be no access to their holdings.


From 20 July - 6 October 2013
Lancaster City Museum Market Square,
Lancaster, LA1 1HT
Exhibition: Lancaster Charters and Lancaster and the Pageant

SPECIAL NOTE: Conservation staff from Lancashire Archives will be demonstrating seal repair and other archive conservation techniques on THURSDAYS during this period. For more information see
www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums andwww.archives.lancashire.gov.uk

5th September 2013

Whose History is it anyway?

University of Central Lancashire, Fylde Road, (UCLan's Foster Building) Corporation Street, Preston PR1 2HE)

This is an academic conference looking at the role of various forms of history in society and the role of TV, museums, family history, local history etc. It will be open to members of the public.

Advance booking essential. For more information contact Emma Woodward: publichistory@uclan.ac.uk or 01772 892654

5th October 2013

The Catholic Family History Society Annual Conference & AGM

This event will be held at the Salford Diocesan Archives, St. Augustine’s Hall, Grosvenor Square, All Saints, Manchester M15 6BW

Saturday 12th October 2013

The Irish One Day Conference

Oswaldtwistle Civic Centre 155 Union Road Oswaldtwistle BB5 3HZ 10am - 4pm. £15.00 with a Buffet Lunch or £10.00 for conference only without lunch. There will be four talks which will include:Irish history & sources for the family historian How to use the new familysearch website Exploring Irish Ancestry using the Internet The fourth talk to be confirmed at a later date. Check the journal and the website for details. Bookings and payments need to be sent to :- Mrs Jennifer Benson 32 Slater Lane Leyland Lancs PR25 1TN.

L.F.H.H.S. 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Saturday 14th September 2013
North West Group of Family History Societies and Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society present a Family History Day Fair
“From Cradle to Grave”
at King George’s Hall, North Gate Blackburn BB2 1AA 10.am – 16.00

An opportunity to meet the experts and join in this unique event featuring: The Genealogist, General Register Office, Family History Societies, Record Societies, Professional Researchers, Maps, Books, Postcards, Help Desks, Publications and help with Railway Ancestors.
Admission £3.00. Children accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.

With talks provided by Findmypast and the Genealogist.

10.15am Mark Bayley–“Braking Down Your Brick Walls”
11.15am Michael Singleton – “A Coroner’s Experiences
12.15pm Ian Hartas – “BMDs on the Internet
1.15pm Geraldine Charles - “Indian Ancestors From Boarshurst to Bangladore”
2.15pm Dr Brenda Hustler –“ Exploring Irish Ancestors”
3.15pm Bill Taylor “Starting Family History – A Guide to Basic Sources”

Seating for the talks is limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Location of Rossendale Stall
The Rossendale Branch stall is situated in the Warwick Suite. You will find us next to the Control Room. At the opposite end of the room from the stage. We look forward to meeting you.

Visitors travelling by car will find convenient parking on a multi storey car park in Fielden Street which is in a short walking distance of King George's Hall.

Disabled Parking
The Fielden Street car park has disabled bays on the ground floor just after you enter. In addition there are a couple of car parks near to Waves Leisure Pool which also have disabled bays. Finally all the car parking bays on the streets around KGH allow free parking for disabled badge holders.

15th September 2013

The Rossendale Branch will be hosting the Society's Annual Dinner which will be held at the Masonic Hall, Ashday Lea, Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall. 12.30 for 1.00pm. For full details see the May edition of “Lancashire”. or you can click through from our Rossendale Branch website where you will find an application form, menu and information on how to reach the venue.

Rossendale News, Notes and Queries

Extracts from “A short account of Haslingden Parish Church” by Henry Stephenson. Haslingden Historian and former schoolmaster. 1843 -1922
Continued from last month.

1740 Jan 6th Robert Lonsdale, a poor man in Rawtenstall workhouse buried at Goodshaw.
1740 Jan12th Samuel Compton alias Randle, a schoolboy in Crawshawbooth (buried) at Goodshaw.
1746 July 21st Alice Rishton an old servant of John Hoyle the landlord of the Black Dog who drowned herself in the well belonging to the House. (“Owd Ailse” is said to still haunt the cellar of the Black Dog.)
1746 Nov. 26th (bur) William Williamson of ye p'sh of Wighton in Cumberland who was plundered by the rebels and died here with a petition.
1746 Dec. 11th (bur) William Crabtree, a disbanded soldier at Rising Bridge.
1747 June 13th (bur) Elizabeth wife of James Ramsbottom, a Base Man.
1754 April 7th (bapt) John son of John Coup an impudent fellow and Ann his wife.
1765 January 17th (bur) James Greenwood of Ewood. Lost in the Great Snow.
769 March 12th Grace Whittaker of Laneside. An old Bachelor.
1769 March 12th Elizabeth Whittaker of Laneside. An old Bachelor.