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Rossendale Branch Newsletter April 1998


I hope you have all remembered to go to the bank, bookshelves or attic to find your " heirlooms " for tonight's meeting. I have brought along three albums of photographs which Jackie Ramsbottom recently rescued from a tip. The photographs are clearly of the same family from the 1930s - the early 1950s, many were take by a Haslingden photographer, none of them have been labelled. Jackie wants to know if you recognise anyone in the photographs. It is sad to think that they are unwanted. I hope you will all learn from this. Go home and write in your album the full names of your children and grandchildren and of course yourselves "Me at Margate" won't do!

The LFHHS One Day Conference and AGM will be held on Saturday 9th May at the University of Central Lancashire, Corporation Street, Preston. 10.00am-5.00pm.

Now I know you all received a booking form and I also know that you have all ignored it. It would be nice to see Rossendale represented by more than the same two or three of us. There are exhibitions, bookstalls and microfiche on display. You will have an opportunity to meet enthusiasts from all the other groups, all willing to answer any questions. There are two excellent speakers this year and in spite of the business side of things I have always found it to be an excellent day out.

Bury Branch Meetings. Please note that due to circumstances beyond their control the Bury Group are unable to meet in their usual rooms at the Wylde. As a temporary measure their next two meetings April & May will be held at the Central Methodist Church. Access to the church is via Crompton Street , first turning right off The Rock.

Branch Library. We have had a recent acquisition "Burials in the Chapelry of Edenfield, 1813-1839" compiled by Amos Taylor. Our thanks to Amos for all his hard work in indexing various sections of the Edenfield registers. Some other extracts are available on microfiche in our library holdings.

Reference Books.

Finding Folk. 2nd ed. now available £8.00 if you call at the R.O. £11.80 by post.

It includes all new deposits of original registers MIs and indexes to registers. a comprehensive guide which lists their holdings of Anglican, RC & Non Conformist registers. It also includes information on probate records marriage bonds cemetery records & census returns.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations. 9th August 1998 at the Lowther Pavillion, St. Annes. The Society's Exhibition Sub Committee is hard at work making preparations for this event. We would welcome any help you are able to give. Do you have display expertise? Do you have an interesting Family Tree (in presentable form) or a related interest which would make a good display on our stall? It has been suggested that we deal with enquiries on the 1881 census or the IGI, or possibly do a display of old deeds. Can you help on the day?

Churchyard Vandals? If you have visited any of the local churchyards recently you will have discovered that someone has pushed over many of the tombstones especially it seems those shaped like crosses. This apparent vandalism has been perpetrated by Council officials who claim that the gravestones were unsafe. It follows the tragic death of a child in Burnley. However it is causing distress to families whose stones have been destroyed and it makes it more difficult for those of us wishing to transcribe the stones.

Beware of Oral History. I recently received a letter from Canada from a man who had been told that his grandmother had attended the " West Leon" Methodist Chapel in Burnley. Think about it.....

Table of Parochial Fees. Prepared by Church Commissioners. For one hour (inclusive of one copy in certain registers) £12.00 For each subsequent hour or part of an hour £10.00 Additional copies of entries £12.00.

Rossendale Ancestry. Mr Chris Mitchell has written to me from Australia. His grandmother was married at Longholme Methodist Church in January 1861. Her name was Elizabeth Trippier and her father was James Trippier a Mill Manager. Her address was given as Pipping Bank, Bacup. Elizabeth was born about 1841 but he can't find an entry in the CRO indexes. He has checked the BTs for Newchurch and says he has also checked the 1851 census for Newchurch Township. He is also interested in the origin of the name and wonders if there is a French connection. Can anyone help? I will be happy to pass on any information.