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Rossendale Branch Newsletter October 1999

Did you miss......

Our Out Visit-extra on Sunday 19th September. Our trip round Grane was combined with a tour of the Water Treatment Centre. In addition "Haslingden Roots" had put on a display depicting the history of Grane and were on hand to answer enquiries from a range of records covering the Haslingden area. The walk started off well. We were half way round when the rains came. We were absolutely drenched. Kathleen Ashburner is thinking of hiring out the Group to do rain dancing next time we have a drought!

The Poor Law Migrants.

I have had several enquiries regarding the migration scheme 1835 - 1837. Ken Inman has left some notes containing brief biographies of families who moved to Rossendale. I have given a copy of this to Winifred Belcher to put into the library.

Information from a Bible

I have had a letter from a lady in Suffolk who spotted a Bible in a charity shop window. Inside the front cover was a Church order of service dated 6th May 1877 for St. Mary's Rawtenstall. As the Bible was priced at £50 she was only able to make a note of the names inside. These were as follows:

Laurence Eastwood 17.3.1829

Sarah Ann Eastwood 18.7.1861

Margaret Eastwood 26.2.1829

Mary Ann Eastwood 15.1.1867

John Thomas Eastwood 8.4.1854

Joseph Eastwood 22.7.1849 d.1850

Eliza Eastwood 18.4.1857

Sagar Eastwood My 1853 d. 1853

Harriet Eastwood 14.6.1859

Eric John Percy Crawford Lombard Knight 27.8.1917 d. 23.4.1987

Anthony Charles Eric Lombard Knight 25.8. 1951

Diana Lombard Knight 16.5.1950

D. Elizabeth Lombard Knight d. 16.5.1999

The Eastwood family originated in Ramsbottom. They were living at Newhall Hey, Cowpe Lenches in 1881. The Lombard Knight family seem to be an interesting lot. I couldn't find them in 1881 in Lancashire or Suffolk. There seems to be a missing link. It was probably Diana who married into that family The nearest I could find in the Suffolk 1881 census was a C. Percy Lombard aged 9 living at The Hall, Assington, Suffolk aged 9, He was half brother to Philip Gurdon Esq. J.P. aged 23, Head. His father was Francis Lombard J.P. aged 50, and his mother was Sophie aged 44. If this is correct it is a big jump for a Beer dealers family.

Coming Events. Talks, Conferences, Exhibitions.

Friday 15 October. The LFH&HS's annual dinner will this year be hosted by the Lancaster and Morecambe Group. A special evening of "Lancashire fare" will be held at the Clarendon Hotel, Marine Road West, Morecambe.

The after dinner speaker will be Ian Dewhurst. This event costs only £10. It is worth that amount alone just to hear Ian Dewhurst speak! I am told that on this particular evening "clogs, shawls, waistcoats and flat caps will certainly not be out of place."

Saturday 30 October 1999 NW Group Family History Fair (previously known as the Stockport Fair) will this year be held at the Guild Hall, Preston.

There is an on site car park, refreshments & licensed bar available. Admission is £1.50. Children free if accompanied. There will be a large variety of stalls including many out of county FHS, book stalls, computer studies, photo restorers and representatives from various record offices. The Federation of Family History Societies will have an information desk. So there should be someone to answer your enquiries.

Saturday 13 November 1999 Local and Family History Day, Thorne's Park Centre, Wakefield. Activities, stalls, exhibitions, family trees etc. Open 10.30am - 4.00pm. Adults £1.50, Concessions 50p. Contact Sherrie Horrock

Bury Branch Programme change

13 October Bury in moving pictures. Bury Cine Society

10 November Transportation to Australia. Fred Holcroft

8 December Christmas Festivities at Rochdale

12 January Gallipoli. Mary Davison

The 1881 Census on CD-ROM and Vital Records Index

Wilf Day has agreed to keep charge of these CDs. If you would like to have an item checked, please contact Wilf Tel. 01706 216734. Call before 8.00pm. Try to limit your enquiry to one name. A small donation to the society would be welcome.

New Books

There are some new books for you to look at. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy should speak to Maureen Hodgkinson our Treasurer and Publications Officer.

Basic Facts about...

Using record Offices 2nd edition. Tom Wood 2.00

Using education records. Colin R. Chapman 2.00

An introduction to... Occupations. 2nd edition Joyce Culling. 2.95

Second stages in researching Welsh ancestry. John & Sheila Rowlands 15.55

Lists of Londoners. 3rd edition. Jeremy Gibson and Heather Creaton 2.95

Current Publications by Member Societies. 10th edition. Elizabeth Hampson. 6.50

Rossendale Ancestry.

Karin Abbott, 3 Clarence Street, Egham, Surrey TW20 9RW. is interested in the following names in the Rossendale and Rochdale area: Abbott - descendants of Thomas (mid 1800s onwards) Cartwright, Twigger, Han(d)cock pre 1850s