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Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 7.15 pm, Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, will be a discussion on "A Relative in the Forces".  Please come along and talk about your ancestors and their military service.
Our North Northumberland Branch will be having a stall at this event to be held in Berwick Guildhall Sat 2 and Sun 3 May 11-4.  There will be displays, talks artefacts, etc to see on the local history of the Borders. This is always a very popular event co-ordinated by Berwick Record Office. Admissions is free and refreshments will be available to purchase. Don't miss it!

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North Northumberland Branch / PICTURE POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST
« Last post by Vglass on April 19, 2015, 02:14:36 PM »
Our next meeting on Sat 16 May will include a short AGM followed by a Members' Session on Old Picture Postcards. We will bring along any of these we have and tell the stories behind them. A guide to the Language of Stamps will also be revealed! As usual we meet at 10 am at Bell View Centre, Belford.
Tynedale Branch / Report of April 2015 Tynedale meeting
« Last post by Susanne on April 12, 2015, 07:03:24 PM »
Meeting: 9 April 2015   Members Forum  My favourite ancestor
Almost everyone attending described what they felt was their most interesting family member - sometimes their favourite in terms of research rather than in terms of personality.   
This was certainly true of the first character whose name was Isaac Wolfe Wolfe.  Tracing him through registers, censuses, newspapers and court reports revealed that although he described himself at least once as a gentleman and was for a few years employed as a police sergeant he was a serial bigamist and embezzler.  A later court appearance was for attempted suicide but he claimed he was trying to shoot flies on the ceiling when he shot his ear.  Probate to his wife (the original one) in 1900 showed he left £1760.  Another fascinating character was the family black sheep who was sent to Australia and not spoken about in front of the younger generation.  He left an illegitimate daughter in England and later married in Australia but after spending WW1 in the Camel Corps he abandoned his wife and their daughter.  Much later his granddaughter researched her ancestry and made contact with the current family members.   Australia was the home for a while of a great uncle whose family was from a community of gardeners employed at Hampton Court.  Thomas learned to play “real tennis” there when young and was coached by the professional to play and make racquets.  He often made up a doubles foursome when Edward (later Edward VII) came with friends to play.  Later he coached and organised tournaments and was invited to Tasmania and then Melbourne to set up new real tennis Courts there. Questions of legitimacy came up frequently - in one case a gentleman only married his housekeeper three years after the first of their large family was born.  One of his jobs as a churchwarden in Glasgow was to keep watch on the churchyard, on a rota, for body snatchers.  Another member’s ancestor had ‘splodged’ the date of her marriage in the family bible to hide the fact that it was 3 years later than she claimed.  Lies and evasions were not uncommon and, as one person remarked, the family members would have been horrified to hear us talking about them.  Family stories are not always to be trusted as the truth is often more straightforward - but not as colourful - eg the reasons for apparently running away from home.  However, many ancestral relations were models of behaviour, one brought up his 3 very young motherless children.  His family were so proud of him that they produced an A4 book of his life for family members.
The members stories were so interesting that it was suddenly 8.40pm before we stopped in favour of tea and coffee.
South Tyneside Branch / Re: South Tyneside Branch - April 2015 Meeting
« Last post by geoff on March 27, 2015, 01:00:03 PM »
Please also note that we hope to hold a very short business meeting - the Branch AGM for 2015 - on that same evening.

           Geoff Nicholson
            Branch Chairman
South Tyneside Branch / Re: South Tyneside Branch - March 2015 Meeting
« Last post by VAJ on March 27, 2015, 12:49:22 AM »
Thanks Geoff,  I do appreciate a detailed report would be a bit much and totally understand your points about numbers, amateurs, powerpoint presentations etc :-) Saying that though, I would still have been interested in seeing at least what the content was about, just in case there was anything that might have piqued my interest in terms of relevance to my general research.....background to how my family lived you might say :-)  I live in New Zealand, so am sure there isn't a branch here...though maybe I should think about starting one lol ;-)

Kind Regards
Wansbeck & District Branch April 2015 Meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st April at 1.30 pm at Pegswood Community Hub, Longhirst Road, Pegswood, Morpeth (postcode for satnavs NE61 6XG), and will feature a talk by Freda Thompson on "A Night at the Pictures".
Tynedale Branch April 2015 meeting will be at the Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham, NE46 3NP, on Thursday 9th April at 7.00 pm.  This will be a Members' Forum on the subject of "My Favourite Family Tree Member".
The April 2015 Meeting of NDFHS South Tyneside Branch will be held at St. Hilda's Church Visitor Centre, Market Place, South Shields, on Wednesday 15th April at 7.30 pm, when Wendy Stafford will be giving her very popular talk "Remembering Woodbine Willie" (a.k.a. the Revd. Studdart Kennedy, one of the unsung heroes of WW1).  Please come along if you can.
North Northumberland Branch meeting for April 2015 will be at the usual venue of Bell View Resource Centre, 33 West Street, Belford (postcode for satnavs NE70 7QF), on Saturday 18th April at 10.00 am.  This will feature a talk by Janet Brown on the North East War Memorials Project.
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