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Blyth Branch / Blyth Branch - February 2015 Meeting
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint - Publicity Officer NDFHS on January 21, 2015, 08:15:54 PM »
On Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 7.30 pm at Briardale Training & Community Centre, Briardale Road, Blyth, BARRY MEAD will be giving a talk on "CRESSWELL CURIOSITIES".
On Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 7.30 pm at St. Hilda's Visitor Centre, Market Place, South Shields, Douglas Burdon will give a talk on "The Durham Wills Project". 
North Northumberland Branch / THE LAMPS WENT OUT
« Last post by Vglass on January 20, 2015, 12:00:26 PM »
Mike Fraser will be giving a talk on “The Lamps went out: Sir Edward Grey, a Northumbrian and the war to end all wars” on Saturday 21 Feb at 10 am  Bell View, BELFORD.  The talk is organised by the North Northumberland Branch of Nthbld & Durham Family History Society. It is sometimes forgotten that Sir Edward was our local MP, whose home was nearby Falloden Hall. Come along and learn more! Coffee will be available before the talk.
North Northumberland Branch / REPORT OF MY BRICK WALL
« Last post by Vglass on January 20, 2015, 11:44:48 AM »
Enid Cruikshank gave a short talk on “Mad Jack Hall of Otterburn”. Born in 1671, he married the daughter of the mayor of Newcastle. As a non-conformist he took up arms against the king. It is said that on hearing that recruitment had started for the Jacobite cause, he was so excited that he rushed out of Alnwick Court without his wig. Captured at Preston he was taken to London for trial. He denied involvement in the cause but was nevertheless found guilty of treason. He gave a dramatic and emotional speech before his execution and holds the distinction of being the last person to be hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.

The subject of this talk tied in well with the theme of Brick Walls. Enid has ancestry originating from the area around the present A68 and is searching for further evidence of a link with her line. The idea of exploring whether his offspring left wills was suggested.

The theme was Brick Walls – how to break them down. Members were asked for examples of  Brick Walls which they had encountered when researching their Family History. It was hoped that other members might be able to suggest some possible solutions to longstanding problems.

It was good to hear of a brick wall which had been recently solved! John has written a book on one of his ancestors with the title of  The Globetrotting Ventriloquist. The missing element was this character’s WW1 service. Amazingly, the solution came from Kentucky where the Museum of ventriloquism held a copy of its magazine “Ventogram” from 1966 which included an obituary of said AC Aster with the information he was seeking.

Ancestors who go missing are a common problem. Someone can appear on the census every 10 years then suddenly is absent on the next one, yet no trace of a death can be found. Sometimes an entire family can go missing! If there is a change of name on marriage or for some other reason, if there is inconsistency about the spelling of the name, both can lead to many hours of fruitless searching. As always we were conscious of 2 basic rules: always keep a note of what and where you have searched and always check original records instead of relying on the internet and secondary sources. Searching overseas records, locating siblings and using all possible variants of a name were some suggestions but the most important may be thinking outside the box.

An unusual surname can be a huge advantage when other biographical information is sparse. Looking at regional distribution of the surname can help narrow things down.

Our sharing of ideas will hopefully spark off some new routes for searches.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 24 February at 10am at Bell View, Belford when local historian Mike Fraser will speak on “When the Lamps Went Out- Sir Edward Grey, a Northumbrian, and The War to end all Wars. This should appeal to anyone with an interest in WW1 and our local area. Non-members are most welcome.

The next meeting of NDFHS  Alnwick Branch will be held on Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at 7.15 pm at Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick (NE66 1LX for those of you with a SatNav!).  The topic will be "BORDER REIVER FAMILIES" and the guest speaker will be Andy Griffin.  Please come along - everyone is welcome.
Alnwick Branch / Re: Soldier from Waterloo
« Last post by geoff on January 16, 2015, 10:56:12 AM »

     No, unfortunately I don't.  I live in Washington (and am Chairman of the S Tyneside  Branch!).  However, I do have a passing interest in anything military to do with Alnwick as my grandfather, Charles William Richardson, came from there and that was where he joined the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1899.  After initial training he was sent to the Boer War but arrived in S Africa the day after it ended!  Then it was to India where he married my grandmother and where three children, including my mother, were born.  He returned to the UK in 1913, by then a CSM with a specialisation in PE and square-bashed recruits at Fenham until sent to France in 1914.  After WWI he remained in the Army until discharged about 1922, after which his life took a downhill turn.  Earlier generations of the Richardsons were from the dregs of Alnwick, and included Charlie Richardson, the "Edlingham Burglar", about whom I have done a lot of research.  One of the last was my great-aunt Eva, who had married Luke Goodfellow, whose tobacconists shop in Bondgate Within may still be remembered by some people (closed c1960), and whose daughter, Mary Goodfellow, was a well-known teacher in Alnwick (died late 1970s).  I'm a little reluctant to post my telephone number here but it is bound to be on file in Percy House.  I was in Percy House on Tuesday just gone and noted people gathering for the NDFHS Council Meeting - they didn't include you by any chance did they?

Alnwick Branch / Re: Soldier from Waterloo
« Last post by DudleyG on January 15, 2015, 08:36:28 PM »
Thanks Geoff, Anything will potentially be useful.

Do you live in or near Alnwick? I have passed your info on to Trish Jones who is our military expert . She would probably like to talk about it to you if you were local. If not, I will see if she would like to come onto the forum

Alnwick Branch / Re: Soldier from Waterloo
« Last post by geoff on January 15, 2015, 07:18:50 PM »

     I don't know whether you consider as a standard source the index to Chelsea Out-Pensioners discharged 1806-1838, compiled by J D Beckett for the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society and published by them on microfiche in 1990 (ISBN 0 947701 57 5).  It was taken from PRO (now TNA) ref WO 120/25: I suspect from a LDS microfilm of that, as they give the "Mormon Reference" of 854657.  It is arranged in groups of Regiments of Foot, one of which covers the 29th to the 43rd Regiments.  It lists five James Doyles, only one of which was from the 40th Regiment, but unfortunately all it tells us is that he was discharged in 1836 and his details are on page 403 of the original TNA document, which may include a little more information.  Some of the other groups of regiments (ie other fiche) tell us eg the birthplace and birth year of the soldier, but not this one!

                                Geoff Nicholson
Alnwick Branch / Soldier from Waterloo
« Last post by DudleyG on January 15, 2015, 05:38:35 PM »
There is a soldier's grave at the far back of St Michaels churchyard Alnwick.

As you can see from the atachment Sgt James Doyle fought in a whole mass of battles and we are researching his full military  history.

Our aim is to see him properly recognised for his part in Waterloo as part of the commemorations this year. Anyone related, or know more by any chance than the standard online sources we are researching?
Gateshead Branch / Closure of Gateshead Branch
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint - Publicity Officer NDFHS on January 13, 2015, 10:18:10 PM »
The Society announces, with regret, that the Gateshead Branch closed at the end of 2014.  In the absence of volunteers coming forward to take up positions as officers for the branch, Bill Lumsden has for the past 6 years carried out all of the roles of officers with great competence.  The Trustees would like to express their warmly felt gratitude to Bill.
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