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North Northumberland Branch / MY BRICK WALL
« Last post by Vglass on January 09, 2015, 10:34:21 AM »
Surely every member has experienced at least one of these? Solutions cannot be guaranteed but we hope that sharing a brick wall (missing ancestor, change of name, etc) with other members may help bring about suggestions for a different approach and possible progress. Well, one can hope!

Come along to our first meeting of 20015 on Sat 17 Jan 10 am at Bell View, 33 West St, Belford.
Coffee is available from 9.45 am.
The Branch Annual General Meeting of the Wansbeck & District Branch will be held at Pegswood Community Hub on Longhirst Road on Wednesday 7th January 2015 at 1.30 pm.  Due to retirement, there is a vacancy for the post of Branch Secretary, so, if you if you can spare some time and are willing to offer your services, please see Wendy Stafford at the meeting.
The next meeting of Tynedale Branch will be held at Gilesgate Community Centre in Hexham on Thursday 8th January at 7.00 pm and will be a Members' Forum based on "An old family item I have kept".
The next meeting of the South Tyneside Branch will be held at the usual venue of St. Hilda's Church Visitor Centre at South Shields on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 7.30 pm, and you are invited to bring along old photographs that you can either talk about or would like to seek advice on. 
This is just a preliminary notice of the meeting, as no doubt Geoff Nicholson will post more details nearer the date and at the same time try to rally the troops for a good attendance!
The next meeting of North Northumberland Branch at the Bell View Resource Centre at Belford will be held on Saturday 17th January 2015 at 10.00 am and will be a Members' Forum.
The next meeting of Newcastle Branch will be held at Brunswick Chapel at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 7th January 2015 and will feature a talk by the Revd. Roy Large on "My World War One Grandfather".
Blyth Branch / Blyth Branch - January 2015 Meeting
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint - Publicity Officer NDFHS on January 02, 2015, 04:32:12 PM »
The next meeting of NDFHS Blyth Branch will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 20th January 2015 at Briardale Training & Community Centre.  There will be discussions on research and there will be a slide show. There is no guest speaker on this occasion.
Tynedale Branch / Report of Tynedale Meeting Talk December 2014
« Last post by Susanne on December 12, 2014, 08:10:13 PM »
Today’s Meeting: 11 Dec 2014    Durham Wills Project and Xmas Quiz
(8 attendees)
A combination of weather and other commitments meant that that there was only a small audience for Douglas Burdon telling us about the Durham Wills project.  The project was started because he realised that all wills involve more people than the testator, yet only the testator’s name appears on the index of wills held by Durham University.  One example is indexed under Clements - but involves 27 other people under 10 different surnames.  The index will unlock the information held on the Durham Wills for researchers looking for people dying between 1701 and 1858.  Wills were made by many people, sometimes comparatively poor, to make sure that their money and goods were inherited as they wished eg “to the sole use of a sister, with no intermeddling  by her husband”.  Durham University holds  almost 55 thousand Wills and Bonds and now that they are available on the internet these names can be found and transcribed by anyone with online access and a computer.  Volunteers will get a list of names with the appropriate detail eg index number. Putting the name and place into the Durham Wills web page advanced search will bring it up, with a clickable link direct to the images of the will and or bond hosted on the Family search site.  A template spreadsheet is provided on which each new name (and details like daughter, location  etc) can be added along with the index surname and number for the Will.  Douglas has prepared some detailed explanation pages that he will send to potential volunteers in the NDFHS.  The spreadsheet will work with either Excel or with Open Office’s free spreadsheet.  Help will be available for any difficult to read words or any other queries.  For further detail please Email vicechairman  (remove spaces in the address).  Page 166 of the NDFHS Winter 2014 journal has an article on the Project..

This was followed by the Xmas Quiz organised by Christine Hanley  and light refreshments brought by attendees
South Tyneside Branch / S Tyneside Branch - December 2014 Meeting
« Last post by geoff on December 06, 2014, 10:01:47 AM »

     The December meeting of the NDFHS S Tyneside Branch will be in the Visitor Centre of St Hilda's Church (the one adjacent to South Shields Market Place), through the big red doors at 7.30pm on Wednesday December 10th, ie Wednesday coming.  This is one week earlier than for most months but is in line with our usual practice of keeping the meeting well away from Christmas.

     Our member John Stobbs will give a talk on "Useful Web-Sites", a subject which, in my experience always generates lots of discussion as we all probably have our own subjective list of such sites.  In my experience there are lots of very useful ones, in an ever-changing scene, not all of which are as well-known as they deserve, so John's talk could be highly informative to expert and beginner alike.  All are welcome at our meetings.

                              Geoff Nicholson
                             Chairman, NDFHS S Tyneside Branch
Tynedale Branch / Reminder - Tynedale meeting 11 Dec 2014
« Last post by Susanne on December 05, 2014, 12:13:29 PM »
11 December 2014 at 7pm at the Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham
Douglas Burdon will talk about the Durham Wills Project
This will be followed by a Christmas Quiz
and then a buffet of refreshments provided by members,
with a choice of  tea, coffee, wine and Valerie's delicious non-alcoholic punch to drink
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