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Tynedale Branch / Report of Tynedale Jan 2016 meeting
« Last post by Susanne on January 15, 2016, 07:17:42 PM »
Today’s Meeting:   11 members attended
   Members Forum     Family picture postcards
Everyone had either postcards or stories about postcards for the group.  Several themes emerged.  A number of the postcards were family member portraits printed with postcard detail on the back.  These were often taken for special occasions, like a 21st birthday, or to send to other family members.  Postcards were much cheaper than letters.  Many were not written on, presumably because one copy was kept at home - if there was no name or date then detective work was needed . For family historians postcards could be very useful - one set showed a family growing up and could be linked with their travels.  Another group was used to identify the different addresses abroad associated with a grandfather’s work.  Initials and names helped one member to confirm a family link she had not previously been aware of.   Not all the postcards showed family members - some were associated with their work eg wartime icebreakers (a topic that came up twice), a ship’s mascot tiger and a cartoon all came from a father’s time spent in the Royal Navy.   Some members had relations who went all over the world or around Britain and sent back or collected postcards from their travels, mainly in the inter-war period.  The star of the evening was a very old postcard album, several inches thick, full of postcards that had helped the owner to build up a picture of the grandmother she had never known.  It included cards from family members and friends, showing the places they lived, worked and holidayed and examples of their interests eg music hall stars.  Some showed her father, in his early teens, and his mother at the ‘popping stone’ near Gilsland where they were holidaying.
The next meeting of NDFHS Tynedale Branch will be held at Gilesgate Community Centre, Hexham, on Thursday 14th January 2016 at 7.00 pm and will be a Members' Forum on the subject of "Family Picture Postcards".
The next meeting of NDFHS South Tyneside Branch will be held at St. Hilda's Visitor Centre in Market Place, South Shields, on Wednesday 20th January 2016 at 1.30 pm.  This will be a Members' Forum on the subject of "Memories of Christmas" and you are invited to bring along a memento of one of your Christmases and tell us all about it!  Even though this is billed as a Members' Forum, as usual all visitors are welcome.  Please come along if you can.
The next meeting of NDFHS London Branch will be held at the Society of Genealogists in Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA, on Saturday 5th March 2016 at 2.30 pm.  The guest speaker will be Freda Thompson and details of the subject of her talk will be available nearer the date of the meeting. 
The next meeting of NDFHS Durham-Belmont Branch will be at Belmont Community Centre in Gilesgate, Durham, on Wednesday 20th January 2016 at 1.00 pm.  The meeting will commence with the Branch AGM, followed by a talk by guest speaker John Eden on "Electoral Rolls".
The next meeting of NDFHS Blyth Branch will be at the Briardale Community Centre in Blyth on Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 7.30 pm.  There is no guest speaker on this occasion and the meeting will be a members' discussion and research night.
Alnwick Branch / Alnwick Branch 2016 Meetings
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint - Publicity Officer NDFHS on January 11, 2016, 11:33:51 AM »
Please note there are no meetings of our NDFHS Alnwick Branch in January and February 2016, mainly due to the reluctance of speakers and members to travel in bad weather on winter evenings.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday 1st March, at Bailiffgate Museum at 7.30 pm.  It will feature a talk by Daniel Watkins on "The Amazing Percy Family History".
North Northumberland Branch / January Meeting:Using newspapers for Family History
« Last post by Vglass on January 06, 2016, 04:53:18 PM »
Our next meeting is Sat 16 Jan 10am at Bell View, Belford. We will be looking at how newspapers can help withFamily History. It,s surprising how often ancestors who led ordinary lives appear in print. Now that we can access digitised newspapers so easily, it is not always ne essay to trawl manually through those Microfilms of the Berwick advertiser which can be difficult to read.

We are hoping for some exciting finds at this meeting!

If. You hVe been meaning to come along to one of our meetings but not yet made it, start off  2016 by putting this date in your diary now! If you come at 9.45 you can have a coffee and chat beforehand!

Bell View is on West St opposite the War Memorial and has a car park and  lift.
« Last post by VAJ on December 22, 2015, 05:38:53 AM »
Thanks for posting this report, being in NZ I cant attend meetings but am interested in hearing about them...this one sounds particularly interesting !!!  Victoria
South Tyneside Branch / South Tyneside December 2015 Meeting Report
« Last post by Annf on December 17, 2015, 06:37:03 PM »
Members attended the meeting held on the 9th December when the speaker was Anthea Lang, who gave her customary informative and comprehensive presentation entitled 'Life on the Home Front during WW1'.

Some of the features included in the talk were the formation of local battalions such as the Northumberland Fusiliers Tyneside Scottish and Irish, and the DLI Gateshead battalion; the influx of Belgium refugees into our area; and also how women took over occupations previously undertaken by men, e.g. tram conductors, firemen and even the formation of women's football teams.  Anthea went on to discuss zeppelin raids, with particular reference to Palmers Yard in Jarrow, and how the sinking of the Lusitania was instrumental in arousing feelings, which in turn lead to attacks on German run pork butcher shops.

The Branch meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday each month in the Visitors Centre, St Hildas Church, South Shields, at the new time of 1.30 pm.  The January 2016 meeting will be a forum on the theme 'Childhood Memories of Christmas', and members are asked to bring along an applicable memento which they would like to talk about.  All members and guests are welcome to attend the meeting, which is usually followed by afternoon 'tea' at the Customs House.
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