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Please note that, due to their summer break, there will be no meetings of NDFHS South Tyneside Branch (South Shields) during July and August 2016.  Please check nearer the time for details of their September 2016 meeting.
Please note that, due to their summer break, there will be no meetings of North Northumberland Branch at Belford during June, July or August.  Check nearer the time for details of the September 2016 Meeting.
Newcastle Branch / NDFHS Newcastle Branch - July 2016 Meeting
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint on June 27, 2016, 09:36:28 PM »
The July meeting of NDFHS Newcastle Branch will be held in Room 3 of Brunswick Methodist Church, Northumberland Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 2.00 p.m., when Anthony Atkinson will be giving a talk on "Mary Eleanor Bowes (1749-1800), the Greatest Heiress of the North". 
London Branch / NDFHS London Branch - July 2016 Meeting
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint on June 27, 2016, 09:33:34 PM »
The next meeting of NDFHS London Branch will be held at the Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA (just a short walk from Barbican tube station), on Saturday 9th July 2016 at 2.30 pm.  Unfortunately the scheduled speaker, Andy Griffith, who was to speak on Border Reiver Families, has had to cancel and we are awaiting details of his replacement.
Durham - Belmont Branch / NDFHS Durham-Belmont Branch - July 2016 Meeting
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint on June 27, 2016, 09:28:30 PM »
The July 2016 meeting of NDFHS Durham-Belmont Branch will be a departure from their normal gathering.  All we have been advised of so far is that it will be a visit to a local venue.  Further details will be posted as soon as they are received.
Blyth Branch / NDFHS Blyth Branch - Summer Break - July & August 2016
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint on June 27, 2016, 09:25:08 PM »
Because of the summer break, there will be no meeting of NDFHS Blyth Branch in July or August 2016.  Look out for details of the September 2016 meeting.
Alnwick Branch / NDFHS Alnwick Branch - July 2016 Meeting - Venue Change
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint on June 27, 2016, 09:22:44 PM »
Meeting of NDFHS Alnwick Branch at 7.15 pm on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at ST JAMES' PARISH CENTRE, ALNWICK (not Bailiffgate Museum), will be a talk by Wendy Stafford on "The Parish Chest as a useful source".  NDFHS members free, but a donation will be invited from non-members.  Refreshments provided - all welcome.
Tynedale Branch / Change to Tynedale autumn programme listed in magazine
« Last post by Susanne on June 14, 2016, 05:40:56 PM »
There is a change to the Tynedale autumn programme listed in the NDFHS magazine

8 September 2016:  David Waugh’s talk on Changing Corbridge has been moved to December.
The September meeting will now be a Members Forum  on Organising My Research
Tynedale Branch / Report of June 2016 Tynedale branch meeting
« Last post by Susanne on June 13, 2016, 08:01:57 AM »
9 June 2016 Meeting
Vist by Hebburn Family History Group.  Short optional guided tour then back for tea, coffee and discussions and displays on family history (16 members and 4 guests)
Seven members of the Hebburn Family History Group, some of whom are NDFHS members, visited Hexham and came to the NDFHS Tynedale Branch meeting.  They and most of the local members present went on a guided tour of the area near to the Community Centre.  The aim of the tour was not to give a history of Hexham but to point out features that most visitors, and some locals, do not normally see or notice.  Market Street has several old houses dating back to the eighteenth century.  The Salvation Army building has a stone inscribed with the words “Blood and Fire”.  In the Market Place, the Shambles was built as a cover for market stalls in 1766 – to save money the front pillars are stone but on the more sheltered back they are wood.  Behind this is the archway leading to Back Street (properly called St Mary’s Chare).  This was a shortcut from the Market Place through the back of the medieval St Mary’s Church. Most of the church vanished centuries ago, incorporated into houses, but the locals insisted on continuing to use their short cut.  Behind the Abbey, through an archway, there is a collection of stone sections found all round the original grounds that are being pieced together to reconstruct the original chapel windows lost when the Abbey front was rebuilt in the 19th century. High on the walls, through the next arch, are carvings with the shields of Prior Leschman and Sir Reynold Carnaby. Lastly another opening, further down Gilesgate, leads to a viewpoint over one of the many old tanneries for which Hexham was famous until about a hundred years ago.  Here the Halgut Burn and the road share the same cobblestoned path, accessed from near the foot of Gilesgate. The group then returned to the Community Centre where tea, coffee and biscuits were ready.  There were several fascinating displays relating to family and local history in the Hexham area plus information about people in Hebburn wills and admin bonds resulting from work done by the NDFHS Wills Project, including how to access these online
Margaret McDonald of the Hebburn Family Group thanked the Tynedale group for their welcome and told us about their development and their transcription work.
North Northumberland Branch / MEMBERS FORUM 21 MAY 2016
« Last post by Vglass on June 04, 2016, 05:24:06 PM »


Minutes of Meeting held on 21 May 2016  at Bell View, Belford

PRESENT 13 members were present

APOLOGIES 5 apologies were received

This was an open session where members brought any item of their choice.
By special request, Yvonne spoke about her binary coding method of classifying direct ancestors. All males start with 1 and females with 2. Another digit is added for each generation working backwards. This has helped her keep track of who is who especially when names are repeated.

Enid brought along her pedigree which aims to prove the connection to Mad Jack Hall of Otterburn. Ralph advocated asking other people when your own knowledge or skills are not enough. Rosy showed us the Maling Family Tree going back to Huguenot de Malin in 1562, since 1899 owners of Twizel at Warenford. Colin told us about his mother’s family in which an aunt had attended Teacher Training College, become financially independent and owned a car, not unusual these days but very much so in the past.

Ann and John are currently transcribing some Sitwell letters found at Barmoor Castle dating to 1890. We also heard about a tragic train accident killing a mother of 15 children in 1888. Val brought a newspaper cutting of a farm accident in 1873 when a 13-year old relative died after being kicked by a horse.

Possibly the most intriguing item was a small wooden object, simply-fashioned like a shovel, from which a heart was carved out on the handle, bearing the initials A and D, which Bill brought along. It had belonged to his great grandmother and was a sort of love token made by her husband to represent his trade. Initially such a token would be nailed outside the entrance to the house before marriage. When the couple moved in, it would be hung beside the fireplace inside. In this case it dated back to about 1870.  None of our members had seen anything similar.

We would love to know more about this custom. If any reader knows of anything similar please email

Our next meeting takes place on Saturday 17 Sept at 10 am at Bell View, Belford when David Lockie will speak on a Northumbrian who settled in New Zealand. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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