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 on: July 10, 2014, 12:03:34 PM 
Started by Cheryl - Last post by Cheryl
I am currently tracing my GGF's Thomas Jones Newton's family in the Seaton Delaval/Holywell area.  The 1901 and 1911 Census place them (Thomas and his mother Margaret) in Middle Row (Bates Cottages) but I can't work out where this is on the modern maps.

Also, I am travelling to the area in September and was wondering if there is an index of the Earsdon Cemetery and/or surrounding cemeteries that I could view at the records office/ndfhs so that I can identify where some of my ancestors were laid to rest.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Cheryl

 72 
 on: June 29, 2014, 11:28:57 PM 
Started by meekhcs - Last post by MichaelBR1965
Hi Michael, welcome to the NDFHS Forum.

Pleased to hear that the problem has now been sorted by Gerry and that you will be able to post your queries. Sounds like the problem was to do with CAPTCHA which I believe is still set up to ask questions rather than get you to identify and retype distorted letters and numbers.

You are correct to point out that there is a problem with registrations. If you go to Forum Stats at the foot of the home page and click on “More Stats” this is the section for sad lads like me and you will see that in 2011 & 2012 there were over 1,000 new members each year, in 2013 there were only 211 and only 26 so far this year. The drop seems to coincide with the installation of the CAPTCHA software.

Thanks , I'm sure you're right although having run an invision power board for over a decade now I can tell you with certainty that those captcha software devices no matter how elaborate or updated, do not stop the spam bots unfortunately so the problem seemed to lie with the registration set up itself which has now been fixed. Like I said, I was answering the questions correctly but it still wasn't working.
If you haven't had any spam bots recently I reckon it is because nobody & nothing could get past registration errors. The fact that registration has dropped from over 1000 a year  to 26 so far this year suggests that the problem has been running for quite a few months unfortunately.
Fingers crossed now and thanks for the welcome :)

 73 
 on: June 29, 2014, 09:20:46 PM 
Started by meekhcs - Last post by GenKen
Hi Michael, welcome to the NDFHS Forum.

Pleased to hear that the problem has now been sorted by Gerry and that you will be able to post your queries. Sounds like the problem was to do with CAPTCHA which I believe is still set up to ask questions rather than get you to identify and retype distorted letters and numbers.

Now that you have joined I can’t tell who the latest member was before you or I could have looked at the members list and given you a date but there have been 3 new members in June.

You are correct to point out that there is a problem with registrations. If you go to Forum Stats at the foot of the home page and click on “More Stats” this is the section for sad lads like me and you will see that in 2011 & 2012 there were over 1,000 new members each year, in 2013 there were only 211 and only 26 so far this year. The drop seems to coincide with the installation of the CAPTCHA software.

 74 
 on: June 29, 2014, 06:16:46 PM 
Started by meekhcs - Last post by MichaelBR1965
Gerry fixed it thank you. It was me who tried to register - the member above recommended the site to me on a different website.
It was failing with all new registrations, first it just kept saying "an error occurred" and then it said "wrong verification code entered" even though I know for a fact it wad correct - all fine now :)
Don't know how many days weeks or months or years it has been broken for though as there is no way of letting you know by posting here if you are not a member lol - I emailed Gerry direct to solve the problem and he did do double quick.
When did the last member join before me ? lol

 75 
 on: June 27, 2014, 09:53:48 PM 
Started by meekhcs - Last post by GenKen
Hi Sally,

Hopefully Gerry will pick up on this one but in the meantime what problem is your friend having in registering?

Also, it is not possible to re-register your existing username using a different e-mail address as in effect that is two persons with same username. You can if you wish change your e-mail address which would maintain the one username – one e-mail address principle.

 76 
 on: June 27, 2014, 08:58:49 PM 
Started by meekhcs - Last post by meekhcs
I have recommended the site to someone but the registration process does not appear to be working. I have tried registering again with my other email address and I keep getting an error come up after going through the registration page.
Sally

 77 
 on: June 22, 2014, 09:33:07 AM 
Started by Susanne - Last post by Avvy
I was very interested in this as my family on my father's side has quite a lot of connections with the Gibside estate . My father was baptised in the chapel at Gibside in the late 1800s about 1898 I think . His family on his mothers side worked and lived on the estate , their name was Cheeseman
As I now live in Devon it is always nice to hear something of the North east.

 78 
 on: June 19, 2014, 12:07:00 PM 
Started by Susanne - Last post by Susanne
Today’s Meeting:  (10 members and 1 guest) 
Anthea Lang   Coal, conjugality, and courtship: the Bowes family of Gibside
Anthea started by describing the families who owned the Gibside estate before the Bowes family obtained it in the late 17th century.  In the Middle Ages the Marleys owned Gibside - their name survives in  Marleyhill.  Later a Marley heiress married a Blakiston.  The Blakistons built Gibside Hall in 1605. Around a century later, through the marriage of another female heiress, the Estate passed to the Bowes of Streatlam.  In 1721 the youngest son of this marriage inherited the Estate.  He preferred Gibside to Streatlam and spent much time and money on the estate, using coal revenues to pay for the improvements.  On his death the estate passed to his daughter Mary Eleanor.  Her life, especially her marriages first to the Earl of Strathmore and then to a rogue called  Andrew Stoney have been the subject of several books, the most recent being “Wedlock” by Wendy Moore.    Anthea described the 18th and 19th century owners and their works in detail, with illustrations of the people and sites.  The focus of the talk kept coming back to Gibside, its buildings and its many changes.  The Hall was dismantled after World War 1 but the National Trust, which has owned Gibside since 1966, has worked on repairing and improving other areas like the gardens, walks and statue of Lady Liberty.  The Chapel is the star although the mausoleum underneath is only open on Heritage Days. 
After a short question session, the Chairwoman thanked Anthea for a fascinating talk which everyone enjoyed. The meeting was followed by refreshments and individual chats.

 79 
 on: June 19, 2014, 10:37:20 AM 
Started by Geoff - Last post by Geoff
S TYNESIDE BRANCH, JUNE MEETING, 2014

   Our June meeting, as is often the case in June, took the form of a visit to a local place of interest.  This year we followed up the story of the Victoria Tunnel, about which we had received an interesting talk earlier in the year, by visiting the tunnel itself, in the Ouseburn district of Newcastle.

        The dozen members and guests who attended had two knowledgeable guides who took us into the tunnel and through it from the “Ouseburn” entrance to another (blocked), which we were assured was underneath the roadway at the top of Stepney Bank.  On the way up one guide concentrated on the tunnel’s use as an air-raid shelter during WWII and, going down, the other told us about its original use as a conduit for a colliery waggonway.  We had quite a long walk through the tunnel, including negotiating several sets of blast baffles, put there just before the War and had the details of the chemical toilets used at that time explained to us – in rather more detail than we really required!  Given that after the War the tunnel was cleared out of all easily-moveable fittings such as bunk beds, seats, etc, and then abandoned to nature, rust and decay, there is a remarkable amount of detail left, though the reasons for many of the markings on the walls and holes, missing bricks, etc, still had to be explained to us.  There was rather less to say about the waggonway for which the tunnel was built, though some of it was tragic indeed, such as when some people were killed by an uncontrolled waggon when inspecting the structure before it was sold when the colliery went out of business.

        All in all there was a lot to absorb and a lot to discuss at the “informal” part of the meeting afterwards up the road, on what was a beautiful summer’s evening, sat at the benches outside the Ship Inn, whose Tapas are also to be recommended!

   The branch will now take its usual summer break and we intend to re-commence with a “member’s evening”, centred on your own research, on the third Wednesday (17th) of September.

                  Geoff Nicholson

 80 
 on: June 16, 2014, 06:12:50 PM 
Started by Polly32 - Last post by Geoff
Polly:

     Some years ago I assisted the ladies of Lindenbridge Publications in recording all the Monumental Inscriptions (ie gravestones) in Harton cemetery.  They were published on microfiche but unfortunately they didn't bother to compile an index, which limits its usefulness considerably.  You mention "all the graves", but without reference to the burial registers (or at least the graves registers) that would not be possible.  I do think that if someone else has recorded them (and not "ripped off" our work) they are unlikely to have been as accurate as we were, in recording all those for which there are gravestones with a legible inscription.

    I do have an index, compiled by myself, of very many inscriptions - from all over Northumberland and Co Durham - so although I did begin to add the Harton ones, I never got around to finishing the job and the William S Usher one was not one of those I included (must finish that job soon!).

     My main point, however, is to say that unless you tell us precisely what the stone says, and give us some idea, perhaps, of where in the cemetery it is (ie which Ward), then we will be somewhat limited in anything we can say to expand upon it.  It could be most useful to know who is recorded on the same stone, for instance, and what it says about them.

     One last thought.  I assume that when you say "Harton Cemetery" you really do mean that, and not the churchyard at St Peter's parish church in Harton!

                                 Geoff Nicholson


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