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NDFHS Wansbeck & District Branch meeting on Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 1.30 pm at the usual venue of Pegswood Community Hub will include a talk by Andrew Clark on The "Wellesley" Training Ship.
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NDFHS Tynedale Branch will be holding a different kind of meeting on Thursday 9th June 2016 at 7.00 pm at The Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham.  This will take the form of a Members' Forum and will include a visit by Hebburn FH Group, a short local tour and displays.
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NDFHS South Tyneside Branch - no meeting at St. Hilda's in South Shields this month.  Instead, on Wednesday 15th June 2016, the group will pay a visit to Trinity House, in Broad Chare, just off the Quayside in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Members are asked to meet in Broad Chare at 1.15 pm for a 1.30 pm start.  The duration of the tour will be approximately 1 hr 30 mins.
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NDFHS Blyth Branch meeting on Tuesday 21st June 2016 at 7.30 pm at Briardale Community Centre, 35 Briardale Road, Blyth, will feature Part 2 of David Fraser's talk on "Blyth Coal Staithes".
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NDFHS Alnwick Branch Meeting Tuesday 7th June 2016 at Bailiffgate Museum, 7.15 pm.  An informal meeting this time on the topic of "A Family Treasure".  Everyone is welcome.  Please come along and share an item, a photograph, or even a memory!
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South Tyneside Branch / South Tyneside April 2016 Meeting Report
« Last post by Annf on May 08, 2016, 05:21:49 PM »
The South Tyneside Branch met as usual at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 20th April when the speaker was our own Ann Franklin.  Ann talked to the members and guests at the meeting about the search for links (Family rumor) between her ancestor William Henry Hurlbutt, who came from America to Shields, and his association with a similar named early settler who helped build Fort Saybrook, was involved with the Pequot Indian War of 1637, and who settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

She described her research in some detail, giving various helpful hints and comments along the way, and regaling us with some funny tales of incidents during her research in America, including the variations in 'pronunciation' of the name (Two countries separated by the same language!).

Ann was joined by visitors from the 'extended family' and as the afternoon progressed, comments passed between them of previously unknown and long forgotten items of information which were remembered and noted for further investigation.  The tale is still on-going as the final link between the two ends of the 'family' is still to be found.  In all an enthralling tale.  We await the further outcome.
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The next meeting of Newcastle Branch will take place in Room 3 of Brunswick Methodist Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, on Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 2.00 pm, when Professor John Derry will give a talk on "1066 and all that".  Please come along - everyone is welcome.
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The next meeting of NDFHS Tynedale Branch will be held at Gilesgate Community Centre in Hexham on Thursday 12th May 2016 at 7.00 pm.  This will feature a talk by Anthea Lang on "Characters, Clerics, and a Cleaner" - all people with a connection to St. Mary's Church in Gateshead.
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Next meeting of South Tyneside Branch will be at St. Hilda's in South Shields on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 1.30 pm, when Freda Thompson will give a talk on "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" - the histories of some "notable" Tyneside characters.  Please come along if you can.
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Next meeting of Durham-Belmont Branch will be at Belmont Community Centre on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 1.00 pm when Norman Kirtland will be giving a talk on "The Mary Bell Murders".
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