Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state.
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A new Facebook group that might be of interest: Liverpool Gravestones. "A new group based on interesting, unique or family Gravestones within the boundary of Liverpool. Feel free to attach images/information but please make it relevant with a personal story, or a story of the name. Please add a location!"
There are already a good number of photos posted. No need to be a member in order to view the photos and posts.
Deceased Online have announced the addition of Salford cemetery records:
"Three cemeteries and two crematoria from Salford in Greater Manchester are available to view on www.deceasedonline.com, with records dating from 1879. Agecroft, Peel Green, and Swinton Cemeteries, and Agecroft and Peel Green Crematoria are available now. Their records comprise digital scans of the original burial and cremation registers, cemetery maps showing the section in which the grave is located, and grave details for each of the graves and their occupants.
"Agecroft cemetery opened in 1903 with the name of Salford Northern Cemetery, due to a pressing need for burial space as the nearby Weaste Cemetery was near to capacity. In 1957 the Non-Conformist chapel was converted to a crematorium. In the grounds at Agecroft stands a beautiful Victorian mortuary chapel with a clock tower, now derelict and listed as a heritage building at risk. Peel Green Cemetery was opened in 1879 and was originally known as the Eccles Cemetery. The crematorium in the grounds opened in 1955 and, as with Agecroft, utilised the old Non-Conformist chapel
"Swinton Cemetery opened in 1886 and is the resting place of Henry George Crandon VC. Crandon enjoyed a distinguished military career and served all over the world, including in India, South Africa, France, and Egypt. He earned the Victoria Cross in Springbok Laagte when he and Private Berry were ambushed by forty Boer commandos whilst scouting ahead. Private Berry was shot in the hand and shoulder and his horse was injured but Private Crandon braved the bullets to ride back for him, placing Private Berry on to his own horse and leading the horse to safety on foot. With Berry safe and out of range, Crandon returned fire until the main body arrived. Crandon was buried with full military honours in Swinton Cemetery in 1953, at the age of 78.
"Salford cemeteries, among many others in Greater Manchester, provide the final resting place of many people killed in the Manchester Blitz of Christmas 1940. It's estimated that 215 people were killed and 910 injured in Salford during the Luftwaffe raids of 22nd and 23rd of December, and more than 8,000 homes damaged or destroyed. The Greater Manchester Blitz Victims website, dedicated to the memory of those who died, details a total of 1,428 civilians from the Greater Manchester District, Salford included. Dr John Dudgeon Giles OBE and his wife Annie were among those killed when Hope Hospital was bombed, after Dr Giles had worked hard to transform Hope hospital "from a poor law institution to a well equipped medical centre." Dr and Mrs Giles were buried in Agecroft Cemetery. More information about some of the people killed in the Greater Manchester air raids can also be found at the Greater Manchester Blitz Victims' sister site, Trafford War Dead.
"We're working hard on processing more than 330,000 burial records for Salford's Weaste Cemetery, which will be coming to Deceased Online in the near future.
"Further Information for the North West on Deceased Online:
"Trafford Council <https://tinyurl.com/s8h2nlb>
"Bolton Council <https://tinyurl.com/jjs5fm9>
"Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council <https://tinyurl.com/udfof67>
"Chester and Cheshire West Council <https://tinyurl.com/rnmhwrq>
"Cheshire East Council <https://tinyurl.com/vavv79n>
"Wyre Council <https://tinyurl.com/vfejw6p>
"Other records in the North West are available courtesy of the National Archives <https://tinyurl.com/y7zn69fd>"
No matter which holiday you celebrate, may this year's be the best ever! My wish is that in the coming year you break down brick walls and that you and your families enjoy peace, good health, and happiness.
As the year draws to a close, please give a thought to the future of RootsWeb's mailing lists. If they are to continue, your posts are needed. Many mailing lists have been inactivated because of lack of participation. If every subscriber posted her or his interests, a snippet of information or history, or posed a question every month or even a few times a year, the lists would be very busy indeed. Many thanks go to those that do post to the lists. Your contributions are invaluable.
PS - A card awaits you at <https://tinyurl.com/r6pncbe>. Enjoy!
From Lancashire Mining Museum at Astley Green's Facebook page:
"At 7.51 am on this day 109 years ago Hulton colliery Bank pit No 3 also known as Pretoria pit, an explosion of gas in the Plodder seam killed 344 men & boys aged between 14 & 61 triggering the UK's third worst mining disaster
"This watch was recovered from one of the casualties & shows the exact time it ceased working
"R I P"
See "Pretoria Pit disaster footage taken on day of explosion uncovered by historian" at <https://tinyurl.com/r44ph27> as well as other links for more information about the explosion.
From Lancashire BMD updates at http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/update.php:
7 December 2019
Added 50,160 Births for Manchester RD comprising: Manchester (2000-2007)
Added 5,556 Births for Bury RD comprising: Bury (1974-1976)
Added 45,624 Deaths for Bolton RD comprising: Bolton A (1982-1998); Bolton B (1988-2007); Bolton C (1982-1994); Bolton D (1984-1996)
Added 6,058 Deaths for Bury RD comprising: Bury (1954-1960)
Many thanks to all of the volunteers and contributors to Lancashire BMD.
Search for your ancestors in Lancashire at http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/
or use the multi-region search at http://www.ukbmdsearch.org.uk/
Searching for old photographs of Christmas in Lancashire (not found yet!) brought me to the Best Bygone Bolton pics on Pinterest. See <https://www.pinterest.co.uk/0wdtz2gzme6u9n6/bygone-bolton/>. Perhaps you'll find these of interest.
If you're not registered on Pinterest, you might get annoying requests to create a login, but you can continue to view the pictures by finding the little X and clicking on it to close the popup logon screen.
Can you recommend a site with old photographs of Christmas in Lancashire? Please share!
The Catholic Record Society has recently announced that its Record
Series Volumes 1 to 79 are now online at www.crs.org.uk/publications and
available to all.
Scroll down the opening page and click on the 'More Info' box under
'Record Series'. This takes you to a page that has a link to each of
these volumes starting with Volume 79. Many of the early volumes to
about Vol. 40 include transcripts of Catholic mission registers,
generally from before 1837.
There are six volumes devoted to Mission registers from Lancashire.
Volumes 15, 16, 20, 31 and 35 have registers from the area north of
Preston and Volume 23 has the registers from Brindle and Samlesbury.
Hope this helps,
Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancs.)
Thanks for that, Annette.
Coincidentally, I've just viewed a presentation by Constance Knox at Genealogy TV of "Five Genealogy Books Everyone Should Have" on YouTube. It can be watched at <https://tinyurl.com/r5g8tje> where Connie briefly describes the value of the five books, which are
Evidence Explained, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine Bettinger
Genealogy Standards, by The Board for Certification of Genealogists
Professional Genealogy, editor Elizabeth Shown Mills
Mastering Genealogical Proof, by Thomas W. Jones
Family Photo Detective, by Maureen Taylor
Maybe one or two would be welcomed as a holiday gift? Some of these books are rather expensive, but your local library might have them.
You can read more about Genealogy TV at <https://genealogytv.org/> or subscribe to the YouTube broadcasts (free) at <https://tinyurl.com/r5g8tje> or on any other of Genealogy TV's YouTube presentations.
Annette Watson <annete(a)aapt.net.au> wrote:
>I have a copy of 'Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History
>Research' written by Pauline M LITTON,
>first published in 2010 - a book worth having for reference,
A topic that frequently comes up on the mailing lists and is usually angrily debated is copyright. A new article in Who Do You Think You Are online magazine by Margaret Haig of the Government’s Intellectual Property Office explains "everything* that family historians need to know about copyright law." See <https://tinyurl.com/rkcf9bo>
*"Everything" is their word, not mine! :-)
I have a copy of 'Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History
Research' written by Pauline M LITTON,
first published in 2010 - a book worth having for reference,
The Bolton branch of the Manchester & Lancashire FHS have put together two research guides, one for beginners and an advanced guide. Take a look at <https://tinyurl.com/vllvrkv> and <https://tinyurl.com/s8cpn7f>. Both guides are in PDF format and can be saved to your computer.
What do you think? Anything missing or incorrect?
Back in the mid-1800s my family changed its surname from HALL to SHAW. Is
there any way I can find out from official records exactly when and why the
name was changed?
Thanks for any help.