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From the Echo:
"Authors Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi wrote about the company’s Plaistow Wharf refinery, in East London, in their 2012 book The Sugar Girls: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle’s East End.
"But Nuala said: “We’ve always felt the story of the Sugar Girls wouldn’t be complete until we could go back to the place where it all started – Liverpool, where Tate’s mother factory was.
"'Women were central to Tate & Lyle’s workforce, but their contribution is often overlooked in the history books. We’d like to hear from any women who are willing to share their memories with us.'
"The books working title is The Sugar Girls of Love Lane.
"Those interviewed so far have described the hard work involved in jobs such as sugar-packing, working on shifts from 6am to 2pm and 2pm to 10pm. But the friendships forged on the factory floor and the social life at Tate’s were unrivalled...."
"If you are a woman who worked at Tate & Lyle in Liverpool, or had relatives who did, you can call Nuala on 0151 528 9494 or email sugargirlsbook(a)hotmail.co.uk"
Pointed out by Manchester & Lancashire FHS, "Manchester Voices is a research project which explores the rich tapestry of accents, dialects, and identities that make up Greater Manchester. In this week’s blog, Dr Erin Carrie and Dr Rob Drummond discuss how the research will develop, and demonstrate why it really is a project about, with, and for the people of Greater Manchester."
Read the rest of the article at <https://tinyurl.com/y5x7396j> and learn more about the project at <http://www.manchestervoices.org/>.
From Wigan & Leigh Archives & Local Studies:
"'Carry on Cleaning' will be taking place at Wigan Local Studies on Wednesdays from 10am - 12pm. We will be cleaning the local studies books using specialist equipment and care. This is an informal, drop-in session and full training will be given to anyone who wants to drop in and give it a go! There is no need to book and the session is absolutely free."
Thank you, Jim. I'll send notice of the meeting to the Eng-Gen-Events list.
jim lancaster <lancaster.jim(a)zen.co.uk> wrote:
>The event detailed below is likely to be of interest and help to those
>with Jewish ancestry. The group that are running it are a very friendly
>and knowledgeable group.
>Hope this helps,
>Jim Lancaster (Bury Lancs.)
>The Manchester Regional Group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of
>Great Britain is holding its 17th Annual Northern Conference on Sunday,
>12 May 2019 at the Greater Manchester Police Training College, Prestwich.
>The conference programme and registration form is now available to
>download on this link
>or by accessing our society website https://www.jgsgb.org.uk/
>This is a full-day programme with five speakers covering a wide range of
>North West Jews of the First World War: A new database – Paula Kitching
> From Dusseldorf to Manchester via the Isle of Man and other internment
>camps – Rob David
>Catching Up with FamilySearch – Sharon Hintze
>A British Jew considers a German Passport – Robert Voss CBE
>DNA for Genealogy: Interpreting your results – Donna Rutherford
>Registration is now open and the event is open to members and
>non-members of JGSGB alike.
>Ticket price is £27.50 per person and includes refreshments during the
>day, a kosher buffet lunch and free, secure on-site parking. The
>registration form is in the programme document.
>For any more information or queries, contact
>or phone 0734 234 2881
Thank you, Jim.
jim lancaster <lancaster.jim(a)zen.co.uk> wrote:
>Don't forget our own Lancashire Fusiliers. The Regiments web-site has -
>On the morning of April 25, 1915, one of the most courageous actions
>ever performed by the British armed forces took place at a beach close
>to Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The gallantry
>displayed that day led to the famous “Six Before Breakfast” awards in
>which half a dozen Victoria Crosses (VCs) were eventually handed out in
>recognition of the bravery shown by the 1st Battalion, the Lancashire
>Fusiliers. The successful capture of “W Beach”, however, came at a
>terrible price, with up to 700 members of the regiment being killed or
>Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancs.)
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Today, 25 April, we commemorate Anzac Day with our Australian and New Zealand friends. This a day of remembrance of the sacrifice of those who died in the Gallipoli campaign and the First World War.
The event detailed below is likely to be of interest and help to those
with Jewish ancestry. The group that are running it are a very friendly
and knowledgeable group.
Hope this helps,
Jim Lancaster (Bury Lancs.)
The Manchester Regional Group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Great Britain is holding its 17th Annual Northern Conference on Sunday,
12 May 2019 at the Greater Manchester Police Training College, Prestwich.
The conference programme and registration form is now available to
download on this link
or by accessing our society website https://www.jgsgb.org.uk/
This is a full-day programme with five speakers covering a wide range of
North West Jews of the First World War: A new database – Paula Kitching
From Dusseldorf to Manchester via the Isle of Man and other internment
camps – Rob David
Catching Up with FamilySearch – Sharon Hintze
A British Jew considers a German Passport – Robert Voss CBE
DNA for Genealogy: Interpreting your results – Donna Rutherford
Registration is now open and the event is open to members and
non-members of JGSGB alike.
Ticket price is £27.50 per person and includes refreshments during the
day, a kosher buffet lunch and free, secure on-site parking. The
registration form is in the programme document.
For any more information or queries, contact
or phone 0734 234 2881
Do you have DAVIES in your family?
"The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre wish to contact the next of kin of Corporal Robert Owen Davies of 10th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
"Robert Owen Davies was born in Manchester and was married to Margaret Elizabeth. He was killed in action on 20 July 1916 in Delville Wood.
"Robert is commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Thiepval Memorial. However, new research has shown that he is in fact buried in London Cemetery and Extension. A rededication service will take place at his graveside in June 2019.
"If you are related to Corporal Davies, please contact our Commemorations Team" at commemorations(a)cwgc.org.
The Catholic Family History Society (North West) is meeting Saturday,
1st. June, at Fulwood Methodist Church, Watling Street Road, Fulwood,
Preston PR2 8EA (Large Car Park at rear of Church)
1-00 pm Arrival and Welcome by Maureen Fitzgibbon
1-30 pm ON_LINE NEWSPAPERS: A VALUABLE SOURCE FOR FAMILY HISTORY
RESEARCH Lawrence Gregory M.A., Archivist, Newman Collection, Birmingham.
2-30 pm Afternoon Tea
3-00 pm SOURCES AND PROBLEM SOLVING Meet fellow family historians for
discussion on established and new sources of information and advice on
finding your ancestors. Bring your own research to show us! Discussion
led by Brenda Hustler.
4-00 pm Meeting closes
Cost £8.oo per person (inclusive of all refreshments)
Enquiries - e-mail - jeansmith1934(a)talktalk.net
Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancs.)
I realize that with today’s technology mailing lists are past their prime and less significant than they once were. But back in the early days of the internet Lancsgen and some of the other companion lists were invaluable for getting advice and sharing information with likeminded researchers. Being from the States, I was also able to make connection with third and fourth cousins that I didn’t know I had and, by comparing notes, confirm and/or correct much of the information that I had accumulated.
This brings me to my current need for advancing my research. On several occasions I have made posts regarding my grandfather’s illegitimacy and futile efforts that I have made attempting to learn the identity of his father. A year or so ago, I submitted to an Autosomal DNA test and through cousin matches I have determined with great certainty that my great grandfather was descended from Robert and Alice Speakman who raised their family in Ashton in Makerfield in the mid 1800’s.
I would like to make contact any descendants of Robert and Alice, especially anyone who may be descended from their daughter Jane who was married to Hezekiah Cottam. At this point, the evidence leans toward one of their three sons being my great grandfather.
Thanks for the additional links, Bob. The Old Mersey Times site is a longtime favourite of mine.
familyhistory <familyhistory(a)bccy.org.uk> wrote:
>Transcriptions from the Carlisle Journal and also the Carlisle Patriot,
>Penrith Herald and a few other papers are posted to the
>Genealogy-Cumberland Google Group at
>extracts (there are one or two) could well overlap with North Lancashire.
>Closer to home http://www.old-merseytimes.co.uk/ is full of newspaper
>transcripts from Merseyside (including Southport and St Helens). They
>are well categorised - the sections on "Divorce" and "Bigamy" gives
>information not easily found in the normal run of things and some make
Thanks for sharing that with us, June. Good sleuthing to have found your foundling ancestor and nice you've gotten back so far, but £50 to obtain copies? Ouch!
I envy you your Gustavus. Wouldn't it be so much easier if we all had ancestors with unusual names? Mine are all John, Mary/Maria, Hannah, and Frank!
June Dowling <june.dowling(a)yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
>Thank you Lynne, for this information. I notice the article also mentions Foundlings.
>I have a foundling in my ancestry who was taken into the London Foundling Hospital - sent out to be 'nursed' - then sent to Ackworth, Yorkshire aged 6. Ackworth was an off-shoot of the Thomas Coram Foundling Hospital. He was apprenticed to a Farmer and remained in Yorkshire (otherwise I wouldn't be here!)
>As it says in the article -- his records were at London Metropolital Archives. It cost me about £50 to obtain copies -- so worth it though. Luckily he had been given an unusual Christian name when baptised at the Foundling Hospital, otherwise I would never have found him. I actually discovered him by doing a blanket search on Family Search. The name he was given was Gustavus Smith! This was in 1757.(His married daughter went on to name a child Gustavus Smith Barber).
>It's worth getting the papers if you do come across a Foundling -- gave me an enormous shock though.
I am researching the MOFFATT family who were born at Clones on the Fermanagh
Monaghan border (now in Northern Ireland)
As far as I know they were Methodists, or other protestant - and
centuries before would have originally come from the town of Moffatt in
I am hoping to make contact with anyone from that Moffatt branch
I wonder if anyone can tell me where they might have gone to a church in
that Rochdale area so I could follow up re their records
The generation of Charles Patrick MOFFAT 1836-1894 migrated to Philadelphia
His father was William MOFFATT 1811 Clones -1864 Rochdale and was married
to Catherine Ann O'Hara
Fromelles Association of Australia
Hunter Valley NSW
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The next meeting of the LFHHS Pendle & Burnley Branch will take place on
Wednesday 17th April in the usual venue, the upstairs meeting room at
Colne Library BB8 0AP.
Our next speaker, Kate Hurst, first came to talk to us in 2017, about
having priests in her family tree. This talk is entitled, "Who Do You
Think You Are", and is about her experiences of working for the
television programme when she was asked to help research Ian McKellen's
She has a website: katehurst.wixsite.com <http://katehurst.wixsite.com>
The talk starts at 7.30pm - doors open at 7pm so there will be a chance
to chat to other members and perhaps ask for help with any problems you
have come across in your research. All welcome. The meeting room is
upstairs but there is a lift available. The full address is Colne
Library, Market Street, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 0AP.
Please note: Colne Library closes to the public at 6pm. The meeting room
is accessed via the rear entrance facing the car park which has no
restrictions in the evenings. _This door is locked once the talk begins
(7.30pm)_ for security reasons, so please try to arrive in good time.
See the website http://www.lfhhs-pendleandburnley.org.uk for further
Application forms to join the Society will be available - please just ask.
Transcriptions from the Carlisle Journal have been posted to the UK-Newspaper-Extracts mailing list by Petra Mitchinson for some time. The posts make for some fascinating reading. Not only did the Journal publish news of Carlisle and areas nearby, it also published some Lancashire BMDs, trial information from the Lancaster Assizes, and other newsworthy items having to do with Lancashire. An example from a recent post:
"At Lancaster Assizes, which commenced on Saturday se'nnight, the following prisoners have taken their trials:
"Samuel HOGG, for returning from transportation before the expiration of his time, and John BIRKETT, who was found guilty at the last Assizes, of forgery, but judgment respited, received sentence of death.—The latter received hopes from the Judge, that his life may be saved.
"James MARSHALL, for having forged notes in his possession—Fourteen years transportation.
"Sarah WORRALL, for stealing apparel, at Salford, and Betty KENWORTHY, for stealing a bill, at Manchester—Seven years transportation.
"William JONES, for stealing cotton goods, and Margaret ROWBOTTOM, for stealing a 20l. bill, at Manchester—Each fined 1s. and imprisoned two years in Preston House of Correction.
"Samuel ASPINALL, for killing Samuel PLIMMER, of Manchester—Fined 1s. and one month's imprisonment.
"Henry HORNER, for the murder of Alice CROPPER, was found to be insane, and remanded.
"Mary JACKSON, for the murder of Ann SMITH, at Manchester—Acquitted, but remanded for trial at the next Assizes, a true bill being found against her for burglary at Manchester.
"William SMITH and Mary BOSSON, for murder; James VARLEY, for manslaughter; John SMITH, (admitted King's evidence) and James IRWIN,for forgery; Margaret FULLHAM and Martha ECKERSLEY, for felony; John NOWELL, for stabbing Joseph HEAP; William BRINDLE, for burglary; and Patrick CONNOR, for cutting Thomas FRANCEYS with a trowel — were all acquitted.
"No bills were found against W. SMITH, for murder, and Thomas BORTLEY, for forgery.
"The above Samuel HOGG was convicted of grand larceny, in 1804, and ordered to be transported for seven years. He was removed to the Hulks, at Portsmouth, in June following, and escaped from thence soon after.—Not long after which, he was apprehended at Manchester,
for another felony, where he was tried, and again sentenced to seven years transportation.
"The trial of Mary JACKSON, for murder, lasted the whole of Thursday. The evidence being wholly circumstantial, and she persisting in her innocence, saying, that one James CHEETHAM gave her the different things which were traced into her possession, and which had been taken out of a chest, in the cellar where the deceased was found murdered, the Jury acquitted her of that charge.
"A poor man, of the name of SCOLES, from Newchurch, in Rossendale, recovered 200l. damages against two sheriff's officers and others,for distraining unlawfully. The plaintiff, with his wife and children, had been used most cruelly."
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If you have an ancestor in your tree who was adopted, you might find this article in Family Tree magazine helpful, which includes links to available UK records and resources and websites that can help in your research. See <http://tinyurl.com/y57foenp>