President’s Report – 

      1. To view our Annual Report 2019 click here
      2. Family History Society of Rockingham and Districts Inc.Update.   

    Hello everyone

    In view of the difficulties encountered with numbers for our AGM today(5th Sept 2020), we have decided to cancel our October meeting at which Christine Timoney would have talked to us about “Ireland Reaching Out”.  She has agreed to talk to us at our December meeting instead. By then we will hopefully be in the next level of restrictions for COVID, i.e. more attendees allowed. Due to this we will not be having a quiz this year, sorry about that to all you brainboxes out there!!!

    Our library is now affiliated as a FamilySearch library.  It will be good to be able to access their original scanned documents.

  1. One of their requirements is that we do not charge for using their software such as, so a reminder to you all that the fee of $0.50 per half hour we charge is to cover rental, power and software package subscriptions such as Ancestry and Find My Past.

    1. During research I came across a burial record in with the notation (buried in sheep wool).  Being a great Googler I did so and found the attached that may be of interest, click here.
    2. A reminder also that our library is not just there to access websites for your research, but also that we have well stocked shelves with publications to help also. There is a catalogue for your perusal.
    3. If you have come across Pallot’s records in your research, you may have wondered how they originated, well here is your answer.
    4. Genealogical notes for new members and library assistants.We have access to many websites in our library but you may want to know the best records to search for in each of them. Here is a brief history of Genealogical records in Britain.PARISH RECORDS. These started in the reign of Henry VIII, in the 16th century, when he required all churches to keep Baptism, Marriage and Burial. A summary of these was sent regularly to the local Bishop, these are called Bishop’s Transcripts. The above continued until 1837 when Civil Registration was introduced. These required Births, Marriages and Deaths to be recorded.

      Parish records can be found on however some are now appearing on Ancestry and Finmypast. Our library is affiliated with the Mormon Church now and if they have been digitized, Parish Records can be printed off from their website.

      CIVIL REGISTRATION. These records are widely available on Ancestry and Findmypast, and by noting the Registration District, Volume and Page number, a certified copy of the relevant document can be obtained for a fee from the General Register Office in London. These can be ordered in our library and can be used for legal purposes. If a non-legal document is required just for genealogical purposes, Birth and Death documents can also be order for a cheaper price, again in our library. They take about 2 to 3 days to arrive in a pdf format, to be printed out in our library.

      CENSUS RECORDS. These started in Britain in 1810 and were conducted every 10 years around the beginning of April in that year. However, the first four to 1831 were only used to collect numbers in the population. From 1841 onwards until 1911 they are an invaluable resource for genealogists. Until 1911 the details of each household were collected by an enumerator knocking on doors, taking down the details of the residents and then transcribing them on the census document. This of course sometimes caused errors to occur and caution should be exercised when reading them. The 1911 was handwritten by the head of the household that enables you now to see your ancestors handwriting.

      These are available for England, Wales and Scotland, however those for Scotland for 1911 are in a slightly different format. For Ireland most of the records have not survived however they are available for 1901 and 1911. These records can be accessed in Ancestry, Findmypast and many other websites.

      MILITARY RECORDS. There are many sites available for these that we have access to in the library. Here is a tip about fold3. When you log into Ancestry, login also to fold3. When a record is found in Ancestry, and it directs you to fold3 just click on that and it will take you directly to the particular record in that data base.

      This is only a brief explanation and as you progress in your research, you will understand more about what is available.

      Good luck in your research.

    Peter Godfrey
    5 February 2020