Please note that Oswaldtwistle Research Centre will be closed on Saturday 3rd March because of the adverse weather conditions which are forecast to become even worse.
Escape the cold weather and spend your weekend discovering your family history!
You can view all UK and Ireland records on Ancestry for free from 23rd-25th February!.
To whet your appetite - some new releases
UK, Cemetery Registers, 1800-2016
New Records: 135,900
Total Records: 1,987,145
New Images: 12,326
Total Images: 144,946
This collection has been updated to include records and images from the area of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, England
UK, Registers of Employees of the East India Company and the India Office, 1746-1939
Total Records: 643,303
Total Images: 94,918
The registers list the employees, both civil and military, of the East India Company and later, the India Office. It includes details of the people working for the main vehicles of British administrative and military power in India.
London, England, City Directories, 1736-1943
Total Images: 1,016,847
Total Records: 19,793,623
Jersey, Hospital and Poor House Admissions, 1879-1916
Total Records: 29,132
The Jersey General Hospital acted as both a medical hospital and a place of assistance for those who could not support themselves and their families. This collection includes names of patients and details of their admission and discharge.
Wiltshire, England, Wills and Probate, 1530-1858
Total Images: 514,518
Total Records: 118,751
Burntisland, Scotland, Directory and Yearbook, 1892
Total Images: 30
Total Records: 1,279
This directory covers the town of Burntisland, Fife, situated on the south-west coast of the County. The town of Burntisland is a sea-port and a Royal Burgh and traditional industries include fishing and coal.
Rosyth, Fife, Scotland, Dockyard Employee Books, 1892-1967
Total Images: 3,408
Total Records: 18,474
This collection includes records of individuals who were employed at Rosyth Dockyard located in Fife, Scotland. The dockyard was built at the orders of the Royal Navy, looking to strengthen their presence along the Eastern seaboard at a time when Britain was engaged in a naval arms race with Germany.
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, War Albums, 1899 – 1916
Total Images: 140
Total Records: 1,511
This collection includes four volumes of men from the District of Kirkcaldy posing in military uniform during both the Second Boer War (1899-1902) and First World War (1914-1918).
Clare, Ireland, Church of Ireland Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1744-1991
Total Images: 758
Total Records: 13,764
Nominations are being sought from members to cover the roles of President, Chairman and Secretary of the Society, all are due to retire at the AGM.
The current Chairman and President are not able to continue because of the requirements of our Constitution. The current Secretary has an increased work commitment and wishes to step down at the AGM in May..
For a copy of the Job Description for each, or to talk through possibilities or any other issue, please contact me offline at: email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you.
From Annalisa Solla, Commonwealth War Graves Foundation
If you are interested in the project please contact her directly.
Lest We Forget – Keep Their Stories Alive WWI
Digital Archive Project 2018
2018 will mark the centennial anniversary of the end of WWI. Few families in Britain were unaffected by the conflict and in thousands of attics across the country there are photographs, diaries, letters and mementos that tell the story of a generation at war. In 2018, we want to preserve any story about the people whose lives were in any way affected by the Great War and events surrounding it. In collaboration with Oxford University, we aim to launch a national programme to digitally capture, safeguard and share these important personal items and reminiscences from the men and women of 1914-1918.
On a daily basis these stories and objects are being lost to the nation, and the memory of the sacrifice of that generation consigned to oblivion. The men, women and children of 1914-1918 deserve better and their stories must be preserved for future generations – lest we forget. ‘Lest We Forget – Keep Their Stories Alive’ is about supporting local communities to run their own digitization days, in order to capture objects and memories held locally.
We would like to offer the UK based members of the Federation of Family History Societies the unique opportunity to engage their local community, to run their own digital collection days, recording and saving objects and stories of the generation who lived through WWI. This would take the form of training members(s) from participating branches to become a ‘Digital Champion’ either face to face or remotely. The ‘Digital Champion’ would then facilitate a ‘WWI Digital Archive Day’ in their community supported by a team of volunteers who could be other branch members. Training will consist of a one day workshop, with locations across the UK. Those who would prefer the remote training option would register for a free resource kit and watch a supporting online YouTube video.
The resource kit would include all the information and marketing materials required to facilitate a ‘WWI Digital Archive Day’. In November 2018, every item collected will then be published through a free-to-use online database for schools, scholars and the wider public.
2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7DX,
United Kingdom Telephone +44 (0) 1628 507278
The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) is an independent charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales (charity number 1171947)
Expression of interest: If you would like to find out more about becoming a Digital Champion and how to run your own ‘WWI Digital Archive Day’ please contact: Annalisa Solla Public Engagement Projects Manager Commonwealth War Graves Commission Annalisa.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 01628 507147
From our Webmaster
I have recently added the latest newsletters from the Lancashire Local History Federation and Friends of Lancashire Archives to the downloads area of the Members Area on the website as well as the electronic copy of the Society's February 2018 journal if you fancy a little light reading.
All accessible from the Members Area - click on Downloads in the Members Area.
The website can be found at www.lfhhs.org
From the GRO
Dear User Group Member
We are sending this update to those who have been invited to previous meetings of our civil registration stakeholder groups to give an update on our current services.
Please note that we have now decided to continue the Extended PDF pilot for a further 6 months to the end of June 2018. This will help GRO better understand the level of demand for such a service.
From Preston Branch Member Stewart McLoughlin,
I have been forwarded a certified copy of a birth certificate dated 5th July, 1867, of George, the son of William Connor, an illiterate journeyman gardener, and Ellen, lately Moran, formerly Kennedy, (though her alternative name on LancsBMD is shown as Kinnegan) of 13 Cragg’s Row, Preston, which is surplus to requirements. William and Ellen had a Registrar’s wedding in 1865. Young George appears to have died the same year and also to be the only child of the relevant names in the Preston area during the 1860’s and 70’s. It has not been possible with the available information to trace William and Ellen on the 1871 Census.
Cragg’s Row still exists and is situated off Moor Lane, behind the B.T. tower block. It is currently in the news as the Grade II listed 18C. semi-derelict windmill on Cragg’s Row, the only remaining windmill in Preston, is currently for sale. It can be seen at
and an aerial view of the surrounding area can be viewed at
There are numerous other references to Cragg’s Row and the windmill on Google, just enter ‘ Craggs Row Preston ’.
The certificate is available free to any interested party.
Stewart McLoughlin, Preston Branch
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Don't forget LFHHS Chorley Branch are moving
They are changing their meeting place and date as from January 2018.
There new details are:
Place: Cunliffe Hall (Chorley Masonic Hall)
Date:- 3rd Thursday in the month (2nd Thursday in December)
July meeting at Astley Hall, August - Outvisit
Car Parking – Available in street, George Street Car Park, and Fleet Street Car Park
Doors will open at 7.00pm and close at 7.40pm
Map can be found at http://www.lfhhschorleybranch.com/map.html
Family History for All
You are cordially invited to the Launch of LFHHS Chorley Family History Centre’s Family History for All Project on Saturday 6th January 2018 at 2pm
Chorley Family History Research Centre
The Farmhouse Exhibition Centre
Astley Hall Farmhouse
The LFHHS Chorley Family History Research Centre at Astley Farmhouse Chorley are launching their new ‘Family History For All’ facilities on Saturday 6th January 2018
Sheila Gibbons, the Research Centre Manager said
‘Our Family History for All Project was started because we wanted our resources to be available to everyone. We have some partially sighted visitors who find using our computer screens difficult and some wheelchair users who can’t sit comfortably at our desks.
’With the very generous help of the West Lancashire Freemasons Charity we have been able to realise our dream and have bought a laptop, specialist computer software enabling the visually impaired to use our computers and access the online facilities for research, a specialist text magnifier enabling the visually impaired to access our library, a specialist keyboard and mouse for the physically impaired, a hearing loop for the hard of hearing and an adjustable desk to accommodate wheelchair users.’
The Launch will showcase the new facilities and enable invited guests to see the new equipment in action, to meet the Centre volunteers and representatives of the West Lancashire Freemasons Charity.
Steve Williams, ‘Family History for All’ project leader said
‘After the launch we hope that impaired individuals, and indeed groups for the impaired, will come and use our facilities and enjoy researching their family history and learning about their ancestors in the same way as our other regular visitors.’
For further information contact Steve Williams
Phone 01257 262028
The latest edition of the Lancashire Local History Federation newsletter is now available in the Members Download section of the Members Area on the LFHHS website.
You can open and read it or download a copy.
LFHHS Online Blog