Peter Higginbotham, the creator of the Children's Homes web site says that the site began as a spin-off of his Workhouses web site. The large amount of material he had accumulated on various children's institutions was proving increasingly difficult to incorporate into the workhouses site so he decided give it its own separate site.
The Children's Homes website aims to provide information on all the many and varied institutions that became home for thousands of children and young people in Britain. They range from orphanages, homes for those in poverty, or with special needs, through to reformatories, industrial and approved schools, training ships, and hostels. As well as details of each home's location, history etc. the site includes many maps, census listings, and hundreds of historic images of the buildings and their inmates.
Fantastic Day in the LFHHS Chorley Family History Research Centre on Saturday - the opening of the Festubert Exhibition being held in the Astley Farmhouse and the Research Centre. Nearly 200 people came through the Research Centre to see the fabulous exhibits made by the schoolchildren of Chorley and to learn a little more of the Chorley men who died on 15 June 1915 at the Battle of Fetubert.
The exhibition is open for the next fortnight Mondays Wednesdays Fridays Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 till 3.30pm. Well worth a visit.
Have a look at the the photos we took in our Gallery at http://www.cfhrc.com/festubert-exhibition-june-2015.html
At our recent Society Conference, Peter Bamford gave an excellent talk on researching WW1 ancestors. Peter has kindly given us permission to publish the handout from that talk which lists some great resources.
You can download it from the link below
Centenary of the Battle of Festubert Exhibition
Volunteers from LFHHS Chorley Family History Research have been visiting local schools and welcoming them to the Family History Research Centre at Astley Hall Farmhouse to help them research soldiers killed at the battle of Festubert in preparation for the staging of an exhibition to commemorate the sacrifice made by Chorley soldiers during the Battle of Festubert in June 1915.
The exhibition opens in the Astley Hall Farmhouse and Chorley Family History Research Centre on the 13 June at 12noon. Admission is free.
The project has been a collaboration between Chorley Primary and Secondary schools, Astley Hall staff, local historians, LFHHS Chorley Family History Research Centre and the Chorley Heritage Centre.
This has been a significant historical and creative project aimed to connect young people from primary and secondary schools in the area with the events their community responded to a century ago. It is an opportunity to see Chorley’s experience of The Great War through the eyes of our next generation of citizens
The result is a fantastic and very moving exhibition that runs 13 - 28 June, 12noon-3.30pm, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Jim Lancaster from our Bury Branch has posted this on our Society Forum:-
My attention has just been drawn to a FamilySearch Wiki page -
This lists the Anglican churches in Lancashire for which registers (or parts
of) are available on-line and the dates for each site.
Hope this helps
Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancs.)
If you go to you can explore other counties as well - https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England_Genealogy
The Office for National Statistics is encouraging people to respond online to their current proposals https://consultations.ons.gov.uk/census/2021-census-topics-consultation
More information on the topic consultation, including a PDF of the "Initial View on Content for England and Wales", is available at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/census/2021-census/consultations/index.html
From the Office for National Statistics
We need your help with planning the next census in England and Wales
The Office for National Statistics is already planning the 2021 Census. As part of this, we have launched this public consultation which is open to everyone. You can respond as an individual or on behalf of an organisation and can give your feedback until 27 August.
Taking part is easy – background information and guidance, our current proposals, and your opportunity to give feedback are all in one place. You can comment on all suggested topics, or just one. Or tell us about what we’ve missed.
A lot changes in the 10 years between each census. Our society is constantly evolving and the information our users want from the census needs to change, too. This is why your feedback is so important.
This morning Pedigrees went live on the society website so you can now examine members' Pedigrees on line at the click of a button.
They are only available to paid up Society Members so you need to log into the Members Area then on the Members Area Welcome Page click on the Pedigrees button centre right and then select the Surname you are interested in.
Any problems please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions about submitting or updating Pedigrees please send to David Bretherton, our Pedigrees Coordinator at email@example.com
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