Latest News from NNWFHS

March Speaker Meeting - Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved? - Prof Rebecca Probert

When:    Tuesdsay March 10, 2015, 7.15pm for 7.30 start
Where:   Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre
Topic:     Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved?

Speaker: Prof Rebecca Probert, British Legal Historian & Warwick University Chair in Law

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Prof Rebecca Probert

Wikepedia Biography
Professor Rebecca Jane Probert is a British legal historian. Born in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1973, she lives in Kenilworth with her husband, the travel writer Liam D'Arcy-Brown. She studied for an undergraduate degree in Jurisprudence at Oxford University and for an LLM at University College, London. She currently holds a chair in Law at Warwick University. Specialising as she does in the history of marriage in England and Wales, her monograph Marriage Law & Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment is widely accepted among legal historians as having overturned previous understandings of the history of common law marriage. She is also the author of a number of leading text books such as Cretney & Probert's Family Law and Principles of Family Law.

Professor Probert has appeared widely on television and radio, notably including interviews for Channel 4 news during the controversy surrounding the marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles and on BBC1's Who Do You Think You Are?, in which she threw light on the bigamous marriage of the actress Kim Cattrall's grandfather.

In the run-up to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, Professor Probert published The Rights & Wrongs of Royal Marriage: how the law has led to heartbreak, farce and confusion, and why it must be changed, in which she argued the case for rationalising and simplifying the laws which govern royal marriages in Great Britain

Ripon Museum Event - The Workhouse and Family History

Ripon Museum - Workhouse Connections

1 in 10 people have an ancestor who was in a workhouse. Are you one of them?

Whether you already know you have a workhouse connection or are just starting on your family history journey then this event can help you explore your relative's experience. 

Ripon Workhouse

Over two days (Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February 2015) you will hear from experts in both family research and workhouse history, explore one of the best preserved workhouse sites in the country, and have the opportunity to get advice on your own research. Find out what to do next when you discover a relative in a workhouse; what sources are available and how do you access them? Discuss the variation within the workhouse system and the emotional impact on families of discovering a workhouse connection. There will also be plenty of time to talk with other interested researchers over buffet lunches both days and dinner on Friday.

Click here for more about the event.

Bates Family History Gathering

An Invitation

Do you have a BATES in your family from Nuneaton and/or north Warwickshire or the surrounding area.

Or do you THINK you have? - Then this is the gathering for YOU!

Saturday 9 May 2015: 2pm till 5pm
St Mary’s Church lounge,

Atherstone CV9 1EX

Those who are not family historians are also very welcome.

Come & meet your “cousins”!

Bring along any memorabilia, family trees, photographs (including those unnamed in case others can identify them), bits and pieces— all those gems that families enjoy looking at and can help others "fill in some gaps" in their family history.

There will be drinks and light refreshments - so do please let us know you are coming.

We will ask for a donation to cover these and to enable a donation to the church.

Free car parking!!. If you are not “local” make a day visit or even take some time to look around the 12th Century St Mary's Church or around Atherstone with its nearby Shops, pubs, etc.

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January 2015 Journal Issued

The NNWFHS Quarterly Journal has been released and has been winging its way to members via their chosen method of delivery. As ever our Editor, John Parton, has put together an interesting publication full of facts and information about Family History in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire. This edition features:

Committee members & Society officers Page 1
The editors little box Page 1
Chairman's notes Page 2
Secretary's scribbles Page 2
One name stusies & the Guild Page 3
You shall come to the Ball ... Page 3
Fond memories of childhood visits to Nuneaton Page 4
Recording History Page 8
Family History Fair - Huntingtonshire FHS Page 11
The Clarke family of Nuneaton Page 11
Peace Medal Page 12
The war diary of Albert Wright (1916-1980) Page 13
Family History starts with Living Memories Page 15
Marriage records Page 15
No Man's Heath Page 17
Some interesting books Page 17
Famous people from NNWFHS area - Nehemiah Grew Page 17
Sir William S Dugdale obituary Page 18
New members and their contact details Page 21
New members' surname interests Page 21
Veterans badges Page 21
They don't mince words in Monk's Kirby Page 21

Remember the journal is only available to Members (who can click here for a PDF copy) and for as little as £10 per year members receive four journals and exclusive access to copies of all journals issued since 2009 as part of their membership. In addition they have access to other databases and information put together by the Society that is not made generally available. If you are not already a member join now!

Transcribing N. Warks Parish Records - We Need You !

North Warwickshire Parish Register Transcriptions

Ever wondered how all those records got into our CD's and booklets?, well very simply they were transcribed by NNWFHS members from the original records or copies of the originals onto Excel Spreadsheets.

We have now completed two series of transcriptions of Burials [1813-1865] and Marriages [1754-1881] for all the parishes within the North Warwickshire area; work has now begun on the post 1754 Baptismal records. They provide invaluable information for Family Historians and whilst you are transcribing you can gain an interesting insight to the popular names of the time. All of the previously transcribed records are now available for purchase in our online shop.

Since there are many parishes to be completed and each register contains many entries, it would be a great help to the project team if we had a few volunteers to help us. The work is not onerous; it just needs a little concentration. In order to complete a transcription, it requires access to the filmed [Ancestry] or original [Warwickshire Record Office] registers, the ability to type the records into an Excel document [format provided], and a few hours of your time.

If you have an interest in a particular parish which has not already been transcribed, then we can allocate that to you; at the moment most parishes are available, but for how long ???.

Looking forward to hearing from you [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.].

Carole Eales

Project Manager.


NNWFHS Meetings & Events

  • March Speaker Meeting - Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved? Tue. 10 Mar, 2015 (7:15 pm - 9:15 pm) Speaker Meetings Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved?Interpreting your Ancestors' second marriages. Prof. Rebecca Probert returns with another illuminating topic for all family historians.“Widowed, really?”   7.15pm for 7.30pm at Chilvers   Coton Heritage Centre - Click map for directions
  • April Research and Help Session - Photo Editing Tue. 14 Apr, 2015 (7:15 pm - 9:15 pm) Help Desk Meeting Research & Help Session: At the Heriatge Centre.Computers available alongside a short talk and demonstration on photo editingfor family historians. Plus cuppa and a chat!   Click for directions to Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre
  • CCHC Spring Fayre Sat. 18 Apr, 2015 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) Other FHS Event NNWFHS will be supplying a display, help desk, etc at the 2015 Spring Fayre at the Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre. Starts at 10.00am and ends at 4.00pm   Click the map for directions    
  • Bates Family History Gathering Sat. 9 May, 2015 (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm) NNWFHS Event Do you have a BATES in your family from north Warwickshire or nearby, or do you THINK you have?Then this is the gathering for YOU! See the News Items to your right for more detail.

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