Latest News from NNWFHS

A message from the Webmaster

Over the past few weeks the website has been upgraded from an old and potentially unsecure version of our Joomla website builder. We moved from V1.5 to V3.3 and the difference between the two was significant including one change which removed a layer of administration which in turn rendered hundreds of [hyper]links useless.

You may not have noticed but our website actually used to be made up of the three sites, Main, Membership and Shop and these have all now been merged into one which in turn caused a few more headaches. Many days were lost dealing with our hosting company and we had to change providers.

The members section has been improved and we now have our own little community which will allow all members of the society to login and leave messages, documents or exchange ideas and information with fellow members. Additionally when logged in to the site the Shop will detect that you are a member and automatically display the discounted rate (around 20%) for any product available. I encourage members to login and look at the new Members area and our online, but private, community.

I would like to thank you all for your patience as we go page by page repairing links.

As ever we always welcome your feedback and ideas.

Election of Officers - November 13th 2014

Following the Annual General Meeting of the Society that took place on Tuesday November 11th 2014 and the Committee Meeting that took place on Thursday 13th November 2014 the following officers were elected and appointed to the following positions.


Carole Eales:                 Membership Officer and Project Manager

Bernadette Evans:         Officer Without Portfolio

Hilary Hodgkins:            Journal and Publication Distribution

Sandra Horsley:             Hon. Treasurer

Celia Parton:                  Vice Chair & N. Warks Co-ordinator

John Parton:                  Chairman, Journal Editor and CD Production

Valerie Pickard:              Publications and Help Desks Co-ordinator

Ian Shuter:                     Webmaster

Jacqui Simkins:              Secretary & Programme

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!

Lending Library Added to Members Pages

We have added a page listing the books owned by NNWFHS which are available to NNWHFS members to borrow at meetings. In addition we added a link for the books which are available to purchase online (where still in print). Click here to visit the page. You must be logged in first.

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

  • February Speaker Meeting Tue. 10 Feb, 2015 7:15 pm Speaker Meetings The February Speaker Meeting : John Burton will give a talk about George Eliot and the value of her writing for family historians, followed by a cuppa & a chat.   7.15pm for 7.30pm start at the Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre.
  • March Speaker Meeting - Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved? Tue. 10 Mar, 2015 (7:15 pm - 10:15 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 (8:15 pm - 10:15 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    

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