Latest News from NNWFHS

March 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:

Chairman & Editor's little box page 1
Secretary's scribbles page 2
The paradise island of Bernuda - not page 3
Maclure a most interesting Bates twiglet page 5
Warks wage rates 1684-1729 page 7
A chink in the GRO door page 8
You are a protestant - what are you potesting at? page 8
Bucks FHS open day page 9
Nuneaton Festival of Arts 1950s page 9
Michael Drayton of Harshill page 10
Coal Mines - we need your input page 12
* BATES DAY * page 12
George Bates page 12
Bates transported for theft page 14
NNWFHS lending library page 15
Migration to Canada from Bulkington page 15
Distressing fatality to an old resident page 16
Colin Grazier GC page 17
George Eliot - new ventures page 18
Maxstoke castle page 19

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!

WDYTYA 16 - 18 April at the NEC, Birmingham

NWWFHS Will be at WDYTYA? - Live

Where: NEC - Birmingham
When: - April 16-18, 2015

We couldn’t miss attending this year with the event right on our doorstep!

The Society is launching a number of new publications on CD including the initial batch of baptisms for some of the parishes in the north Warwickshire area. All other CDs will be available [while stocks last!].

However, the “big” launch is a CD of over 19,000 Marriage Licence Bonds from 1733-1754. These are for the old diocese of Lichfield, thus they cover not only much of Warwickshire, but also Derbyshire, Staffordshire and a good piece of Shropshire. The index shows considerable information from each bond – and it could bring down a good few genealogical brick walls (special show price of £10 – saving you £5).

As ever, we shall be available to help with family history research queries. Plus we will welcome meeting new friends and members who are attending the Show.

Come along and visit us on table 109.

Look out for our pull-up banners with the logo!

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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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

  • 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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