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North of England

About the NESIG group

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The North of England group's interests cover half the counties of England - from Northumberland and Cumbria in the far north, to the northern counties of the Midlands - and all who have ancestral connections to those counties are welcome.

We have been going strong for more than 10 years. The inaugural meeting of the new group was held on 18 March 2001. John Parker agreed to be the first Convenor, Joan Malpass became the Minutes Secretary and Sheila Van De Poll became the first Treasurer. Christine Ross initiated the Bygone Times newsletter. We started our second decade with our own logo. In red, white and blue (for England) it is the Tudor rose (a combination of the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York) inside a cog, symbol of the industrial revolution that began in the north of England in the second half of the 18th century.

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Sundays of March, June, September and December, starting at 10.00am with morning tea.  We follow a program designed to improve our knowledge about this vast area and its people, and give all members the opportunity to contribute.

After a short meeting to discuss any matters of business, members are invited to give a brief overview of their recent research, whether they've found some stepping stones or are stymied by a dry stone wall or two. At each meeting one or more members give short talks or presentations on an aspect of the north - its people, places and proceedings. 

We continue to produce our quarterly newsletter - the BYGONE TIMES - which is circulated by email and back copies published on this website. 

Even if you are not from the north yourself, but have ancestors who lived or worked in the northern counties, we would be delighted if you joined us. Please email us with any enquiries.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 January 2016 10:24

Contacts & next meeting NESIG

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Contacts

Convenor:                     John Creer

Email:                            SIGS Contacts - Convenor - North of England SIG

Newsletter Editor:      Tony Turner

Email:                            Editor - BYGONE TIMES

 

Meetings:

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Sundays of March, June, September and December, starting at 10.00am with morning tea.

Click on the North of England SIG Events List, below, to see full details of our discussion topics each meeting:

 

 
 
Next Meeting: Sunday 12th March 2017, Unit 4 at 10am
 

 The first meeting of 2017 of this SIG will have 2 main parts:

  1. AGM - the meeting will start with our AGM which includes, as usual, the selection of office bearers. Morning tea will follow.
  2. Evadne Spickett will make a presentation about the life of Beatrix Potter entitled "The Tale of a Gifted and Determined Woman".

During any remaining time group members can talk about how their research is progressing or recount interesting moments from a recent visit to the North of England.

 
 
 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 15:58

The Counties NESIG covers

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Northern counties

  • Cumberland
  • Durham
  • Lancashire
  • Northumberland
  • Westmorland
  • Yorkshire

North midland counties

  • Cheshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire

and, we also cover

  • Isle of Man

    See Map here >> British Towns and Villages Network web site

    Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 06:27

    Recent NESIG meetings

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    Items of interest from recent NESIG meetings

    June 2013

    Summary of NESIG meeting held on 9th June 2013. Nineteen people attended this meeting which included six visitors who we hope to see again at our next meeting in September.  After formalities and general business matters, WAGS Webmaster, Chris Loudon presented a very interesting talk on how the computer system at WAGS is currently set up.  Following Chris, John Creer talked about his continuing interest in Austin Healy cars.  Members and guests then introduced themselves and shared their current research interests telling of their successes and ‘brickwalls’.

    Our next meeting is on Sunday 8th September 2013 in Unit 4 at 10am and will include a talk by Barry Robson about mining in the North of England.  Sue Thompson will also show an exert from her DVD Railway Walks.

    March 2013

    This was a very useful meeting as we shared information in our Stone Walls and Stepping Stones section.  Members shared successes from a variety of sources including a new genealogy search device (Mocavo), the new Family Search website, DNA testing, the Guild of One Name Studies, newspapers on line and being able to create whole family trees from the detail in wills. One member had finally achieved success after two years of seeking when she discovered that the object of her search had been born in NSW and not the UK as she Alice Nutter Statuehad previously thought.  the moral of this story is that you should never give up hope and don't be afraid to widen your search.

    Fortified by a delicious morning tea we settled back for a talk about the Pendle Hill Witches.  Four hundred years ago in Lancashire ten members of two feuding families were executed for withcraft after a 4 day trial.  It seems that a combination of factors led to the trial:  James 1 trying to consolidate his throne after the Gunpowder Plot; local judges out to gain personal benefit and the possibility of Ergotism (an illness resulting from fungus on cereal crops which causes convulsions and hallucinations).

    Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2013 09:53

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