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.