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What is the North of England Special Interest Group ?

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The North of England Special Interest Group (NoESIG) 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.  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 participate in the activities planned for the meeting. This may be training in the use of WAGS facilities or searching in the library for information about your northern ancestors. At some meetings one or more members give short presentations on an aspect of the north such as its people, places or activities. At most meetings time is given for members to provide a brief overview of their recent research, whether they've found some stepping stones or are stymied by a dry stone wall or two. 

Our quarterly newsletter - the BYGONE TIMES - contains information about many aspects of the northern counties of England. It is circulated by email and back copies are gradually being published in the Members Only section on this website. Contributions from members of the group are very welcome.

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 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 18:58

Coming Meeting and Contacts Details

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Link to North of England forum


 Next Meeting: Sunday  11th November 2018 - 10.00 am

        "This will be a Reseach Meeting"

A time to do research uninterrupted on your Northern English Ancestors, with the help of fellow members of this Special Interest Group, The WAGS Library.

Come in, learn and teach.  

Please register your intention to attend the meeting on our events Calendar

           Convenor:                     Tony Turner
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             Newsletter Editor:      Evadne Spickett
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Regular Meeting Dates:

Our Regular meetings are held on the 2nd Sundays of March, June, September and December, starting at 10.00am in Unit 4. 

Research meetings are held 2nd Sunday of Febuary, May, August, and November, usually in Units 5 and 6.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 13:24

Counties Researched

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Northern Counties

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

North Midland Counties

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

British Crown Dependency 

  • Isle of Man

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

    Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2018 11:21

    Recent NESIG meetings

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    Items of interest from recent NESIG meetings


    Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:44


    Bygone Times Newsletter

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    NoESIG Newsletter - BYGONE TIMES

    Our quarterly newsletter BYGONE TIMES is circulated via email.  If you have an article, an interesting piece, a comment, or something pertinent to the north of England, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Deadline is the last working day of the month preceding our meetings.

    Past editions

    Past editions of the Bygone Times are available to download below (in PDF Format).

    More recent editions of Bygone Times  are avail in the Members Only Area.

    2009 Editions

    pdfDecember 2009; pdfSeptember 2009 ; pdfJune 2009; pdfMarch 2009

    2008 Editions

    pdfDecember 2008 ; pdfSeptember 2008 ; pdfJune 2008 ; pdfMarch 2008

    2007 Editions  

    pdfDecember 2007 ; pdfSeptember 2007 ; pdfJune 2007 ; pdfMarch 2007

    Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2018 11:51

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