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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.  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 Monday, 21 August 2017 12:05

Contacts & next meeting NESIG

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Convenor:                     Tony Turner

Email:                            SIGS Contacts - Convenor - North of England SIG

Newsletter Editor:      Tony Turner

Email:                            Editor - BYGONE TIMES



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

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


Next Meeting: Sunday 10th September 2017 - 10.00 am

 The topic for the September meeting:

Convenor Tony Turner and members of the committee will be assisting members to use the WAGS facilities more effectively. After initial business has been done we will have morning tea and then the group will go into Units 5 and 6 to learn to use the printed material in the Library more effectively and become more skilled in using the WAGS computer resources as well as other material such as the microfiche collection. During this time group members can discuss with each other how their research is progressing or try to find that key bit of information to knock down a brick wall..


Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017 12:20

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


    Bygone Times - NESIG Newsletter

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    NESIG 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: BYGONE TIMES Editor - Tony Turner

    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 will be made available from time to time, so please check back for an update.

    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 Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:53

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