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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

Meeting and Contact Details

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Link to North of England forum   


NEXT Meeting

Sunday 12 June 2022 at 10.00 am AWST 


The meeting Agenda will comprise:

  • Presentation :    DNA
  • Other business  


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 We at the NoE SIG (North of England Special Interest Group) are a group of FHWA Members who have Ancestors in the North of England including the Isle of Man and Rutland, that meet to help others with their family history journey.

Please come and join us (or just watch) and see what we can discover together!'

 All FHWA Members and guests are welcome

We hope to see you there.                                                      

Please register your intention to attend the meeting through this link    book-online-here-button samll        

 Once you have booked you will be emailed link and instructions for connecting to the meeting the day before the meeting
If you have any problems call Geoff on 0403256622 for help


           Convenor:                     Tony Turner
              Email:                         Convenor - North of England Special Interest Group

             Newsletter Editor:      Pat Buxton
                Email:                        Editor - BYGONE TIMES

Regular Meeting Dates:



Regular meetings are usually held at 10.00 am in Unit 4 on the 2nd Sunday of -

March, June, September and December 

NOTE - Under certain circumstances, our meetings are held online - please check

Research meetings are held at 10.00 am in Units 5 and 6 on the 2nd Sunday of -

February, May, August, and November

For a full list of the year's events see:


Last Updated on Thursday, 31 March 2022 12:34

Counties Researched

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Northern Counties

North Midland Counties

British Crown Dependency 

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2021 13:27

Links to YouTube

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Videos relating to the North of England by County

Please contact Convenor Tony Turner if you would like a link to a YouTube video added here.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 30 October 2021 13:53


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