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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  8th September 2019            

This is a Normal Quarterly Meeting 

 At this meeting we will have two speakers - Pat Buxton "UK Research Trip" and Eleanor Carney "Edwardian Funeral Customs" 

followed by time to ask questions, look at successes, problems and queries.

All WAGS members are welcome to come along to our meetings and join our mailing list.

A gold coin donation at the meeting helps to build up funds to purchase additional resources for the library.

Hope we see you there.


Please register your intention to attend the meeting on our Events Calendar         book-online-here-button samll



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

             Newsletter Editor:      Evadne Spickett
                Email:                        Editor - BYGONE TIMES

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 February, May, August, and November, usually in Units 5 and 6.

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


Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2019 22:51

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 Saturday, 20 July 2019 18:41

Links to YouTube

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Videos relating to the North of England by County


Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2019 16:32


Bygone Times Newsletter

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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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