Welcome to Jackies Newsletter 2
Welcome to my second attempt at a newsletter. Thank you for all the nice comments I received following my first one.
I have been advised that due to GDPR I have to tell you that the reason you are receiving this newsletter is for the Society to keep in touch with you, our members, especially during these uncertain times. If, for any reason, you do not want to receive this newsletter, please contact me and I shall take your details off our mailing list.
Our online presentations have been well received. In these difficult times it is a good way for us to keep in touch with you all and it is always good to for us all to see faces. Hopefully by the end of July I will have been to the hairdressers!
Lots of different groups are now using various online platforms, it is amazing how because of Coronavirus people have become ‘Internet Savvy’. Choirs are singing, orchestras playing and I know that many U3A Groups are using Facebook and Zoom to keep their Groups going.
Our last talk given by Phil Lamb on Maps and Mapping, Exploring for Family Historians threw up some minor problems, so Phil made some changes on how you log in. So please make sure that you read the instructions properly.
Our next presentation will be on 1 July when I will be giving a talk on The Parish Chest and Poor Law.
If you can’t get to it, you can always see it on the website later, under the Members Area.
If you have not used Zoom before, go to our website and check out these facts
Parish Chest is an important section when it comes to researching back before 1800 and hopefully it will prove to be useful when you are searching for alternatives to the Parish Registers.
Full details of the talk and how to join is available on the Midland Ancestor website, click here Please note that we will restricting the numbers to 50 attendees, just to make the event more stream-lined, so if you are not able to join us, the presentation will be available later.
Massive Stock Clearance Sales continues at the online shop,
more items added, click on the link here to see a list of items included –
17 July 2020 Mark Thursfield and Censuses
The earliest census of any real use to family historians was held in 1841. Mark will explain this and others and how we can use the census to help us learn about our ancestors. Mark is a society member and regular presenter at the Midland Ancestors series of lectures, First Steps and Further Steps.
Full details on how to join these online talks are available by clicking here
Register no earlier than 7 days prior to the talk. All registrants will be acknowledged with full joining instructions included. Meeting times are prompt, please allow yourself good time. “Doors Open” at 1:30 pm for 2:15 pm start. Registration closes at 12:00 noon on the day prior and is currently restricted to 50 people.
Can I also mention that at the moment the talks being presented are the property of Midland Ancestors, but in future it may be that we will have outside speakers who may or may not want us to upload their talks to our website, so please be aware of that.
The lockdown has produced a flurry of online talks and webpages. These are a few that you may be interested in: –
Carl Chinn talking about the Peaky Blinders
Don’t believe all the hints on Ancestry This will take you to the Midland Ancestors Facebook page
NEWS FROM THE GROUPS
London Group remains in limbo along with the rest of the society. At least zoom means that Dave has now been able to attend a committee meeting of the parent society and this will be very helpful in understanding where the society is going and what is being planned. It’s difficult to say much about not very much but it looks as though it is unlikely that here will be any meetings for the rest of this year. There is still no definitive news on the reopening of the Society of Genealogists and even at one metre (plus!) distancing getting a group together in the pretty enclosed room (with no through passage) will be next to impossible. Concerns on the travel on public transport for all the members is another problem that would have to be faced. The room is booked for the four meetings next year and we must hope that by January we are able to get started again. Meetings will be arranged to avoid speakers having to travel long distances so we may well have a couple of meetings within the group – which we were planning to do anyway. So keep save and avoid busy beaches and all night raves! And we’ll see everyone again when it is save to do so.
North Staffs More and More churches and chapels are being lost or turned into restaurants or residential properties so this begs the question were do the memorials go?
- Are they taken to the mother church?
- Are they left with the property ?
- Are they dumped into a skip?
Can you spare a little time to photograph or transcribe:
- Memorials located inside churches, chapels etc.
- Photograph any war memorials
- Headstones within churches or chapels
- Headstones in churchyards
If you feel you can help please email me and I will let you know which churches/chapels need to have their memorials photographed near you. email@example.com
Don’t forget the deadline for the September edition of the Midland Ancestors is 10th July 2020.