Bramhall Group Newsletter Spring 2014

January- June 2014


2nd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm


9th January –   Puddings, Pomanders and Polish – what happens in National Trust properties when closed for the winter -                                                              Barbara Foster   


13th February – Hazel Grove Full Circle– Rowcroft family history research reveals the unexpected -                                                                                                   Norman Rowcroft


13th March – CheshireKnights and some of their Ladies - Part 1– a look at the wonderful medieval effigies found in some Cheshirechurches–                       Tony Bostock  


10th April- ResearchingJohn le Mesurier’s Ancestry –                              Cathryn Walton

 8th May -  The Irish Potato Famine -  conditions & migration of  Sandra’s family -           SandraMcLaren                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

12thJune– What’s in the News – Using newspapers for family history -          Sylvia Dillon



The Bramhall Groupmeets in the Main Hall of the United Reformed Church on the corner of Robins Laneand BramhallLane South, SK7 2PEat 7.30. p.m.

Unfortunately due to the increase in costs of room hire, speakers etc. since the group’s formation, our admission cost will increase to£2 including refreshments from January 2014.

Those of you who attend on a regular basis will know that at the end of the meetings we ‘make some time’ for refreshments and give people the chance to discuss their ancestral research problems with others in the hope that they can sort some of them out. Visitors are always very welcome but we trust that those who attend regularly will join the FHSC.


For further information

Please ring 01614395021 or email 

                  Our Bramhall Group Website is

                Ian Cameron has taken over from Jim France as our new web-master

.                The Family History Society of Cheshire Website is

Our LibraryWe are in the process of cataloguing our library books & realise that some of the research sources mentioned in them are now out of date. The first place we search for information now is the internet to find out what records are available on-line.  All the same, many original sources do need checking and some of our books do contain research tips that are still relevant – so please use our library or lose it. We do need volunteers to man it at our meetings. Books, CDs etc. can only be borrowed by members. Please return all library items by the following meeting as others may be waiting to borrow them. An up-to-date list of all items held in the library can soon be viewed on our website at

We are grateful to Chris Bradley of Bramhall who has donated some books of his late father, Dennis, to our group library. Also thanks toother members & non- members for donations.

New Books in our Library:

The OxfordNames Companion – a definitive guide to surnames, first names & place names of the British Isles.

Discovering Cathedrals– David Pepin.

Tracing Your Family Tree – Jean Cole & John Titford.

The Genealogical Services Directory - Family & Local History Handbook

The History of Marple & District– Marple Local History Society

Remembered – Marple Men who fell in The Great War – Clarke, A. Cook & J Bintcliff.

McLaughlin Guides – Eve McLaughlin: Reading Old Handwriting, Simple Latin for Family Historians, Illegitimacy, The Censuses – 1841-1891

Gibson Guides - Electoral Registers since 1832 & Burgess Rolls,Poll Books c.1696-1872Land Tax Assessments c.1690-c.1950.

An Introduction to Occupations – Joyce Culling. FFHS.

An Introduction to Poor Law Documents before 1834– Anne Cole. FFHS.

Records of the Church of England – Susan Bourne & Andrew Chicken

Discovering Your Old House– David Iredale & John Barrett

My Father was a Merchant Seaman – C & M Watts

Shoemaking– June Swann

Tales of Manchester Jewry & Manchester in the Thirties, More Tales of Manchester Jewry & Rothschild in Manchester etc.- Monty Dobkin

Workhouses & Hospitals of North ManchesterSusan Hall

Working Class Housing in Nineteenth Century ManchesterJacqueline Roberts

The Invasion of 1745 - Peter JC Smith

Waterways into Castleford - John C Fletcher

Electricity in ManchesterRoy Frost

Hulme Memories- Mary Jordan

The Way to Glory - James W Bancroft

Directories of Manchester & Salford 1772 & 1778 - Elizabeth Raffald

Magazines – Selection of Family Tree magazines, Derbyshire Family History Society Journals & The Yorkshire Family Historian

                                                              BRAMHALL GROUP COMMITTEE

                                                             Ian Bickley                           Group Leader

                                                            Liz Wilkinson                      Treasurer

                       Susan Bickley                      Programme Organiser/ Publicity

                      Janet McMurray                  Refreshments Organiser

                      Mary Gash                           Refreshments Assistant

                      Norman Rowcroft               Committee Member

Please let me know at  your current email address if we do not have it. Thanks - Ian   


Written by : Gay J OLIVER

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