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Double Helix Project

Whilst Angela and I were at the U3A conference at Buxton in September, I spent sometime in discussion with this Manchester University project.  they promised to keep in touch with any progress.  It seemed at the time that they were going to release the results of their research fairly soon in a number of formats.

I received this email yesterday

"Hello to all of our collaborators, interviewees, and friends across the world!

I'm very glad to announce that we are going live today with our Double Helix History podcast, discussing some of the fascinating aspects of genetic genealogy and family history we came across during our year of interviews and events across 3 continents, where you can hear from a range of family historians and academics.
 You can listen to all 4 episodes now via Anchor: https://anchor.fm/jerome-de-groot
 You can also search for us on iTunes and Spotify.
 Please feel free to share far and wide in your family history networks!
 We would like to thank everyone who has given their time and expertise to the project so far - you can see what we have been up to, and read our guest contributions on our blog: https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/double-helix-history/blog/ and Twitter account: https://twitter.com/doublehelixhist
We have 3 articles in the can as a result of our interviews and focus groups ready for publication in the new year, so we hope to be in touch with further news when they are released, as well as about upcoming events in the UK. "
Best wishes 
Jerome & Matt

 

Mr Duckenfield visits Dukinfield

Mr Duckenfield visits Dukinfield

On 1st and 2nd of July 2019 Thomas Duckenfield and his family visited Dukinfield. This was a long awaited visit. Tom and I have been friends and collaborators for around 12 years via the internet with our joint interest in the Dukinfield Family's ancestry, particularly their slave plantation interests in Jamaica and North Carolina.

This was a whistle stop tour visiting as many sites as possible connected with the Dukinfield Family and a Civic Reception at Dukinfield Town Hall, (photograph above. Thomas pictured with his ancestor Robert Duckenfield of Civil War fame).

Tom, a descendant from the Dukinfield Plantation in Jamaica, is a gracious, distinguished man with a lovely family which Dukinfield was delighted to entertain.

The main point of his visit was to meet with the Friends of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield to help further their ambition to preserve the Chapel as a Conserved Ruin. More on their website, http://www.oldhallchapel.org/

I have written a summation of my research into the Slave Connections in Jamaica and North Carolina.  Its an exciting story including slaves, pirates, the Lost Colony of Roankoe Island and the foundation of New Haven Connecticut by the Eaton family from Cheshire http://tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk/duckenfieldvisit.html

My webpage also contains a couple of videos I took on the day.

The Murphy Riots in Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge

About ten years ago, when I was at the National Archives I copied some of the Home Office papers relating to the Murphy Riots in Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge, meaning to write up the details at some future date. Its taken me a long time and it is mainly due to help from a colleague, David Mason, for transcribing the names of the special constables appointed to help deal with the riots and a list of petitioners of the residents of Ashton demanding an inquiry after the event.:
 
Please visit: tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk there is a link at the top of the page and another on the contents page
 
Very many thanks to David

Accreditation

Accreditation

Major Release - Tameside Local Studies Library and Archives Centre gains Full National accreditation

We are one of just 5% of Archive Centres that have been awarded the Archive Accreditation Award, where we had to meet national standards relating to management and resourcing, the care of our collections and what services we offer. Our staff were praised for their innovative and effective service and our volunteer programme was especially commended.accreditationstaff