Do you have a BLACK SHEEP in your family?
Monday 19th June
Come along to hear Gill Blanchard tell us how to find and use records of our criminal ancestors, locally, nationally and online, in her talk "Prison and Criminal Court Records"
Criminal records are family history’s guilty pleasure. They are a rich source of detail for family historians and many others: they provide an insight not only into crime and punishment in the 1800s, but also into the daily lives of working people. They reveal your ancestors’ uncomfortable secrets and grisly tales, and provide you with a unique opportunity to discover any “black sheep” in your family.
Gill Blanchard is a professional house historian, genealogist, tutor and author of several books. Her talks in Leiston last October, and in Kelsale in April, were entertaining and informative, and we look forward to more of the same.
The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 19th June at Leiston United Church (URC/Methodist), High Street, Leiston, IP16 4EL. Entrance is not at the front of the church, but on the left hand side as you face the building. Parking is available in the Co-op/Solar car park which adjoins it, but you must sign your vehicle in at the tills in the supermarket or face a charge of £100. Visitors welcome. Admission: members £1, visitors £3, incl tea/coffee.
THE DIARY OF A NORFOLK PARSON
Monday 17 July
In July the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will welcome back Sheila Harrison to give a talk on The Diary of a Norfolk Parson. Her previous talks on Leiston Abbey and Butley Priory were very well-attended, and we look forward to more of the same.
In this talk, based on the diaries of the 18th century parson James Woodforde, historian Sheila Harrison will describe Woodforde's life as Rector of Weston Longville, a village eight miles west of Norwich, from 1776 until his death in 1803. We meet Woodforde's family, his fellow-clergymen, the household servants and the village people - all in the context of the social conditions of the time. Parson Woodforde's diaries are history brought to life.
Sheila Harrison read History at Somerville College, Oxford, and during her career was a lecturer at a college of further and higher education and a tutor for the Open University. She gives talks to historical societies, the U3A, Women’s Institutes and other groups across Suffolk.
The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 17th July at Leiston United Church (URC/Methodist), High Street, Leiston, IP16 4EL. Entrance is not at the front of the church, but on the left hand side as you face the building. Parking is available in the Co-op/Solar car park which adjoins it, but you must sign your vehicle in at the tills in the supermarket or face a charge of £100. Visitors welcome. Admission: members £1, visitors £3, incl tea/coffee.
18 Sept “My Ancestor Was Hanged at Bury St Edmunds” - Di Mann - at 7.30pm Leiston United Church
16 Oct “Barnados Foster Children in Suffolk 1890-1950” - Peter Davidson - at 7.30pm Leiston United Church
20 Nov “History of the Leiston Quakers” - Ruth Hawthorne & Seija Tattersall - at 2.30pm at Aldeburgh Community Centre
OUR RESEARCH CENTRE
The Family History Research Centre in the Leiston Council offices will now be open to all, free of charge, from 10am to 12noon on the first and third Saturday morning of each month, and it will now only open on Wednesdays by prior appointment. If you wish to request an appointment, please contact Maggie Strutt on 01728 602298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have local information including graveyard catalogues for Aldringham, Benhall, Saxmundham, Leiston, Eastbridge and Sutton; War Memorial information, parish registers, census returns, many data CDs, and Internet access. Experienced family history researchers will be present to help and give assistance if required.
Contact Angela Skelcher on 01728 830949
The AVSFHG is looking for speakers for our Monday talks. If you are a historian interested in giving a talk, please contact our Secretary.
Visitors are always most welcome.