About 20 members and 2 visitors gathered for the March meeting to hear a talk by Mark Batchelder from the Winding House on the subject of The Bevin Boys. Continue reading
Before we got on with the business for the evening, Hillary read out the notices. The most important of which was that, due to the school closing for Easter, the April meeting is to be brought forward a week. So please note next scheduled meeting will be on the 4th April at the usual time. Liz gave out a list of ideas for trips and asked members to fill in a form to say which if any they would be interested in.
Once the formalities were over & after some early problems with the computer, we were treated to an interesting insight into the “Tucker Family” given by Pauline Weaver. She related how a failed attempt to get Cilla Black, to include her search in the TV series, prompted her to do her own research. The outcome was a trip to the USA & a subsequent meeting with a long lost relative.
The rest of the evening was devoted to family research. A mother & daughter searching for an elusive member of their family, ably assisted by one of our experienced members & thinking about joining.
I had a few words with one of our regular members. I asked him what his interest in family history was. I was surprised at his answer. He had little interest in family history, but enjoyed the atmosphere at the meetings and came with a friend, because he was on his own and looked forward to some company. That says a lot for the branch I think.
Feb 22: Workers, Warriors and Waywards by Peter Strong
We had a very interesting talk by Peter Strong about the role of women in helping the war effort in Monmouthshire during World War Two.
The area had been suffering from depopulation but many were returning- possibly thinking that South Wales was safer than South East England or the Midlands being more distant from the German air bases.
Women played a vital role in filling positions vacated by men, who had been called up to the military. They worked both in heavy industry (chiefly munitions and arms manufacture) and also in food producing agriculture in the Land Army. Since women still had to look after their families they spent long hours each day performing this double role. (The Workers)
Peter also mentioned the women who even served in the armed forces (the warriors) but balanced the picture by mentioning those whose main interest was philandering- particularly with US soldiers (the Wayward)
Newport Branch Meeting: 2017 January 25
For our first meeting of the New Year we had a return visit from Mr Bob Trett. His subject was “Inn Signs” and their origins. Many date from very early times and have their origins in Religion, Royalty, Trades, animals and many other ways of life. The “Three Horse Shoes” would indicate that you could rest and eat in the Inn while there was a blacksmith near by to replace your horse’s shoe (the third shoe) if required. Many signs were about local aristocratic families. Mr Trott brought along a good selection of slides to illustrate the many different subjects and the artists who painted them.
This free online course with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow is well worth a look – whether you are a beginner or more experienced researcher. For further details please go to: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy
Members of the Ebbw Vale & North Gwent branch will be at Ebbw Vale Library on Thursday, 5th January from approximately 10 am to 1 pm. This is our usual help desk that has been running rather successfully once a month for the last few months. So, if you want some help tracing your family and ancestors, why not turn up?
Well, what a merry old time we had on Tuesday evening 13th December. Members brought a selection Continue reading
Is it your New Year Resolution to start or restart your family history?
If so, we have a packed programme for 2017 Continue reading
This month (November) we had a fascinating talk by Gareth Thomas bout a war hero – but this time one from the German Continue reading
Twenty hardy souls braved the inclement weather to attend this evenings meeting. Eighteen Continue reading