The meeting was held at 7:30PM on Thursday September 21 2023
Speaker: Natalie Bodle
Irish ancestry research can be tricky, but this talk will cover how you can get started, which records are available and best of all which are free. This will give you a good grounding to making a start on finding your Irish ancestors. Natalie delivered a very enjoyable talk, packed with useful links for those people interested in researching their Irish Roots.
Natalie kindly allowed us to record the meeting, for all our members to view. The recording and content is subject to copyright and must not be shared with anyone outside the AWFHS, and should not be retained or copied after 28 days.
I recently came across an old notebook from 1973 with notes of my searches which led me to my grandmother’s baptism in a Methodist Chapel in North Norfolk. Previously, I had found her birth certificate and had searched many, many parishes looking for her baptism. This led me to never discount non-conformity.
Over the years whenever an enquirer poses a research problem concerning missing baptisms or a marriage, I will often recommend looking at Methodist, Baptist or Congregational records. Alas, the answer is invariably, “My lot were all C of E.” When you consider the number of Methodist chapels, often two or three to the one parish church, the likelihood is most families must have spent some time with one of the three denominations.
Methodism was all embracing, not just church on Sunday. They ran bible classes, ladies’ clubs, men’s clubs, amateur dramatics, cubs, brownies, guides scouts, football & cricket teams etc, etc. They certainly knew how to make use of their buildings and facilities.
Since our feature article in the July issue of Family Tree Magazine, which proved a useful prompt for new members, here are a selection of Methodist records we have added to our members database:
Westhouse Wesleyan Methodist Marriages 1929-1949 (Thornton in Lonsdale parish)
Recently the Airedale & Wharfedale FHS have been transcribing historical Methodist records in the parts of North Yorkshire within our area. It is interesting to note for every parish church there were usually two Methodist chapels and sometimes more. If you consider a family with young children, would they trudge the miles each way to the parish church when they were passing one or even two Methodist chapels? (see below) Judging by the number of baptisms and marriages we have transcribed the answer is no! In recent times many of these buildings are closing and it is to be hoped that their records do survive and end up in safe hands.
We have a further 2,000 baptisms and over 500 marriages from similar sources to add in the near future. A full list of those already included is shown in our Member’s Database at awfhs.org.
Our success in continuing to record this amount of historical data is largely due to the commitment our members, many of whom live beyond these shores.
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