GENEVA – An online calendar of GENealogical EVents and Activities



This website gives details of genealogical events and activities that are taking place in the UK. It is a useful site as you can find out what is happening in the coming months – have a look, you may find a local event that interests you, or something that is worth travelling to.

Catholic National Library

The following sad news appears on their website:

The Trustees of the Catholic National Library announce that the Library will be closed until further notice from Friday 27th June 2014. From this date it will not be possible to reply to emails, postal enquiries or telephone calls. Books already on loan may be returned by post. As soon as a decision has been made about the future of the Library an announcement will be made and the Trustees will write to members.

Let’s hope that something can be done to retain this useful library and collection.

Chipping Recusants

Of interest to those with Catholic ancestors in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire the following book is available in the Internet Archive.

Smith, Thomas C of Longridge – History of the parish of Chipping, in the county of Lancaster, with some account of the forests of Bleasdale & Bowland (1894).

In chapter 1, General History, there is information about the recusants of the parish including lists starting from 1667 on page 29 to 1716 on page 32.

Thanks to Sylvia Dibbs for pointing this out to me.

CFHS North West Group – Summer Outing


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Saturday July 12th 2014

Guided tour of the Refurbished Manchester Central Library (opened March 2014)

11 am Meet in Foyer of the Manchester Central Library,
St Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
Tour of the Archives led by Bob Haynes ( Manchester
& Lancashire FHS) and a member of the Library staff.

12.30 pm Chat in the Library coffee lounge or have lunch in the
neighbourhoood (large choice of eating-places and

1.30 pm Reassemble in Library foyer
Guided Tour to places of Catholic interest in Central
Manchester led by Pauline Lloyd, Manchester Green Badge Guide.

Cost £5.00 p.p. (pay on the day)

Please book a place with either

Jean Smith jeansmith1934@talktalk.nnet 0161 4839 199 or
Maureen Fitzgibbon 0161 903 9567

Catholic Institutions For The Poor


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Here is a scan of an article first published in Catholic Ancestor Volume 4 way back in February 1993. It contains a list of the various types of institutions that were in place to provide support and refuge to poor Catholics. You can use this in your own private research but no republishing without permission please.

Catholic Institutions For The Poor Vol 04 No 4 – Feb 93

Children’s Homes Website



We often get asked about children’s homes and this new site by Peter Higginbotham is particularly useful.

The Children’s Homes website aims to provide information on all of the many and varied institutions that — for whatever reason — became home for thousands of children and young people in Britain. They include a wide variety of establishments ranging from orphanages, homes for those in poverty, and children with special needs, through to reformatories, industrial and approved schools, training ships, and hostels.

It has a small list of Roman Catholic homes, but there were many more than these. If the site gets updated regularly then it will become a very useful resource.


Sights and Sounds of Recusant England



Where and When: St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham – Friday 13 June 2014


Eamon Duffy ‘Recusants writing the Reformation';
Anne Dillon ‘Seeing is believing': Elizabethan Catholic images of martyrdom

Evening concert in the chapel by Cappella Fede directed by Peter Leech accompanied by a talk by Maurice Whitehead.

Further details about the programme, costs and booking from Mrs Maggie Wilson Tel.0121 321 5026; E mail

Coed Anghred, Monmouthshire


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Coedangred RC ChurchThis little chapel is  Coed Anghred, Monmouthshire. The date is about 1901 and there is an article about it in ECA Journal Vol 2 No. 2 Autumn 1986: The Burial Ground and Former Catholic Church at Coed Anghred by Mary Hopson.  It was demolished in 1911 after only 70 years use. Members of Sylvia Dibbs family are buried there.

The other pictures show a little girl & some nuns & the inside of a church; Sylvia doesunknown wedding not know the order of nuns nor the church, perhaps someone out there does.

All three photos come from an album collected about 1901, by a relative of Sylvia’s who went to Canada about that time. The album is now in the possession of a distant cousin in the USA.Unknown nuns

History of St Bede’s College, Manchester


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Vol1The Salford Diocesan Archives are delighted to announce the publication of the first volume of the History of St Bede’s College, Manchester.

This first volume covers the period of the rise and fall of the Commercial Business School 1876-1891, with the first chapter detailing the background of Catholic Secondary Education in Manchester & Salford 1850-1876.

The book can be purchased for £10 from the website shop


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