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

Registers of the French Chapel Royal


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cat-d-012Our latest CD provides the following records of the French Chapel Royal, King St., Portman Sq., London.

  • Baptisms 1792-1841 (1148 entries)
  • Marriages 1792-1846 (487 entries)
  • Burials 1794-1801 and 1813-1814 (65 entries).

Records largely relate to French emigrés and their subsequent families. Baptisms are recorded from a number of Hampshire locations as well as in London. The earlier burials are almost all at St Helier, Isle of Jersey, and Winchester, as are many marriages, while those of 1813-14 are at Lymington. Much genealogical data beyond that normally found in such registers is provided.

The originals of these registers are held in the French National Archives at Nantes. A filmstrip copy was given to the Archivist of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese, and this was lodged for safekeeping and for wider access at the Portsmouth City Archives, located at the Portsmouth History Centre. References are provided to enable copies from the filmstrip to be obtained.

The transcriptions are provided in both date and surname order, in searchable PDF formats. You can purchase a copy by paying with a credit card here.

Midland Catholic History Society


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The MIDLAND CATHOLIC HISTORY SOCIETY was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Staffordshire Catholic History Society and the Worcestershire Catholic History Society. They have a program of events through the year and produce Midland Catholic History which contains articles on post-Reformation Catholic History, of interest to the general reader as well as to historians and antiquarians, and is an essential aid to the local Catholic historian.

You can find more details on their website by following this link.

Manchester Central Library


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The library reopens on 22 March. The building’s historic features have been sensitively and carefully restored, bringing the building up to the twenty-first century standards fit for a world class city. This major work will ensure the long-term survival of one of our most iconic and much loved buildings. 

Of particular interest to family historians is Archives+ which will offer a showcase and repository for archives and family history. This purpose-built centre will help to satisfy a growing demand for accessible community history and personal heritage.

English Catholic History Association


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The English Catholic History Association encourages interest in the Catholic history of England and Wales.  They organise visits to places associated with the Catholic faith, and arrange  conferences on subjects relating to our Catholic history.  They also support research into subjects of Catholic interest and seek to prevent the destruction of Catholic archives.

More details are on their website here. You will also find talks which have been recorded and can be downloaded and listened to.

Forthcoming Family History Events


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The following have been brought to my attention. They are general family history events and not specifically for Catholic research, but will be of interest to our readers in the UK.

28th June 2014 – Yorkshire Family History Fair, York Racecourse, Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, 10:00 to 16:30 more details here.

26th July 2014 - Buckinghamshire Family History Society Open Day,  The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury, HP21 7NH, 10:00 to 16:00 more details here.

1st November 2014 – West Surrey Family History Society Gamily History Fair and Open Day, Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9BA, 10:00 to 16:30 more details here.


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