If you have not seen this site before, it might be useful. It has recently been released and contains a search facility for 230,000 British Empire soldiers who made wills & in some cases wrote ‘last letters’ to their families. Thanks go to Sylvia for pointing this out to me.
Those in the Cambridge area with an interest in Catholic history may be interested to know that the Old Palace in Ely will be open on Heritage Open Day, and there will be an exhibition on the recusant gentlemen imprisoned there between 1587 and 1600:
Who Were The Nuns? Follow the link to find out more information about this project, but read below for details of a free event in Manchester.
The key purpose of the database is to identify those women who entered the English convents from the foundation of the first new house in Brussels in 1598 until 1800. The latter date has been taken to mark the end of the exile period when most of them decided to leave the continent and seek sanctuary in England because of the impact of violence associated with the French revolution and anti-religious legislation.
Find out how you can use the database and other project resources for family and local history in this free event.
When: Saturday 2nd November 2013
Where: Salford Diocesan Archives, at St Augustine’s Church, Grosvenor Square, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BW
- 10.00 a.m. coffee, 10.30 a.m. first talk
- Dr Caroline Bowden and Dr James Kelly talking about the project and how it can be used to find North West families
- Dr Janet Hollinshead, Choosing their future: women in the Blundell family in early modern Lancashire
- Peter J Tyldesley, The Tyldesleys and their faith in the 17th and 18th centuries
There will be a chance to see the archives at lunchtime with Father David Lannon, the archivist and to try out the database.
There is no cost for the day: refreshments will be available during breaks. Lunch can be purchased locally. All welcome, but please confirm attendance in advance with Dr Caroline Bowden from whom further details can be obtained. firstname.lastname@example.org
The venue is ten minutes walk from Oxford Road station in Manchester.
An update with a confirmed agenda:
This year our annual conference and AGM will be held at the Salford Diocesan Archives, St. Augustine’s Hall, Grosvenor Square, All Saints, Manchester M15 6BW on Saturday October 5th 2013.
The provisional program is as follows:
- Registration from 10am
- 10.30 Hannah Thomas (Ph.D candidate, Swansea University): The Cwm Jesuit Library, Hereford Cathedral (Recusant records including clandestine marriages)
- 11.45 Fr Andrew Lloyd MBE (late of the Royal Army Chaplains Department): For God, King and Country - The British Soldier and their chaplains
- 12.45 Lunch
- 13:45 AGM
- 14.30 Sister Dominic Savio CP & Sister Philomena FMSJ: Founded in Manchester; The Cross and Passion Sisters and the Franciscan Missionaries of St Joseph
- 16:15 Tea
- Optional tour: Places of Catholic interest in Central Manchester led by Pauline Lloyd, Green Badge Guide.
A Family History Help Desk will be available at lunch-time and late afternoon. Please use this to ask any questions of our researchers to help your investigations and bring along any documents and materials that you would like to discuss.
Travel, Parking, Hotel, and Local Studies information will be available in advance. The cost for members is £10.00, and for non-members £12.00 (including lunch & all refreshments)
Tickets are available by post from:Mrs J M Smith 10 Irving Close Woodsmoor Stockport SK2 7DX
Cheques payable to Catholic FHS please.
Or you may pay on the door on the day – but if you are going to do this please let me know in a comment to this post.
Records of Roman Catholics (Baptisms, Marriages and Burials) in the East India Company are on open access in the Asia, Pacific, and Africa Reading Room at the British Library in St Pancras. Details of how to obtain access are given here.
- Bengal Roman Catholic Returns IOR/N/1/RC/1-5 : 1842-1856
- Bombay Roman Catholic Returns IOR/N/3/RC/1-5 : 1842-1854
- Madras Roman Catholic Returns IOR/N/2/RC/1-8 : 1835-1854
For more details and other useful records go to the Search our Catalogue Archives and Manuscripts page and enter Catholic Returns in the search box.
The India Office – Family History Search page has details of the records held – these are not specifically about Roman Catholics, but may help anyone researching their Indian ancestors.
The BBC also has a very useful site on researching your Indian Family History.
This site is dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country. Recorded here are various war memorials within a variety of counties, it is fully intended to complete as many war memorials in the United Kingdom as possible. The counties and the war memorials completed for each are listed on a separate page. Photographs have been taken of the majority of the memorials, details of the men included and their photographs where possible.
My Faith is My Crime - Lives & Times of the English Martyrs
On Wednesday 7 August (Feast of the Lancaster Martyrs), at 2:00pm in St Walburge’s Chapel there is a 45 minute talk:
Lancashire Catholic Survival: From Religious Conservatism to Catholic Recusancy
This is given by JA Hilton, KSG, CLJ, BA, MPhil, DipHS, FRHistS, Editor of North West Catholic History.
Films (lasting between 30 minutes and one hour) will be screened in St Walburge’s Chapel at 2pm on the dates below
- Wednesday 31 July: Saint Thomas More;
- Thursday 1 August: Saint John Fisher;
- Friday 2 August: Saint Edmund Arrowsmith;
- Saturday 3 August: Saint Anne Line;
- Sunday 4 August: Saint Philip of Arundel;
- Monday 5 August: God’s Champion: Saint Edmund Campion;
- Tuesday 6 August: The Shining Pearl of York –Saint Margaret Clitherow
Further details are available here.
There is a great index and search tool from the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society here, very useful if you are looking for Roman Catholic ancestors in Manchester. The Catholic Register Index (CRI) contains data derived from the registers of a number of Roman Catholic churches in Manchester. The source of this information is the original registers for these churches which have been transcribed by members of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society and of the North West Branch of the Catholic Family History Society. Specific information about each source is available here.