Upcoming Zoom Talk

Saturday 27 March 2021 at 2pm GMT

A talk on Secular and Church of England Records where Catholic ancestors can be traced,generally for going against the Establishment. Les Mitchinson will refer to the Recusant Rolls, Chancery Records, Ecclesiastical Court Record, Churchwardens’ Presentments, Assize and Quarter Sessions and Anglican records during the penal times when the practice of Roman Catholicism was illegal. Early Catholic records are scarce because to make and keep them could put at risk the lives of priests and those to whom they ministered if such documents were found by the authorities.

Les Mitchinson, DipGen, is Director of Education at the History Institute of Heraldry and Genealogical Studies, amongst his other responsibilities and interests. He is a graduate of this Institute. His earlier career was in the Royal Navy.

If you would be interested in joining us online for this talk, then please contact us through cfhsrecords@gmail.com. You will in due course be sent a link for Zoom. If you do not have Zoom it is easy and free to download it to your device. Simply search for Zoom on your search engine and follow the instructions. We hope you will want to join us for what promises to be an enlightening talk.

CIRCA 1754: Woodcut from the first edition of John Foxe The Book of Martyrs, London 1563, depicting iconoclasm, centre top. In the top part of the image papists are packing away their paltry, while the church is purged of idols. At bottom left clerics receive the Bible from Queen Elizabeth I. Bottom right shows the interior of a Protestant church with the congregation listening to a sermon, a somple Communion table rther than an altar, and a Baptism taking place. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Irish Church Records

The Catholic FHS has been given a 25% discount off the RRP on the  book Irish Church Records, edited by James G. Ryan

You can see more information on the title at https://ancestornetwork.ie/shop/  and it can be ordered  from  books@flyleaf.ie  quoting the  code number: CFH25.

Who’s Who of Your Ancestral Saints

The book entitled, A WHO’S WHO OF YOUR ANCESTRAL SAINTS, by Alan J. Koman, was published several years ago. The book is now printed in the UK, as well as in the U.S. The Catholic Family has reviewed it for the December 2020 issue of Catholic Ancestor. Koman takes 24 great historic people, European Christians, from 256Ad to 1322 AD and then details the 275 saints in their ancestry. Their profiles make interesting reading, giving insights into the lives of people deemed worthy to be regarded as saints at that time. The book gives plenty of material and references to sources to encourage and direct research by family historians, genealogists, secular or church historians.

Here is a link to the book’s description:

New Society Publications

The Catholic Family History Society’ are publishing collections of articles from past issues of Catholic Ancestor, collating important information about particular geographical areas.


Each booklet is around 22 pages A4, £3.00 each, plus £1.50 post & packing for up to two booklets:

Catholic Ancestors in Lancashire Volume 1

Catholic Ancestors in Lancashire Volume 2

Catholic Ancestors in the Midlands, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire Volume 1

Coming soon:

Catholic Ancestors in the North East of England

Catholic Ancestors in London

The above printed publications can only be ordered through cfhsrecords@gmail.com