2016 Catholic Family History Small Research Award



The Catholic Family History Society is keen to support the research into Catholics within the United Kingdom. The Society has limited funds available and is desirous to assist those interested in undertaking such research which will be of benefit to Catholic family historians. Small Research Awards will be made on an annual basis.

For more information, or to apply, please see the below link

Award Form Combined pdf

Transcript of the trial of Bishop James Talbot


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The website ‘Old Bailey Online’, the historic proceedings of London’s Central Court, has released a transcript of the 1771 trial of Bishop James Talbot, for the celebration of Catholic Mass.

Talbot was the last Catholic Bishop to be indicted for celebrating Mass in the United Kingdom, view his profile here

The transcript of the trial can be viewed here

The Letters of John Henry Newman – A Portrait – by Mgr Roderick Strange


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There are approximately 20,000 extant letters written by Blessed John Henry Newman. These have been gathered together in 32 volumes by the long and painstaking work of members of the Birmingham Oratory. Mgr Strange, theologian and Newman scholar, has recently published a book entitled ‘J H Newman – A Portrait in Letters’ through Oxford University Press. In this engaging and informative talk, he speaks of the demanding but richly rewarding work involved in this endeavour and he gives us some fascinating insights into the life and writings of the famous convert and Cardinal of the 19th century.

HOW TO LISTEN TO THIS TALK Playing time 73 minutes (introduction by Dr Simon P Johnson, ECHA Chairman)

Pod Cast
Click on the image above to find this talk in our free iTunes podcast. Follow the instructions given to download the talk or subscribe to the podcast

New CFHS Publications on CD


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The Catholic Family History Society occasional publications numbers 3 and 4, are available to purchase on CD

  • Number 3 is The Bishops’ Register of Confirmations in the Midland District of the Catholic Church in England 1768-1811 and 1816′.
  • Number 4 is The Bishops’ Register of Confirmations in the London District of the Catholic Church in England 1826-1837 and 1843′.

The CD is available to buy through Genfair for £5Genfair

First World War Conference, Oscott College, 14th October 2015


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oscott College

There is to be a conference on the English Catholic Church and the First World War at St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham, on Wednesday 14th October jointly organised by the College and the Archdiocese of Birmingham Historical Commission. The lecturers are

  • Dr John Pollard, author of Benedict XV: the Unknown Pope and the Pursuit of Peace,
  • Fr Mark Vickers, author of By the Thames Divided: Cardinal Bourne in Southwark and Westminster,
  • Dr James Hagerty co-author of The Cross on the Sword: Catholic Chaplains in the Forces
  • Dr Judith Champ author of A Seminary goes to War: Oscott and the First World War.

Conference fee, including coffee, tea and two course lunch—£20
A detailed programme can be found on the Oscott Website

For all further information and bookings, contact Mrs. Maggie Wilson. Tel 0121 321 5026. Email maggie.wilson@oscott.org

New Book on Rev Rowland Broomhead


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We are pleased to announce the publication of the much anticipated biography of the Reverend Rowland Broomhead, one of the key figures in the Catholic revival in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The book is the result of many years of work by Mr Peter Lupton, of Norden near Rochdale, an old boy of St Bede’s College, Manchester, and is a ‘must-buy’ for anybody interested in the restoration of the English Catholic church.

The book has been published by Gracewing and is available from their website and from all good online booksellers at the price of £20.




We are pleased to announce that our Annual Day Conference and AGM will be held at the Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX on Saturday October 3rd 2015. This is a new venue for us and we hope it will be a convenient location for all as it is close to bus, rail services, and car parks. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new.

The two main speakers this year are:

Ruth Barbour of Warwick University on ‘The Middling Sort of Catholic in eighteenth century Warwickshire’.
Tony Hadland of the Oxfordshire Local History Society on ‘Recusants of Oxfordshire and Berkshire’
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.

The cost is £15.00, it is subsidised by the CFHS and includes a sandwich lunch, and tea/coffee and cold drinks.

Tickets are available by post from:

Mrs J M Smith
10 Irving Close
Cheques payable to Catholic FHS please. You may also pay on the door but please let us know in advance if you are intending to do this.

New Book – The History of the Catholic Faith in Lytham

This bo551304ok describes how the worshipping community developed around the small Benedictine cell established in the grounds of Lytham Hall, was pastored in Penal times and beyond by Jesuits on the English Mission and by priests of the Northern Vicariate, until the 1829 Catholic Emancipation Act created the climate which allowed Fr Walmsley to set up the present church on Clifton Street. The ensuing 175 years have seen 8 parish priests, a large number of curates and assistant priests, 3 permanent deacons and two congregations of religious sisters working to support the Catholics of Lytham. However, this book is more than the story of a building or a history of priests: it is the story of how we and our ancestors have lived our Catholic Faith in response to the varied challenges of these times, with lay people playing an ever greater role.

The book can be purchased from the website of St Peter’s RC Church, Lytham.

Annual Conference Reminder

The Catholic Family History Society Annual Conference & AGM

Saturday 3rd October 2015, 10am

Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham

Ruth Barbour of Warwick University will be giving the morning talk

The middling sort of Catholic in eighteenth-century Warwickshire

Tony Hadland of Oxfordshire Local History Society will be giving the afternoon talk on

Recusants of Oxfordshire and Berkshire

Please contact Jean Smith to book your place.CFHS


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