Index of Nuns

The Catholic Family History Society is delighted to announce the completion of the ‘Index of Nuns’ project which has been running for some years now. The index is now available to buy on CD from Genfair

This CD provides records of approximately 14,000 nuns who professed later than 1795. For each nun in the index the following facts may be available: surname and forename, her order or community, birth date and place, religious name, family place, names of her father and mother, dates and place of entry, profession, leaving, and death. The amount of information given varies and it is rare to find that all of these details are available for an

Buckinghamshire Family History Society



Buckinghamshire Family History Society Open Day
Saturday 23rd July 2016, 10am to 4pm
The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury, HP21 7NH.

Research facilities including our names database (over five million entries), Parish Register, People, and Places libraries. Parish Register transcripts and other research aids will be on sale. Expert advice; guest societies from around the country; local heritage groups; suppliers of data CDs, maps, software, archival materials and much more.

Admission is free, with free parking at the venue.

Further information, including a full list Bucksof organisations attending, can be found at

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


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