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
Catholic Ancestors in the North East of England
Catholic Ancestors in London
The above printed publications can only be ordered through firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuart A. Raymond has completed his new book ‘Tracing your Roman Catholic Ancestors’, published by Pen & Sword.
The book can be purchased online here
A 25% discount for CFHS members is being offered, to obtain this, quote discount code CFHS25
In aid of the Diocese of Nottingham, Sick and Retired Priests Fund, Canon Anthony Dolan has published Good News for the East Midlands – An account of the background to and the story of, the Diocese of Nottingham.
The book can be ordered from the address on the poster above, or from the website.
The North West Catholic History Society are delighted to announce the long awaited publication of Peter Doyle’s history of Upholland College, entitled ‘Upholland College – One Hundred and Fifty Years of Priestly Training’.
St Joseph’s College Upholland was a seminary in the Archdiocese of Liverpool and this book takes us through its long and illustrious history from its early origins at St Edward’s College, Everton in 1850 to the final closure and sale of the site in 1999.
The book is meticulously researched and beautifully written and is a must buy for any Catholic historian.
People wishing to order a copy can do so here
A new publication is being proposed under the title
THE FORTRESS CHURCH, URBAN CATHOLICS 1778-1840
Beginning 1791 Relief act legalisation of chapels and priests. English Catholics cut off from the continent English Clergy trained in England, decline of seigneurial influence. Chapelbuilding. Disputes between laity and clergy at local level. Local anti Catholicism. Rising wealth of urban middle class, urban poor, spread of schools, Sunday schools. English Catholic printers popular press. education,
End 1840 By then preparations were in hand for the restoration of the hierarchy, the Bishops had taken over Catholic Poor school education, arrival of active (not contemplative) religious orders from France and Ireland. New orders being established for work among urban poor and education. Church building enters a new phase
Defining areas to be studied industrialising towns.
Defining population to be studied lay middle and working class Catholics. Other work is in progress on religious, clergy and aristocracy.
If anybody is interested in participating or contributing to this project, please contact Marie Rowlands at email@example.com
‘English Catholic history is, unavoidably, family history’ wrote Francis Young in his book of the Gages of Hengrave in 2015. Nowhere is this more obvious and centrally important than in the establishment and funding of the English convents in exile 1600-1800, and the associated colleges that continued to train priests. The final output of the long-running AHRC-funded Who Were the Nuns? project, led by Dr Caroline Bowden, was published on 30 October by Occasional Publications UPR, Oxford (Prosopographica et Genealogica vol. 15). English Catholic Nuns in Exile 1600-1800, A Biographical Register, edited by K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, was foreseen as the ‘book of the database’, when work started at QMUL in 2008. Once the project was finished and the results available as a live online database in 2012, Katharine Keats-Rohan started work on converting a print-out of the online prosopography into a printed biographical register. Much of the work of connecting the nuns and recreating their extensive family and spiritual networks was originally provided online by a series of pdf genealogical tables produced by Katharine, using a Family Historian database. The database was based on information taken from convent sources, but because of the vicissitudes of convent history, especially the fraught conditions of the re-migration to England c. 1790, data about family was sometimes missing. Such gaps were occasionally filled by recourse to notes in editions of the text by Gillow and others. The genealogies were built from skeletons usually derived from Visitation records such as are frequently printed in many books and articles on recusant families. As work progressed on the Biographical Register it became painfully clear that many of the (often very valuable) footnotes by Gillow and others produced more questions than answers, and that any charts based on Visitation material needed a root and branch re-examination. The result was a systematic exploitation of the evidence of Wills, initially as a means to provide accurate family reconstitution. Very soon it transpired that Wills provide key evidence about the way that the religious life of both nuns and their priest brothers was funded by families acting both as small nuclear groups and extended networks of cousinship. As a result, many of the gaps in the convent data, such as parentage, baptismal name, and sometimes even dates of death as well as birth, have been discovered and incorporated into the fully revised and extended text. In addition, all the original genealogical charts have been completely revised and many additional ones added, all provided in individual annotated charts in 303 separate tables united in a fully searchable Appendix, provided as a pdf on a CD insert.
The hardcover book, ISBN 978-1-900934-14-5, in A4 format, contains 708 pages as well as the 323-page Appendix on CD, and is available from the publisher for £75, plus carriage (by courier) at www.coelweb.co.uk. At a substantial weight of 2.1 kg, interested buyers outside Europe will need to negotiate the delivery cost before purchase.