Bradford Family History Society – A list of talks for 2017

Bradford Family History Society hold a programme of talks at:

Glyde House

Talks are held on Monday evenings, 7.00pm (tea and coffee), with a 7.30pm start, and Thursday mornings from 10.00am (tea and coffee) with a 10.30 start.

There is an admission charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members.

Date Month Description Speaker
Thu 5 Jan “The Turnpike Road System in England for Local & Family Historians” – A general history of the Turnpike Road system in England, with connections to information and sources for the family historian Edgar Holroyd-Doveton
Mon 16 Jan A Mormon Pioneer – How did John Croft born in Bingley in 1836 become one of the leading Mormon pioneers of the time? From his ordinary start as the son of a husbandman to Salt Lake City, Utah. Gaynor Haliday
Thu 2 Feb “Returned to the Regiment” – The life story of Lt. Col. Sir Gilbert Mackereth M.C. who was one of the commanders of the 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in WW1.  In addition, the exhumation of his remains from his threatened grave in Spain and return of his cremated remains and medals to Bury Terry Dean
Feb Lies, Damned lies & Registration – This talk looks at some of the “mistakes” – deliberate or otherwise – that have occurred on birth, marriage and death certificates. Knowing the sort of lies that informant’s make might help you to work out what the truth really is. Barbara Dixon
Thu 2 Mar Speed leaning in the Local Studies Library – Come and learn about various sources for family history research. Committee
Mar Hats & Huts – An illustrated account of the YMCA civilian volunteers who travelled to France to run the canteens and recreation huts provided for the use of the ‘Tommies’ when they were away from the front line. Sue McGeever
Thu 6 Apr More Deadly than the Male – Unusual Roles performed by Women in 20th century Conflict – The talk spans both First and Second World Wars with references to post-war conflicts, and covers roles on land, at sea (and undersea), in the air, in clandestine roles and on the home front, with examples of roles which many will find impossible to believe. Phil Judkins
Apr AGM followed by ‘Adoption – an overview and guidance for the family historian’. Lorraine Birch
Thu 4 May Classic Yorkshire Crimes – The talk includes a number of murders from across the county including Eugene Aram, Mary Bateman, the Luddites of 1812-13 and the case of Jonathon Martin. Martin Baggoley
Mon 15 May An introduction to Heraldry for family historians – Often wonder what those patterns on knights’ shields are? Now is your chance. Gillian Waters
Thu 1 Jun Visit – Borthwick Institute and York – All day trip setting off at 9am, cost £5 for members and £10 for guests. Drop off at Borthwick Institute and York centre. Please book in advance.
Mon 19 Jun Quaker Origins in the North – The former President of Friends Historical Society, will talk about Quaker origins in the North in 17th century England, and will explain the various Quaker sources for family historians. David Boulton
Thu 6 Jul Early Asylum Life – The lives of just some of the patients admitted to the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield, Yorkshire between 1818 and 1869 David Scrimgeour
Mon 17 Jul Visit – Undercliffe Cemetery – Meet at the Lodge, Undercliffe Lane Entrance at 6.30pm Neil McLellan
Thu 3 Aug Visit – Fulneck – Meet in the Car Park at 10:30am
Mon 21 Aug The Golden Era of Postcards – the late 19th century Graham Hall
Thu 7 Sep Juvenile Crime in Victorian Bradford – young boys and girls in Bradford, in the early 1870’s,who had been sent to reformatories all over the north of England. Janet Senior
Mon 18 Sep Origins of surnames – Where did your name come from? Peter Watson
Thu 5 Oct The Chartist Land Plan in Calderdale & Queens Head – Chartism was a working class movement, which was most active between 1838 and 1848. This talk concentrates on the Chartist Land Plan with reference to subscribers in Calderdale, Queens Head, Mountain & Great Horton Anne Kirker
Mon 16 Oct Jowett Cars – Pride of Bradford – The early history of the company, models through the 1920’s and 1930’s, Wartime activity, the post WWII models and the demise of the company. Paul Beaumont
Thu 2 Nov Copyright – An interesting talk, with examples, of what copyright means for the family historian by the expert at West Yorkshire Archives. Stefanie Davidson
Nov DNA for Family Historians Carolyn Huston
Thu 7 Dec No place Like Home – the many and varied institutions that housed Britain’s children Peter Higginbotham
Mon 18 Dec How we did the research for the Low Moor Explosion – 21st August 1916. Including how we found Ronald Blackwell. Mary & Geoff Twentyman & Barbara Reardon

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