Programme for 2017
Two Bradford Family History Society meetings are held each month and there is an admission charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members.
Unless otherwise stated in the schedules below, meetings will be held at:
Gumption Centres Ltd
- The venue has wheelchair access and a PA system.
- NB. The Society holds public liability insurance but not personal accident insurance. Members are therefore responsible for their own personal accident cover when they attend meetings and are involved in other Society activities at their own risk.
- Thursday morning meetings usually take place on the first Thursday of each month.
- Tea/coffee from 10:00 am when there is the opportunity to discuss research problems.
- The formal meeting begins at 10:30am.
Schedule of Thursday Meetings in 2017
|7 Dec||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.
|4 Jan||Why Hitler?|
Who was the man and how did he manage to become so powerful?
|1 Feb||10 things you didn’t know about using www.ancestry.co.uk||Anne Eastwood|
|1 Mar||‘For Gawd Sake don’t send me!’ The 1916-18 draft and the working of the military service tribunals||David Millichope|
|5 Apr||The Royal Visit King George and Queen Mary come to the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1912||Christine Leveridge|
|3 May||Bermuda, Berlin & Brill – 2 wars, 2 wives - the stage is set. The fascinating world of family history research.||Jackie Depelle|
|7 Jun||Keep It In The Family How to keep your family research for others to appreciate||Sue McGeever|
|5 Jul||The Peace Museum Details to follow||Visit|
|2 Aug||An Ancestral Journey going forwards & backwards - Pitfalls in research||Anne Oakden|
|6 Sep||The Social Composition of Scar Top Sunday School and Chapel 1851-1888||Robert Schofield|
|4 Oct||Tracing emigrants in Workhouse Records – with the North Bierley Poor Law Union||Sylvia Valentine|
|1 Nov||The Cooperative Society - a pictorial account of the stores||Janet Senior|
|6 Dec||Bradford's Pioneering Women - women reformers in late 19th Century Bradford.||Helen Broadhead|
- Monday evening meetings usually take place on the third Monday of each month.
- Tea/coffee from 7.00 pm when there is the opportunity to discuss research problems.
- The formal meeting begins at 7:30pm.
Schedule of Monday Meetings in 2017
|20 Nov||DNA for Family Historians||Carolyn Huston|
|18 Dec||What Do You Want For Christmas?|
Comparison of the main family history subcription sites, magazines and anything else that takes our fancy.
|15 Jan||Mirrors A Case study of the German spy ‘Klatt’ and how the Germans spied on the Russians in WW2||Phil Judkins|
|19 Feb||Victorian Police Victorian Policing – My Gt Gt Grandfather was probably Bradford’s longest-serving constable.||Gaynor Haliday|
|19 Mar||Bradford Men on the Western Front Reconstructing a first world war battle from the family historian's perspective"||Fraser Skirrow|
|16 Apr||AGM, 'Bring&Share' Supper & An evening Drop-In Session Bring your problems and issues and break down your brick walls||Committee|
|21 May||Evolution of Asylum Patient Photography Images captured over 150 years||Davis Scrimgeour|
|18 Jun||The History of Bradford’s Fire Brigade||Chris Smith|
|16 Jul||The Police Museum Details to follow||Visit|
|20 Aug||Catholics in Ormskirk – from the early Elizabethan period to the Catholic Relief Act of 1829||Kaye Hurst|
|17 Sep||Yorkshire Indexers Website||Steve Miller|
|15 Oct||Lost on the Lusitania||Bill Taylor|
|19 Nov||A Peck of Dirt - Living Conditions through the ages||Peter Watson|
|17 Dec||Newspapers & Mince Pies||Committee|
Here are some of our past meetings in 2017
|5 Jan||“The Turnpike Road System in England for Local & Family Historians”|
A general history of the Turnpike Road
|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.
|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
|20 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.
|2 Mar||Speed leaning in the Local Studies Library|
Come and learn about various sources for family history research.
|20 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
|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.
|24 Apr||AGM followed by ‘Adoption – an overview and guidance for the family historian’.||Lorraine Birch|
|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.
|15 May||An introduction to Heraldry for family historians|
Often wonder what those patterns on knights’ shields are? Now is your chance.
|1 Jun||Visit to 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.
|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.
|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.
|17 Jul||Visit to Undercliffe Cemetery|
Meet at the Lodge, Undercliffe Lane Entrance at 6.30pm
|3 Aug||Visit to Fulneck|
Meet in the Car Park at 10:30am
|21 Aug||Former Police Stations of Bradford show -|
a slide show
|7 Sep||No place Like Home|
The many and varied institutions that housed Britain’s children
|18 Sep||Origin of Surnames|
Where did your name come from?
|5 Oct||The Chartist Land Plan in Calderdale & Queens Head||Anne Kirker|
|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.
An interesting talk, with examples, of what copyright means for the family historian by the expert at West Yorkshire Archives.