Colin Beaver writes:
November Talk

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the talk, Tales from Local Graveyards (How to Discover More about Our Ancestors), presented by Richard Horton. From feedback it was very well received, as it was both enjoyable and informative.
As Richard could not cover all his material, we will be arranging for him to return next year.

December Talk
There is no talk planned for December.  Instead we will be holding our Annual General Meeting, which you are welcome to attend.
It will take place on Thursday 20 December 2018, 6.30pm at the Kirkheaton Community Centre.

I watched number of the WW1 related programmes.  One of which, was WW1’s Secret Shame: Shell Shock – Monday 12 November, 9pm, BBC Two.  This programme featured historian Dan Snow charting the history of war’s devastating effect on combatants’ mental health and how we have reacted to and treated battlefield trauma.  The term shell shock which was coined in WW1, to describe the type of posttraumatic stress disorder many soldiers were afflicted with during the war.  As this is still very relevant today, I cannot recommend to highly watching this on iPlayer.

A Street Near You This site currently contains nearly 500,000 location records for 410,000 men and women who died whilst serving in the First World War.  You initially enter the place and then filter further e.g. Surname

Zeppelin Raids
This website offers an account of all 103 German air raids on Britain in WW1. This information has been used to create a Raid Index listing the names of all places bombed, alongside the date of the raid, to make it easier for visitors to track down the story of the raids in their own areas. This is the first time an Index of this type has been created and can be accessed from the ‘Raid Index’ tab. The Index clearly demonstrates the random nature of German bombing in WW1 at a time when aerial navigation was in its infancy.

The group continues meet every Thursday from 6.00pm at the Kirkheaton Library and is available to help with all things Family History.

Uploading Your Family Tree
When uploading your Family Tree to for example Ancestry is the information Public or kept Private. In either case it is assumed that you have removed all living relatives.  To be sure, I removed all from my tree anyone born within the last 100 years.  Do not upload and then make living relatives private as from experience you can work out who they are.
If it is Public there is an argument that it is much more likely for people to get in touch.  This in turn could lead to the breaking down of a brick wall or highlight an error.  It can also be more likely lead to be able to share and carry out joint research with a “Cousin”.
If it is kept Private there is an augment that it prevents possible Identity Fraud, but more common being to stop someone “stealing” your research.
This leads on to the question of Etiquette.  Before incorporating someone else’s research (having of course varied its accuracy) into your tree, downloading a photo or document, do you contact the “owner” for their consent?
We would love to hear from you as to what you think?

Population Past – Atlas of Victorian & Edwardian Population
This website allows users to create and view maps of different demographic measures and related socio-economic indicators every 10 years between 1851 and 1911. These include fertility, childhood mortality, marriage, migration status, household compositions, age-structure, occupational status and population density.

Substantial costs awarded against TV heir hunter
Lawyers from Carter Lemon Camerons LLP have assisted the rightful beneficiaries of an estate in securing the inheritance to which they are entitled after a prominent ‘heir hunter’ wrongly had the estate made subject to the intestacy rules.

Record and Share Your Family History in 5 Steps
Many people have pieced together their own family tree. But how much do you really know about the early lives of your living relatives, especially those with decades of stories to share?
To learn more, take the time to talk during family gatherings and make sure to save that oral history for future generations: Record and preserve it with a multimedia digital archive, with video or audio, or with both.
Although peppered with adverts, there is a useful article in The New York Times gives details of five simple steps to get you started.

26 September Birthday

A new analysis of 20 years of birth records by the Office for National Statistics shows a dramatic spike in the number of children born in late September, nine months after Christmas. It has been described as the peak time for marital break-up but a new official study of birth records show that Christmas is also the season of love, with more babies conceived than at any other time of the year. In contrast Christmas Day is the least popular day of the year for births.

Queen Elizabeth
An interesting historical fact that on 17 November in the year 1558, Elizabeth I became the Queen of England.  She was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.  As Queen, she ended up bringing much needed stability to a country racked by religious and political persecution.
Elizabeth I reigned for 44 years.  She was held in such high esteem that her reign eventually became known as the Elizabethan era.  During her time, England formed a strong national identity, helped by such notable writers as William Shakespeare.  Elizabeth I helped turned England into a world power.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Story

In the 1830s life in villages like Tolpuddle was hard and getting worse. Farm workers could not bear yet more cuts to their pay. Some fought back by smashing the new threshing machines but this brought harsh punishments.
In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

William Tyndale’s New Testament
Tyndale’s New Testament was the first to be printed in English. One of only three copies surviving from the 3,000 or more printed in 1526 by Peter Schoeffer in the German city of Worms is stored  by the British Library.Tyndale’s translation was pronounced heretical in England, so his Bibles were smuggled into the country in bales of cloth. Those discovered owning them were punished. At first only the books were destroyed, but soon heretics would be burned too – including Tyndale himself in 1536.

Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies
Professor David Taylor has established a fine reputation for his books and articles on the history of policing in England. This new book on Huddersfield policing looks at the mid-nineteenth century and issues facing the local area in relation to policing a centre of West Riding textile production. Buy the book or there is a free download available.

An Agenda Item for the up and coming AGM is future research projects.  As anyone any suggestions or information for suitable research projects.

Audio/Video Interviews
For this project to progress, we desperately need you to get in touch to let us know someone (young or not so young), who would like to be interviewed about their life and experiences.  Please get in touch before it is too late.

We can provide a video/audio copy of the interview for you to keep in your “Memory Box”.

Interview in Broad Yorkshire

Tamar Hoggarth nee Fletcher was born in 1860 in the North York Moors, northern England. She was one of seven children born to William and Ada Adamson of Marton / Cropton and Castle Howard. She went into service and had an illegitimate son before marrying Danvers Hoggarth in Whitby. They went on to have eight children, living most of their lives near Great Barugh, Malton. For more, see
Your feedback would be interesting on her accent and dialect

Caution When Using the Internet
Although not History related, I thought I would pass on advice relating Phishing Website.
HTTPS protocol. (The letter “S” after “http” indicates a “secure” connection.) In fact, an https connection has some arguable drawbacks. Mainly, there’s virtually no barrier to anyone obtaining HTTPS certification, which has made it attractive for criminal groups hoping to add an air of authenticity to bogus sites. That little green padlock guarantees that you’re sending data encrypted, but not that the person on the receiving end has scruples.

You can also read an article by internationally-known security expert Brian Krebs’ article about all the hacker sites that are now displaying https padlocks at