On a lovely sunny morning we set out for the new premises of Somerset Archives. We made good time, and arrived soon after 10 am, full of optimism.
There was a vast Continue reading
This year we have very much enjoyed a series of short talks by our own branch members. They have entertained us wonderfully, and given us new slants on the joys of FH research, and this month’s speaker had something very special to show us. Continue reading
We enjoyed an excellent talk about the origin and early days of the Mormons and their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Malcolm Otton on 29th June. Continue reading
For the second consecutive month we had a talk about graves and cemeteries and again it proved to be most interesting and informative.
On May 25th, Geoff Brookes considered individual graves and developed a fascinating story for each. Continue reading
The barometer was set fair, and we were set for a trip to the NLW in Aberystwyth, pleased this time to have the company of some members from Newport, Ebbw Vale and Abergavenny. Continue reading
We had high expectations of an entertaining evening with a return visit from Rosemary Scadden, and we were not disappointed. Continue reading
We were pleased to welcome Richard Davies, curator of the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh (Brecon) to speak at our April meeting. Continue reading
We had a most interesting talk from Keith Jones which showed us that cemeteries are not only places to visit and remember relatives but have an intrinsic interest of their own. Continue reading
On Saturday 9th April, a small group of us left a rain-soaked Blackwood in a comfortable luxury minibus. We made good time to the NEC at Birmingham, and were soon enveloped in the warm noisy, enticing atmosphere of extreme family history. Continue reading
NEWPORT BRANCH MEETING 2016 March 30.
The 1897 Newport Ferry Disaster (Monty Dart)
The town of Newport is divided into two by the river Usk. In the nineteenth century the town and particularly its industries were expanding rapidly. The river was, however, crossed by a single bridge and many of the workers for the east bank- particularly for Lysaghts Steel works Continue reading