It is with great sadness that I report that our Society President, Len Hough, passed away today, Friday 12th September.
It was lovely to talk to you! If you didn’t make it to Rougemont School on June 14th then we are sorry you missed such a good day.
We have to begin by saying thank you to everyone who gave their time to stand at a table and help other researchers in their quest. Thank you to all our neighbouring FH Societies who got up early and brought their publications and their knowledge to our day. Thank you to the commercial firms that arrive year after year and spend most of their time giving advice. Finally our biggest thank you must go to Malcolm and Claire Otton and their sons David and Paul. All the organising is done through the Otton household. They send out the invitations, receive the replies, plan the layout, liaise with the school, arrange for posters and advertising. ensure that enough members of each branch will be there, and all this before the first cup of tea in the morning (I might be exaggerating a little here).
There were fewer visitors than in previous years. This is something that has been happening to other FH Societies across the country. The Internets has a lot to answer for. The upside to this is that we had more time to talk to every one. The day was sponsored by Forces War Records – http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ – who covered the cost of the hall and stuff because one of the moderators on their genealogy forum http://www.british-genealogy.com/ is a member of Gwent FHS and FWR want to “put something back into genealogy research at a level that will be useful to everyone.
We would like to say thank you to them too.
The day was quiet but very useful and you were missed if you weren’t there.
Another new CD, this time compiled by Blackwood Branch. Horeb Congregational Church, Ton Tyr Bel Chapel, Trinant.
This is an update and revisit to the graveyard that was first transcribed way back in the 1990s. The CD includes photographs of the graveyard and a transcription of all the stones still visible.
This is available from our online store, here on this website.
Chepstow Branch have produced a CD. It is available in our store here on the website and the number is CCD19. This one contains the Membership List for the Monmouth Working Men’s Institute 1875-1924 price £8. I have no more details than that, but I do hope to have a picture of the CD to add to the information in our Store.
All our publications can be purchased through the store now, even the microfiche, although I don’t know how much longer we will be able to continue with those as there are very few places that still make them.
Take a look through the store and if you have any questions or even a complaint then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org