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
We all love to hear about other people’s successes with their family history, and know that often they are the result of many hours spent staring at the screen on a little black box. Continue reading
The former County Archivist David Rimmer gave use a talk on ‘The County Histories of Monmouthshire’. He certainly had prepared a very thorough and detailed analysis Continue reading
Our proposed guest speaker for the evening Alan Smith was unavailable due to family problems. Malcolm Otton stepped in and gave us an excellent talk on the 1939 Register. Continue reading
The members of the Blackwood branch are bursting with pride: Anne Vinnicombe, a founder-member and mentor of our branch, has published a most fascinating book, arising out of her extensive searches within her own family. Continue reading
Our excellent February speaker was once more one of our own members, who stunned us with tales of his illustrious antecedents.
We heard how the Paynter family originated in Cornwall, but moved to Pembrokeshire in the early 1600s. There they settled and flourished, Continue reading
NEWPORT BRANCH CHRISTMAS PARTY
2015 December 9
The Newport Branch held its annual Christmas party at the Newport YMCA on December 9th. Don Carter provided a quiz Continue reading