Changes to the Executive Committee

Our AGM was held at Goytre Village Hall on the 18th October and there were some changes to the Executive Committee. The new Chairman is Hilary Gillespie from Blackwood Branch. John Mullen was elected to be Minutes Secretary, which was quite a relief as we had been struggling to find someone at the last few meetings.

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer remain the same with Nicola Thomas and Malcolm Otton continuing to do stalwart work. Ann Macey remains as Editor although she has warned that this is her last year so if you know anyone who has an interest in editing a small family history society journal please contact and let us know. Pat O’Neil also wants to give up being sales officer and we were reminded that the storage place could be moved if someone from a different part of our area wanted to take this on.

Fay Parry continues as Membership and Members’ Interests Secretary and now that the membership computer has been sorted out perhaps the job will be easier for her.

There is a new Webmaster this year. Ann Macey took on the post when no one else wanted it and was seen to be very relieved that someone else’s name was put forward for election. Miss Elizabeth White of Blackwood Branch was nominated and elected.

That’s about it for the AGM. The full reports off all the officers will be in the December Journal and it will be sent out at the end of November. Keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget your password if you want to download the electronic version. The next blog entry will probably be written by the new webmaster so I’ll just say thank you for putting up with me and enjoy your membership   Ann

Len Hough

Len Hough 1

It is with great sadness that I report that our Society President, Len Hough, passed away today, Friday 12th September.

I do not have any details of what arrangements have been made, but as soon as I know I will post any information here.





The September Journal

The September Journal is now available and you should have received your copy either electronically or by post. There are some good articles in this one – including newer instructions on logging into this site so that you can see the one page that is for members only.

“Why is there only one page?” I hear you ask. It’s very simple. The Webmaster hasn’t been given anything else to put into the members only section and until there is something in a suitable format, just for members, that’s how it is going to stay.

Some of you may have noticed that there are no members interests listed here. This is because I haven’t been given the latest list of the interests of people who are still members. Most of the old list consisted of the names being researched by former members. Since the membership computer is not working we don’t even have that list any more.

We are going through quite an upheaval in the society at the moment and all I can ask is that you stick with me and I will try to keep you informed about our progress. If you want to know more than why not come to our AGM, listen to the officers reports and ask questions there?

Our Open Day

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.

Ann Macey at the sales table

Ann Macey at the sales table

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 – – who covered the cost of the hall and stuff because one of the moderators on their genealogy forum 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.

June – New Journal and the Open Day

The new edition of the Quarterly Journal is now available for download from the members only section of the website. So log in and then click on Membership in the menu bar and when the drop-down menu appears just click on Old Journals.

Some interesting articles this time, including one from me so take a look.

Our Open Day is on Saturday June 14th at Rougemont School, Llantarnam Hall, Malpas Road, Newport.

This time we have more than 40 stalls including family history societies that border onto our patch and quite a few commercial enterprises that can help us in our search for those elusive ancestors. I will be there. I am looking after our publications sales stall because our sales officer is unable to be there on the day. Please come and say hello so that when I begin the next journal I will have new faces to think about, always a good thing. Also, I love to talk to new members and see if we have a connection

Caerwent Church Coffee Morning

There is to be a coffee morning at Caerwent Church on Saturday 10th of May, starting at 10.30am.

There will be plant and cake stalls and the opportunity to do some family history research. David and Bridget Evans, who are members of our Society, have compiled an index and plan of all the graves they can find in St Stephen’s and St Tathan’s churchyards for the Parochial Church Council. These will be available to view at the coffee morning so you could possibly find where a family grave is located.

This has made me wish I had ancestors in that area.

BCD67 Horeb Congregational Church

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.

A New CD

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

Welcome to our new website

This is just a short post to welcome both new members and those who have been members for a long time.

You can all see that this website is very new, so new that is still has the packaging on a lot of the whistles and bells that seem to be built into it. I am beginning to think of it as our on-line meeting hall. and if I turn around slowly I can see all the boxes that are waiting to be unpacked. We have some good stuff and I am sure we will get it all out onto the shelves very soon, but first we have to make sure that all our members can get in through the doors and find somewhere to sit. We do have some of the recent journals in PDF format if you would care to look.

All news of what is happening will be put into this section So please try to check each time you visit.