Events under 'Vale branch'
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Meetings of the Vale of the White Horse branch (at Abingdon)

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Medicine in the Great War

Vale Branch - for North Berkshire and Oxfordshire

Note that this meeting is on the second Monday of the month this time.

Our speaker is John Clements, a retired GP.  He uses details of both his and his wife's ancestors who were involved with medical care as the basis for a talk about medicine in the First World War, with a brief history of medical care before that.

All visitors welcome.


Monday, April 10, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Eureka Moments

A chance for members to share their family history research, helping to demolish 'brickwalls' and using well known genealogy  websites.  This meeting also includes our Annual Meeting.  Visitors are welcome.


Monday, May 15, 2017 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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An Irishman, a Scotsman and an Englishman

This presentation by THERESA STROUD describes researching her great grandfather, a Customs & Excise officer, who was born in a united Ireland, married in Scotland and died in England.

It covers the start of civil registration and the information contained on birth, marriage and death certificates.  The talk contains advice on using the Scottish Ancestors website. 

Monday, June 19, 2017 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
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Thinking Outside the Box is a Miscellany

Thinking outside the box is a miscellany of family history topics, comprising a mix of an amazing personal find; transcription errors to help with brick walls; and different ways of recording information on hard copy - rather than relying on electronic media which may not stand the test of time.


Visitors welcome

Monday, July 17, 2017 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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Georgian Cookery

A presentation by CATHERINE SAMPSON

Food, our attitudes towards it, and customs surrounding it, is an important but often overlooked facet of our ancestors' lives.  This talk explores the art of cooking of both the rich and the poor, looks at contemporary cookery writers and recipes. Table etiquette for the rich and poor and will conclude with a chance to sample some cooking from a Georgian recipe.

Monday, September 18, 2017 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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Secrets of the Honeymoon Suitcase 1900 - present day by Val Threlfall.

A really fun talk based on what a young lady would take with her on honeymoon from 1900 onwards.  The talk covers a variety of decades pulling out of the suitcase all those things young brides took away with them, woolly vest and parachute petticoats from war years, roll-ons and whirlpool stitched bras from 1950's.  Lots of honeymoon nighties and stories Val has collected over the years!

Monday, October 16, 2017 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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The talk relates the history of Enos Molden who was the first policeman to be murdered on duty in Wiltshire in 1891.

The story has all the ingredients of a Victorian melodrama, it is the story of a doomed love affair, the revenge of a jilted lover and the all too familiar story of the death of an innocent man doing his duty.

Speakers: Chris and Judy Rouse

Monday, November 20, 2017 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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