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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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

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Date

LIFE & DEATH OF A COUNTRY POLICEMAN

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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Christmas Meeting

We will be having a 3-course Christmas Dinner at The Kings Head and Bell in Abingdon.  The cost of the meal is £25 and a £5 deposit is required to secure your place.  Last chance to book will be at the November branch meeting.

Monday, December 11, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Medical & Scientific Oxford

Victoria Bentata Azaz, a graduate of Oxford University and an experienced Blue Badge Guide and Author will be telling us about the contributions Oxford scientists and doctors have made to medicine. You will hear stories of numerous medical men such as Boyle, Willis, Florey and Heatley and their discoveries which shaped the modern world. 

Monday, January 15, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Family History Helpdesk at Abingdon Library

Members of Vale of White Horse Branch will be available in Abingdon Library to help with your research or help you to start your researching your family tree.

Please contact the library on 01235 520374 to book your place.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Merchant Seamen

Tony is an experienced family historian with a special interest in the Merchant Navy. He will highlight the wealth of information to be found in crew lists, examine the key sources for research and look at the many web sites which provide useful information. This is a fascinating talk packed with hints and tips.

Speaker: Tony Wright

Monday, February 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Members' Open Evening

Members' Open Evenings are a chance for attendees to talk informally about their own family history research, brick walls and/or eureka moments.  

Non members and those new to family history are welcome to attend these meetings.  Research facilities will be available.

Refreshments available all evening.

Monday, March 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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19th CENTURY EMIGRATION by Ian Waller

There was a large amount of emigration from this country during the 1800's to many areas of the world.  This talk looks at the development of the emigration system and the various assisted passage schemes available to our ancestors.  It will also give suggestions of how to find information both in this country and the destination country.

Monday, April 16, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Members' Open Evening

A chance for attendees to talk informally and seek advice about their family history research, brick walls and/or share eureka moments. Non-members and those new to family history are welcome to attend these meetings.

Research facilities and advice available

Refreshments 

Free Parking

Monday, May 21, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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43rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF BERKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY followed by 'MORE THAN THREE MEN IN A BOAT: the rise and fall of pleasure boating on the Thames.

We are delighted to have secured Dr. Simon Wenham as our speaker in the historic Crown & Thistle hotel, a stone's throw from the River Thames, the water artery of Historic Berkshire. Simon is an expert on the Victorians and particularly in the growth of pleasure boating as a leisure activity. He is the author of Pleasure Boating on the Thames: a History of Salter Bros 1858 - Present Day (updated in 2017). The Victorian period is often described as the 'golden age of the Thames', as it was during this time that the river was transformed into a vast conduit of leisure.  It was the era of steam launch trips, Venetian fairs, regattas, picnics, carnivals and 'three men in a boat'. This talk covers more than 150 years of pleasure boating and shows why some common perceptions about the river's history are misleading.

Monday, June 11, 2018 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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THE SHIPTON-ON-CHERWELL TRAIN DISASTER 1874

One of the worst ever disasters on the Great Western Railway. Thirty-four people lost their lives on Christmas Eve 1874 when the Birmingham bound train derailed. It was an event which changed the way railways were operated in Britain.

Speaker: Linda Haynes

Monday, September 17, 2018 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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Members' Open Evening

Members' Open Evenings are a chance for attendees to talk informally about their own family history research, brick walls and/or eureka moments. Non members and those new to family history are welcome to attend these meetings.  Research facilities and advice are available.

Refreshments

Free Parking

Monday, October 15, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Pilgrimage to Plug Street by Tony Hadland

Local author and historian Tony Hadland recalls the life of his great uncle Robert Fisher, the son of a Catholic soldier.

Begining in Ireland, then moving to London and crossing the religious divide, this illustrated talk traces the life of this brave young man who died during WWI leaving a widow and two small sons.

Monday, November 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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CHRISTMAS MEETING

Monday, December 10, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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