Family History report for August 2013
We continue to meet twice a month at the Birchcliffe Centre and welcome regular members of the group and, over the year, new members and several visitors, some from other countries, tracing their local ancestors.
We have now updated our web site and added many more transcriptions from Heptonstall Old Churchyard, about another 900. However, there are still several hundred graves to transcribe and this is an ongoing task. Our special thanks go to Arthur Byrom, one of the youngest members of the Society, who has undertaken the transcriptions of one of the older sections of the graveyard (nearly 200 graves) as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Pennine Horizons have now set up a computer in the map room at Birchcliffe, which has access to many local photographs from their digital archive and includes images from the Alice Longstaff and the Local History Society's own extensive collections. Members are welcome to come and browse through the photos, and maybe you could help us to identify some of them.
We have been asked by the new Town Hall trustees to undertake a project to record the lives of past Leaders of the Council, especially those who have a photograph in the Council Chamber. We are gathering information about each person from archive records and hope to produce an information sheet for visitors about each photograph. This will involve visits to study newspapers at Halifax library and Internet research. More information about this project will be forthcoming at the end of the year but if you would like to become involved in any of our projects, we would be glad to hear from you.