Family History report for May 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 published on our web site 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. We often meet on the morning of the first Saturday in the month. However, should you wish to help but cannot come at that time, other times can be arranged. It is a task that can be undertaken individually once an area has been designated.
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 are hoping in the near future to begin a project centred on surnames that originated in the upper Calder Valley. If you have researched a local family and are agreeable to sharing this information, we would welcome the chance to have these records in our archives. This could be in digital format or on paper.
We have been asked by the New Town Hall trustees to undertake a project to record the lives of past Leaders of the Council. There is a role of honour and a series of photographs in the old Council Chamber and the idea is to see if we can gather information about each person from archive records and 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, we would be glad to hear from you.