Newcastle Family History Tynedale
Community Centre,
Northumberland, NE46 3NP
Contact: John Parker

Meetings on 2nd Thursday in the month at 7.00 pm


Calendar for 2022 (Depending on Government Regulations at the time)

Date Subject Speaker
13 January 2022 The Mayflower Society Greg Geissler
10 February 2022 Northumberland Name Book Project Diana Whaley
10 March 2022 AGM & Members’ Forum – subject tbc
14 April 2022 Victorian Women and their Money Dr Winifred Stokes
12 May 2022 subject tbc Richard Tolson
9 June 2022 Members’ Forum – subject tbc
14 July 2022 Joe the Quilter’s Cottage Geraldine Straker



Reports of meetings

December 2021

Group meeting held on 9 December 2021 attended by 7 members. Disappointingly a number of members had to offer their apologies due to health issues. The formal meeting was followed by a “faith supper” – featuring the traditional refreshments and a challenging Christmas themed quiz set by the Chair.

November 2021

Group meeting held at 7pm on Thursday 11 November 2021 attended by 8 members + 1 Guest. Members’ Forum – “Brick Walls” and how to break through them.

This subject had been suggested by a member who, despite extensive research across many sources of information, had been unable to find reliable information about his grandson’s 3x great-grandfather, a Thomas Stobbart – born in 1840 in or around Haydon Bridge until the 1881 Census. The first 40 years of his life are therefore undocumented and represent a “brick wall”.

There was a wide-ranging discussion including the options – already investigated without positive results – of Military Service (including the Indian Army), time spent in Ireland, use of different online resources and name variations. One member mentioned that they had managed to knock down their own “brick wall” by using Find My Past’s new resource of Bishop’s Transcripts when it became available. Persistence, and awareness of new online datasets were the only constructive suggestions that came out in an area familiar to members.

Past meetings

(Last updated 11th January 2022)