We are happy to announce that from April - November 2022 we will, at long last, be able to meet in person at Oldham Library for our monthly meetings as well as continuing with Zoom.
We are so looking forward to seeing you again and hope that you will continue to support us throughout the year. As usual, free tea/coffee/biscuits will be available.
This will be the first of our hybrid meetings and people living at a distance from Oldham will still be able to join our meetings via Zoom. Those bookings would, as usual, be on Eventbrite. Final details will be on the Meetings page of the Branch website pages
There is free parking for 3 hours on the Council car park next to the Library.
Our numerous articles, on ancestry and local history, are scattered through the Branch pages so, to help you find the ones you might find most interesting, the Research/Local Interest page HERE is going to serve as our 'Pictorial Index' page, where you can follow a link directly to an article that catches your interest.
No need to be a member ... it also keeps us up to date with articles, a postbag, news of 'what's on', and much more. You can sign up to receive a monthly digital copy (to read on-line or download) or you can visit the Newsletter Archives to 'pick and mix'! Newsletter.
* 2022-05 two new stories in the Project 'Murders and other Criminal goings-on in Oldham' ...
Feb 21st 1920, headline 'GHASTLY CRIME – A little girl outraged and murdered'
and 28th July 1913, headline 'Oldham Tradesman Murdered - Arrested Youth's Alleged Statement'
* 2022-05 new video added, Womens' War Interest Committee in Manchester in WW1 given by Dr. Alison Ronan
* 2022-03 Link to new Project 'Murders and other Criminal goings-on in Oldham'
* 2022-03 Link to WW1 Oldham Doctor, Catherine Payne, added to Family and Local History Articles on the 'Oldham Historical Research Group' Website.
* 2022-03 Gallery Page updated with the 'Oldham Link with Russia' photos and postcards.
* 2022-02 Projects Page A new and on-going research project about the Coming of the Railway to Oldham. A wide range of research will take in the lives and stories of the men involved and a history of the railway line itself. Take a look at the introductory page.
* 2022-01 Video page changed to Video Menu Page with links to a page of videos uploaded in 2021, and one to 2022.
New video uploaded ... 'Northerners from the Ice Age to the 21st Century' given by Brian Groom.
* 2022-01 Meetings Page updated with full programme for 2022
* 2021-11-26 Index to the Alan Godfrey Maps of Greater Manchester and Oldham ... Added to the Family and Local History Page linking to Articles on the 'Oldham Historical Research Group' Website.
* 2021-11-02 Snippets from the Monthly Oldham & District Newsletter
Links to a selection of Articles, Transcriptions and Gallery in the archived 'Owls' newsletters.
* 2021-10-14 St. Paul's Methodist Church, Shaw: Links to :
Details of over 400 Burials, History, the 150th Anniversary Booklet, Gallery of Pictures, 1920 fundraising Autograph Book of WW1 soldiers, and List of Ministers from 1791.
* 2021-10-13 On the Video Page 'October 12th, 1941 : The Night Oldham was Bombed'
an Illustrated talk given by John Fidler, on the 80th anniversary.
* 2021-09-28 A list of the names of the 28 original Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society with a brief history of the movement.
* 2021-09-08 Two articles relating to Latter Day Saints families in Oldham.
(i) The Albiston Family – 19th Century Latter Day Saints in Oldham, some of whom left for America.
From Craig Albiston, Houston, Texas
(ii) Early 20th century memories of the ‘Tin Mission,’ Neville Street, Oldham.
from Eileen (Mills) Taylor & Sylvia (Mills) Cornell
Both article links can also be found on the Pictorial Index Page
* 2021-08-15 a 15 minute video presentation - A Brief History of the Peak Forest Canal, stretching from Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne to Bugsworth Basin in Derbyshire.
* 2021-08-04 Thrice Married Elisabeth Rose and The Will the story of Elisabeth Rose Hoyle/Waller/Cheetham, née Martin, born in Yorkshire before being widowed after her first marriage and coming to Oldham as an innkeeper.
* 2021-07-26 Map of MANCHESTER 1772 ... from 'OLD MANCHESTER - A Series of Views' ... Drawn by Ralston, James, and Others. Introduction by James Croston, Pub 1875
a .pdf downloadable file in Research/Miscellany
* 2021-07-24 'Video' page added to the 'Research' breadcrumbs.
Short presentations, local events and recorded talks.
* 2021-06-01 'Where to find it' ... with this content 'site map', navigate the Branch website pages and see, at a glance, where you might find the content you are looking for.
* 2021-05-27 Gallery Page of images and photos ... 15 more pictures added.
* 2021-05-25 Transcribed, 'Introduction' from 'The Annals of Manchester' ed. William E.A. Axon, Pub. 1886
With a List of Mayors of Manchester and a Link to .pdf List of Manchester Borough Reeves from 1552 - 1846
* 2021-05-24 Transcribed, chapter from 'History of the County Palatine, and Duchy of Lancaster' by Edward Baines, Esq., M.P. Vol. II. Pub. 1836... Salford Hundred : Prestwich cum Oldham
* 2021-05-21 'Evans Coal Miners – From Broseley to Oldham' from Alan Blow
* 2021-05-01 'Grotton Hall,' Saddleworth and the Buckley Family
* 2021-04-27 Bookworm : two titles added, in 'Referencing a Way of Life ... Towns and Villages' section.
(i) The Manor and Manorial Records by Nathaniel J. Hone 2nd ed. pub. 1912
(ii) The Manor Houses of England by P.H. Ditchfield. Pub. 1910
* 2021-04-26 'Mills of Oldham & District' ... five .pdfs listing the mills, each with the data sorted differently to facilitate different search criteria.
Added to the Pictorial Menu page and Research/Miscellany :
* 2021-03-28 Three titles added to Bookworm in Referencing Women ... section, by Oldham writer, Mary Higgs, about women and social reform, pub. 1900-1910
(i) 'Glimpses into the Abyss' (including '5 days and nights as tramp among tramps') pub. 1906
(ii) 'How to deal with the Unemployed' pub. 1904
(iii) 'Where Shall She Live? The Homelessness of the Woman Worker' pub. 1910
* 2021-03-09 Who are on the 2021 Branch committee? Our profiles HERE
* 2021-03-08 Numerous links added to Family and Local History Articles on the 'Oldham Historical Research Group' Website.
* 2021-03-02 Book title added to 'Bookworm' page HERE
(i) In Way of Life :
'The History of the Siege of Manchester by the King's Forces, under the Command of Lord Strange, 1642'' by John Palmer pub. 1822
* 2021-02-05 Reorganisation of page content:
(i) Research/Local Interest page HERE will serve as a 'Pictorial Index' page for all Family and Local History articles in the Branch pages.
(ii) Pages that previously contained more than one article have been edited to show just one. The second article has been given a page of its own and can be found through a link on the Pictorial Index HERE
(iii) Article added: 'A German Armaments Manufacturer in Oldham During World War One' by Dorothy Bintley
* 2020-12-18 A new page in the Research menu, 'Bookworm' HERE
* 2020-10-29 Notification that Oldham Branch will host its first online talk, with zoom, in December. 'Failsworth & Woodhouses War Comforts Society in WW1'
* 2020-10-18 'Custom Roll and Rental of the Manor of Ashton-under-Lyne, November 11, 1422''. added links to ,pdf documents :
(1) General Introduction and Resource (2) Index to Part lll ... links sat the foot of the page
* 2020-10-15 Custom Roll and Rental of the Manor of Ashton-under-Lyne, November 11, 1422'. (extracts transcribed)
* 2020-10-12 'Manchester Hill'
The 16th(S) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, in the Second Battle of th e Somme, at Manchester Hill, 21st March, 1918. With names of the men who died.