Annual General Meeting - 18/05/21

As outlined in the March 2021 journal the postponed AGM is now scheduled to take place at 7:30 pm on 18/05/21 using the Zoom platform. 

One of the important features of this meeting is that it provides the opportunity to confirm the appointment of the Officers of the Society in accordance with nominations received by 17/04/21. 

In addition to the confirmation of existing committee members (see Nomination Form attached) who have declared themselves willing to stand for election it is hoped that there will be further nominations that will enable as many as possible of the 5 vacancies to be filled. 

A copy of the Nomination Form was included in the March journal but a further copy is attached for members who have a preference to submit a nomination electronically. 

It is recognised that it might be difficult to gather signatures from a nominator or a seconder at the moment so further information on how to make contact with our Secretary if you wish to make a nomination are included on the attachment.  






2020 Nomination Form (Executive Committee.pdf249.82 KB

Exciting news about the journal editor role

The committee are pleased to announce we have a new Editor.  Karen Hunter has kindly agreed to take on the role for the June 21 journal onwards.

Karen will introduce herself at the next speaker meeting, but in the meantime she writes:

‘I have been a member of SFHS for about 5 years, joining around the time I retired, when I thought I’d have a bit more time to indulge my interest in genealogy and family history. I live in Worcestershire with my links to Shropshire being through my father: his direct ancestors over a number of generations came from the county and he himself grew up in Shrewsbury. 

I have previously edited a parish magazine and written and produced a large number of documents, reports and papers during my working life. However editing a journal is a new venture for me. No doubt it will be a learning curve and I hope to reach the standards which Nigel set over the past few years. 

However, I will only be able to do this with the help of other members! I look forward to receiving items and articles for inclusion in future editions. Thanks in advance for any contributions - please email them to me at editor @ (remove spaces to use). 

Karen Hunter

If you are a member and have been thinking of submitting an article please do so as soon as possible to help Karen get off to a flying start. 

The committee would like to thank Karen for taking on this key role for the Society and wish her well for the future.  



Nigel Strachan

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Nigel Strachan our Journal editor for the past 4 years.

Under his tenure the Journal has been produced to a very high standard. He helped contributors to achieve the best results from their articles,  cajoling others to produce items and then used his expertise to put it all together. The selection of pictures both within the Journal and on the covers showed his considerable creative talent. The variety of topics covered reflected his eye for detail and flair for composition. 

Nigel trained as a photographer in the 1970’s and worked for many years in the Industry so had a background that was a real benefit to the Shropshire Family History Society. He was an exuberant character and had a ready and sharp wit that was much appreciated by all who knew him.

He will be sorely missed.

Our deepest condolences go to Liz his wife, and family.


Peter Grocott

Chairman SFHS

Changes to Members Interests

Following a review of how we are complying with the latest Data Protection regulations the committee have concluded that it is no longer appropriate to display email addresses for members who have provided their research interests without first seeking permission.

Instead, if after a search you would be interested in making contact please provide details of the surname of interest, the membership number you would like to contact, your name and telephone number to our secretary,

Dave Morris at   secretary @ (remove spaces to use). 

Where we hold up to date contact information Dave will seek permission before sharing it or will notify that up to date details aren’t available.  

GOONS - widening horizons webinar series

The Guild of One Name Studies has recently collaborated with the Local Population Studies Society to produce a series of webinars which can be found at

The talk titles are:

Mortality and Morbidity: a study of National Registration death certificates for two families 1837 to 2009 – Elizabeth E Green
One-Place Studies – thinking laterally:  how a one-place study can support surname and population studies – Paul Carter and Pam Smith (Co-founders of ‘Name and Place’)
Creating a publicly-available common format database of parish register data on baptisms, marriages and burials! – Dr Andy Hinde (University of Southampton)
The Ruby One-Name Collaborative Study: how it worked and what I learned – Dr Nikki Brown
Looking at single trees and whole orchards: how genealogists and demographers can work together – Dr Eilidh Garrett (University of Cambridge)
Identifying business proprietors from the census: and using the online Atlas on entrepreneurship – Professor Bob Bennett (University of Cambridge)

The first webinar, Mortality and Morbidity, will only be available to non-members for a short time, but the other five are on the GOONS YouTube channel for non-Guild members to watch.

SFHS Annual General Meeting postponed

Although the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Shropshire Family History Society is normally held in January at The Chapel Community Centre, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury, it has been decided, in the present circumstances, that it cannot be carried out in the usual manner.

The Committee have decided therefore to defer the AGM to a later date, yet to be determined.

When it has been possible to determine how we can proceed with the AGM further information will be given on this website and in the March 2021 journal.   


Shropshire Archives closes again

In light of the recent government announcement advising of another national lockdown, Shropshire Archives has closed from Thursday 5 November 2020. Provisionally it will re-open on Thursday 3 December 2020, but their website and social media will be updated with confirmation of this nearer that date.  Staff will be working at home with some onsite visits with the aim to keep remote enquiries and the copying service going.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Survey

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm offers an insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th Century. It was founded by Thomas Acton, who sought to keep alive the farming practices and traditions he grew up with. Shropshire Council would like to find out more about people’s experiences of visiting Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, which today offers demonstrations of period skills and visits from the wheelwright, farrier and blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate. The 19th Century Old School offers café facilities for visitors, there is a gift shop on site and regular special events. Shropshire Council would like to gather feedback and learn more about the type of experience visitors would like to have when spending time at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in the future.

Please support this work by completing the survey below before 2ndOctober 2020.

Friends and colleagues remember Andrew Bennett

Colleagues of our last Chairman, Andrew Bennett are going to great lengths in his memory. A team is 'virtually' travelling across the globe to remember their and our much missed friend and colleague. 

Members of Shropshire Council's ICT department have completed 25,000 km of their around the world trip to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of Andrew. 

The challenge #km4cancer has seen the team covering the distance by foot, bike, rowing boat, exercise bike or anything that requires physical effort . They set out on their 53 day attempt on July 1 and have been racking up the kilometres. 

The head of the council technology team said "We wanted to do something for charity after losing our friend and colleague Andrew Bennett to cancer".

Online visit 


Monthly talks for 2020 are to be virtual using Zoom

Given the continuing uncertainty about when face to face meetings will be possible again and the registration of a significant interest in attending virtual talks using Zoom the SFHS committee have decided that talks for the remainder of 2020 will switch to Zoom. 

Details of the talks now planned for October, November and December can be found under ‘Events’ 

Members interested in registering for the talks or in finding out further information about how to join the talks can do so by contacting our Secretary as follows - Email: secretary @ (remove spaces to use)