IWFHS Committee 2014/5

CHAIRMAN : GEOFF ALLAN

Geoff Allan

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Also contact for Website and War Memorials
I have been researching my family history (Newcastle and Aberdeen mainly) for over 30 years. I joined the IWFHS about 20 years ago in order to help with the research into the history of my house, which belonged to the Lind Estate in Ryde. I have a long standing interest in War Memorials (see website at Memorials & Monuments on the Isle of Wight) and I am a Regional Volunteer for the War Memorials Trust. I took over the IWFHS Website from Dina Broughton in 2008 and I have continued to enhance and develop it since. I was privileged to be elected as Chairman at the AGM in May 2013.
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Society Officers

VICE-CHAIRMAN, LIBRARIAN, BOOKSTALL MANAGER & STRAYS CO-ORDINATOR:
Hazel Pullen


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Hazel PullenI came to the Island 30 years ago with my husband's work. I started looking into family history 25 years ago and I now have four Island born grandchildren, so have started all over again. I joined the IW Family History Society some years ago and have sat on the committee for the last three years.
I have the glorious title of Librarian, and Strays Coordinator. I am in the process of reviewing the books, pamphlets etc that we hold in the Resource Centre.
As the Strays Coordinator I have collated the card index system that had been in the Resource Centre for many years, and with lots of help from Geoff ALLAN this is now available on our Website. I can hear the question what is a stray? Someone born on our Island, who for whatever reason moved from here, married, died, or just lived through some of the census years on the other side of the water, and is recorded somewhere other than the Island.
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SECRETARY:
Di Hayter


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Di Hayter I am an Islander originally from Brighstone, now living in Newport, married with two grown up sons and working as a medical secretary at St. Mary's Hospital. My maiden name was BULLOCK and other family names are ATTRILL, BROWN, HARDING, PRANGNELL and HAWKER. My family history has been reasonably easy to research as they mostly seem to have lived in South or West Wight. I have been an IWFHS member for several years and have recently been helping to transcribe some of the lists of churchyard monumental inscriptions to the Church Burials Index.
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TREASURER:
Malcolm Tait


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Malcolm Tait I have been the Hon. Treasurer since 2001.
I was born in Camberley, Surrey 1933, and immigrant to IW in 1949, where I was briefly at Node Hill Secondary Grammar School.
I graduated 1954 from School of Pharmacy, University of London followed by a post-graduate year at School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin.
An apprenticeship year in industry was followed by National Service 1957-9; the second year was spent in Malaya; returning to the pharmaceutical industry after National Service. I was married in 1960 then transferred to community pharmacy, first in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire where our children were born, then Bristol, where I was a Civil Defence officer, and finally, in 1965, to Freshwater, until retirement in 1997. During the latter period I was, for about a dozen years, treasurer of the IW branch of the Pharmaceutical Society.
My leisure time has embraced badminton and squash. My vacations have been world-wide although mostly motor-home touring of the continent.
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Committee Members

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY:
Jon Matthews


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Jon MatthewsI was first attracted to family history in the early 1980s when an aunt mentioned there was 'a Matthews Island' named after 'an uncle or cousin' (this was news to my father but family jottings I found subsequently gave credence to this tantalising piece of news to me); a trip to the Royal Geographic Society in Kensington identified a possible candidate in Matthew (sic) Island in the South Pacific. I discovered this was named after the owner of one of the transports of the First Fleet, the Charlotte, which first sighted 'Matthews's Rock' on 27th May 1788 en route home via Canton to pick up some tea.
At the time I did not even know the forename of my great-grandfather, but set about the task of tracing my paternal line back beyond 1788 (which, thanks to the card index at the Record Office, was quite easily done). Alas, about ten years later I had to accept that this island was not 'mine' (pity 'cos it was about to celebrate its bi-centenary); now, thirty years on I'm still looking for it!
Living then in Buckinghamshire I joined the Society in 1990 but came 'home' in 2005 - whereupon I was invited to join the Committee and took on the role of Membership Secretary. I was privileged to be elected as Chairman at the AGM in May 2010, a role I took for three years.
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JOURNAL EDITOR & PUBLICITY:
Peter Spencer


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Peter Spencer I was born in 1946 in North Kensington which is part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the former county of Middlesex now part of Greater London. My father was a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF and my mother had been serving during World War II in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) but had to resign her job to have me. No maternity leave in those days and no National Health Service either. My father who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire was the youngest of four siblings and my mother was born in Newport on the Island and had seven siblings.
My father resigned his commission in 1947 then after a brief period living in Chelsea we moved to Yorkshire to live with my father's brother my uncle Bill who ran a pub, which possibly explains why I like visiting pubs so much. In 1949 we moved to the Island living in Newport. I soon got to know my maternal grandparents, my aunts, uncles and cousins. My maternal grandfather died when I was six years old and my grandmother when I was twelve. I never knew my paternal grandparents, my grandmother having died in 1919 and my grandfather in 1926.
My introduction to family history was in 1958 when my father's eldest brother my uncle Charles died; my father was the last surviving of his siblings. The family Bible and other documents including a family tree going back five generations were handed on to my father. Due to an unhappy childhood my father had no interest in his family history but fortunately he did allow me to keep the Bible and documents. In 1960 my parents and I moved to Southampton and then the following year to Salisbury. I now live with my wife and two grown up children in a village ten miles outside Salisbury.
For various reasons I did no further research into my family history for a number of years until 2005 when I discovered Genes Reunited. I submitted my late uncle's family tree, which I had updated, linked to a family tree on my mother's side that had been compiled by a second cousin. I soon learnt that my paternal grandmother, I was her only grandchild, who had no siblings listed in my late uncle's tree was in fact one of ten children and that there are many living descendants many of whom I have made contact with. Through contacts I was able to trace my maternal grandmother's ancestors back to the 15th century all Island born which I think gives me the right to call myself 'part Caulkhead.'
I joined the IWFHS in 2006 having made use of its free BMD section for my own research. In 2008 with the blessing of the committee I set up an IWFHS group on Facebook. In 2009 I became Publicity Manager and in 2010 I became Journal Editor.
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COMPUTER ADVISOR:
Tony Elgar


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Tony Elgar Tony became the Society's Computer Advisor in 1998 when he obtained a number of computers for us from Merton Council who were upgrading their equipment. The job ranges from maintaining the Society's machines and making data available (licences permitting), to advising members what programs and data sets may be suitable for their needs in family history. He considers the major milestone in family history was the availability of the 1881 census data in computer readable form - but with this comes a warning, use transcription as a guide then look at the original or an image from disc or microfilm. He is keen to find out what obstacles prevent people using the Resource Centre, to obtain more data discs for use there and to see us build the Society's paper library of books and family history items including photographs with names.

Tony, born in Yorkshire, joined the IWFHS when the family moved to the Island from the Croydon/Mitcham area c 1995. After three years commuting weekly to London as a British Gas pipeline engineer, he took redundancy, but says there is still not enough time for his hobbies which include family history, target shooting, the Island Games, Scouts and maintaining ageing Land Rovers for his son Andrew.

His involvement with family history started over 30 years ago in trying to find his origins. As well as being a member of Isle of Wight, Norfolk and Kent family history societies, he is the coordinator of the ÆLGAR Name Group, a one name study into names that make a similar sound to Elgar. After his grandfather's generation scattered over the country, and having found several surname variations being used, the only sensible (?) option was to do a one name study on eight major and eleven minor ELGAR name variants - this now extends to over 54,000 entries. From this mass of data he has traced his paternal line back to Sedgeford, Norfolk, to John ELGAR the father of Randulhus ELGAR who was baptised in 1560. There is however one link that is only "90%" confirmed to his satisfaction.
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PROGRAMME SECRETARY:
Sharon Beddard


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Sharon Beddard I have been researching my own family history for over eight years, and since moving to the Isle of Wight I have been able to embark on a fascinating journey of discovering my Island roots. I became a Society member within weeks of arriving and immediately volunteered for the extensive BMD indexing project. I also have a particular interest in the shops and businesses of Cowes, and work closely with a local heritage group. While I have no 'formal' training on the subject of genealogy, I am armed with stubbornness and determination and relish the hours spent squinting at a micro-film reader, hoping it will end in the classic 'victory dance' round the County Record Office

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TREASURER (DESIGNATE):
Wendi Hall


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Wendi Hall Wendi will be taking over from Malcolm Tait following the AGM in May 2015. In the meantime, she is a 'Member without portfolio', having been co-opted to the Committee in October 2014 - Chairman

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RO BURIALS INDEX PROJECT COORDINATOR:
Antony Barton


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Antony Barton I was born and grew up in Seaview, and now live in Newport. Three of my grandparents were from Island families (BARTON from Arreton/Havenstreet, CAWS from Seaview/Kingston, and YOUNG from Carisbrooke/Newchurch), so my family history researches have largely been fairly straightforward. I began to get interested in my Family History in the 1980s when I was given a copy of the MATTHEWS history of the CAWS/MATTHEWS families of Seaview, which enabled me to sketch out a CAWS family tree. I then found a book in which my Grandmother had written details of the BARTON family which gave me another good start. I joined the IWFHS in 2001 and became actively involved with the IWFHS BMD project in 2011. With the completion of the BMD indexes, I'm now involved with the transcription of the burial record cards at the Records Office as the IWRO Burials Index Project Coordinator.
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JOURNAL DISTRIBUTION (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND):
David Groves


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David Groves David, who lives in New South Wales, is now responsible for production and distribution of the printed Journal to Members resident in Australia and New Zealand. - Chairman

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Roles performed by other Members

Pedigree Index:
Don Hayward


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President and Honorary Vice - Presidents

President :

Janet Few

Honorary Vice - Presidents :
appointed to recognise their contribution to the Society

Dina Broughton
Janet Griffin
Chris Braund

The Chairman, Society Officers, and Committee are elected at the AGM in May, and roles are confirmed or assigned at the first Committee meeting thereafter.