Updated 5 Feb 2018

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Can we help ?


Are you trying to find out the names of people in an old photograph?

Are you trying to locate someone in particular?

Do you require further information on a place?

Are you looking for a local book that is out of print?


Perhaps members of the society can help. Please contact Mrs Christine Huxley at  and we may be able to help.


And don't forget our Research Sessions , every first Wednesday of the month.





Hugh Audley and DNA Testing


Gerald Coldham has sent this email about Hugh Audley and DNA testing:


"I am sure you will have seen the recent news about the detectorist find of a gold ring commemorating the 'great' Hugh Audley (see here). I am not related to the Audley' far as I know...although I might potentially have been related to some prior inhabitants of Audley End (not sure). If there are any MALE descendant's of any of the Audley lines, I sincerely recommend taking the Y-DNA37 self-test at It is simple, painless & should give a few thousand matches....(can be addictive!)" . Rgds, Gerard COLDHAM (East Sussex) TET Translation Ltd  




Minnie Pit Disaster Book


Thank you to all those who responded to our appeal for information. Our research phase is now finished and we are have now published.

On the morning of January 12th 1918 the Minnie Pit at Halmer End in Staffordshire was the scene of the most tragic disaster. The worst in the History of the North Staffordshire Coalfields where 155 miners and 1 rescue worker were killed when an explosion occurred below ground. It took a full 18 months for all the bodies to be recovered which gives an idea of the scale of the incident. 33 of those killed were under the age of 16 and 37 were 16 to 20 years of age.

For more information please click here for the Minnie Pit page.


Padded Envelopes


If anyone has used padded envelopes that they no longer require it would be appreciated if they could please bring them into a meeting or talk, or alternatively contact Mark Casewell. This helps us to keep our postage costs down.