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Researching Your Own Theatrical Ancestors
We had an unusual request recently and not some thing I had thought of and I don’t have any of them in my family either. So I thought I would see what I could find.

Hint and tips to find them can be found here:

– Chesterfield Library Archives:
A small theatrical collection includes records of the former Chesterfield Civic Theatre. It includes a comprehensive collection of press cuttings, programmes and photographs dating from its opening in 1949. There is also a small collection of items relating to the Chesterfield Corporation Theatre. There are examples of theatrical printing work by George Allen of Brimington including posters of the 1930s and 1940s era, and programmes of the Hippodrome Theatre.
Chesterfield Library Blog – Articles specific to the ‘Theatre’
Who’s Who in the Theatre – 1922: Do You Have Any Theatrical Ancestors? If So They May Appear in This Directory.: Biographies of Actors, Actresses and … Writers and Workers for the Stage 1914-1918
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Average generation length

Average generation length is the average (i.e. mean) age of parenthood of a number of children, either in one generation or across several generations. For example:
• If a man had three children when aged 27, 30 and 36, then their average generation length is 31 years ((27 + 30 + 36)/3 = 31). NB The average generation length may differ from age at birth of the middle child (in this example 30), and average age at birth of the first and last children (in this example 31.5).
• If the same man was born when his father was aged 28, who was born when his father was 40, who was born when his father was 32, who was born when his father was 28, then the man’s patrilineal (i.e. father-son) ancestry has an average generation length of 32 years ((28 + 40 + 32 + 28)/4 = 32).
• If the same man was born when his mother was 27, who was born when her mother was 31, who was born when her mother was 29, then his matrilineal (i.e. mother-daughter) ancestry has an average generation length of 29 years ((27 + 31 + 29)/3 = 29).
• If ancestral research extends the maternal ancestry of the same man back a further three generations with motherhood ages of 24, 26 and 24, then the average generation length of his maternal ancestry changes to 27 years ((27 + 31 + 29 + 24 + 26 + 24)/6 = 27).

Want to read more? This extract was taken from: ISOGG
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International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki

1024 Great Grandparents – – 8 X Great-Grandparents

When calculating in each generation we have to double our grandparents, so two Parents, four grandparents. 8 great grandparents etc. So after 10 generations we each have 1,024 8 X great grandparents. That is unless you have a pedigree collapse. [This is when close relations marries] E.g If your granny married her first cousin(your grandfather) you will only have six rather than eight great grandparents. The affect of this is that you would then have 776 rather than 1.024 8 X great grandparents.

What is a First Cousin, Twice Removed?
First cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you.

Second cousins have the same great-grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents.
Third cousins have in common two great-great-grandparents and their ancestors.
Once removed means there is a difference of one generation. Your mother’s first cousin would be your first cousin, once removed. She is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents.
Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. Your grandmother’s first cousin would be your first cousin, twice removed because you are separated by two generations.
What is a Double Cousin?
Just to complicate matters, there are also many cases of double cousins. This situation usually occurs when two or more siblings from one family marry two or more siblings from another family. The resulting children, grandchildren, etc.  are double cousins, because they share all four grandparents (or great-grandparents) in common.


December 2016
Identify ancestors before buying a certificate!
The General Register Office (GRO) for England and Wales has released new online indexes that boost family historians’ chances of accurately identifying their ancestors, before forking out for a certificate. For the first time there is a search field for the mother’s maiden name for locating a birth registered between July 1837 and December 1915, and an age at death field for deaths registered between July 1837 and December 1957.


- April 8, 2017

May 2nd Meeting "THE PLAGUE DOCTOR FROM EYAM", DAVID BELL David is not a doctor, nor is he an historian, but he does spin a terrific yarn.
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- April 3, 2017

4th April meeting, we have David Scrimgeour's presentation of 'Early Assylum Life' 7:30 St Hughs, Littlemoor, Chesterfield, S41 8QP
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- March 1, 2017

Tuesday the 7th of March talk by Lynne Earland, An extraordinary story from a grain of sand and is why it is called, 'Out of Acorns Grow'.
h J R

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at St Hughs Catholic Church, Littlemoor, Newbold. S41 8QP

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CADFHS's 2017 Fair of Family History, Local , Social History and Heritage with Crafts.
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CADFHS's 2017 Fair

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