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NUNEATON AND NORTH WARWICKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Member of the Federation of Family History Societies http://www.nnwfhs.org.uk JOURNAL OCTOBER 2004 Price £1.50 (first copy free to members) Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Page 1 CONTENTS PAGE NNWFHS Committee 1 NNWFHS Diary - A Report From The Chairman, Peter Lee. 2 Historic Abbey Green - By Peter Lee. 3 Did Your Ancestor Appear In The Press - By Diane Fisher 5 The Goodall Family Of Atherstone - By Celia Parton 6 Visiting Graveyards, From Stones To Family Trees 6 The Druid Movement In Nuneaton - By Alan F cook 7 Old Medical Terminology - Submitted By Pat Boucher 8 Family Album - By Anne Paling-Lawson 10 New Books, CDs Etc 11 Get Netted 12 Computer Corner 13 Noticeboard 14 New Members/ New Members’ Interests 15 Publications 17 NNWFHS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PETER LEE, P O Box 2282, Nuneaton, Warwicks CV116ZT Tel: (024) 7638 1090 email Nuneatonian2000@aol.com INDEXING PROJECTS CO-ORDINATOR CAROLYN BOSS, Nuneaton Library, Church Street, Nuneaton, & VICE CHAIR Warwickshire CV11 4DR Tel: (024) 7638 4027 SECRETARY & ALVA KING, 26 Thirlmere Avenue, Nuneaton, Warwicks. CV11 6HS BURIALS INDEXING PROJECT Tel: (024) 7638 3499 email: email@example.com MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY JOHN PARTON, 6 Windmill Rd, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 1HP Tel: (01827) 713938 email JAParton@aol.com TREASURER & CELIA PARTON, 6 Windmill Rd, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV91HP NORTH WARWICKSHIRE CO-ORDINATOR Tel: (01827) 713938 email CEParton@aol.com JOURNAL & PUBLICATIONS EDITOR PAT BOUCHER, 33 Buttermere Ave, Nuneaton,Warwicks CV11 6ET & MICROFICHE LENDING LIBRARIAN Tel: (024) 7638 3488 email firstname.lastname@example.org COMMITTEE MEMBER & RAY HALL, 4 Thornhill Drive, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 6TD BURIALS INDEXING PROJECT Tel: (024) 76 744647 email email@example.com PUBLICATIONS MANAGER ROBERT BUTLER, 16 Dovecote Close, Solihull, West Midlands B91 2EP Tel 0121 743 8526 email firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE MANAGER BILL BOSWELL, 21 Randle Road, Stockingford, Nuneaton,Warwicks CV10 8HR Tel: (024) 7634 3596 email email@example.com COMMITTEE ALAN F COOK COMMITTEE JACQUI SIMKINS Langley Mill Farm Sutton Coldfield W Midlands B75 7HR Tel: (0121) 311 0455 email firstname.lastname@example.org COMMITTEE VAL PICKARD, 108 Lister Road, Atherstone, Warwicks CV9 3DF Tel: (01827) 711863 email: email@example.com NORTH AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE HARLOW G FARMER, 7101 Bay Front Dr. #124 Annapolis, MD 21403 USA. E-mail HGFarmer23@CS.com Page 2 Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal NnwFHs Diary A Report From The Chairman, Peter Lee Autumn is always the busiest period for our Society as demonstrated at our last Library meeting (September) when we had lots of new people turn up for our regular second Tuesday of the month research evening. The problem this poses is difficult to resolve because everybody needs to take away from these evenings a feeling that they have made progress. Active committee members focused on helping new participants are relatively few in number, especially if we try to give one to one assistance to newcomers. Therefore, this is an appeal if there is anyone out there able to give some time to help newcomers please give me a call. You are very welcome if you can come to our Nuneaton meetings on Tuesday evenings and help. The reason the Society has not advertised more widely in the local press is due to the fact that when we have in the past, people have gone home disappointed. We have so much to share. We have enormous resources of knowledge to give to people. Somehow we cannot quite get that element right if we are unable to provide the personal help we so much wish to give. Recently we learned that the library had to dramatically increase their fees. Warwickshire County Council is under great pressure to balance the books. The Library has installed new technology, broadband connected PC’s and undergone a costly refurbishment. The overall library service is becoming more commercially minded to pay for all the extra facilities, which are very much appreciated by local users. In the past library staff, particularly our very own library co-ordinator Carolyn Boss, have been very helpful, and the staff who now work with us in the evenings are great, but the cost to us has probably doubled in the last couple of years. Despite this we have managed to keep both the library meeting fees and our membership fees the same as they were when the society first started in 1994. However, we may now have to make a small increase in the library meeting fees and membership fees will be reviewed for the next membership year in august 2005. We will be discussing this at the AGM in November and I would appreciate your thoughts. Another cost saving proposal discussed at the last committee meeting was whether to miss out one of our library meetings during the summer as numbers attending our July and August meetings are often thin on the ground due to warm weather and holidays. Our December meeting might also be reviewed. Being so near the Christmas holiday we thought we might hold a joint meeting with the Nuneaton Society. Our main programme during September includes the Mike Palladino Memorial Lecture. This year we were privileged to hear our guest speaker – the well known actor - Norman Painting O.B.E. tell us about his school days in Nuneaton immediately before and during World War II. To say Norman has had a glittering career is an understatement. Norman was educated at Leamington College, King Edward VI Grammar School, Nuneaton; University of Birmingham (B.A. Hons.) Ch.Ch. Oxford; Anglo Saxon Tutor, Exeter College, Oxford 1946-48. He started as a freelance writer with BBC radio in 1945, before appearing in the very first episode of the long running radio series – The Archers in 1950. Cast as “Phil Archer” Norman has stayed with the programme ever since, and is still recording episodes today. We hope that he will continue to do so for many more years to come. He appears in the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s longest serving actor in a daily radio serial. He also wrote 1200 episodes of the Archers over a period of 15 years. As you can imagine he gave us a great talk and a fascinating insight into his life as a schoolboy and Librarian in Nuneaton as well as how he got started in the Archers. It was a magnificent evening. The previous Mike Palladino Memorial Lectures were on: the Stratford family of Nuneaton (the Letter To the Editor second richest family in England in the 17th century); Dear Pat Geoffrey De-Havilland and the plane company he started (having lived in Nuneaton where he obtained I was very interested to read Peter Lee's article on 'Nuneatons Inns, his inspiration for flying); Ken Loach, the greatly respected Nuneaton born film producer; and Pubs and Taverns' in the July edition of the Journal. Norman Painting, one of England’s best loved character actors. Someone said to me on the night – My grandfather, John Dewis, kept the Hare and Hounds Pub off “Top that!” So next year I will have my work cut Heath End Road and my Uncle, Sam Cooper, kept the Horse Shoes out! (now the Lancet) in the same road. John Dewis married Hannah As you know we share a joint meeting of talks, slide Pickard in 1884 and ran the Hare and Hounds from about 1910 - shows and other events with the local civic society, 1921 when Hannah died. They had four children, Arthur (1886), the Nuneaton Society. There is no reason why we Nellie (1891), Elsie (1893) and my father, Alfred, (1899). Sam could not do this with other Societies and in different venues. The reason we do this is to boost the Cooper married my aunt Nellie in 1915 and had two children, Samuel audience as some of these talks, particularly those on (1915) and Hannah (1919). According to Peter's article Sam kept the local history, natural history and topography are a Horse Shoes in 1938/9. If anyone has any further information about shared interest for both societies. Wearing my joint John or Sam, or their families, I would appreciate a call or E-mail. society’s hat here I am always looking for speaker suggestions. Anyone you have seen who has given a good presentation in the past please let me know. Yours, Alf Dewis Good speakers are very rare indeed. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01572 723161 Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Page 3 Historic Abbey Green By Peter Lee Abbey Green is a relatively modern, late often part of a shop so you could go in In the mid 19th century Manor Court Road 19th century, name for a part of Nuneaton, and buy a wicker basket of “spuds” and was a narrow trackway that led to the which for several hundreds of years was carrots, or a jar of pickled onions, and remains of the Abbey, then across open known as Abbey End. As the name then while away a chin wag with your fields to the Cock & Bear Bridge. Another suggests the local Abbey was at this end neighbours around a scrubbed table on old roadway leading off it was Navigation of town. rickety chairs with a pot mug of “old ale” Street, now Midland Road, as you left the or “swick swack” or “stingo” which the town to travel to Coleshill. An area of Two hundred years ago Nuneaton was shopkeeper thoughtfully dispensed from open country that lay just beyond the divided into three “ends”, Bond End, spigot of wooden casks stacked on the Green was named Barr Green, which was Church End, and Abbey End. The town shop counter. Provided for a few coppers a farmstead once owned by a family was laid out with one main street – Abbey to keep his clientele loyal. After all there called Barr. Beyond that the road was Street – which was where two thirds of were plenty of grocers or bakers shops in called Tuttle Hill. the population lived. Abbey Street petered Nuneaton, so customer loyalty might out into the country at Abbey End. depend on the quality of the “bush” or The Abbey headache afterwards. The Abbey, or more correctly, the Priory th Until the beginning of the 19 century, of Nuneaton was founded in the mid 12th within the living memory of at least one Just off Abbey Green was a plot of century (circa 1155-9) as a daughter old timer, alive in the 1870’s, Abbey End scrubby grassland, called “Rose’s Patch”. house of the great Abbey of Fontevraud in had remains of a Bull Ring with loops of The Rose family owned this and built western France near the town of Saumur. iron used to tether bulls. Bull baiting was themselves two courtyards of cottages for The owner of the manor and founder of a favourite pastime of our poverty stricken their extended network of relatives to live the Abbey was Robert le Bossu, Earl of ancestors, who gloried in all sorts of in from the 1820’s onwards. These were Leicester. The priory was originally rough sports. Bare knuckle fighting, cock pulled down in the late 1920’s and founded as a nunnery - hence the name fighting and street football (like the 1930’s. Nun-eaton, Eaton meaning “Water Town” Atherstone Ball Game) amongst them. due to its propensity to flooding. The Old Nuneaton names long associated with Priory was instrumental in laying out the As far as I can tell the broadening at the Abbey Green were Barr, Taberner, “Abbey Street” terminating at the “Abbey top of Abbey Street was never Green Daffern, and Vernon. since it was first officially referred to as (Continued on page 4) Abbey Green about 1873. It might have been green one hundred or more years before tarmacadam was invented, but then it was known as Abbey End. It was quite densely populated even then with a number of courts and yards at the back of what were referred to as “Good Front Houses”. The numbering system started at nr 1 on the left side looking along Abbey Street towards the Green. It went up to nr 15 and then down the right side from nr 16 to nr 29. The gaps in the housing numbering system do not seem to have been totally filled in. The house next to nr 14 became nr 14½. There were several courts as well numbered 1-6. In addition there were three principle pubs. The Plough and Ball (formerly the Golden Ball until the 1840’s) – rebuilt in 1904 as a modern pub, now The Town Talk. The Bowling Green, later the Midland Railway Inn, bombed in 1942. Also the “Three Tuns” which was probably older established than the others. All three were ancient buildings. The Plough and Ball, for example, had ceilings that varied in height from 5ft Aerial view of Abbey Green circa 1965, from the Geoff Edmands collection. Where 10ins to 6ft when people were commonly the caravans are stored used to be Rose's Patch. The block of flats on the corner of of smaller stature than they are today. Manor Court Road is where the Midland Railway Inn was (earlier called the There were other drinking establishments Bowling Green Inn). This was demolished by the Luftwaffe in 1942 and its licence on the “Green”. The Abbey, a beer house transferred to the Harcourt in Dugdale Street. Diagonally opposite, hidden behind originally, in later years an off license, has pebbledash render, was (and still is) the Abbey beer house. The triangle of the now been put to other uses but the Green is visible. Abbey Street national school bottom right. Midland Road to the premises are still there hidden behind a right named after the Midland Railway station at the bottom of Tuttle Hill. Before new frontage. the railway opened in 1864 it was called "Navigation Street" as it led up to the canal Beer houses were not proper pubs but wharf. Page 4 Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal (Continued from page 3) frontiers of the Wild West are a His catch phrases: “Shut that door” “What End”. A gate was placed across the town fascinating story. He fought Indians and a gay day” “Seems like a nice boy” “Look end of Abbey Street, hence Abbey Gate” survived the Sioux Wars and the at the muck in here” “I love you all very to restrict townspeople from going into American Civil War before returning to much” will bring back memories of a Abbey Street where the town’s Abbey England in 1866. Around about this time great star who had Nuneaton at his heart. retainers and Burgesses lived. The his brother Jacob Stanley and a relative - labouring people gained access to Abbey Mr Broadbent, a Leicester businessman - I will always remember a funny story told End by walking up a pathway on the edge bought a brickworks at Stockingford to me about Larry (or Billy as he was then of Abbey Street known then and today as formerly owned by Handley & Wheway. known) by an old chap now in his 80’s Burgage Walk. For two hundred years After the deaths of the proprietors this had who was a keen amateur theatrical in the Priory was a wealthy institution that been bought by Stanley and Broadbent, Nuneaton in the 40’s and 50’s.and controlled much of Nuneaton’s spiritual, and then was taken over by Reginald knocked around with “Bill” who was very commercial, and philanthropic life. In Stanley as sole proprietor about 1871, much a comic in those days. Billy still 1441 its connection with Fontevraud was although both families were shareholders lived in an old court cottage in Abbey severed so the priory became an Abbey in in the business. Reginald Stanley turned Street during the war, and as the family its own right. Finally it was dissolved by the business into a great success having were poor all they could afford for edict of Henry VIII in 1539. The site was five brickyards in Nuneaton, two kindling was half an old railway sleeper then granted to Sir Marmaduke collieries, a brickyard at Burslem and which they would put one end in the grate Constable, later passing to other lords of another in Coventry. He was also owner and when it had burned through “otch it the manor, the Caves, Knollys, of the Nuneaton Engineering Company, up a bit”. Being saturated with gas tar, or Willoughbys, Pagets, Astons, before which made colliery equipment and brick whatever the compound is that the railway being broken up. making machinery. impregnated them with, it burnt well although probably gave off a funny The Abbey obtained a grant of a weekly Nuneaton produced clay products were in “pong”! But when the sleeper was new it market in 1226, an annual fair of two days great demand throughout the country and was impossible to get it on the fire and in early May in 1239. After the abroad. Stanley Brothers Ltd were taken shut the outside door as well. I guess dissolution the Priory fell into dereliction over by another specialised terracotta cutting it in half again might have been before being carried away as a ready firm – Red Bank Manufacturing Ltd of beyond the scope of poor Billy and his source of building stone for local people. Measham, Leicestershire in 1987 and sisters, so they had to make do until As late as the 19th century there were their old brickworks sites sold for building sufficient had burnt through to “otch it buildings in Abbey Street that had new houses and factory estates. up” and close the door. So I could well incorporated within them recognisable Reginald Stanley was a well like by his imagine how Larry in later years coined bits of the Priory stonework. workmen, a great philanthropist and the phrase “shut that door”. In fact there senior citizen in Nuneaton. He lived was very much of Abbey Street court life Out of the ruins of the Abbey was locally at the Manor Court House in about his repertoire. As Billy played fashioned the Abbey Church of St. Mary Manor Court Road. around the courts and listened to the old in 1876 due to a generous local benefactor housewives standing there in their hair Thomas Botterill who left money in his LARRY GRAYSON (1923-1995) nets, head scarves and pinnies, inspecting will for this purpose. Larry Grayson was one of that great genre each others kitchens over a cup of tea and of British camp comedians. (Kenneth a fag I can hear them say furtively to each Famous Abbey Green People Williams and Frankie Howard perhaps other “look at the muck in here”. Which took this to the extreme). With his risqué there was in many court cottages of SIR GEOFFREY DE-HAVILLAND innuendo, which was never rude, and a course. It was a mucky environment. (1883-1967) coterie of imaginary chums – Everard, The man who gave his name to the Slack Alice, Apricot Lil and Pop It In A pervading memory of Larry as he lived famous aircraft company lived his Pete – the Postman. Born in Banbury in in Nuneaton was that I used to see him childhood years in Manor Court Road. 1923 he was only 10 days old when he regularly walking into town with his His father Charles de-Havilland was vicar moved to Abbey Street in Nuneaton to be poodle under his arm, but when I say at St Mary’s Abbey Church, Manor Court fostered by a local family. His real name walk more often than not he was being Road between 1883 and 1897. His fifth was William Sully White. When he was waylaid by somebody who knew him, child, Geoffrey was born in 1882. He six his foster mother died and his foster after all everybody knew him, and I often went to Nuneaton Grammar School sisters May and Fan, to whom he stayed speculated how long it must have taken between 1891 and 1894. It is said that he loyal throughout his life, brought him up. him to walk the few hundred yards from first became interested in flying when he His talent to entertain was recognised at his flat in Dugdale Street into town - was looking skywards at the Abbey the age of nine, but it was to be another 39 hours probably! vicarage, and saw a hot air balloon rise years before he became a national into the air above Nuneaton. Geoffrey KEN LOACH (1937- ) celebrity. During the early part of his Ken Loach was born in Nuneaton in 1937 went on to found the aircraft company career he used the stage name “Billy that bore his name in 1920. His most and lived through his boyhood in Manor Breen” but when he hit the big time Court Road. He attended King Edward famous planes were the Tiger Moth, the changed it to “Larry Grayson”. His career Mosquito and the first jet airliner – the Grammar School and St Peter’s College finally took off in 1971 when he appeared Oxford. Comet. His cousins were the Hollywood in ATV’s “Saturday Variety” show. By film actresses – Olivia De-Havilland and 1972 he was topping the bill at the Ken has become one of the most Joan Fontaine. London Palladium. That year he had his influential TV and film directors of his own show named after one of his famous generation. Some of his films have REGINALD STANLEY (1838-1914) catchphrases “Shut That Door!” He was become landmarks in film and television Brick making in Nuneaton is synonymous voted TV’s funniest man of the year. In history. The 1966 TV film “Cathy Come with the name of Stanley Brothers. 1978 he moved to BBC to host “The Home” which dealt with homelessness in Reginald Stanley was a great Generation Game” This made him a such a way that it promoted national entrepreneur. He had left home in 1857 to superstar of British television. He never awareness in a subject that was at the time seek his fortune out west in America. He forgot his home town of Nuneaton and played down by the government. It travelled to Montana in the “gold rush” lived here nearly all his life and died here exploded with tremendous force on a and staked his claim and built a log cabin in 1995. in the gold camp that was to become the (Continued on page 5) state capital, Helena. His exploits in the Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Page 5 (Continued from page 4) complacent society then in the midst of Did Your ancestor Appear In The Press? the “swinging sixties”. By Diane Fisher His 1969 film “Kes” became a classic. He has won many awards including Parish registers, census records, the IGI 19.8.1853. Mr. Samuel WINTERS of British Television Guild TV Director of and St Catherine’s House Registers are Atherstone, licensed to deal in game. the Year Award 1965, British Academy all the foundations for tracing your of Film and Television Award 1967, family tree. They are available at the Coventry Herald & Observer dated Cannes Festival Special Jury Prize 1990. records office or local studies 26.5.1854. Public house license transfer Ken has produced many films and TV department and have been for many to John BALLARD from John WYKES programmes, mostly in the style known as “Social Realist” or “British New Wave”, years. However, family, social and The Wheat Sheaf, Abbey Street, which often contained a radical message local historians are increasingly turning Nuneaton. that has touched the social consciousness their attention to newspapers, realizing of the country. that they provide a great deal of For those who could afford it there was THE NASONS information. They can contain details a ‘classified’ section to inform readers For one hundred years the name Nason that cannot be obtained elsewhere, such of births, marriages and deaths in their has been synonymous with medicine in as coroners inquests or court family. Although many of the births are Nuneaton. The Nason family came from proceedings where official records are confined to the gentry, many of the the south of Warwickshire originally, the either unavailable or have not survived. marriage and death entries contain extra first Dr Nason, was Edward Nason (1800- details such as ages and occupations. 1868), followed by his son Richard Bird Reports of local events, advertisements They may also mention other family Nason (1829-1896), and his grandsons Edward Noel Nason (1860-1940) and and public notices should not be members - ‘only surviving child of’, William S Nason (1863- ). Their great overlooked as an important ‘eldest son/ daughter of’ etc. Grooms contribution to local life cannot be genealogical source. Also reading married in the parish of the bride and undervalued. They struggled tirelessly to through the pages gives you some idea sometimes going to the seaside for “the alleviate the suffering of a town whose of what was happening in the local benefit of your health” did not always people were undernourished, died early area. Advertisements informing the have the desired effect and all these and often were subject to horrific work related injuries and diseases for which, at public that their businesses were strays can cause a genealogical the time there was no known cure, or starting up, moving or closing down, headache! means of eradicating their suffering. With dwelling houses for let and appeals for this in mind Richard Bird Nason was information about runaway So in practicing what I preach I have instrumental in founding the Nuneaton apprentices - where else can spent the last six years indexing the Cottage Hospital (later the Manor information like this be found? births, marriages and deaths from Hospital), which opened in 1893 on land given by Reginald Stanley and James Coventry newspapers. The information Tomkinson of Willington Hall, Cheshire. Coventry Mercury dated 19.4.1790. On I have includes Nuneaton, Coleshill, Dr Nason persuaded many local people to Tuesday morning a stable belonging to Fillongley, Polesworth, Tamworth, contribute, particularly local businessmen Mr. HALL of Griff was set on fire Exhall, Atherstone, Attleborough, like Reginald Stanley, Edward Melly and caused by a careless servant sticking a Bedwoth, Coventry and Foleshill from Joseph Fielding Johnson. When the candle to the wall and it fell onto straw. 1772 - 1840. I would be pleased to hear Manor Hospital on Manor Court Road from members if they think my closed a new ward was named Nason Ward in the new George Eliot Hospital Coventry Herald & Observer dated research could help. For further details that replaced it. 7.5.1847. Mr. Gilbert MINION, please contact Mrs. Diane Fisher, 10 wharfinger of Atherstone, burgled. Gretna Road, Green Lane, Coventry Coventry Herald & Observer dated CV3 6DP enclosing a s.a.e. or email ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2004 The NNWFHS AGM will take place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9th November 2004 at Nuneaton library (before the usual research meeting). All of the current committee EXCEPT Ray Hall are standing for re-election. This leaves the committee one short of its minimum number allowed by the constitution. If you are a fully paid up member and would like to stand for the committee (it does not need to be in any specific role) your nomination should be submitted, in writing, to our Chairman, Peter Lee, by October 31st at the latest. Please mark the back of the envelope “Committee nominations”. If no nominations are received then the Chairman Dr Edward Noel Nason. may take nominations from the floor at the AGM. The committee He became the driving force behind meets at 7.30 - 9.00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the establishment of the hospital in Nuneaton library. If you would like more details about what being Nuneaton and did much of the early on the committee involves please do not hesitate to contact Peter surgery. Lee or any of the other committee members. Page 6 Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal The Goodall Family Of Atherstone Visiting Graveyards By Celia Parton From stones to family trees In the July issue of the journal Judy wills having almost finished, I started Fashions change over time – some come Vero wrote an article about the HART the task, with others, of entering full circle. The same is true in family project currently taking place in information onto a database. Some 20 history: the Internet is the current fashion. Atherstone. I volunteered at the start of years ago Marion with others from the Once we had only the parish registers and the project back in November 2002 and former Atherstone Local History graveyards with an occasional foray into a joined the Tuesday afternoon group Research Society had done work on census held in some distant building. looking at probate documents under the wills and other ancient documents Burial areas are not now a fashionable leadership of Marion Alexander. which Marion still had stored away in source for genealogical research: some Marion is a very experienced local her spare room. All the information think reading the stones is “not how you historian having been a member for extracted at the time had been put on to do it”. Alone it isn’t, but some of these about 20years of the former Atherstone index cards, a card having been raised stones tell much of family relationships – Local History Research Group, which for every name mentioned either on a and the stones themselves are often worth was wound up about 10 years ago and will or other document. All this a photograph! was succeeded by the “Friends of information would be added to the Within north Warwickshire we have some Atherstone Heritage”. Copies of wills current research being done by the well-kept churchyards and burial grounds, made by Atherstone people were HART project and so Marion asked me some less so. Some, unfortunately, are obtained from Lichfield Record office to start by putting this information from bereft of many of their original stones and our group transcribed them and the index cards on to the Hart database. (some deliberately “cleared”). However, extracted relevant information. We When I came to surnames beginning before you dash off to find gt-gt-gran’s concentrated mainly on wills from the with the letter “G” I found many cards grave, check that the church or burial 17th century with a few from the late for the name Goodall. I remembered ground is still in use and that access is 16th century and some from the 18th Lonnie’s email and quickly got back to possible. There are churches where century up to 1740. Most wills up to him. He was able to confirm that we specific arrangements are required for that date also had an inventory. After had the same family. Lonnie is one of a visits and the following contact someone died two or more appraisers group across America researching the information may be of help to those were appointed and they went through name Goodall. They refer to planning a churchyard trawling session. the deceased persons house, room by themselves as a “Gaggle of Goodalls”, Little Packington: the Church room, listing all the items found and with a lady called Dottie Gibson as Commissioners sold St Bartholomew’s giving them a monetary value. These their “Mother Goose”. She is the church along with its graveyard: it is now a inventories are very useful for gaining compiler of their time line. They had private residence. The graves were not information about how the people of been trying to establish their English moved – even though some were relatively Atherstone lived in the 17th century. ancestry for some years and then in “modern”. There is no casual access to the We can tell how large or small the February of this year they had a graves, however the church authorities did houses were by the number of rooms breakthrough when they logged on to include a clause in the property deeds, mentioned and learn about the lifestyle the A2A (Access to Archives) website which requires a sign to be displayed from the types of items found in each and found there a will for Richard advising how access may be arranged; the room, for instance some had out houses Goodall of Atherstone made in 1593 authorities say that ‘reasonable access’ called a brewhouse or buttery which which they were able to download. should be possible. You need to write to: contained equipment for brewing beer. This was the same will that I had found The occupier, Bartholomews, Little All this information will be contained whilst inputting data from the index Packington, Meriden, CV7 7NH seeking a in a book to be published at the end of cards. I also found that we had a copy mutually convenient time to visit. the project. of a will that Lonnie did not have. This Great Packington: St James’ church lies was for John Goodall who died in within the deer park of Packington Hall I little thought when I first started 1543. I scanned our copy and sent this and is accessed only via the private estate working on the HART project that I to Lo nnie toge ther wi th the roads: Packington Hall is not open to the would actually make contact with transcription done by Marion. He was public. The church is a fascinating living descendents of one of these very pleased with this and believed that building and Pevsner is reputed to have ancient Atherstone families, but I John was the father of Richard and recorded it as being one the most reckoned without the Goodalls. Back therefore we had taken the Goodalls important and impressive churches built in in April I received an email via the back a further generation. the late eighteenth century. To visit the NNWFHS website from a man called church you should contact the Estate Lonnie Goodall from Iowa, USA. He Work will continue on the HART Office, Packington Hall, Meriden CV7 had traced his ancestors back to project until October 2005. All the 7NF. The estate office staff will advise on Atherstone and wanted to know if there information should by then have been the best access route to take, or if there are was anyone locally who was put on to a huge database and this events on that may need to be avoided. researching the Goodalls with whom he information will be made available to A third church affected is that at No could share information. At that time I the general public. It will be wonderful Man’s Heath which has been had not come across any Goodalls resource for anyone with ancestors who deconsecrated and is believed to now be in myself and there was no one in our came from Atherstone. Who knows we hands of a trust to become a community member’s interests lists doing Goodall. may find someone else able to trace facility. There are gravestones at this So I replied saying that I was unable to their family back to the 16th century churchyard and we will advise members help. A few weeks later, work on the like the Goodalls? about access in a future Journal. Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Page 7 The Druid Movement In Nuneaton By Alan F Cook In the newspapers of 1870-1886 (usually the Druids forced local tribes to pay dues, Head. Crown Lodge met at the Railway the Nuneaton Observer and Chronicle) By about 60AD according to official Tavern, Estlin was a member. advertisements occasionally appeared Roman history (Tacitus), there can not concerning the Druids. They were not have been more than 10 Druid tribes Nuneaton Observer 2 June 1882 very informative but sometimes worshipping in Britain. Their meeting Druids dinner at Stoke Golding mentioned the members of the Druid were held in Oak groves and the oak and On Tuesday last the anniversary dinner of ruling council for the respective year. It mistletoe were venerated by them. In the United Ancient Order of Druids "Earl was interesting to note the absence of parts of Ireland and N.Britain they of Richmond Lodge" No 596, was held. Nuneaton people on that council. It survived for a short while. The members headed by the Ashby consisted of business people from Volunteer Band paraded the village and Leamington, Ashby, Leicester, Coalville, Perhaps the famous antiquarian William went to the Old Swan public house where Coventry and Burton. In the early part of Stukeley (1687-1765) was the key. He a good dinner was provided. The this century a Ladies Druid Circle studied Stonehenge in 1718 and company numbered 68. After dinner a advertised as a flower guild! published his ill-founded theory that number of toasts were proposed and a Stonehenge was: " a Temple of the white statement of accounts was read showing The modern English Druids were haired Druid Bard sublime" the Lodge to be in satisfactory condition founded in 1781 with a later mid 19thC financially. Order based on a friendly society system. He attempted to link Druids with Because of the lack of information one Christianity and God. He further stated Observer Annual 1896 p 81 can only assume that they were part of that the avenues leading to Avebury and Crown Lodge No 307 Trustees: W the national movement of Druids, whom Stonehenge symbolised: "the snake Smith, E Wade, A Woodcock Treasurer: today make claims to have ancient rites at proceeding from a circle - the eternal G Pallett; Secretary H Pipe, meetings at Stonehenge. I have checked with procession of the Son from the First the Railway Tavern. Pres & VP elected Libraries and County Record Offices, the Cause". annually. Prince of Wales; Lodge No United Ancient Order of Druids and the 485; Trustees W Arnold, T Wright, T Registry of Friendly Societies, all of His knowledge of Archaeology and the Copson. Treasurer; J Moon; Secr G whom have no records for this Nuneaton ancient origins of Stonehenge (2500BC) Sharrod - meetings Granby Head Branch. It must therefore be assumed was misinformed; he also added ancient alternate Tuesday 7.30pm. Attleborough that no records have survived unless in pagan ideas to Christian beliefs. Lodge No 481; Trustees; J Kinder, T someone's personal papers. Flowers, A Kinder. Secr W Oakey. Treas It is interesting to note that Stukeley J T Webster. Meetings at the Fox Inn Most scholarly books on the subject are visited Mancetter Roman site c 1725. and alternate Mondays. quite clear that ancient Druids were a this was reported years later in the subversive Celtic Priesthood active in Nuneaton Observer as an historic event of Nuneaton Chronicle 1915 Europe about 100BC to 60AD. The the time. The visit was accompanied by a George Eliot Lodge met at a pub. Romans became actively interested in large retinue of ardent fans and curbing this culture. In Anglesey a large supporters. Was that when the seeds of Midland Counties Tribune 1921 community of fanatical Druids hated the our local Druidism were sown? Druids went to see a film together Roman Empire. This group was heavily defeated by the Roman General Nuneaton Chronicle 16 July 1870 Nuneaton Chronicle 1922 Suetonius Paulus in 58-9 AD. However Prince of Wales Lodge met at the Granby 60 Druids met at their Attleborough HQ The Fox Inn. Licenced to Kill On recently working through part of the Tatenhill, near Burton on Trent, parish register I discovered that James BOND was NNWFHS not the bachelor all his films portrayed. HELPLINE In fact he was married on 30 August 1971 at Peter Lee Tatenhill to Ann Elizabeth HALSTEAD from (024) 7638 1090 Tamworth, also in Staffordshire. He was 6.30 - 8.00pm licenced to marry. Now what would Mon to Sat Moneypenny have made of this? Or email: Sorry, just realised my notes for the year are Nuneatonian2000@aol.com not as clear as they should be....maybe it says 1791... Page 8 Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Old Medical Terminology Submitted by Pat Boucher Note: I have an old photocopy of this Canine madness - Rabies, hydrophobia malaise, discharge from nose and throat, information which was given to me many Canker - Ulceration of mouth or lips or anorexia years ago by someone who had typed it herpes simplex Dock fever - Yellow fever out, I believe, from a website. I do not Catalepsy - Seizures / trances Dropsy - Oedema (swelling), often know the origin and I do not know if the Catarrhal - Nose and throat discharge caused by kidney or heart disease information is entirely correct but it has from cold or allergy Dropsy of the Brain - Encephalitis proved interesting and useful to me over Cerebritis - Inflammation of cerebrum or Dry Bellyache - Lead poisoning the years. Some of the spelling is not the lead poisoning Dyscrasy - An abnormal body condition same as the modern spelling but I have Chilblain - Swelling of extremities caused Dysentery - Inflammation of colon with assumed this is the ‘old spelling’ rather by exposure to cold frequent passage of mucous and blood than an error (although I think that there Child bed fever - Infection following Dysorexy - Reduced appetite may be some American spelling in there birth of a child Dyspepsia - Indigestion and heartburn. too!) I hope that whoever the original Chin cough - Whooping cough Heart attack symptoms author was, they do not mind my Chlorosis - Iron deficiency anaemia Dysury - Difficulty in urination reproducing their work here. Pat Cholera - Acute severe contagious Eclampsy - Symptoms of epilepsy, Boucher diarrhoea with intestinal lining sloughing convulsions during labour Cholera morbus - Characterized by Ecstasy - A form of catalepsy Ablepsy - Blindness nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, characterized by loss of reason Ague - Malarial Fever elevated temperature, etc. Could be Oedema - Nephrosis; swelling of tissues American plague - Yellow fever appendicitis Oedema of lungs - Congestive heart Anasarca - Generalized massive oedema Cholecystitus - Inflammation of the gall failure, a form of dropsy Aphonia - Laryngitis bladder Eel thing - Erysipelas Aphtha - The infant disease "thrush" Cholelithiasis - Gall stones Elephantiasis - A form of leprosy Apoplexy - Paralysis due to stroke Chorea - Disease characterized by Encephalitis - Swelling of brain; aka Asphycsia/Asphicsia - Cyanotic and lack convulsions, contortions and dancing sleeping sickness of oxygen Cold plague - Ague which is Enteric fever - Typhoid fever Atrophy - Wasting away or diminishing characterized by chills Enterocolitis - Inflammation of the in size. Colic - An abdominal pain and cramping intestines Bad Blood - Syphilis Congestive chills - Malaria Enteritis - Inflations of the bowels Bilious fever - Typhoid, malaria, hepatitis Consumption - Tuberculosis Epitaxis - Nose bleed or elevated temperature and bile emesis Congestion - Any collection of fluid in an Erysipelas - Contagious skin disease, due Biliousness - Jaundice associated with organ, like the lungs to Streptococci with vesicular and liver disease Congestive chills - Malaria with bulbous lesions Black plague or death - Bubonic plague diarrhoea Extravasted blood - Rupture of a blood Black fever - Acute infection with high Congestive fever - Malaria vessel temperature and dark red skin lesions and Corruption - Infection Falling sickness - Epilepsy high mortality rate Coryza - A cold Fatty Liver - Cirrhosis of liver Black pox - Black Small pox Costiveness - Constipation Fits - Sudden attack or seizure of muscle Black vomit - Vomiting old black blood Cramp colic - Appendicitis activity due to ulcers or yellow fever Crop sickness - Overextended stomach Flux - An excessive flow or discharge of Blackwater fever - Dark urine associated Croup - Laryngitis, diphtheria, or strep fluid like haemorrhage or diarrhoea with high temperature throat Flux of humour - Circulation Bladder in throat - Diphtheria (Seen on Cyanosis - Dark skin colour from lack of French pox - Syphilis death certificates) oxygen in blood Gathering - A collection of pus Blood poisoning - Bacterial infection; Cynanche - Diseases of throat Glandular fever - Mononucleosis septicaemia Cystitis - Inflammation of the bladder Great pox - Syphilis Bloody flux - Bloody stools Day fever - Fever lasting one day; Green fever / sickness - Anaemia Bloody sweat - Sweating sickness sweating sickness Grippe/grip - Influenza like symptoms Bone shave - Sciatica Debility - Lack of movement or staying Grocer's itch - Skin disease caused by Brain fever - Meningitis in bed mites in sugar or flour Breakbone - Dengue fever Decrepitude - Feebleness due to old age Heart sickness - Condition caused by loss Bright's disease - Chronic inflammatory Delirium tremens - Hallucinations due to of salt from body disease of kidneys alcoholism Heat stroke - Body temperature elevates Bronze John - Yellow fever Dengue - Infectious fever endemic to because of surrounding environment Bule - Boil, tumour or swelling East Africa temperature and body does not perspire to Cachexy - Malnutrition Dentition - Cutting of teeth reduce temperature. Coma and death Cacogastric - Upset stomach Deplumation - Tumour of the eyelids result if not reversed Cacospysy - Irregular pulse which causes hair loss King's evil - Tuberculosis of neck and Caduceus - Subject to falling sickness or Diary fever - A fever that lasts one day lymph glands epilepsy Diphtheria - Contagious disease of the Hectical complaint - Recurrent fever Camp fever - Typhus; aka Camp throat Hematemesis - Vomiting blood diarrhoea Distemper - Usually animal disease with (Continued on page 9) Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Page 9 (Continued from page 8) as "Headache" was neuralgia in head Siriasis - Inflammation of the brain due to Hematuria - Bloody urine Nostalgia - Homesickness sun exposure Hemiplegy - Paralysis of one side of Palsy - Paralysis or uncontrolled Sloes - Milk sickness body movement of controlled muscles. It was Small pox - Contagious disease with Hip gout - Osteomylitis listed as "Cause of death" fever and blisters Horrors - Delirium tremens Paroxysm - Convulsion Softening of brain - Result of stroke or Hydrocephalus - Enlarged head, water on Pemphigus - Skin disease of watery haemorrhage in the brain, with an end the brain blisters result of the tissue softening in that area Hydropericardium - Heart dropsy Pericarditis - Inflammation of heart Sore throat distemper - Diphtheria or Hydrophobia - Rabies Peripneumonia - Inflammation of lungs quinsy Hydrothroax - Dropsy in chest Peritonotis - Inflammation of abdominal Spanish influenza - Epidemic influenza Hypertrophic - Enlargement of organ, area Spasms - Sudden involuntary contraction like the heart Petechial Fever - Fever characterized by of muscle or group of muscles, like a Impetigo - Contagious skin disease skin spotting convulsion characterized by pustules Puerperal exhaustion - Death due to child Spina bifida - Deformity of spine Inanition - Physical condition resulting birth Spotted fever - Either typhus or from lack of food Phthiriasis - Lice infestation meningitis Infantile paralysis - Polio Phthisis - Chronic wasting away or a Sprue - Tropical disease characterized by Intestinal colic - Abdominal pain due to name for tuberculosis intestinal disorders and sore throat improper diet Plague - An acute febrile highly St. Anthony's fire - Also erysipelas, but Jail fever - Typhus infectious disease with a high fatality rate named so because of affected skin areas Jaundice - Condition caused by blockage Pleurisy - Any pain in the chest area with are bright red in appearance of intestines each breath St. Vitas dance - Ceaseless occurrence of Kruchhusten - Whooping cough Podagra - Gout rapid complex jerking movements Lagrippe - Influenza Poliomyelitis - PolioPotter's asthma - performed involuntary Lockjaw - Tetanus or infectious disease Fibroid phthisis Stomatitis - Inflammation of the mouth affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw. Pott's disease - Tuberculosis of spine Stranger's fever - Yellow fever Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days Puerperal exhaustion - Death due to Strangery - Rupture Long sickness - Tuberculosis childbirth Sudor anglicus - Sweating sickness Lues disease - Syphilis Puerperal fever - Elevated temperature Summer complaint - Diarrhoea, usually Lues venera - Venereal disease after giving birth to an infant in infants caused by spoiled milk Lumbago - Back pain Puking fever - Milk sickness Sunstroke - Uncontrolled elevation of Lung fever - Pneumonia Putrid fever - Diphtheria. body temperature due to environment Lung sickness - Tuberculosis Quinsy - Tonsillitis. heat. Lack of sodium in the body is a Lying in - Time of delivery of infant Remitting fever - Malaria predisposing cause Malignant sore throat - Diphtheria Rheumatism - Any disorder associated Swamp sickness - Could be malaria, Mania - Insanity with pain in joints typhoid or encephalitis Marasmus - Progressive wasting away of Rickets - Disease of skeletal system Sweating sickness - Infectious and fatal body, like malnutrition Rose cold - Hay fever or nasal symptoms disease common to UK in 15th century Membranous Croup - Diphtheria of an allergy Tetanus - Infectious fever characterized Meningitis - Inflations of brain or spinal Rotanny fever - (Child's disease) ??? by high fever, headache and dizziness cord Rubeola - German measles Thrombosis - Blood clot inside blood Metritis - Inflammation of uterus or Sanguineous crust - Scab vessel purulent vaginal discharge Scarlatina - Scarlet fever Thrush - Childhood disease characterized Miasma - Poisonous vapours thought to Scarlet fever - A disease characterized by by spots on mouth, lips and throat infect the air red rash Tick fever - Rocky mountain spotted Milk fever - Disease from drinking Scarlet rash - Roseola fever contaminated milk, like undulant fever or Sciatica - Rheumatism in the hips Toxemia of pregnancy - Eclampsia brucellosis Scirrhus - Cancerous tumours Trench mouth - Painful ulcers found Milk leg - Post partum thrombophlebitis Scotomy - Dizziness, nausea and dimness along gum line, Caused by poor nutrition Milk sickness - Disease from milk of of sight and poor hygiene cattle which had eaten poisonous weeds Scrivener's palsy - Writer's cramp Tussis convulsiva - Whooping cough Mormal - Gangrene Screws - Rheumatism Typhus - Infectious fever characterized Morphew - Scurvy blisters on the body Scrofula - Tuberculosis of neck lymph high fever, headache, and dizziness Mortification - Gangrene of necrotic glands. Progresses slowly with abscesses Variola - Smallpox tissue and pistulas develop. Young person's Venesection - Bleeding Myelitis - Inflammation of the spine disease Viper's dance - St. Vitus Dance Myocarditis - Inflammation of heart Scrumpox - Skin disease, impetigo Water on brain - Enlarged head muscles Scurvy - Lack of vitamin C. Symptoms White swelling - Tuberculosis of the bone Necrosis - Mortification of bones or of weakness, spongy gums and Winter fever - Pneumonia tissue haemorrhages under skin Womb fever - Infection of the uterus. Nephrosis - Kidney degeneration Septicaemia - Blood poisoning Worm fit - Convulsions associated with Nepritis - Inflammation of kidneys Shakes - Delirium tremens teething, worms, elevated temperature or Nervous prostration - Extreme exhaustion Shaking - Chills, ague diarrhoea from inability to control physical and Shingles - Viral disease with skin blisters Yellowjacket - Yellow fever mental activities Ship fever - Typhus Neuralgia - Described as discomfort, such Page 10 Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Family Album Anne Paling-Lawson has sent in more wonderful old photos. The 3 young girls are my aunts: Dorothy called them Uncle and Aunt David (b.1911), Marjorie (b.1915) and Joan Lester. The village people called him (b.1917) ROBINSON. The photo was "Penny David" as they kept a drug shop taken by L Chettle of 88 Queen's Rd, and they sold everything in penny’s Nuneaton, possibly circa 1925. The worth. The chemist shop on the Square ROBINSON family moved to Heath End is on the same spot. I should think the Road, Nuneaton, from Hinckley circa shop must have been in Attleborough 1920, when their father, Thomas, opened 100 years or longer. Uncle David was Abbey Hosiery Mills in the town. My a relation to Lester's the chemist in mother, Ida PALING (nee ROBINSON) Nuneaton. Father told me once how thought the occasion commemorated was the George Eliot Centenary but I would this came about but I forget but I do value readers’ thoughts on this. know Mr. Henry Lester used to call Incidentally the dresses were probably Dad, Alfred. That was when I was a hand-made by the eldest ROBINSON little girl at home. Aunt David gave sister, Kate, (b.1899), who was a very me this shawl when I was dressmaking accomplished dressmaker. in the little cottage next to Aunty Pem’s shop. Aunt David was wearing Dorothy married Max MARRIOTT in it when she was married." 1938 and Joan married Bill LANE in 1940s. Marjorie sadly died unmarried in I have not been able to determine the 1938. Kate married Edgar AVINS, exact relationship between the probably in 1930s. LESTERs and the GREENs. Maybe "aunt" was a courtesy title for near neighbours on Attleborough Square? "Aunty Pem's shop" featured on the cover of the July 2004 edition NNWFHS magazine. Incidentally my mother always r e cko ne d t h a t my a u n t K a t e ROBINSON was a far bette r dressmaker than her mother-in-law, Margaret PALING. She reckoned that Granny PALING skimped on material!! I still have the shawl and would love to find a good home for it before I die! The other photographs are of a pageant possibly in early 1900s? The Spanish lady to Britannia's left is my gran, Margaret PALING (nee GREEN 1876- 1967), but I don't know who any of the other ladies are or the occasion that they are celebrating. In the photograph of my gran you can see the silk shawl, which she is wearing round her hips. It is made of coffee coloured watered silk splashed with red flowers. In a letter to me in 1959, my gran wrote: " …this beautiful shawl was made in Coventry about 1820, I should think. It was given to me by my father’s aunt (in law). Her name was Lester and we Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Page 11 New Books, CDs Etc TRACING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY From Wales to India, Ireland to Jamaica, wherever your family hails from, Collins Tracing Your Family History Collins, 0-00-715892-0 Hardback published September gives you the expert advice and tips you need to make your 2004, RRP £20. search efficient, fruitful - and fascinating. . ************************************************ Anthony Adolph’s guide to tracing your family history has New UK Edition of TMG been described as ‘the definitive handbook for anyone Wholly Genes Software is proud to announce the release of interested in tracing their family’s past’. the "UK Edition" of The Master Genealogist (TMG). 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However, she does not want others to of documents you may encounter in The National Archives to profit commercially from her hard work and asks that you trace your family history. respect this. Please DO NOT copy these files and/or distribute www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/familyhistory them for commercial gain. ************************************************** And coming March 2005, a practical online tutorial to help read The National Archives old handwriting 1500-1800 Palaeography: Reading old The National Archives, still perhaps more widely known by its handwriting. previous name of the Public Record Office, has launched some ************************************************** interesting background resources for those with access to the The National Archivist's Record Recovery Internet. These sites are, by the way, free of charge. The Service UK-based genealogy website The National following is extracted from their promotional leaflet. 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Also important is the surnames sources how the governments and people of England, Scotland, interest registry, so you can see if others are also researching Ireland and Wales and of England's territories in France, your family. interacted in politics, warfare, religion, trade and everyday life. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/utk (Continued on page 13) Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal Page 13 http://www.peterch.fsnet.co.uk/Pages&Frames/pg-info.htm growing quickly. The site is extremely easy to navigate, and the This is a sub-site of a general genealogy page. It gives a basic, design is very professional and pleasing on the eye. I was not simple and easy to understand history of England, both political asked for payment at any point (although of course there may and social, with information on Kings, major historical events, be undiscovered parts that need payment!) 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If you are doing your family history, This site is an absolute brainwave, and has the potential to be or compiling your family history website, and are looking for one of the best websites around. This site is basically a portal images to compliment your research this is a great place to for freely available databases and records. Yes, a one-stop site look. The search engine is ok, not the easiest to use, but not too where you can search a multitude of databases, with records difficult, and you will quickly learn your way around. Images from many different sources. The search mechanism is easy to are shown in thumbnail so the index is quick to load. A great use, a little slow at times but quick enough, and returning good site – but do beware of just taking images, some of them may results which give a full explanation of source. There is already be copyright! a vast amount of records on the site, and it appears to be Computer Corner GENEALOGY, COMPUTERS & INFECTIONS 5. When fully loaded (it takes longer), run a full system virus scan in the usual way and follow its instructions for anything found. Do you connect to the Internet to use websites? Do you use 6. When completed, shut down computer and start up (wait at least email? Do you have a continuously up-dated software program to 10 seconds before restart). protect your machine against viruses and intrusion? If answer to 7. If your scan had found any infection, run system scan again to either of the first two questions is “yes” then your answer to the check all is now clear. third had better be affirmative. 8. Go back to restore and check the button. 9. Set a new restore point, as this process will have removed My household has Broadband, which enables father to use the previous ones. phone, mother to search for dead people and teenagers to do, well, whatever teenagers do on the web – all at the same time! Our The thinking is that “restore” holds in memory the files on your computers are networked, and run the same protection software, system – that includes nasty ones you are trying to remove. Norton Internet Security Professional. So I was somewhat surprised to hear son cursing that his computer was going slow All being well, your machine should now be virus free…but do and Norton had found a virus. Being a teenager he blamed ensure you up-date virus definitions daily (automatically if you everything bar himself and was sent packing while I investigated. spend much time on line) or at least every week. And ensure your firewall is up and running: if the icon disappears, immediately Firstly, Norton was not enabled – and it could not be enabled: check the system as above. why? Secondly, a full system scan found a large number of Trojan and virus files, some of which could not be deleted. My USEFUL SOFTWARE - FREE! suspicion is that son had switched off the firewall for some reason A number of family history programs make trees, but how do you which enabled a Trojan to enter which disabled Norton. email one to a fellow researcher using alternative software? You want to share information but how do you do this in a form that can Some time ago, I heard that some viruses could lurk behind be read, but not changed on your original? A piece of software Windows applications. On exploring the Norton instructions, it freely available will enable you to convert a file into “portable advised as follows, and I would recommend anyone using document format” (pdf) greatly reducing the file size for Windows XP who regularly uses the web to do this. transmission, and enabling your recipient to read the information. Go to www.daneprairie.com and download WIN2PDF. You can 1. Disable the Windows XP “Restore” facility: right-click My use this with other documents to create a “snapshot” of it that can Computer, go to Properties and on the restore window uncheck be read, but not altered. the little box. 2. Shut down. To read a pdf file you need Adobe Acrobat Reader: it too is freely 3. Start up your machine in safe-mode: usually in XP you hold available (only the reader is free). Go to www.adobe.co.uk scroll down the F8 key while the machine starts up. down and click on the “Free Adobe Reader” button – and follow 4. Use arrows to highlight “start in safe mode” the instructions.