Why not take a look at our Glass Slides page and few of the photos and see if there is anything that you find familiar. We would really like to know who the Vicar is who is on many slides along with his wife and children, because we think that it may have been him who was the main photographer of the slides. We also think that he may have come from somewhere in the North East of England as some of the slides show "Darlington" and a poster advertising a football match between "United and Jarrow" in the North-Eastern League, at the Victoria Ground on the 3rd of September (no year given), although a poster next to it shows a date of 1910.
We keep adding pictures to the People / Photographs page. Why not have a look and see if you recognise any of them.
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Have you got family Photo's or Documents...well we want them!
We have recently taken on more internet space for the society and can now store more images of photographs and documents on the society web site. If you have any of the above that you would like to share with others researching their ancestry in the Isle of Axholme, send them into me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put them on the Photographs page.
Documents you could send in are scans of Birth, Baptism, Marriage Death and Burial Certificates. Scans of pages from Family Bibles, Diaries, Wills, Local Maps, Memoires, Membership Lists, Old Newspaper Cuttings Service Records etc.
Photographs accepted of People, Places, Events etc.
Please only send us items that are associated with the Isle of Axholme and its nearby villages.
New Search Trial
This is a pilot search engine from the Familysearch.org website that I have found contains records that I have not come across before. Although it doesn't always give the full details, it gives enough information about a person to be able, if you are lucky, to match it into your famlily tree. You can find it here
Settlers in the Isle of Axholme
Research has been carried out by one of our members Jo McCann about Wills of settlers whose names are known to be connected with the Isle of Axholme. Jo has put a lot of time and effort into all the information she has unearthed, and she wants to share it with all those researching these early Isle names. We have given this project its own web page, so any future research can be added. We are very thankful to Jo for sharing this information with us, and copies will also be deposited in the society's Library. You can find it here , or follow the link on the menu bar.
On Line Publications Orders
We have recently had a few problems with the Publications Page ordering system. To get around this problem, we have now included a new Publications Page where you can order your booklets and pay for them instantly using Paypal (the same way you would when using web sites like ebay). We hope you will find this way of ordering your publications faster and more convenient that in the past, but we shall also be keeping the old ordering system running for those who want to pay by cheque.
The problems the old system is having, is because the calculations are done on a thid party web site that we have no control over, and this is what is intermittently not working at the moment. For now, anyone wanting to use the old system, they will have to make a note of the publications they want with the price of each one and the total and send it to the Bookstall address which is shown on that page.
Unfortunately after nearly thirty years, the Isle of Axholme Family History Society has now closed down. In recent years we have seen a sharp decline in membership numbers and have been suffering lack of members to come forward to join the committee. As the years have gone on we have lost many committee members through deaths and bad health and we have not been able to encourage any local members to help us run the society. We have been running with four committee members for the past six years. I personally have been suffering serious health problems that have stopped me being able to fulfil my commitments to the society's day to day running. As noticed, the society web site has not been updated this past couple of years and as I am also the webmaster no one else was able to take the job on. I have now managed to be able to get back on my computer to make this announcement.
For now I will be keeping the web site going so some of its data can be viewed by those who are still interested about the Isle of Axholme family history. Most of the pages will still be available to view including information about the Isle parishes covered by the society. I have removed the contacts page as the details on it are now obsolete.
The Bookstall page will still be available so as to continue selling our publication booklets as usual mainly till our stocks have gone. Other publications that used to be for sale have been removed.
Over the years the society has generated a healthy amount of funds from the sale of its booklets and other publications. With thanks for the many volunteer transcribers over the past thirty years we produced booklets and CD's covering all the parish and church records in the Isle of Axholme. From this we have decided to give the money generated from these sales evenly back to the remaining few religious establishments across the Isle of Axholme and the Mechanics Library in Epworth who have also given us support over the years.
On behalf of the committee, can I thank all the past and recent members for their continued support throughout the life of the society and hope we have helped many of those to find some of their lost ancestors. Much more information is now available on the internet these days and a quick search of the larger sites will be of great help in future research.