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Callunna
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Posted -  18/03/2011  :  12:06
I've been asked by a relative to help him with his research on the Rawsthorn(e) family of Widdop. He isn't comfortable using computers but recognises that much of the detail he needs will be found online.

Please can anyone point me in the right direction as I've never done this kind of thing before. What are the best websites to use? What is free and what has to be paid for? Has anyone got resources which I could use (and would be willing to pay a small consideration for)

Here's his brief to me:

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Rawsthorn(e) Project

To trace thge burial records of a family of hillfarmers who were driven off their farm at Widdop when Halifax Corporation built the reservoir (c. 1890).

The family burials were at Blakedene non-conformist chapel, which has since been demolished.

The family moved to Hurstwood nr Burnley and there is a burial recorded about 40 years ago - Hurstwood Methodist Chapel.

Two brothers moved to Barcroft Hall, Cliviger, nr Burnley. The last descendent still lives nearby.

The story of this tough, independent family of hillfarmers is worth research and there are two initial questions:

1. Can Methodist burial ground records be used to trace the family tree?

2. Is the local Halifax newspaper digitised so that there can be online research into the news items about the construction of Widdop reservoir? 

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Any advice on how to tackle this project would be most appreciated - thanks.


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Sue
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Posted - 18/03/2011 : 20:45
I know Burnley library has books on burials for Methodist Chapels in the area, I have always found them helpful. I will drop them an email and see if they can look anything up. It is possible they have the information as it is a well known family in the area


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wendyf
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Posted - 18/03/2011 : 21:10
It looks like the Blakedean records are in Halifax record office.


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Sue
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Posted - 18/03/2011 : 21:27
I am in the process of doing a family tree, I am back to the late 1700s in Thornton in Craven ( Bellbush?) and Salterforth I will send it to you when it is done



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wendyf
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Posted - 18/03/2011 : 21:30
Sue do you think that will be Bell Busk?


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Sue
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Posted - 18/03/2011 : 23:03
Could be, it is badly written on three censuses. Does that make more sense and where is it?


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Sue
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Posted - 18/03/2011 : 23:10
Slight problem, I have found that the Reaps family and the Hurstwood family are two different families AGH!!!!! But I am sure there is a link as  Craven and bellbusk are the birthplaces, but there is a stray halifax in there too. Ah well leave it till another day


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Another
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Posted - 19/03/2011 : 07:35
Bell Busk is between Gargrave and Hellifield on the road to Malham. There is old census info below.

 http://www.kirkbymalham.info/KMI/bellbusk.html   Nolic


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wendyf
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Posted - 19/03/2011 : 08:23
Sue did you see my post with extracts from the Thornton in Craven records?
Sarah Ann Lund who married John Rawstron in 1863 came from Harden. Her family lived at Harden New House. (Often just known as Newhouse).  I see from the census that one of their children was born at Newhouse Lancashire, I wonder if they just mixed the county up? Bell Busk is in Craven, but it doesnt make any more sense!
We have just been talking about the Lund family on another topic.


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wendyf
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Posted - 19/03/2011 : 10:26
Whoops sorry I take that back, its Harden New Hall, not New House.
However, good news, the 1861 census shows a John Rawson, 24 living with the Sunderland family at Kitchen Farm in Harden, described as a sheperd, born Widdop.


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Sue
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Posted - 19/03/2011 : 16:52
Wendy those record fit in nicely with what I have found. There seem to be a few failies of Rawsthornes in the area and I think they are cousins if not brothers... I am working on it


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wendyf
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Posted - 19/03/2011 : 17:37
Sarah Ann 's mother, Ellen Lund, was a Parker from Harden before she was married in 1813. It is highly likely that she was related to Betty Parker who married Thomas Rawsthorne. Ah, all these intermarriages!!


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Sue
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Posted - 19/03/2011 : 18:18
By rhe way Cal the free sites are

http://www.freebmd.org.uk/  for births marriages and death registrations after 1837

https://www.familysearch.org/ the IGI not complete. Records put together by the Mormons. Dates are as far back at the 1500s and up to about 1890

http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/home/ This is a minimal charge. The site has researched family trees on it. Sometimes you hit lucky and find someone researching your  family. I did

http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/Default.aspx Definitely not free, although you can get a months free trial. They take credit card details when you register. Don't forget to cancel it at the end of your trial. I think it is limited access to records. The full membership is excellent covering just about every record there is, but is expensive. I got mine on a special offer


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Sue
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Posted - 19/03/2011 : 19:08
Heather there are several families up on Widdup Moor, all withy similar names and places of birth. Do you have any information you could email me. This may help me work out who is who


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Sue
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Posted - 20/03/2011 : 09:32
Heather I have made contact with some one who wa married to the a Rawsthorn, a descednat of the farmers on Widdup


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Callunna
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Posted - 20/03/2011 : 21:54
Wow! I've only just returned to my computer after a weekend of DIYing and found all this!

Thank you so, so much, everyone. This information is exactly what I'm after and your suggestions for further research are invaluable.

I had an impulse buy yesterday while looking for curtains in Barden Mill - the Reader's Digest book on how to research family history on the Internet. Looks quite interesting.


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