Holebottom Colliery, Oldham
It's been written that there is a novel in all of us, just waiting to be written. Well, I'm not so sure about that! However, I do believe that there is a story in all of us, waiting to be given a 'voice'.
Our numerous articles are scattered through the Branch pages so, to help you find the ones you might find most interesting, the Research/Local Interest page HERE is going to serve as our Pictorial Index page, where you can follow a link directly to an article that catches your interest.
Below, you will find three featured articles, which will change from time to time.
extracts transcribed :
the 'Introduction'; pps. 93 - 134 ; and Index.
Church graveyards, with a date range of burials; sometimes a name of the deceased in the first burial; reports of the first public cemeteries etc., and contact details for them.
An Account of the Battle; names of local men who died; and the names of all other men in the 16th, who died on the day or from the wounds received.
The Local Studies & Archives Library, open 6 days a week, is the 'go-to' place for everything about Oldham. It has a close association with our own society and is happy to promote Family History research. A visitor will find helpful staff to point them in the right direction, guiding their research. Computers are available, free of charge, to use Family History websites, such as 'Ancestry' and 'Find My Past. They can also provide access to the many digitised archives, for example the thousands of local photographs. The local newspapers can be viewed on the film-readers. Most of the many and varied historical source materials are archived on-site and can be viewed very quickly, when requested. However, some items are stored off-site, and need to be requested in advance. The Local Studies also offers a considerable library of old and modern publications, maps etc., which can be browsed at will by the the visitor.
Our Branch and individual research activities can include anything and everything that we can discover about our ancestors, their lives and their stories.
Over the years our Oldham members have contributed to many of the society’s transcription and research projects. In the last few years there have been a number of centenaries and bicentenaries which had particular importance for Oldham & District. They included the centenary of the 'Women's Right to Vote' movement, which included local women. The Bicentenary of Peterloo was important to us ... the inquest on the death of John Lees, as a result of the yeomanry action, became of national importance.
Oldham is fortunate to have amongst its famous names (as regards local history) William Rowbottom who wrote a diary of daily happening in Oldham, from 1787 - 1830; Giles Shaw who, in 1888, wrote 'Local Notes & Gleanings - Oldham and Neighbourhood in Bygone Times', in 3 volumes; and last, but certainly not least, the various publications by Butterworth father and son, James & Edwin. Edwin Butterworth's 'Reports', from the early and mid 19th century, are particularly useful as they pre-date the first issues of the local newspapers.
A number of the Branch's research contributions to the website can be found in the 'Society Members' Only' pages.
Under the 'Documents' link, you will find a list of the research work undertaken by Oldham Volunteers, and only available to Society Members.