As always, greetings to all readers of "Daltons in History"!!

April has flown by and as usual it has been yet another busy month for the Society. Do we ever have a month pass by which is not busy?!! I suspect not. The preparations for the 2012 Yorkshire Gathering based in Hull at the end of July have taken priority, and alongside that the Guild of One Name Studies and its annual conference.

Over the weekend of 13-15 April I attended the Guild’s Annual Conference held near Maldon in Essex. It was an enjoyable event, providing the opportunity to interact with fellow one namers, and you will find a separate report below.

Then the following weekend I travelled up to Yorkshire and stayed at the Mercure Hull West Hotel, the venue for our forthcoming gathering. Here I met up with Howard Dalton, our gathering organiser and we had a series of visits and meetings to check everything out for the end of July. It was a very successful trip and we are both now really excited about the programme for the event. Again you will find a separate report below.

As always you will also find all the latest news about DGS events and activities, together with other updates to keep you fully informed about what we are doing.

Future DGS events

As everyone is aware, for the 2012 Gathering and AGM we are returning to Yorkshire over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 27th/28th/29th July 2012. The venue for this event is the Mercure Hull West Hotel, which is very accessible and ideally situated between Hull, which has a number of interesting Dalton connections, and Beverley with its Minster and excellent Record Office. The arrangements for the 2012 gathering have been published and they can be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings" section of this website or just click here. These include the planned programme for the weekend, together with full details about costs, registration and how to book your place. This is proving to be a popular event for both UK and overseas members, and, if you wish to join us and still have not already done so, it is recommended that you register immediately. This will secure a firm place for you, and the earlier we know the likely final numbers, the easier it will be for us to ensure that we can accommodate everybody who wishes to come. Thank you to all those of you who have returned your registration forms and deposits by the third deadline of 30th April, 2012. Our next and last deadline will be 31st May, 2012. Reminder emails or letters have been sent out to many of you, and we look forward to further registrations from members and their families by then.

I am most grateful to Howard Dalton of Pickering for taking on the task of Gathering Organiser. Howard is a past DGS Treasurer and well known to many DGS members. He organised previous DGS Gatherings in Scarborough in 1992 and in Pickering in 2002. Howard and I have now finalised the arrangements with the hotel and checked out each element of the programme for the weekend. See the report below for some more exciting details that are now confirmed. This is the fifth in a series of articles about Yorkshire Daltons and the County of Yorkshire, which we are publishing month by month leading up to the event itself in July.

For 2013 we are returning to Ireland. We will be based in Dublin, as we were in 2005, and the event will take place over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 26th/27th/28th July 2013. It is planned that we will stay at the Ashling Hotel, where we were in 2005. Since then the hotel has been considerably refurbished and I am confident that we will be very well looked after. You can see more about the Ashling Hotel on Ciaran Dalton, our Irish Secretary and Chieftain of Clan Dalton, and I are now working to put a detailed programme together, and we will provide further details in July at our Hull gathering, on this website and in the next issue of the DGS Journal. In the meantime please reserve the dates in your diary. We will hope to see many DGS members there and particularly those with Irish Dalton ancestry.

For 2014 and beyond we have a number of suggestions already. But, if you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

We are indebted to our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery for all his assistance with the project over the past six years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most recently a series of six reports covering individual genetic families. He has also given informative presentations at our annual gatherings on three occasions. We now have approaching 180 participants in the project, and well over 80% of these are members of one of the 15 identified genetic families. The latest DIDP update was published in February and can be found in the "Dalton DNA Project" section of this website or just click here. This reviews the current status of the project and looks ahead with our plans for further work in 2012.

The DGS Journal

Volume 55 of the DGS Journal for December 2011 was published and distributed to members in mid-January. As always this latest volume of our award winning Journal contains much of interest and, if you are not a DGS member, please think about joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the Journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the "Join the DGS" section of this website, or just click here.

John always welcomes articles and other items for publication in the Journal. Any material for publication should be sent to him as early as possible, so that he can plan the content of future issues. John is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at The deadline for material for inclusion in Volume 56 for June 2012 is the end of May.

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the "DGS Journal Index" from the homepage or by clicking here. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are given for Volumes 42 to 55 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained through your local secretary using the order form that you will find on the link above. Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found there as well.

We are most grateful to DGS member Mrs Pat Robinson, who holds stocks of back numbers for the Society and arranges for their distribution in response to requests from the local secretaries (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email:


Enjoy this month’s issue of "Daltons in History", your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again in June 2012.

Thank you for your attention

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton

Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

Our Chairman Michael Dalton attended the 33rd Annual Conference of the Guild of One Name Studies, held near Maldon, Essex, UK over the weekend of Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2012. Here he reports on this event.

This was my first time attending the Guild Annual Conference two years running. Regular readers of "Daltons in History" will have noticed my increasing involvement with the Guild over the past two years and having attended such an enjoyable weekend in Warrington last year, I was confident that another stimulating event was in prospect. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed! As we have come to expect the organisation of the programme and its content was all very professional, and this is in large measure due to the hard work and skills of Guild Chairman Kirsty Gray. Many congratulations to her, not just for this conference, but also more generally for leading a highly regarded, dynamic and well respected organisation now with in excess of 2,500 members. No mean feat for a person in full time employment and with many other commitments.

The conference was based at the Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel at Tollshunt Knights, near Maldon in Essex. The hotel is situated in the middle of a golf course and it is well appointed and equipped to accommodate a weekend conference. Following dinner on the Friday evening we enjoyed some light and amusing entertainment, providing an "alternative view" of family history and family historians. This was followed by a demonstration of a "hangout", where people can join together using video conferencing via their computers. For the technically minded this is a facility offered as part of Google Plus and, as it is very new there are the inevitable teething problems. That said it is a powerful facility and could be of value to the DGS in order to allow a number of people to share in a virtual meeting, rather than just two via Skype. Anyone interested, sign up for a Google account and go to If you want to experiment with the service, count me in and we can have an international DGS discussion!

The main business of the conference, entitled "Seven Pillars of a One-Name Study" commenced on the Saturday morning with the AGM. As usual this was an encouraging report on the activities of the Guild during the past year. The "Seven Pillars" refer to a book published by the Guild to coincide with the conference – "Seven Pillars of Wisdom – The Art of One-Name Studies", which provided the framework for the conference. The seven pillars are:

1. Data Collection

2. Analysis

3. Synthesis

4. Publicising your study

5. Responding to enquiries

6. Publicising of results

7. Preserving your study

Of course, the DGS as a fully constituted society which has been in existence for over 40 years has a well-established track record in all seven of these "pillars", but regardless of that there are always new things to learn, and so the lecture programme over the two days proved to contain much useful material of value to me, and to the Society as we take our work forward. I am just going to pick out a few points of particular interest.

In the "Data Collection" section, Richard Heaton spoke about historic newspaper sites as a source for one-name studies. A website that I had not come across before is Last Chance to Read or LCTR at Here you will find amongst many other items a searchable collection of 18th and 19th century newspapers which include such titles as the New Universal London Weekly Journal. Searches by keyword can be made free of charge, but if you want to download digitised images, then you have to pay. I am sure we could generate a wealth of Dalton references through this site.

Also under data collection, Peter Christian, well known as the author of The Genealogist’s Internet, presented a very useful list of websites – go to for copies of his slides. Here is a list of useful websites which you may find of interest:

Primary Digital Records

• Deceased Online: <>
• * <>
• *TraceSmart <>
• *The UK Electoral Roll at <>
• * at <>

Document Images

• FamilySearch: <>
• Medway CityArk: <>
• *Essex Ancestors: <>

Indexed Records

• *Ancestry: <>
• *Findmypast: <>
• *Origins: <>
• *The Genealogist: <>
• *ScotlandsPeople: <>

Digitised Print

• Gazettes Online: <>
• Digital Library of Historical Directories: <>
• Google Books: <>
• Internet Archive: <>

Civil Registration

• FreeBMD: <>
• UKBMD: <>


• National Archives of Ireland — Censuses: <>
• FreeCEN: <>
• Census Finder: <>

Parish Registers

• FamilySearch IGI Batch Numbers: <>
• Irish Genealogy: <>
• Online Parish Clerks: <>

Other Records

• Old Bailey Proceedings <>
• Debt of Honour Register <>
• Clergy of the Church of England Database project <>

Name Matching

• Soundex: <>
• NameX: < >

* denotes a commercial website

The web site for Peter Christian’s book The Genealogist's Internet has links to all the main UK genealogy sites, categorized by subject, at

I am sure that searches through many of these sites would generate a wealth of Dalton references. It’s just a matter of finding the time to do it!

Talks about Hearth Tax Returns and Genealogy software such as Custodian followed, but the next speaker I want to highlight was Teresa Pask, whose subject was publishing on the web. She galloped through a rich menu of options including The Master Genealogist, blogs, Slideshare, Lulu, publishing printed books on the web and internet based print on demand just to pick out a few. Again many ideas for the DGS committee to consider in our own work.

Then there were speakers on running gatherings and producing a journal, areas where I think the DGS is at the forefront. The conference concluded with a double act by Chris Braund and Janet Few who are the Chairman and Historian and Editor respectively of the Braund Society, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. Chris and Janet provided some amusing and anecdotal stories from 30 years of building their society, which is based in the depths of the West Country down in Devon, from small beginnings to what it is today. A visit to will give you a flavour of one of our contemporaries! And congratulations to the Braund Society on reaching the age of 30.

So there we have it. Of course the formal sessions were interspersed with plenty of time for catching up with the many one-namers that I have come to know well over the years. It’s always good to share experiences among colleagues and friends.

To find out more about the Guild of One Name Studies, visit their excellent website at

The Chairman, Michael Dalton and Gathering Organiser, Howard Dalton recently met in Hull for a series of visits and meetings to finalise various details for the forthcoming Yorkshire Gathering. Here, Michael reports on these visits and meetings and reveals some exciting details about the event, now just three months away at the end of July. This is the fifth in a series of articles that are appearing each month in "Daltons in History" as we approach the 2012 DGS Gathering.

Our first meeting was with Nicola at the Mercure Hull West Hotel, agreeing menus and details for the setting up of our room, the Garden Suite, during the Friday and the Saturday. I think we are assured of being well looked after and I am sure we will not go hungry! The weblink for the hotel is

Our next port of call was to meet Steve Gardham, Chairman of the Yorkshire Garland Group. Steve and two of his colleagues will be entertaining us after dinner on Saturday as the folk song group "The Spare Hands". Founded in 2006, the group is dedicated to bringing Yorkshire’s traditional songs and music to the widest possible audience and we are delighted that they have agreed to join us at our gathering and bring us a programme of music connected with the sea-faring communities in and around Hull. For more details of their work and a library of songs online, visit

Exterior of Holy Trinity Church, Hull
The Nave of Holy Trinity Church
Tombstone of Thomas Dalton,
Mayor of Hull died 1590
Close up of the brass inscription plate on the tombstone
The magnificent ceiling in the church
Poster for the Beer Festival
Howard enjoys a glass of real ale
....... and Michael cannot resist another

We then went to Holy Trinity Church in Hull to meet with Jean Fenwick, who is the visits coordinator for the church. On Friday 20 April the church was taken over with a three day beer festival which, as the photographs show, Howard and I were unable to resist joining in! What an amazing way to promote Holy Trinity Church and entice people inside – full marks to the vicar and his team for being so innovative. On a more serious note we viewed the tombstone of Thomas Dalton, who was Mayor of Hull and died in 1590. The photographs show a brass plate on the memorial which is set in the floor of the south choir aisle with the following inscription:


Another memorial which we will see records the deaths of Henry Dalton 1837, Richard Dalton 1838, William Middleton Dalton 1838 and Henry Dalton 1845. Those coming to our gathering will have the opportunity to attend a service at Holy Trinity on Sunday morning and there will be a guided tour of the church. For more details about this magnificent church, go to

Our next port of call was the Hull History Centre for a meeting with the Archivist, Martin Taylor. Everything is now in place for the Friday afternoon visit to the Centre when we will be welcomed by the present Mayor of Hull, who will be wearing the chain of office, which was first worn by Thomas Dalton, during the first of his three mayoralties, in 1554. As Major-General John Dalton stated in his article reproduced in the March 2012 edition of "Daltons in History", that was the year when a rich citizen called Sir William Knowles presented the Corporation with a gold chain weighing 4½ ounces upon condition that the Mayor should wear it every Sunday, holiday and on particular occasions or else forfeit 40 pence for every omission. The chain has survived to this day and is still the basis of the chain worn by contemporary Mayors of Hull. After tea and an opportunity to take a short tour of the Centre, Helen Good will give her talk entitled "16th Century Dalton Mayors of Hull", illustrated with documents held in the Centre’s archives. The Hull History Centre website at is worth a visit for more details of their collections and facilities.

The church in its idyllic rural setting
Howard stands in the magnificent entrance door
...... and then points to an incription on the NW corner of the exterior
...... R Dalton 1890 (a blacksmith and brother of one of his direct ancestors)
19th Century murals inside the church
by Clayton and Bell
...... and stained glass windows too!

From Hull we headed north to the village of Garton-on-the-Wolds, a journey of less than half an hour. Here we will visit the village church of St Michael & All Angels on the Sunday afternoon and see a Dalton inscription on the exterior of the building. We will also see the magnificent interior with its wall paintings and stained glass by Clayton & Bell executed in the 1870s. The wall paintings underwent a major restoration programme between 1985 and 1991. Also in the village is a blacksmith’s forge, and the possible site of where Howard’s ancestor Robert Dalton had his forge.

West End Farm, Garton - the new home of the elusive Dalton hinges

With assistance from local villagers, we located the new home of the door hinges made by Robert in 1833 and originally seen by Howard back in 1982 at the time of the Dalton Jamboree visit to Garton. Delegates will hear more of this story when Howard speaks about his Garton Daltons at the Saturday morning conference. More detailed information about the village of Garton can be found at, where you will also see the Dalton coat of arms, a note about our visit to the village on 29 July and a link to our website.

The Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton

Our final destination at the end of a busy day was the Pipe & Glass Inn at South Dalton where we will be enjoying an informal buffet supper on the Sunday evening served in the conservatory. Howard had booked a table for the two of us for dinner, which was excellent – this is a pub visit not to be missed! Take a look at the website at

Beverley Minster - Outside
Beverley Minster - Inside

On the following day I went to Beverley to enquire about tours of the Minster. A roof tour, which is the way to see the splendid architecture of this amazing medieval building, has been booked for 3.15 pm on the Saturday afternoon. The web address is

I also visited the Treasure House, a new building in Beverley which is the home of the East Riding Archives and Local Studies and also of East Riding Museums Collections. There will be time for a short visit on the Saturday afternoon, but if you want to undertake any serious research, you may want to consider doing this on Friday morning, or on the Monday. More details will be found at where you can click on archives, museums and local history.

The real Garrowby Hill (on the road from Driffield to York)

My final stop before heading home was on the road from Driffield to York, which takes you down Garrowby Hill, right in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds. The photograph, on a rather dull day, contrasts starkly with the David Hockney painting featured here in "Daltons in History" last month. What a beautiful part of the world this is, and oh to be an artist!

I hope all will agree that we are now set to have a very full and comprehensive visit to East Yorkshire, and it promises to be an enjoyable and interesting weekend for all those attending. Howard and I are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our Gathering and taking you to each of the places about which I have given you further details in this article. See you there!!

In the January 2012 issue of “Daltons in History”, the last instalment in this series covered the year 1998. This personal account of the history of the Dalton Genealogical Society by Michael Dalton continues with the thirteenth instalment, commencing at the beginning of 1999.

In Part 12 of this series of articles I concluded with a plea for photographs of the 1997 and 1998 gatherings in Lincoln and in Rufford, Lancashire respectively. Well the "lost" photos for 1998 have been found. Sadly, I do not have any for 1997 – probably because I was not there. So I reiterate my plea to anyone who has colour pictures of the DGS Gathering in Lincoln in 1997 – please let me know so that we can arrange to have them copied and complete the record of that Gathering. I do hope there is someone out there who can help us.

We start then with a selection of pictures of the 1998 gathering held in Rufford, Lancashire, which included a visit to the village of Croston to witness the annual Coffee Day Parade.

DGS members assemble in Croston for the Coffee Day Parade
Lucy (daughter of John and Sheila Dalton),
Madge Dalton, Derek Dalton,Jack and Pamela Richards,
Millicent Craig and Lucy Slater
...... and the parade gets under way
Derek Dalton's Floral Float
...... and again showing the young people riding on it

The 1998 Annual DGS Dinner at the Rufford Arms Hotel.

Madge Dalton, Dick Hamilton and Millicent Craig
Jack Richards, Howard Dalton, Jenny Redpath,
David Lynam and Pamela Richards

Howard Dalton and Jenny Redpath (now Mrs Dalton!)

Moving on to 1999, this was an important year for the DGS as we prepared for the milestone of the millennium. We decided that we should do some special things to mark the start of the 21st Century and, after deliberations at our committee meetings, it was agreed that something project based would be more appropriate than a celebratory event. So plans were agreed for two projects – the first, already under way, was the restoration of the effigy of Sir Richard Dalton in Apethorpe church, Northamptonshire; and the second was the re-publication of Part I of "The Dalton Book".

Turning to Apethorpe, the DGS had agreed to lend support to the fundraising efforts of the parishioners and, through an invitation sent out to all our members, we raised well over £1,000 towards the total sum required of £3,500. The alabaster effigy of Sir Richard had fallen into a state of disrepair over a period of years. It was originally made to commemorate Sir Richard’s death in 1442, and so is well over 500 years old. As one of many treasures in the church, the very active Parochial Church Council led by Lady Brassey, who lives in a beautiful old house just next door to the church, determined that they must have it restored and looked to the DGS for assistance. Dick Hamilton took the lead on this having written at length about Sir Richard Dalton and his descendants in his article "A Living Line AD 1230 to AD 1988" (DGSJ Vol 18 No 1 pp 17-41 Nov 1989). So it was that in April 1999, Dick Hamilton, Kate and myself visited Apethorpe to see the newly restored effigy. The photographs can only give an impression of how it looks and I would recommend a visit to Apethorpe if ever you are nearby.

Exterior of church with tower/spire and entrance porch
Lady Brassey and Mrs Marion Raymer from the Parochial Church Council

.... joined by Dick Hamilton and kate Dalton admiring the restored alabaster effigy
Sir Richard Dalton lies peacefully
Detail of his face

Our second millennium project was the re-publication of Part I of Frances Edith Leaning’s "The Dalton Book". This book has been my Dalton family history "bible", ever since I first discovered it back in 1967 (see "The DGS – the first 40 years – Part 1" published in "Daltons in History" September 2010). An 800 page typescript volume, it was originally published in 1951 with a "top copy", being deposited in the British Museum Library (now the British Library), the first carbon copy in the Society of Genealogists library in London, and two or three more carbon copies being distributed to members of the family. Various photocopies were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s, providing another 20 or more copies for wider distribution within the family. This still meant that circulation was very restricted and Millicent Craig suggested to the committee that a team of helpers in the United States could take on the task of re-typing the whole document, thus creating a digital file and making re-publication a reality. The story of its creation is taken up in the Foreword to "The Dalton Book, Part I" by Mrs Frances Edith Leaning (1871-1959), published by the Dalton Genealogical Society, London and Cambridge, England (Copyright, the Dalton Genealogical Society by International Copyright Agreement and registered US Copyright Office, Tx 4-173-828, US Library of Congress, 1999. Printed in Cambridge, England and in Palo Alto, USA), which is reproduced below.

"The Dalton Book - Part 1" - Foreword

This project has made Part I of "The Dalton Book" much more widely available and we are all most grateful to all those involved who made this possible. Some 50 copies were printed and distributed early in the year 2000. Ambitions were expressed for a similar project for the much larger Part II of the book, and also for the preparation of a revised and updated text with photographs, charts, maps and diagrams to be published as an enlarged second edition. Sadly this has yet to happen and it needs another dedicated and enthusiastic team to undertake the work involved.

For 1999, the committee arranged the Annual Gathering and AGM to take place in Swaffham, Norfolk in August. Lucy Slater was assisted by Pamela Richards in making the arrangements for this event and the Dalton connections in Norfolk, in particular the Dalton forebears of committee members Pamela Lynam and Maureen Collins, were explored in some depth. Their line has been traced back to the little village of Merton, near Swaffham, and we had a delightful visit there as part of the weekend. Maureen wrote "What a lovely weekend we all had in Swaffham. It was almost too much to see inside the lovely little church at Merton, and sit in the pew with the Dalton coat of arms on it, for morning service at the church at Swaffham." And Pamela wrote "Peter Goater’s mother was my father’s aunt. Peter and my father, Dennis Dalton (first cousins) had not met for many years. They were like two little boys despite my father being 78 years young and Peter a little younger. We all had a wonderful time wandering through the overgrown graveyard finding gravestones of our ancestors, confirming dates of some and discovering dates of others". Let the photographs take up the story.

Merton Church in its delightful rural setting
Descendants of the Merton Dalton line outside the church:
Dennis Dalton, Pamela and David Lynam (back row)
Maureen Collins, Joan Dalton, Philippa Lynam, Peter and Joy Goater (front row)
DGS members assemble outside the entrance porch to the church
A Dalton gravestone of Elizabeth Dalton died 1895 and her husband
Francis died 1905 in the rather overgrown churchyard

The 1999 Annual DGS AGM and Dinner at the George Hotel, Swaffam.

The AGM takes place at the George Hotel, Swaffam
Jack and Pamela Richards study some of the documents on display
Tea after the AGM and Jack is still studying avidly!
Lucy Slater outside Dalton House, Swaffam, family home of the Daltons of Swaffam in 1710
Peter Goater (foreground), Lucy Slater, Dennis Dalton,
Pamela and Jack Richards, Joan Dalton
Maureen Collins, Joy and Peter Goater, Pamela Lynam

Reading the AGM minutes, the Society was in good order for the commencement of the new millennium. The hard working officers and committee were able to give very upbeat reports and, with the exception of Derek Dalton who had decided to retire as a committee member, all remained in post. We therefore looked forward to the year 2000 and beyond with some optimism and in the next instalment we will record the fortunes of the DGS from January 2000 onwards.


The eagerly awaited 1940 US Census is slowly appearing online, at (in partnership with, as I write. At the present time the search facility is not available for all the different states. Even if you know where the family was living, according to the 1930 US Census, the odds are they will have moved in the intervening years. Editor's Note: This is what we have come up against - so we are waiting with baited breath till the Census is fully searchable. The search for a living male Dalton continues!

The naturalisation catalogue enhancement project at The National Archives (TNA; has also been completed. All who have been successful in applying for British nationality in the UK and also some who have applied in the British colonies overseas from 1870-1980 can now be searched for on TNA’s online catalogue. In access of 300,000 people have been added to the HO 334 series. This also contains details of duplicate naturalisation certificates issued between the same dates. Certificates not previously recorded have been found, mainly of military personnel who did not apply for their certificates through the Home Office.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica will end publication of their printed edition shortly, but will continue in digital form. For an online subscription of £49.95 per year or by downloading a free app and paying £1.99 each month full content access can be made at has now published online the parish records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. London England. The 1,365,731 records covering 1538-1945 have been collected from over 50 Westminster churches. Eventually it is hoped all records held at the Centre will be digitally preserved.

Also from ( the Royal Military Medals 1916-1993 can now be searched covering 16,500 military medals awarded to members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery from World War 1 to the Falklands War. Information include the unit, the type of service and details of the medal. The 21, 4000 Royal Artillery Honours and Awards 1939-1946 can be also searched. The awards were given to officers and men for their gallantry and dedication during WW11.

The Genealogist ( has recently added the following Parish Transcripts online – Marriages (1514-2009) Berkshire, Devon, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Westmoreland, Worcestershire and Yorkshire.

Marriage Banns (1559-1957) Devon, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire.

Burials (1394-1996) Berkshire, Devon, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Westmorland, Worcestershire and Yorkshire.

Also the following have been added:

Parish Record Books Tarrant Hinton, Dorset 1545-1812, Beer Hackett, Dorset 1549-1812 and Lydlinch, Dorset 1559-1812

The Visitations of England and Wales, Volumes 1 to 21 (1893-1921), e Worcestershire Poll Book Transcripts (1835-1865)

The 1836-1906 Winchester College Register

Baptisms 1700-1849 of Worcestershire

The reference book "The Deathless Story of the Titanic"

1914-19 Old Shirburnian, Dorset War Records (Army and Navy)

1920 Kelly’s Trade & Residential Directory of Dorset

Our April has been very busy since we adopted two cats from our local animal shelter. The last couple of weeks have been filled with vet appointments and trips to the pet mart for things to help the cats settle in.

We adopted 2 older cats, Snowy, a 6 year old neutered male and Holly, a petite 8 year old female. Snowy already seems quite at home, and follows us around the house like a puppy. Holly is still a little unsure about her new home.

Snowy loves to nap on the shelf above David's desk. Holly is the pair of eyes you see behind the blue glass bowl.

As for DGS matters, I have been working to update the membership records for the North American membership. If you have recently changed your email address, or moved, please get in touch so that I may update your info in plenty of time for the mailing of the next edition of the Dalton Journal.

New Members:

Please join me in welcoming new member Howard Dalton, of Columbus, Ohio.

Web Sites Update:

For the period from 1 April to 27 April 2012

Updates to the Data Bank:

None this month.

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:

20,250 visitors came from 102 Countries / Territories

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics

Top 10 pages visited

Visits by date

Dalton Forum:

There are a total of 282 Posts in 176 Topics by 391 Members.

During the reporting period, there were 4 new topic added, 5 new posts and 11 new members added.

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:

1,450 Visits from 68 Countries / Territories

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics

Top 10 pages visited

Visits by date

Google Ad Campaigns:

Dalton Data Bank Site:

15,861 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 2,083,413 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

We have removed the "Join Us" pop-up on the Databank site, so there will no longer be a section in this report.

With warm regards,

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Thank you to all who have contributed to the May 2012 issue of "Daltons in History".

Mel and I hope you have all had a good month.

Please send us any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are needed!!

Please continue to make use of the new "Correspondence section". Come along now, all of you must have some nagging question or a query which you need an answer for. This section is your chance!!

Please consider contributing a short description of any Dalton-related travels you may have undertaken anywhere in the world. Also members who are travelling to do research, visit a Dalton-connected site, or have made a connection to a distant cousin through the DGS. might be interested in letting other members know what they are doing through "Daltons in History". Photos from your travels would be appreciated. Also, it would be a way of helping members get to know each other a little better, and might help members who are widely dispersed geographically to feel a bit more connected.

Contributions for the June 2012 issue need to be with me no later than 25th May, 2012. (e-mail:

Please continue to stick to the set deadlines!! There is no excuse for missing the deadline - PLAN AHEAD!!

Mel and I will be spending more time away over the coming months now that we are fully mobile, so the deadlines are more important than ever!!