10th September 2020

Annual General Meeting

The Branch very successfully held a "virtual" Annual General Meeting by email & post. Notice of the AGM was posted on this page in January 2020 before Covid 19 lockdown. The papers for the meeting were then published on the Society website during August with a link to the AGM papers. Members were sent an email reminder inviting comments or questions prior to the meeting. All officers had indicated their willingness to continue in their various roles, they were subsequently proposed and seconded in accordance with usual practice. A copy of the Elections, Chairman's report, (wherein the deaths of Colin Francis & John Read are noted), Treasurer's report (approved by all respondents) & other issues are held with the minutes. Although a Member's Christmas meeting was considered, it was felt that nothing definite should be planned at this stage. There was no other business.

Report by Mike Furlong

12th March 2020

Parish Register Transcription Project

Fortunately, our March meeting took place just before the Government’s advisory restrictions came into force. A small group of members continued work on the Baptism records for St. Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden. To date over 12,900 records have been processed.

This time we worked on the Victorian transcripts of the first Baptism Register held in the Church Records, which commenced in 1558. Although a very useful framework, the original transcribers' use of abbreviations meant that many transcripts had to be cross-checked with the primary register. However, we managed to deal with some 2,300 entries on the night.

Because we cannot foresee when we will meet again, one member has undertaken to continue the verification process at home.

Report by Martin Foreman

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