Baddow & Galleywood

1 - 2019 January - Lesley

'From Prussia with love – the Orphan Homes, Ashley Down, Bristol'

Lesley had found Louisa Jane Clark in Cheshunt in 1861, but could not find her in 1871. When she widened her search by removing the birth place of ‘Cheshunt’ she was surprised to find her in an orphanage in Bristol. She found that the Orphan Home had a website and an archive, and reluctantly paid to get Louisa’s records, but when she got the records she was very happy as there were copies of certificates that confirmed it was the right person plus a lot of other information. The admission procedure took about a year and Louisa’s 9 year old brother did not get in and remained in Cheshunt near his adult siblings, ending up in the Workhouse. Louisa left the Home in 1872 to work as a servant in Bexley Heath and married in 1878.

Lesley told us the story of George Muller who opened the homes and this included films of the orphanage. You can see it here -

It was good to have the story of this benevolent man whose homes looked after so many children from all over the country at a time when poverty was so great.

The George Müller Charitable Trust, as it became on 1st March 2009, (also affectionately known as Müllers by those who support the work), evolved from the Müller Trust for Children and Families which changed its name and broadened its objectives to incorporate those of the Müller Homes for the Elderly (founded in 1983) and the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad (founded in 1834).

Diary Dates:-

ESFH - Saturday 19th January –
10.30am Morning session: Family History Workshop with a team of experienced members ready to help you with advice/demonstrations on such as Starting Your Family History, Family History Software, the GRO Database, Essex Record Office online, ESFH website, Find My Past, Ancestry, The Genealogist, Family Search, Wills, Find A Grave, DNA and much more.
2.00pm Afternoon session: Historic Timber Framing - the Medieval Carpenters Art

Valence House visit – 10th May – before our February meeting, I would like an idea of numbers as the cost will depend on that, so please let me know if you would like to come, and if you would like to bring a friend. I do need more before we go ahead! I shall contact those U3A members who have been with us before.


Martin brought information about the GRO and some interesting family history programmes. The last programme, a Newsround Special about a girl tracing her family tree including her great grandfather who died in Auschwitz-Birkenau, looks especially interesting!
• GRO to increase certificate costs from 16th February - The cost of print certificates will increase from £9.25 to £11; PDF copies will cost £7.

• Back in Time for School - Thursdays from 3 January, 8pm, BBC Two
• The Battles that Won our Freedoms - Weekdays from Monday 7 January, 1.45pm, Radio 4
• The Victorian House of Arts and Craft - Friday 11 January, BBC Two, ¼
• Finding My Family Late January, CBBC