It is with great sadness that I have to make PFA members aware of the passing away of Derek, our Membership secretary and long-time expert in the Pomroy surname. Derek had been quietly battling cancer for some time, though when I last spoke to him a few weeks ago he was by his manner backing up his suggestion that he was responding very well. Indeed, we talked about how we planned to push our research forward in order to have something concrete and new to present at the 2016 reunion.
Derek’s funeral will take place this Friday, 24th October, in Cardiff, south Wales. The PFA has sent flowers, from all us, and passed on our condolences to his wife Sue and to his two daughters. We’ve also made a donation to the cancer centre that looked after Derek during this last year. If you wish to pass on a message to Derek’s family, please email me and I will collate them and pass them on in due course.
I had the privilege of working with Derek for many years. As a researcher he was both thorough and meticulous, the ideal combination to tackle the many questions that his independent analysis of our family history transcriptions threw up. He was also very gracious whenever, as he regularly needed to, his eye had been keener to make connections within the data and within families than my own. The traffic of ideas ran in both directions, but I often had the feeling that Derek was running both the signal box as well as the main line! I will miss him a great deal, and I hope we in some time are able to produce a record of our collective research that recognises all the work that he put into it. I am especially grateful that he took on, uncomplainingly, the time-consuming task of running the membership subscriptions in the UK and liaising with our overseas reps, a job that he did year after year with characteristic efficiency.
So, thank you, Derek, for everything you did for us, and shared with us.
Please note that my contact details for correspondence, subscription cheques etc. has changed and is now:
9 Heol Corn Du
Tel: 01685 350181
The 2012 annual report on our research project is now being sent out to members. Dated 31st December 2012, it summarises in 12 pages the status of our project to date.
It can be downloaded, in either A4 or US Letter sized versions, at: http://www.pomeroyfamilyhistory.com/downloads.
Chris Pomery, PFA Archivist
Annual subscriptions to the PFA for 2013 become due 1 January 2013.
Please note that we do not send out invoices and personal reminders are very time consuming!
We have kept our 2013 subscription rates the same as last year’s.
The rates for 2013 are:
New Zealand NZ$22
Please make your payments to your appropriate country rep. Contact details can be found on the last page of the 2012 PFA Annual Report, due out soon.
Cheques/checks should be made out in the name of your country rep, except UK cheques which should be made payable to the Pomeroy Family Association.
For members with UK bank accounts, if you currently pay by cheque but would prefer to pay by Standing Order, please let me know. My contact details are on the last page of the PFA Annual Report.
Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year to all our members!
Some of you will have recently received reminder e-mails about your 2012 subscriptions even though your checks have been received by our US representative. This was due to an oversight on my part, so please ignore those emails if you have already made your payment. My apologies go to those members affected for the inconvenience it may have caused.
Filed under Membership, USA
The 2011 report updating PFA members on the progress in our project, and reviewing our current hypotheses, has just been published.
The members’ version, which runs to 100 pages, contains details for each family tree we’re tracking and is available from me as a PDF.
A shortened version of 18 pages, which has the description of the project but does not contain the details about individual trees, is available in A4 and US-Letter versions on the Downloads page of our website. We hope this will give non-members an idea of the scale of the project and how much progress we’ve made!
US rep, Alma LaFrance, has been delving into our history and she’s got a lovely website presenting her thoughts and conclusions at https://sites.google.com/site/pomeroyconnections.