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The group, along with the Stamp Collecting group, has held an open afternoon.  Click here for the full report.

The Family History group meetings will restart for the Spring term on Thursday 7th January.  Returning and new members will be welcome and we hope to cover topics of interest to everyone whether experienced or absolute beginner.

The meetings will be held 4.30-6.30pm on the first and third Thursdays of the month during term time in the computer room at Brookside Primary School, Ashbourne Drive, High Lane.

We have the use of the school computers with internet access.  We also have access to a fiche reader and the index for the 1881 census.

Our meetings are part general discussion and part computer based and we are happy to add extra topics of general interest on request.  We made some fascinating discoveries in the previous sessions (including a couple of shotgun weddings) and although it can be a slow process with a number of brick walls on the way, perseverance often paid dividends with a great sense of achievement at the end.

Autumn Programme
19th Nov     Information on birth, marriage and death certificates and how to order them by post or                            on-line.
3rd Dec       Keeping records and storing information.

Spring programme – starting 7th January but other dates to be confirmed.

Topics will include: Parish Records, Military Records, Record Offices, Family History Societies and many more.

For those of you with more experience, we could also include, war graves, trade and street directories and any topic of general interest on request.

The U3A requires us to cover our costs which include room hire.  We do get this at a preferential rate but to ensure we meet our commitments we have decided on two scales of charges.  Pre-booked and paid, 6 sessions for £14 or £3.00 per session.

If you have any questions about the group please contact:
     Pat Christopher, Sue Harlin, Jean Drinkwater