History Group usually meets on the first and third
Thursdays of the month
during the Autumn
and Spring terms in the
Primary School, High Lane. We have
use of 18
computers with internet access, an essential tool for
the genealogist. A fiche reader is available and we are
building up a
resource folder of
Our meetings are part general discussion and part computer
based. While a basic knowledge of computers
is useful it is not essential.
Assistance will be provided on an individual basis, if required.
Topics are varied and we are happy to add extra topics of general
interest on request. You will also be shown how to access and
search useful genealogy web sites.
Tracing your family history can be a slow process, with a number of
brick walls on the way. Perseverance often pays great dividends.
After many hours of fruitless searching the moment you find your
ancestor in the wrong place, or under a corruption of the surname,
gives an enormous sense of satisfaction.
Apart from the usual dodgy marriages (and non marriages!) and
families where the youngest child is actually a grandchild,
members have explored sources of WW1 military service
and army medical records, including medals awarded, one found a cousin
who died in a prisoner of war camp. Another member started with a
a gravestone and a picture of herself and now has several files of
information, tracing one family line back into the 18th century.
A further member’s great grandfather married, had 7 children, his
wife died, he then married her younger sister and had 3 more children!
How would you record that on a family tree? Come along and
will help you with this or any other problems.
As we have to cover the cost of hiring the room we require
to pay £14 in advance for the six sessions planned.
If you have any questions about the group or would like more
information please contact:
Pat Christopher, Sue Harlin, Jean Drinkwater
16th September Getting started
Basic web site information
30th September Civil Registration
14th October Interpreting
4th November More detailed
look at free bmd
18th November Keeping records and