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Family History

Meeting Details

Meeting Day2nd Thursday
Time10.00 am
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Sue Wakeford, Di Dew (membership) & John Steel

What we do

We are a group of like-minded people who enjoy the investigative nature of research and exploring social history. We share our family history, our brick walls, red herrings, and web sites.

We provide help in researching the many sources of genealogy information.  There are comprehensive lists of sources at Cumbria Family History Society and Cyndi's List

We also arrange trips to conferences and to records offices, and have occasional visiting speakers (for which an extra charge applies).


November 2018

The group has had an encouraging start to the 2018/19 programme with support from returning members and the new members. It is progressing at the moment as a discussion group looking at different aspects of family history each month, by members contributing from their own experience and knowledge, followed by a more general question and answer session. We have limited use of a computer during the meeting but use it to present information and for research on certain websites to illustrate what is available.

Following our meeting in October, this is the programme agreed for 2019.

10 Jan; Websites Galore. Discussion about the current information available on the ‘commercial’ websites’, eg. Ancestry, FindmyPast, Family Search.
Contributors; Chris Payne, + others

14 Feb; General Register Office (and National Archives if time)
Contributors; Barbara Routh + others

14 March; Military Records;
Contributor; Andy Carruthers + others

11 April; Local records; Case study of George Whitwell.
Contributors; Terry Parr + others.

9 May; My Experience of Heir Hunters;
Contributors; Jim Muir + others

Summer break

10 October; Welcome to new members. Recording and sharing information.
Contributors; All members

Autumn 2018

This is my last Newsletter report. I am moving to Leicestershire this summer.

It has been a joy to lead this group for the past so many years.

As usual we had a good meeting in May.

The Meetings for next term are:

11 Oct    Welcome meeting to new members; review of members’ details; plan future programme

8 Nov      How to find information before the Census and Registration

13 Dec     Wills & Probate

I hope you enjoy your research.   Ann Knowles

May 2018

As usual we have had informative and useful sharing meetings.

The last meeting this educational year will be May 10      We will be sharing interesting stories from our research lasting 5-10 minutes each speaker.

Family History will recommence on October 11.

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