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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 (Resources)

What we do

Are you interested in who your ancestors were, or where they lived and what their occupations were? The Family History group is an informal group where we share our experience, knowledge and skills of delving into the past to discover our ancestors and their lives.

We seek help from each other to discover where records exist, how to access them, how to overcome the difficulties, and how to record our information in order to build up a picture of our ancestors for future generations.

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

There are comprehensive lists of sources at Cumbria Family History Society and Cyndi's List

New members, whether experienced genealogists or beginners, are welcome.


January 2020

Co-ordinator: Sue Wakeford
Di Dew (membership)      
John Steel(resources)      


Next Meetings

9 Jan - Workshop looking at Ancestry, Findmypast and military websites.
Leader - Ancestry; Andy Carruthers
Leader - FindMyPast; John Steele
Leader - Military websites; Chris Payne
If members want to use this opportunity to ask for help in finding out more about their ancestors, please bring what information you have and the leaders can use the different websites to demonstrate how they work.

13 Feb - Dr Jean Turnbull. “Oral history and the Family Historian”.
NB. Normal £1.50 charge plus an extra £1.50 as a donation to the Kendal Oral History Group.

12 March - Where do I come from? Movement and migration
Leader - Sue Wakeford plus all members.
Please bring examples of where and when your ancestors moved around the country, and beyond.

9 April - Where did they go? How to find missing ancestors?
Leader – to be arranged. Plus all members.

14 May - My Most Interesting Ancestor.
All members to contribute.
While researching our predecessors, we often find someone who has done something unexpected, had an unusual job, or just lived a life that would not happen today. Please bring your stories, pictures or memorabilia to share with the group.

December 2019

I hope that you enjoyed the quiz on Thursday morning. The aim was for everyone to enjoy themselves and have a discussion about different aspects of family history and I felt that it was successful.

If you missed the quiz, or would like a second try, you can download  the quiz and the answers

Great care was taken in preparing the quiz, but please note that the answers are not guaranteed to be correct.

Best wishes for a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

August 2019

Next meetings

10 Oct: Methods of recording; planning future meetings

14 Nov: Using Family Historian 6.2

12 Dec: Fun Family History Quiz with coffee and mince pies.

To quote Horace Walpole, “Who begot whom is a most amusing kind of hunting.”

May 2019

There has been excellent support at all our meetings this year and some useful content for everyone, not only for beginners to family history research but to more experienced researchers too. Members have been able to contribute with their own experiences and I hope that all members are encouraged and motivated by the discussions. In April, we will be looking at local resources and then in May we will be hearing about one member’s experience of the “Heir Hunters”, which I’m sure will be an interesting and enjoyable meeting.

The group does not meet during the summer months, giving everyone plenty of time to advance their research but we reconvene on Thursday, 10 October 2019. Happy hunting!

11 Apr: Case study with examples of local resources.

9 May: My Experience of Heir Hunters!

Enjoy your research!

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