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Family History

Meeting Details

Meeting Day2nd Thursday
Time10.00 am
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Sue Wakeford (acting), 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).


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.

November 2017

We have had two well attended meetings so far this year. The next meeting 14 Dec will be 1939 Register and 1911 Census.

In the New Year we will meet as usual and discuss and share:

11 Jan -  Brickwalls and Irish Family Research

8 Feb -    DNA

8 Mar -   Criminal Records and Prisons

12 Apr -  Software for Family History

July 2017

Our Family History group is made up of people who are interested in researching their family tree and wish to enhance this research and join together with others who share the same interest. It is a group for complete beginners through to experienced researchers. What you need is time, patience and some basic computer skills with access to the internet at home or at the local Library where you can get help.

Researching your family tree is not just a matter of 'how far back you can go’ or 'how many ancestors you have found’. We strive to develop an understanding of how our ancestors might have lived and we see them as real people not just a collection of names on a tree. The social context in which they lived is also of importance to family history researchers.

Autumn Meetings

12 Oct - Welcome to new members and review of summer research.

9 Nov - Poor Relief and Workhouses

14 Dec -1939 Register and 1911 census

March 2017

Our first meeting this year went very well with several new members. Everyone had something to share and those just starting their research were introduced to the rest of the group, and how to start finding their ancestors.

The second meeting we discussed ancestors who sail away from here and those who arrived. We also had two new members.

We encourage and teach each other there is always something new to learn.

Only one more meeting this academic year.

May 11: The uses of Wills in research. I have a lot to share, and where to find them.


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