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Family History

Meeting Details

Meeting Day2nd Thursday
Time10.00 am
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Ann Knowles

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).


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.


November 2016

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.

Winter and Spring meetings:

12 JanReligions including non-conformist

Our ancestors may have been involved in several different religious groups which may surprise us when we research. It is interesting to find out more about the different religions.

9 FebImmigration Emigration and Transportation

Most of us will have ancestors who either left these shores or came to them.

9 MarOccupations and Trade Directories

What jobs did your ancestors do?

13 Apr - Churchyard and Monumental Inscriptions

Visiting and using in research.

Look forward to seeing you.

Previous Report - August 2016

The group has had an interesting year, sharing, discussing and advising with each other. We have looked at Wills, the 1939 Register and many other subjects. We use a computer at the meetings to access free and payment Family History sites on the Internet to assist research.

Due to lack of attendance at the September Meeting (clashes with Westmorland Show) and June Meeting (better weather), I have decided to stop meeting in those months. We will return to the old 6 month set of meetings from October to May.

Autumn meetings:

13 Oct - A welcome to New Members with introduction to the group and to research. Both experienced and new researchers are welcome.

10 Nov - How to find Parish Records both online and at Record Offices.

8 Dec - Our Ancestors’ Christmas memories from our grandparents and other members of family that we can recall and share. Marriages and Baptisms took place on Christmas Day in the past; this may be the case in your family.

See you in October.

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