Family History

Interest in genealogy, that is tracing a family tree, has been heightened by TV shows such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘Heir Hunters’.  In addition, on-line resources such as Ancestry and Find My Past make it much easier for the amateur to research their family history without needing to access public records offices, church records and other obscure sources.  It’s a fascinating subject that can lead to discovering distant relatives in places like America or Australasia who themselves are discovering their family’s past; or finding skeletons in the closet that one’s own family had tried to cover up!
We meet in the Evangelical Church where we have internet access using laptops to make on-line searches as well as to allow a speaker make presentations.  Subjects covered over the last three years include Forces war records; useful websites for family history; accessing newspaper records; relatives serving in WW1; family mementos; ‘My naughty granny’; computer-aided research; growing up in the 40s; evacuees; workhouses; parish registers; wills, administration & probate; scanning old photos and documents.  We’ve visited the National Archives at Kew; the Workhouse and Minster at Southwell and the Leicestershire Records Office.  We also have one or two guest speakers every year.  Shaun Coles.