New members are welcome – please get in touch if you would like to join us.
Group Leader:- Mary R.
Meetings take place:- On the first Tuesday of the month.
When:- 2pm to 4pm.
Where:- Halton Village Hall. NOTE: Meetings are currently taking place via Zoom.
The Family History group is for members interested in tracing their ancestors, and looking at their way of life.
We aim to guide beginners using other members knowledge and experiences to develop their interest.
Updates and Helpful Information
Our member Malcolm Taylor’s talk 'Frederick O'Mara - Hero or Villain', about his wife's grandfather who served in the Royal Marines and saw active service at the relief of Ladysmith, the relief of Peking, and later in the battle against German U-boats in WW1, is available to view under Links on this page.
If you wish to research an ancestor who served in the Services you could try the following:
The National Archives - Start with the appropriate Research Guide, and then use the search portal ‘Discovery’. Many of their digitised records are currently available for free download, and sometimes offer more information than the same record held by the subscription sites Ancestry and Findmypast. At present the Library edition of Ancestry is available to access from home via your Buckinghamshire Library membership card and login. (In normal times this facility requires physically visiting a library.)
National Archives has a programme of interesting free talks, including how to search for Service records – the website gives full details. Some of the talks are also available on YouTube.
Second World War records may be protected by the 100 year rule. Some are available on the sites above, and also on Forces War Records. If you wish to get a copy of your ancestor’s WWII records, you can apply directly for it at Military Service records. Records date from 1920; the fee is £30, but if you already have the deceased ancestor’s pay book, this is likely to contain much of the information in the service record. The National Army Museum also has many resources, including free talks.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Feb 2nd||Zoom meeting- details to follow|
|Tue Mar 2nd||Zoom meeting- details to follow|
|Tue Apr 6th||Zoom meeting- details to follow|
|Tue May 4th||Zoom meeting- details to follow|