Hadleigh Castle

Family and Social History

Family History Group - Group Leader Lynne Middleton
This group started in February 2019.Please enquire if you are interested in joining.

The basic idea is for group members to research their family history, discovering who their ancestors were and to learn about British social history. For family historians we are learning about the resources which are available on the internet and elsewhere; how best to interpret the various records; and how to document our findings in a variety of ways. Studying social history will help us build a picture of the lives of previous generations of our families or members may want to learn about this for its own sake. It is not essential to be working on your family history to attend.
For those researching a family tree, there will be monthly opportunities to gain support in using the Ancestry and Find My Past sites which are available in Hadleigh Library at no cost.

The meeting time is the third Wednesday of the month from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in the Cricket Club. Dates for Library research are arranged on an ad hoc basis.

Family and Social History Meetings 2020 :

15th JANUARY 2020
Theme Festivals and Celebrations - traditions from the past. What occasions did our ancestors celebrate? What traditions from the past are still part of modern festivities?
Library Thursday 30th January

19th FEBRUARY 2020
Records Death and burial records
Theme Sickness and health – What illnesses did our ancestors suffer? Who did they turn to for help? What medical treatments were available at different periods of time? What conditions proved fatal?
Library To be confirmed

18th MARCH 2020
Records Workhouse information from the Census
Theme Workhouses – Who went there and what was life like for the inhabitants?
Library To be confirmed

15th APRIL 2020
Records Parish Registers
Theme The Parish - What were parishes and how did they govern the inhabitants’ lives?
Library To be confirmed

20th MAY 2020
Records Court Records
Theme Crime and Punishment in Victorian Times – What was considered criminal and did the punishment fit the crime? What was prison life like?
Library To be confirmed

17th JUNE 2020
Records Examples relating to the theme from the Census and newspapers
Theme Life in Service – Georgian to Edwardian times What roles were fulfilled by servants of the day and what were their working lives like?
Library To be confirmed

15th JULY 2020
Records Census and other records relating to this theme
Theme Mental health - provision for the mentally ill from Tudor to Victorian times – Who was regarded as a ‘lunatic’ in these times? What treatments were given and how were the mentally ill cared for?
Library To be confirmed

19th AUGUST 2020
Records Sources for letters, postcards, diaries
Theme Social history from letters, postcards and diaries – Tudor to Victorian. What can we learn about everyday life through the ages by examining this evidence?
Library To be confirmed

16th SEPTEMBER 2020
Records Ephemera from theatre and music hall.
Theme Entertainment – medieval to Victorian times - How did people of the past amuse themselves. How did this change over time?
Library To be confirmed

21st OCTOBER 2020
Records Records relating to this theme
Theme Foundlings, Adoption and Illegitimacy - What happened to ‘unwanted’ children in past times?
Library To be confirmed

18th NOVEMBER 2020 FREE ENTRY
Theme Strange tales from our social history! Bumper quiz and raffle!
End of year celebration
Library To be confirmed

There will be no meeting in December

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Table Tennis Ukulele Walking 2nd Thur < 5 miles Walking Tues < 5 miles
Weekday Lunches
More Group Pages
Antiques Art
Art Appreciation Book Club (3)
Book Club 2 Boules
Bridge (Evenings) Bridge for Beginners TBA
Bridge(Afternoons) Card Games
Country Dancing Crafts
Creative Writing Drama
Essex Churches (1) Family and Social History
Flower Arranging French
French (Beginners) Gardening
German Conversation German for Beginners
German Intermediate Hadleigh Wind Ensemble
Handchime Group History
Improving Photography IPad for Beginners
Italian Knitting and Crochet
Line Dancing London Walks
Maths - Power and Magic Metal Detecting
Patchwork & Quilting Pilates
Play Reading Recorder
Scrabble Singalong
Snooker Spanish
Sunday Lunches Sunday Lunches (2)
Table Tennis Ukulele
Walking 2nd Thur < 5 miles Walking Tues < 5 miles
Weekday Lunches