The Group Leader, Leona Burrows, can be contacted via the link on the top right of this page. When e-mailing any U3A Group Contact, please ensure that you mention the name of the group in which you are interested in joining.
The 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. There will also be some financial outlay.
Central to the Family History group is the General Meeting. These meetings are held once a month on Monday afternoons,(2.15 - 3.45), at St Ives Corn Exchange. Members pay annually to cover the cost of room hire. Usually the cost is around £13 per member for the year. Please remember to renew your U3A membership and bring your new cards to the January meeting or the February one.
14 January 2019 What should I be looking for in each generation Part 1
11 February 2019 What should I be looking for in each generation Part 2 and The Changing Face of Birth Certificates
11 March 2019 One unmarried woman and 10 children 1874 - 1893 and Part 3
8 April 2019 FamilySearch - How to use it and all about it David Buist
13 May 2019 Ancestry Tips and using it
10 June 2019 Parish Records
8 July 2019 Up With the Lark
No August meeting
9 September 2019 David Buist talk
14 October 2019 General Meeting to discuss next year
11 November 2019 Introduction to each other and brief talk on how to keep records
2 December 2019 Christmas social
13 January Occupations
10 February Laurie Page - Palaeography talk and hands on
9 March Elaine Wood talk
6 April Group work / talk
11 May Andy Gibbs - The Poor Child's Friend
12 October Group work / talk
9 November Formal talk
7 December Christmas social
Members of the Family History groups enjoy problem-solving, being 'amateur detectives' and developing their research and geographical skills.
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.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Leona in the first instance.