Thornbury

Family History

The Family History Group meets every third Friday of the month; starting at 10:30am in the morning in the Coach Hall of The Chantry. Numbers are high, but we can always cater for more.

We undertake a programme of presentations and live research sessions. These tend to alternate monthly. The research sessions, held in small groups with an experienced researcher, are designed to help individual members with their research problems. These sessions utilise the WiFi at the Chantry and the many websites the researchers have access to.

We also make visits to The National Archives at Kew.

The presentations, some from external speakers and some by our own members, cover a wide range of subjects and would be of interest to both the beginners and the more experienced researchers. The talks cover Family History research techniques, useful websites and the best genealogy databases on which to hold your family history data. The talks often address the social history issues of the times.

All new members are welcome whether beginners or experienced researchers.

2019/2020 Programme:

Nov 15th. - Talk by Peter Insole; “Know Your Place”
Dec 13th. - Talk by David Chrimes; “When is a Birth not a Birth? When is a Marriage not a Marriage?, Oh Vicar!”
Jan 17th. - Talk by Dr Helen Frisby; “Traditions of Death and Burial”
Feb 21st. - Live research Group Session
Mar 20th. - Talk by John Page “Settlement Orders”
Apr 17th. - Caroline Gurney; “Directories, Where to Find Them and How to Use Them”
May 15th. - Talk by Norman Taylor “Using Family Historian”
Jun 19th. - Talk by David Powell “The Darker Side of Family History”
Jul 17th. - Live research Group Session

For more information contact the group leader, Frances Houghton by email at Family History

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