Crouch Valley

Family History activities in 2017

A brief look at the Family History Group’s activities in 2017

We again put the Projector to good use with Presentations and Talks by members.

We looked at hat the Family Search web site has to offer and found that as well as a vast collection of material regarding Church Baptisms Marriage and some Burials it also has a huge amount of information on the parishes and the records they hold. This free site now requires simple registration which seems straight forward.

Another free site we looked at was for Wills & Probate. This is a Government web site, no advertising at all. You need to register. Just an email address and password. It is worth doing as you can then see the probate notices for free and it might have some information you need. You can also order the actual will at a cost of £10.

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity. We found their web site informative with many links to the County Family History Societies and other resources. It is well worth signing up for their occasional newsletter.

Find My Past was looked at in some detail. Although a paid for site it is very active in providing the Family Historian with lots of information and webinars about it records. his site hosts the 1939 Register which became available and also had a close look at that.

Another meeting took us on a tour of 17th & 18th century records, the history behind them and what we can realistically expect to get for our many times Grandparents. These mainly consist of Church records, baptism – banns & marriage – burials. Also some tax records.

The autumn of 2017 was taken up with discussing our progress in collecting material for our Creative Writing Story. Some members have already submitted their work for our Creative Writing folder and we are looking forward to more additions during 2018.

The Family History Group continues to welcome any member of the Crouch Valley U3A. Although most of the research is done individually, our monthly meeting is the place to receive encouragement and advice. We do meet in the upstairs room, if anyone is unable to make the stairs many members would be happy to meet and advise you in your home.