East Grinstead

Family History for Beginners

This is a course for those who would like to find out more about their family but do not know how to go about it.

In nine monthly meetings, knowledge is built up of where to find the necessary information and how to use it. Topics covered include civil registration (birth, marriage and death certificates), the national censuses, parish registers, wills and a variety of other sources including military records, directories and newspapers. In addition, practical exercises are undertaken to illustrate how to use the various resources.

The instruction concentrates on England and Wales although Scotland is covered to a limited extent.

It is essential to have access to a computer linked to the internet.

Group members are expected to undertake their own research and so must be prepared to set aside sufficient time, for this, between the monthly meetings.

Meetings are held in a private house in East Grinstead, from September to May, usually on the third Thursday of each month, starting at 10am and lasting for about two hours.

graham@eastgrinsteadu3a.co.uk

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