We are meeting on zoom until the end of 2021.
|Group Leader||Toni Smith||Email: Family History|
There are twenty at present in the group, with a mixture of experienced and beginners. The group meets twice each month with a break in the summer. The meetings start at 9.30am and finish around 11.30, with a coffee break mid morning. We feel that we get the balance about right.
We try to help each other with the brick walls, exchanging our knowledge to solve the problems. We have Power-Point presentations (even on zoom) and talks on Genealogy related topics and members are encouraged to ‘join in’ but it is not compulsory. Newcomers will be helped to get started. During the meetings we are able to use the internet to explore the many web sites that are available to family historians.
We take on projects which we can then be exhibited at our annual U3A Open Day. These, over the years, have included the Royal Jubilee, military subjects and weddings through the ages etc.
In the past we have recorded the ‘MIs’ (Monumental Inscriptions) in 15 village churchyards. This information is greatly sought after by family historians and the churches hold these records which are available through the churches. Some of these gravestones were in a sorry state but now they are recorded, we feel we did our best for them to be preserved and remembered.
Sadly, these days, unless you are computer literate the system is loaded against you. If you would like to join us as either as a beginner or an ‘improver’ you will be very welcome but if you don’t own a computer you will find it very difficult but certainly not impossible. After all, people had been researching their family history for years before computers were invented.
At an earlier meeting this year, Toni gave a very informative talk on the history, content and development of public records in the UK from 1538 to the present day. These are vital sources of information for genealogists. Other presentations on zoom have been about various interesting findings from members ancestry. Many of us have been DNA tested, and this has brought us another level in our quest for different things to find out. A wonderful way to find lost relatives in my own case.
Whist researching family history, if you hit a brick wall for whatever reason, for instance not able to find a marriage, a death etc. please don't hesitate to bring this query to the group because we have a wealth of expertise that can help you. "