This group has been running since the very start of Gt Glen U3A. The group members consist of a mixture of experienced and beginners in their knowledge of family history research. Our meetings are in the Methodist hall in Great Glen, opening to set up equipment at 9.30 for a meeting start at 10.00, finishing at around 12.00 noon.
The aim of the meetings is to enhance our knowledge in methods of researching our own ancestors – not only their names, but adding everything we can find about their lives. We do this by sharing our finds to the group, of people and places where our ancestors lived. This is what makes their stories real. Just having a string of names on a tree is meaningless.
The summer time is a time when we can have a project in which everyone can participate. In the past we have transcribed graves from 15 churchyards around Great Glen, and this year many members are helping to add these grave inscriptions to a free grave web site called ‘Find A Grave’. So our quest for this summer is going back to these graves and photographing and adding them too. So at the same time as helping others to access what we have achieved, we are enhancing our computer skills. Take a look on the top right of this Family History page to see books of all the church graveyards we have done.
Family history has moved on over the years, and now it is so much easier with records once hard to access, now readily available on line. So having basic computer skills is a great help.
Our next meeting in the hall will be October (we meet the fourth Wednesday of the month but have a summer break when we do our project). New members will be welcome. We can share our knowledge and help you to get started with your own family research. If there are several starters it will be possible to have sessions for beginners.
Remember that even the experienced of the group, once started with a clean sheet. We all have to start somewhere, and this is a good chance to be pointed in the right direction.