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Family History

We are two friendly groups who help each other with our brick walls and sharing information on various web sites to search for the information we need for our research. We  meet the second Wednesday each month at The Red Store, Lerryn,  morning group meet 10- 12.30  the afternoon group meet 2- 4.30. Both groups their do their own research every month.

If you would like to join either group please get in touch

Contact the Group Leader

Group contact: Bren Mead

Telephone: 01503 220647 (when prompted Please say this is a U3A enquiry)


Start of another year of hunting down our ancestors, David told us he  has found some interesting information on Family Search about his ancestors, some going back many generations, there are photographs of people and houses where some of them lived, this is a very good find for him.


Morning Group

Today we were discussing various ways we store the paper information collected i.e BMD certificates, Census Return, Baptismal Records and any other information we print. Keeping our research in folders, scanning photographs and naming individuals in those photographs, writing a short story about an ancestor including all the evidence found while researching the person.

Also we looked at various Family History programmes, some are free to download others need to be purchased, this is another way of keeping track of all the information found, I gave a short demonstration on how the family history programme I use works

Afternoon Group

We were talking about the lives of our ancestors who fought in WWI and WWI, and the various we found the information about them.


Afternoon Group
Today, before we continued with our own research I did a talk on wills explaining what can be gleaned from this very useful source. Showing an example from my own research on how the will I found confirmed the information I had found in the records.

Morning Group
This meeting I gave a talk on Parish Records, also showing various types of records from the 1600's to the present day for the group to see how differently records were kept and the difficulty in reading some of the handwriting in days gone by.



Morning Group

After our summer break we had a memory jogger meeting, going over what was discussed earlier in the year.

Afternoon Group

After the summer break we did our own research to get us all in the mood for researching during the coming months