We meet the Second Wednesday each month at The Red Store, Lerryn. There are two groups, one in the morning 10-12.30 and one in the afternoon 2-4.30. Both groups their do their own research every month, we are helping each other when we come up against problems we can't seem to solve ourselves, the 'Brick Wall' as it is called.
If you would like to join either group please get in touch
Group contact: Bren Mead
Telephone: 01503 220647 (when prompted Please say this is a U3A enquiry)
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
We were talking about the lives of our ancestors who fought in WWI and WWI, and the various we found the information about them.
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.
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.
After our summer break we had a memory jogger meeting, going over what was discussed earlier in the year.
After the summer break we did our own research to get us all in the mood for researching during the coming months