Family History

In this group for complete beginners and those just starting out on their exciting journey of discovery, we will look at basic research techniques starting with family records and memories, photographs and heirlooms.
Then we will investigate how to use record offices and archives, such as The National Archives and County Record Offices, and examine the information that can be gleaned from Civil Registration records, the Census, Electoral Rolls and Taxation Schedules; Newspapers; Parish Registers, Workhouse Records, Immigration, Naturalisation and Shipping records and the many different types of maps.
We will also look at how the Internet, including search engines and social media, can be used to assist your researches. You will accumulate all sorts of records and it is important that they are well organised and easily accessible. So we will also examine ways of recording all your researches and the different methods of presentation, including charts and reports.
As a member of a U3A self-help study group, you will be encouraged to contribute your own experiences and to use the group to help your own researches.
Group Convener : Gerry Newnham

The Group meets at the John Aston Room, Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX, on the fourth Wednesday of every month (except August and December), 2 – 4 p.m.

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