Phyllis Court

Family History Society

Research and record your family history

At one time genealogy was simply about finding the names of ancestors. Now family history includes not only finding out who they were, but also how they lived. The Family History Society is now flourishing with many members.

The group’s aim is to arrange interesting monthly talks, and to assist members in researching and recording their family history through training courses and weekly walk-in laptop sessions. The talks are held in the Ballroom, usually on the first Monday in the month, and they last about an hour.

During 2016, speakers covered a wide variety of subjects relevant to family history. At each meeting the library is on display and members can borrow books on genealogical topics.

The group helps new members by running training courses that introduce them to the records available, and shows them how to use a computer program to record their findings. These courses run for four afternoons and are arranged from time to time when there is a demand.

In addition, walk-in sessions are run on Wednesday afternoons, when members may seek advice from someone who can help with their research. At these sessions they can access two genealogy websites.

Trips are organised, from time to time, to the National Archives at Kew.

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