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Starting a Genealogy Group

The aim of the group must be to advise group members on where the records exist; how to get access to them at a price they can afford, with the information needed for a successful family history search, and in order that members can go online at home or in their local library to research their family’s past.

The group leader/organiser need not be an ‘expert’, but aside from a certain amount of experience in researching their own family, it is impossible for one person to know all the possibilities but with my help, once started, each member of the group will soon be able to follow their own line of research.

You may be interested in the following series of research guidance notes available (in PDF format) from myself:

  • GETTING STARTED
  • How to find out what’s available Parish Records
  • The National Archive, your National Archive
  • Researching the Local Archive
  • Electoral Registers
  • Wills and Admons, Probate and Bon vacantia
  • FamilySearch
  • Genetics Genealogy
  • The Best Websites for Genealogy Research
  • Learn and Research Family History with Online Tutorials
  • Tracing your Scottish Family History

As I have mentioned, no group leader can hope to know everything that their members will want to know. Many leaders, although quite happy to organise a venue, and dates & times for the group to meet, are not happy to find themselves ‘tutoring’ the group with full responsibility to look up all the information for every meeting so, it’s possible to shed the load and I am available with advise.

pdf U3A Genealogy Newsletter January 2018 (241 KB)

pdf The importance of establishing proof (99 KB)

pdf U3A Genealogy Newsletter February 2018 (280 KB)

pdf U3A Genealogy Newsletter March 2018 (231 KB)

pdf Genetic Genealogy (259 KB)

pdf U3A Genealogy Newsletter April 2018 (274 KB)

pdf Electoral Registers (142 KB)

pdf U3A Genealogy Newsletter May 2018 (181 KB)

pdf ARA Revises Supporters Groups Membership Category (113 KB)