From M+L U3A member Dave Russell:
Just to let you know I spoke to Sefton Libraries today and for the duration of lock-down they have free access for their library members to Ancestry.co.uk which I thought might be of interest to some of your group members. People can also become a member of the library remotely by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and there is also access to free daily newspapers and magazines as well which is great.
Really hope this information is helpful and if there is anything I can help with at all please don’t hesitate to ask,
As I am sure you all must have heard by now, U3A, including Family History, have had to close for the foreseeable future.
However, as our next two programmed meeting topics entailed us all having an input, I thought we might do a little ‘homework’ to lighten the boredom, particularly those incarcerated in self isolation.
If we use the year 1861, choose a family member, and find out as much as you can about that person. Where they lived, what they did for an occupation, who lived with them, were they married? If so where?
Having found out as much as you can, then see if you can develop this more with pictures from google earth, maps of the area, photos of the church where they were married. Picture if known of where they worked.
Compiled into a few pages it could be quite an interesting meeting when we meet again.
In the mean time, keep in touch now we have a U3A Fam History contact group.
Hints:- Family Search (free), Google Earth (free), Google Maps or other, Census records.
Best presentation gets a prize (independent judge)
The Family History Group held a successful open day last Friday. People who attended were helped to progress with their family tree by members of the group. Feedback received was very positive. Pam also gave a very informative talk on her family tree.
I am working on my family tree and I have been so grateful for the help I have received from members of the group, this is what the U3A is all about. The leaders are available at the coffee mornings on a Tuesday, so if you need some direction on how to start a family tree, why not have a word with them.
Lydiate Village Centre – Friday 7 June 2019 1.30-3.30
Rich or Poor? Adopted? How did they live? Where? When were they born? Die? In service? Transported ? Emigrated? Did they marry? How many children?
Soldier, Sailor, Butcher, Candlestick maker?
Find how to answer all these questions and start YOUR Family Tree
Paperwork: births, marriage or death certificates will help you start your search.
The following sites should be added to the list that was given out at the last meeting.
Jan 4th Bring deposit for (late) Christmas meal.
Discovering a Local Hero. Tom White
Feb 1st Translating documents. Pam & Ros
Mar 1st Using Computers for Family History. Doug Bird.
Apr 5th Irish/Scottish records
May 3rd 1871 === What can you find about your ancestors in that year? All
Jun 7th Open Day. talk, stalls and help desks. All
What did your family do in the summer?
Holidays? Where did you go to? Did you just stay with family in other areas?
Days out? Where did you visit?
The Royal Family move to the Highlands of Scotland and the Pope moves out of Rome, did your family have a summer residence !
Come and entertain us with your memories, photos and souvenirs !
What did your Ancestors deal in?
Barter? Cash? Paper money?
Did they experience Bankruptcy and the Debtors Prison.
We explore all these areas at our next meeting on April 6th at 1.30 in Lydiate Village Centre.
Jan 5th. Jewish Ancestry Tom White
Feb 2nd. Select a year. All
Mar 2nd. House Detective. Dave Russell
Apr 6th Cash, Paper Money, Bankruptcy. Ros & Dave
May 3rd. My Family Story. Pam Russell
Jun 1st Where did you live? Maps, Field Names. Dave Russell
Jul 6th. Summer Essence. All
Aug No Meeting
Sept 7th. Open Day. All
Oct 5th. Oral Traditions. Pam, Ros, Dave & All
Nov 2nd. Italian Job — Family Story Mike Tremarco
Dec 7th Christmas Family Hisory Quiz.