The purpose of the group is to discuss all aspects of family history, to learn from each other’s experiences and to utilise the various resources available for researching one’s ancestry. We meet in the Matlock Local Studies Library, which has a wealth of information available as well as internet access to the many on-line genealogical databases, and part of each meeting is usually led by one of our members with particular experience in using one of the resources available in the Library. Each meeting will also spend some time discussing a particular topic.
Each member is encouraged to bring details of some unusual fact that they have discovered to each meeting.
The Family History Group meets in the Derbyshire Records Office, Matlock, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
There is usually no charge to attend meetings
Potential new members should contact the coordinator Trevor Boam, who can be contacted by email, or by telephone on 01629 55300.
Starting Family History During Housebound Days
With many of us being asked to stay at home for the next few months, now I think, is the time for those of you who have expressed a wish to look into your family trees. To do just that you don’t have to subscribe to an expensive on line site. Here are a few that are free:
- www.freebmd.org.uk Birth, Marriage, Deaths
- www.freecen.org.uk Census 1841-1911
- www.freereg.org.uk Parish Registers
Make sure you have the free site as many lists start with AD title from an on line site.
Follow the guidance. You will need as much information of a family member as possible eg name, date of birth and place of birth.
Should this not go to plan then I am sure I or one of the Family History Group would be able to help. Here is my email address:
The more information you collect you might like to consider a chart to log them Go to ‘search free family charts’ and print one you like.