Leader: Mary Cole
group aims to assist members to research their own Family History by
getting to know the various resources which are available to members of
For several years, we have met as a group
approximately once a month to discuss problems with tracing our
ancestors and to plan visits to local archives etc. We make use of the
expertise and experience within the group, and regularly use the LVU3A
projector to link to online sites to help people break through their
Meetings take place on the first Monday morning
in each month, (except for August and Bank Holiday Mondays) at the
Hoddesdon Methodist Church Hall, Middlefield Rd., Hoddesdon, EN11 9ED.
There is normally ample car parking space at the Hall.
sufficient money is to hand to pay for the hall hire, there is a fixed
annual group membership fee, which is currently £12 per person (2016).
April 2016 a group of us visited the Society of Genealogists, where we
were given a tour of the library and told about the most helpful kinds
of record that they keep there. Afterwards, some of us stayed on to do
some research, and indeed a couple of us decided to join the Society
for a year.
For the main July meeting to celebrate the Queen’s
90th Birthday, we put on a display entitled “They Served the Crown”,
which drew a lot of visitors. Different members produced photos and/ or
write-ups of grandparents and other relatives who served in the Royal
Navy, the RAF and the Army and in conflicts from the Boer War, through
WW I to WWII.
In October about 8 of us joined a coach trip
organised by Broxbourne U3A Family History Group to the National
Archive at Kew. This was an excellent trip, and we were all delighted
with what we found out.
Also in October, Ian Waller gave an
Interest Afternoon entitled “Whatever Happened to Lucy?”. This was
about what happened to unwanted children prior to the Adoption Act of
1927. It attracted a large audience, and our Family History Group
produced a small exhibiton describing family stories involving love,
courage and sacrifice to care for children under difficult family
circumstances. We also offered a help-desk to anyone interested in
pursuing their family tree.
In November, we ran a trip to the
London Metropolitan Archives (LMA). Once again, those of us who went
managed to find some useful information and documents.
2012 we have used our December meetings to do something a bit
different. We have booked a speaker to talk about a light-hearted
aspect of Family history, and followed the talk with Christmas
2012 – Russell Martin talked about his interesting family
2013 – Maggie Radcliffe spoke on “A Lady and Her Spitfire”
2014 - Tom Doig talked on “Folk Cures and Remedies”, but was happier to deviate into more family-history orientated paths.
– Ian Waller spoke on “Bread, Gruel and Dumplings – Life in the
Workhouse”. This was not exactly light-hearted, but very interesting,
and helped us appreciate our Christmas food.
This year, we have booked Mike Brown to speak on “Christmas on the Home Front”, to take place on Monday 5th December at 10 am.
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