Family History

On a Wednesday each month
2.30 – 4pm
at Abbey Mill
Judith Rider

family history

What do you know about your family’s past lives? Were they landed gentry, or [more likely], agricultural labourers or domestic servants? Did they live in the town, or in the countryside, in a workhouse or serve in the armed forces? Do you have any old photos of family members which you can’t identify? Do you have old documents, letters or certificates?

Join us in our Family History group and try and piece it all together. It doesn’t matter if you have no experience, as we can get you going, and give you help along the way. These days, with the help of all the information online, it is easy to get started.

Since the start of the group we have learned about  all sorts of fascinating stories including those of early emigrants to America, finding natural family following adoption, making a new life in Australia, Mormon ancestors, shipwreck deaths, to name but a few. Most of these stories have been discovered since the start of our group amongst members who have never previously tried family history research.

We have also had trips out to the ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ exhibition in London, which was fascinating, and also to the new Wiltshire Family History Centre in Chippenham.

We meet as a group once a month 2.30-4.30 on Wednesdays, dates variable. Future venue is currently under consideration, but when we have decided on a permanent one, this will be announced.

If you feel you would like to join us, or just to find out more information, email me on or ring 864071.

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