At our last meeting the Chairman of the North Somerset Council, John Crockford–Hawley gave us an account of all his family links with Weston-super-Mare. They ranged from his parents narrowly missing being caught up in the WW2 blitz of the town through his own connections with Weston and then discovering that many of his relations had also lived in the town at various times sometimes unbeknown to each other. Looking at their lives through the houses in which they lived proved an interesting way of recording their histories and might be a way of others approaching family history.
February's meeting was about "Breaking down Brick Walls" and I think we proved that in many cases two heads are better than one – even if we didn't exactly solve any of the problems but suggestions were made for future research. If you couldn't get to the meeting or still have any spots where you are having problems why not write it as a query on our Research Forum and see if anyone can help you.
Another new month and another new update! The Help Sessions at Weston Library, Worle and Portishead are continuing - see the Events Calendar for details. You don't have to be a member to come to one of those sessions - everyone is welcome If you know someone who lives in Worle or within an easy distance of Portishead let them know what is happening in their area.
New Year Resolutions are notoriously short-lived but they are worth considering in terms of a review of our Family history research progress. I am writing this to the sound of early fireworks to celebrate the start of 2017. Let’s hope some of the resolutions last longer than the visual effect of the fireworks!
Clocks have gone back, Halloween over, Guy Faux Celebrations and the Winter Carnival fast approaching - it is time to settle down and reconsider some of your family history research.
Researching your Family History sometimes has to take a back seat while the living family takes up your time but with more resources becoming available online every month it is quite refreshing to look again at what you already know (or think you know!).
Well, we’ve had our first meeting in the new location at the Vintage Church. Everyone seemed to find us and apart for a few teething problems all seems well. The one question we hadn’t asked was “Where’s the light switch?” We need a little more work on the amplification system but the large white wall for the projector was very much appreciated. A brief warning - one member parked on the grass next to the car park – we have been told that the area is often waterlogged and there is a history of people having to be towed off the grass so please avoid that. There is also parking behind
Traditionally, in this country, September is the start of the academic year and those of you with children and grandchildren still in the system will see the shops full of “back to school” offers. September is also a good time to start or renew your family history research. During July and August I followed the free online course offered by Strathclyde University. Actually, I’m still catching up on some of the items included which I didn’t have time to cover during the 6 weeks course, but it is proving a worthwhil
This month, with holidays in mind, I’m aware that you may have other priorities than Family History but this Update seems to have an emphasis on how we interpret resources and ask for help when we get stuck.
Today is July 1st and the nation is commemorating 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme where many of our ancestors or their relatives lost their lives. Looking at those people who are remembered on the Grove Park Memorial in Weston it is sobering to note that nearly 30 of those named are also named on the Theipval Memorial, and that 3 died on that very first day, July 1st. They were L.