We all enjoyed the talk at the end of March by Dr Janet Few who recounted her experiences when researching and taking part in the filming of an edition of the BBC’s “Who do you think you are”. As our own member, David Milner had spoken earlier in the year about his experiences in connection with another programme – “Heir Hunters”- it has been really interesting to hear what actually goes on in producing these items which have us shouting at the TVs – “Why don’t you try.........?!”
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Although Pat has stepped down as Chair she has not left the Committee. How could she? She is the embodiment of the Society. She has found the speakers for the year and will continue to undertake research on behalf of members. Thank you Pat for all your hard work over many years and we look forward to many more!
We start a new month with a new Chairman and we welcome Brian Airey into that post. He has served the society extremely well for many years as Secretary and now, for the second time, he takes the Chair and we wish him a happy and successful term of Office. We also welcome Dave Milner back for a second spell as Treasurer. At the moment the post of Secretary remains vacant.
February may be our shortest month but it certainly finished on a high. Following a successful visit to the National Archives we had an excellent talk from Clive Burlton on "Trenches to Trams" the story of his wife's grandfather's life. It demonstrated almost a text-book method of family history research starting with information held within the family - (and it must be said, these were of the highest quality!) through resources held in other archives such as the Bristol Record Office, Bristol Museums and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum to name but three. More information about th
In January, due to the snow, we had to cancel one of our help sessions but to coincide with National Libraries Day of Saturday Feb 9th we will be running an additional session - so that will be three opportunities during February for you to visit Weston-super-Mare Library between 2.00pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays to attempt to break down those brick walls or to get help interpreting what you have already discovered.
A Happy New Year to all our members and to those of you who are just browsing the site - I wonder how many of you have made New Year Resolutions? Mine for this year is to properly record the sources from which I have found information about my family. Yes, I know I should have been doing this for years but in the excitement of each new discovery I'm afraid I often rush on to the next step without stopping to make a note of exactly where I found it, whether it is from a primary source, or from someone else's transcription or from a printed record etc.
Apologies for the lack of a November Update - how many noticed that there wasn't one? - Congratulations if you did! A big thank you to all those who brought items to the November meeting to discuss their contribution to your family history. I was particularly intrigued by the Book of Handy Hints with the weird and wonderful cures for everyday ailments - it certainly emphasised how times have changed.
October has started with the reopening of the Weston Library in its new premises in the Town Hall in Weston and our Help Sessions have resumed on the 1st and 3rd Saturday afternoons of each month. There are some changes in the procedures for these sessions and if you are a member of the Library it will help if you have your Library ticket available when you come but as before if you are new to the area or live elsewhere you will be asked for some other means of identification.
It is often said that more people become interested in family history in September when the summer is officially over.If you think this summer has been wet - take a look at this film which is part of the BBC archives. Click here and then under Aerial Journeys and you will find “Beside the Seaside” which may bring back memories to some of you.
It’s August 1st and GB have won their first Gold medal in the 2012 Olympics.There has been much talk about the adrenaline rush felt by the successful competitors – I’m sure we all have felt similar excitement when we eventually find a link to a long lost ancestor.The joy of family history is that we don’t have to wait 4 years before we can experience it again!
The weather in the UK must improve soon and allow us to visit those places beloved of our ancestors who lived in this part of Somerset! We are looking forward for a fine day and meeting you on July 14th when we have our Open Day at St Paul's Church Hall (BS23 1DF). Representatives from neighbouring Family and Local History Societies and Groups will be on hand to answer your questions and hopefully suggest ways of breaking down those brick walls. It's FREE entry from 10.00am - 4.00pm. See here for more information.
This month, June, is a hot spot of nostalgia with the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in full swing. Perhaps it might inspire some of you to write an article about your Victorian ancestors for a future issue of Buckets & Spades. The next edition should be ready for distrubution at the June meeting but you've plenty of time for the October one! This magazine is one of the benefits of full membership of our Society and is a credit to the editor, Paul Tracey, who always appreciates pieces for publication.
May 1st sees the first instalment in a new series of Family History programmes entitled "War Hero in my Family" which can be seen on Channel 5 looking at the experiences of relations of well known celebrities during WW2. If you are near Clevedon on May 15th you could attend a talk covering a much earlier period of Military History given by our member David Milner.