Welcome to 2020
A new year, a fresh start - new resolutions?...before you consider what to write on your list of resolutions...please ensure that you have renewed your membership in order to benefit from attending meetings, receiving the journal and having access to all the birth, marriage and death transcripts of local records - as well as being able to pick the brains of your fellow members on the forum!
Methods of payment can be found in the membership section...you can opt whether to receive your Buckets & Spades journal electronically or in the traditional paper form.
Select the Click Here to Download Membership Form to join or renew.
DNA testing for genealogy has set the family history world alight! Why do it? - because you can connect with cousins you never knew existed...and they may have photographs and family information that you don't. You will expand your knowledge of your greater family tree: discovering, for example, that great uncle Fred emigrated to Australia (voluntarily or otherwise!), Canada or elsewhere in the world. He may have lived an amazing life that you can tell your children and grandchildren about.
Brickwalls can be knocked down via DNA testing but - more importantly in my opinion - you can verify your research! I have been researching my ancestors for over 45 years so I have a lot of information - and when I find a DNA match with someone whose mutual ancestors go back to the C20th, C19th or even the C18th I am cock-a-hoop!!
Do email me with any DNA queries and/or come along to one of my U3A DNA sessions (1st Monday, 2pm - 4pm, at 5A Madam Lane, Worle; 2nd Thursday, 2pm - 4pm, at 4, Channel Heights, Bleadon).
Free Help Sessions
Every Saturday afternoon volunteers from the Society attend Weston Library, in the Town Hall, 2pm - 3.30pm, to freely advise and assist anyone (member or not). With our experience and expertise we can - usually! - discover information to add to your family tree: anywhere, not just in Somerset. Bring us your brick walls!!
The next Members' meeting - open to all - is on Tuesday 28th January at the Vintage Church, 25 Hughenden Road, BS23 2UR. Our speaker is Peter Lander on the subject of the Birnbeck Pier and people connected with it. This iconic, Grade II listed pier, designed by architect Eugenius Birch, deserves a future and, hopefully, Peter will be able to give us an update on what the future holds...
Refreshments are available.
Hope to see you there...