The expertise of the members covered the spectrum from beginners to 25 + years experience and we look forward to helping each other.
We are indebted to Jean Macleay who took us through the various sections of our Library where we would find information about England, and showed how to find them on the library catalogue. Then it was into the computer room where Helen Burkett showed off the British Newspapers website and also how to use the National Burial Index. Thank you Jean and Helen.
One item discussed on our first day was the FreeReg section of the FreeBMD website. This is an excellent tool for baptisms, marriages and burials pre-1837.
We also talked about the website www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk If members think their ancestors’ homes may have historical value, this is a site to search.
In addition to trying to solve members’ problems, we have decided to study one English County per month. At the 22 July meeting we have chosen to look at the county of Gloucestershire. In the next four weeks members of the Group will be looking for websites and places with Gloucestershire records and will bring the results of their search back to the Group. As we progress Webmistress Kate will produce a page for each County with a link from the English Interest Group page. Click here to see what is up so far. At the July meeting we will decide which County to research for the August meeting.
Any member with an interest in English research is very welcome to come to the Group meetings. Remember – next meeting 22 July at the Cottage from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.