Portsdown U3A

Genealogy (Family History) Group
  • Last Updated: 18 Oct 2017

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We are a friendly group of people with about 19 members, male and female, who share a common interest and fascination with family history, whether it be our own or someone elses !

“Genealogy” is much more than names, dates and places on a family tree, but also the family stories, (whether they are proven true or not !) the social & historical context that our ancestors lived in, their occupations, and much more beside.

Each of us have varying degrees of experience, some with very little and others with many years and we often find that our individual research takes place on a stop/start basis within our personal lives. Some of us use computers for recording our findings, some are paper based only – but even computers generate paper !

So our aim is to encourage and learn from each other, share our experience and personal research stories, pass on tips and generally give help to each other, and of course to enable people to make new friends within the wider U3A group.

We also have occasional visiting speakers and sometimes arrange a trip out – over the past couple of years we have visited The Staunton Research Centre in Leigh Park, “The Spring” at Havant Arts Centre where we were given insights into the records and research facilities available.

Last November eight members of the Group visited the Society of Genealogist in London where after a tour we had some free time to do research before enjoying a meal and returning by bus and train to Havant. We had a talk by Jane Fox on “Don’t believe everything you’re told” which was very interesting.

Talks by our members included – “Love Letters from a Sailor”, “Digital Cameras in Archies”, “An Irish Flax Mill” and “A Visit to Sri Lanka researching family”.

We also enjoyed an afternoon tea at the Northney Tea rooms in August.

We plan, over the next six months, to return to the National archives at Kew, visit the Archives and Local Studies Centre at Winchester and have Andrew Negus to do his “Portsmouth 1” talk.

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Open Day at The Church of the Resurrection

Our regular meeting is on the first Thursday of each month at “The Church of the Resurrection” in Cosham, from 2pm till 4pm, with a monthly attendance cost of £2 per member, including refreshments! The room also has a screen which enables us to give presentations.

Group Leader: Vivien Walters
Email: contact@portsdownu3a.org.uk

 

EVENTS – 2017


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November 2nd Meeting

George Yalden talk on WWI Records and items

 

 

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Newsletter June – Aug 2017

We had a fascinating talk by Jane Fox in May, followed by a visit to The Elms in Old Bedhampton on 28th May.

Since then we have heard about one of our members DNA results from Ancestry, another member gave us an update on her Sri Lanka research. We had planned to go the Winchester Archives in June but this has been postponed until later in the year. We have been bringing to the meetings things that we have found out about whilst doing our research and giving a short talk about them – “a bit like show and tell”

Finally in August, when we don’t hold a meeting, we enjoyed a cream tea at The Northney Tea Rooms on Hayling Island.

Things in the planning stage:

  • Trip to Winchester Archives
  • Trip to National Archives at Kew
  • Trip to Society of Genealogist in London
  • Talk by George Yalden #
  • Talk by Andrew Negus in 2018 #

# The two talks will be open to all members of the U3A

At the September meeting we will be preparing things for our table at the open day.

Finally anyone who is interested in finding out more about their family history would be most welcome to join us. A modest fee is charged to cover hall charges and tea/coffee etc. At present we do have spaces available for new members, either beginners or experienced. We meet at 2pm at The Church of the Resurrection in Penrhyn Avenue on the 1st Thursday of the month