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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.

In November we welcomed back George Yaldon to give a talk on military archives and he also brought along some of his memorabilia.

We began 2018 with a talk about Portsmouth from Andrew Negus, this was well attended as it was opened up to all the U3A.

In February we had a trip to Winchester Archives, which as with everything concerning genealogy, was more productive for some rather than others.


Some of the group have being researching the men listed on the War Memorial at St Andrews church. So March saw a few intrepid members turn up, despite the snow, to hear from Splodge the company who are putting together our research.

In May we were off on our travels again when some members of the group went to The National Archives at Kew where we spent a very enjoyable day researching.


In July the group had a stall at The Church of the Resurrection summer Fair to exhibit our War Memorial Research and to publicise our group.

August saw us enjoying an afternoon tea at Northney Tea Rooms on Hayling Island.

In November we plan at trip to The Society of Genealogists in London.

In our meetings we have helped a new member, shared our research tips and imparted our findings from our “days out”.

For the rest of the year we have Splodge returning to give us an update, a talk by one of our members on living D.N.A, then at our December meeting we will welcome Bob France to give his talk The Butler’s Christmas. In between times we look forward to stories from members on how their research is going.

Open day
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



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