Portsdown U3A

Genealogy (Family History) Group

Welcome to the Portsdown U3A Genealogy Group!



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 – last year (2016) we visited The Staunton Research Centre in Leigh Park and “The Spring” at Havant Arts Centre where we were given insights into the records and research facilities available.   In 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.   Talks by our members included – “Love letters from a sailor”, “Digital Cameras in Archives”, “An Irish Flax Mill” and “A Visit to Sri Lanka researching family”.

Our regular meeting is on the First Thursday of each month at “The Church  of the Resurrection”  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.

Genealogy Newsletter May-August 2016

Group Meeting Programme



Open Day at The Church of the Resurrection – October 2016








Group leader: Vivien Walters

Email: contact@portsdownu3a.org.uk