The Society runs workshops to help members with their research, they have already proved popular. All workshops are held on a Wednesday between 10.30 and 12.30 at the Society Library & Resource Centre, Summerhouse Drive, Joydens Wood.

These are the workshops that are planned:





"1939 Register"
The 1939 Register what it contains.
Christine Hills 19th July 2017
Quarterly Discusion Group
Our Society the way forward
Victor Nutt 26th July 2017
"Your Family in History - A Time Line"
Your Family in History - A Time Line guide through history 1500-1914
Hilary Waters 16th August 2017
"Society Writing Group"
Society Writing Group focus to be advised
Pauline Heathcote 23rd August 2017
"Below Stairs & Outdoors: Manorial Court Revelations"
Finding out about people's origins, movements, misdemeanours, security and relationships
Jean Stirk 20th September 2017
"How to Use The Discovery Catalogue on The National Archive Website Effectively"
How to Use The Discovery Catalogue on The National Archive Website Effectively
Joyce Hoad 27th September 2017
Some workshops for the rest of the year
The History of Education - Janet Rose Janet Rose 18th October

Society Quarterly Discussion Group Topic TBA
25th October

Open Meeting - Support Your Society.......Become a Volunteer
15th November

Society Quarterly Writing Group
22 November

These are the workshops that have been run so far. If you would like any of these to be re-run please let us know.

Subject / Topic Leader
Basic DNA David Cufley
Beginning Your Family History Janet Rose
Breaking down the brickwall Library Team
The British Home Front in World War One Mike Brown
Creep, Push and Pull Jean Stirk
Databases, An introduction to... (using Microsoft Access) Dr Allan Stapleton
Drawing charts and trees by hand as a research tool David Cufley
Early Census [Pre 1841 Census] & Census-like Lists Jean Stirk
Excel, mentoring session David Cufley
Family Historian Genealogical Software program - further facilities and uses Brian Eaton
Family Historian Software (advanced) Computer help Brian Eaton
Family Tree Maker, An overview and getting started on... Dr Allan Stapleton
Home Children Immigration to Canada Walter Eves
Illegitimacy Mari Alderman
Insurance and Friendly Society records. Types and Sources of records Cliff Scottow
Land Tax and the 1910 survey Christine Hills
Latin for Parish Registers Mari Alderman
Mac course for new users Dr Allan Stapleton
Mapping family distributions and movements David Cufley
Maps and Surveys for family History Christine Hills
Occupational Records, Insights into…. Jean Stirk
Parish Chest (two part workshop) Christine Hills
PC File Management (Housekeeping) Dr Allan Stapleton
Reading old documents Jean Stirk
Record keeping for Family Historians David Cufley
Records of Occupations Jean Stirk
Researching your WW1 Ancestor and his/her part in the Conflict Barry Langridge
Scanning photographs and documents for Insertion into other programs David Cufley
Searching the Internet Dr Allan Stapleton
Spreadsheets for Family History, An Introduction to.. (Using Microsoft EXCEL) Dr Allan Stapleton
Thinking outside the box - Mind Maps and other methods David Cufley
Licensed Thames Watermen and Lightermen Rob Cottrell
Wills and Inventories, Pre 1858.. Christine Hills
Wills, Probate and Administrations Christine Hills
In the Name of God Amen - Understanding Wills Christine Hills
WORD use with table, pictures and graphs David Cufley

A £5 donation per workshop is requested which includes refreshments.

Numbers are limited to 10 members per workshop. Booking can be done by email, please email your details with the workshop title you'd like to attend, to , or ask either Victor Nutt or David Turner for a form; or contact Janet Rose on 01322-384836.

You'll need to book a place in advance, they're not open to members who just turn up at the library. If you cannot get on the list we're taking names for reserves just in case anyone drops out. Another workshop will be organised if there is enough demand.

Workshop topics: suggestions for subjects are needed. What are the challenges facing you in your research? Do the subjects listed interest you? Mentors are needed: Do you have an expertise in some aspect of Family History research that you could share with a small group of members in the library setting? Or would you like to join a 'Mentoring' group?