Help, Advice and Research Aids

When you need help to research your family history the Society offers eight services and guides to overcome the inevitable ‘brick wall’ everyone finds in their family history.
This web page will give you the details you need to compile when either talking or writing to someone for help.

The Research Aid guides, leaflets and flow charts may help you gather your thoughts and present them to a Society volunteer in a logical and easily understandable fashion.

  • 1. Come to the library to discuss your ‘brick wall’ read the leaflet ‘First visit’. 
  • 2. The Society runs a research service for a nominal charge. Fill out the Research Enquiry Form completing as many of the sections as you can. 
  • 3. The Society offers meetings with a talk giving ideas about research and sources. 
  • 4. The Society provides workshops at the library to teach you about research and sources.
  • 5. The Journal offers a ‘help wanted’ service and can publish information requests for members. 
  • 6. The Society produces an ‘emailinformationservice’ newsletter that gives details of events and the latest family history information.
  • 7. The society has produced and published not only data CD’s, but also research aids. These can be found on our eshop pages.
  • 8. The library has produced a number of leaflets and flow charts to aid research and provide an idea of sources that can help family historians.
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The PDF sheets available for viewing and download are as follows (See full descriptions against the respective PDF icons below):

  • Tracing your Ancestors – Basic Steps Diagram.
  • House and Land Research Documents and Records Diagram.
  • House History Books - Research Diagram.
  • House History – Museums, Archives & Libraries Diagram.

Members of the Society can view (and download) the Research Aid PDFs by 'clicking' on any of the PDF icons below which will take you to the Research Aid page within the Members Only Area. (If not previously logged in you will be prompted for your Username and Password credentials before access is allowed).

Tracing your Ancestors - Basic Steps Diagram

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This flow chart shows the basic research sources and how having completed one set by revisiting the sources you can gather more information on your family.

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House & Land Research - Documents & Records Diagram

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This flow chart shows the house and land documents and records that will help you research your family’s home and property.

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House History Books - Research Diagram

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This diagram provides a bibliography and research sources for researching your family’s home and property.

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House History - Museums, Archives & Libraries Diagram

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This diagram suggests Museums, archives and libraries that will help you research your ancestor’s houses and properties.

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