Family History

Convenor: Frances Healey, 0161 790 7287 – email:

Group Leader: Sylvia Young, 0161 790 9594 – email:

Venue and Time/Date: The group meets at Eccles Library, the second Wednesday of each month from 10.15 – 12.15.

This group is suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced.  The aim of the group is to help each other to research into their ancestry, build their family tree and pass on their experiences and stories.

Meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss how to overcome problems, red herrings and brick walls we all come across.  Please note this is not a taught course, we will learn from the shared experiences and expertise of our members. Our meetings aim to have a specific subject during the first half, followed by an informal session helping members with their own family trees and interests.

If you are interested in joining this group please contact Frances Healey (group convenor)– 0161 790 7287, or Sylvia Young (group leader) – 0161 790 9594

Information sheets on getting started and by Stephen Dyer, U3A Genealogy Advisor, can be found by clicking the link below:


Links for accessing and using Census Returns, as well as Births, Marriages and Deaths (BMDs) information can be found below:

Census Returns


Family History Programme 2020
Date Topic Speaker
08 January Military ancestors
12 February Newspapers and family history
11 March DNA in family research Hilary Hartigen (guest speaker)
08 April A house through time
13 May Female convicts in Tasmania Kath Graham (guest speaker)
10 June Crime and punishment
08 July TBA
12 August Workshop session
09 September One Name Study Debra Charnley
14 October 2021 census
11 November Graves, gravestones and memorials
09 December Workshop / evaluation / review / and quiz

Family History 2019