Family History

Convenor: Debra Charnley

To contact Debra, please email salfordu3a@gmail.com marking the subject line of your email ‘FAO: Debra Charnley‘.


Venue and time/date: We meet in the Library Lounge at Eccles Library on the third Tuesday of the month from 11:30-13:30.

Our members are keen family historians, each of whom is working on building out their own family tree and collecting the stories that surround it. We meet once a month to help each other research ancestors, overcome brick walls, and explore new resources, tools and approaches. The group is suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced. We are currently welcoming new members.

We do not offer any form of taught course but aim to learn from the shared experience and expertise of our members. Our meetings normally address a specific subject in the first half, followed by an informal session where we help each other with our own family research tasks and challenges.

2022 Programme

DateTitleSpeaker/Leader
18 JanPlanning my research – what will I achieve in 2022?Debra Charnley
15 FebMarriage and divorce – rules and recordsEileen Ball
15 MarOrganising your research
19 AprResearching WW1 military ancestorsDavid Pease
17 MayFemale convicts in TasmaniaKath Graham (guest speaker)
21 JunTracing your Scottish ancestorsJo Downs
19 JulOne-name studiesDebra Charnley
16 AugUsing maps
20 SepPoll books and electoral rolls
18 Octtbc
15 NovLancashire online parish clerk (OPC)Lynne Ayton (guest speaker)
*13 DecChristmas workshop/review
* 2nd Tuesday of the month

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Information sheets on getting started and by Stephen Dyer, U3A Genealogy Advisor, can be found by clicking here.

Links are also available for accessing and using Census Returns, as well as Births, Marriages and Deaths.