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 MarHow do I best organise my family history research?David Jenkins & Debra Charnley
19 AprResearching WW1 military ancestorsDavid Pease
10 May
(changed)
Workshop on family history software
Please note revised meeting time: 13:30-15:30
Debra Charnley
21 JunUsing free genealogy resourcesDebra Charnley
19 JulMeeting cancelled due to hot weather
16 AugOne-name studiesDebra Charnley
20 SepTracing your Scottish ancestorsJo Downs
18 OctChange of topic: Civil registration – getting the most
from your BMDs
Debra Charnley
15 NovLancashire online parish clerk (OPC)Lynne Ayton (guest speaker)
*13 DecChristmas workshop/review
* 2nd Tuesday of the month

You may also be interested in:

We were pleased to have a display at the recent Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society fair held at Central Library in March 2022. We shared short case histories around some of our more interesting ancestors which you can see by clicking on these links:

If you are ready to get started with some family history research then you might like to look at the information sheets produced by Stephen Dyer, U3A Genealogy Advisor, which can be found by clicking here.