Family History




Updated 16/9/17



Family history research – methods and member’s examples



1st Friday of each month at 2.15pm



St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1EF

St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Rd





Beware – Family History is a fascinating but time-consuming activity that should come with a health warning because it can become addictive!


The Family History Group has been meeting since the start of the U3A in Weston in 1994. The Group has been responsible for a great deal of research into families near and far. Only a few of us are researching Weston families which is much easier now, with the help of the Internet, to locate our ancestors where-ever they might have lived. We have beginners and members who have been researching their families for many years and in the true spirit of the U3A there is a great deal of sharing of expertise and experiences.

This is a group where members are encouraged to do their own research. Every Saturday afternoon from 2 - 3.30pm, in conjunction with the Weston-Super-Mare Family History Society, there are opportunities to use the library computers, with guidance. The Library provides free access to, and all the English and Wales Censuses from 1841 – 1911 can be searched. In this way people become more confident in the use of computers to further their research. ‘Experts’ are on hand answer questions and research techniques. 


Beginners welcome – each meeting a main topic – but meetings will also include opportunities for members to share and discuss problems and experiences.


We meet monthly (1st Friday afternoon in the month) from 2.15 to 4.00pm - £1.50 is collected per session for refreshments and to help towards the rental cost of the hall.


The current Group programme is reproduced below or
open the attachment to print a printer friendly copy.

  U3A Family History – 1st  Friday afternoons of each month at St Paul’s


On the first Friday afternoon of each month from 2.15 - 4.00pm.

at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road

Each meeting has a main topic but will also include opportunities to share and discuss problems and experiences.  Any suggestions for additional topics will be welcomed.



Jan 5th             Families and Church Records

Before the 19c Church Records are the main resource for family history.  How far back have you got? Bring your earliest references to your family

Feb 2nd           Military Records

Identify people in your family who were of an age to serve in WW1. What happened to them? Bring any medals and military memorabilia

March 2nd       Politics and the Family

How did changes in the laws of this country affect your family?  Did you have any suffragettes?  People in Workhouses? Any examples of political activities in your family?

April 6th          Crime and transportation

Poverty and crime sometimes go hand in hand.  Were any family members transported or did some choose to take an assisted passage to pastures new?  - What examples have you found in your families?

May 4th           Sport and Entertainment

Do you have any examples of activities in which your family took part? Did music or the arts in any form feature in your family history.  How about your family’s sporting activities? - Please bring examples of their pleasures and pastimes

June 1st           Family Marriages and Photographs

Family Occasions often provided reasons for group photographs – Please bring any family photographs which tell a story 

£1.50 per session including refreshments.                                                        Beginners welcome



16 Sep 2017, 03:07