About 18 of us meet on the second & fourth Wednesday of each month in the Methodist Church Hall. We are earlier than most and we start at 9.30am with a coffee break at about 10.30. A mixed group of experienced researchers and beginners, I feel that we get the balance about right.
We try to help those who have problems and exchange our various bits of knowledge with everyone who will listen. We have Power-Point presentations and talks on Genealogy related topics and members are encouraged to ‘join in’ but it is not compulsory.
Each year we try to complete a project which we can then exhibit at our local U3A Open Day. Over the years we have completed a number of very interesting tasks, for example in 2012 our project was centered on the Jubilee and/or the Olympics.
Every summer we go out into the countryside and record the ‘MIs’ (Monumental Inscriptions) in the local graveyards. This is information which is greatly sought after by family historians all over the world so we do our bit to put something back into the system to compensate for all the information which we have taken out which has been researched by others. The work is organised to a very high standard by Jane Moelwyn-Hughes and Toni Smith. Over the years we have ‘done’ virtually every local churchyard and our results are available on the Leicestershire Villages web site.
Sadly, these days, unless you are computer literate the system is loaded against you so if you would like to join us as either as a beginner or an ‘improver’ you will be very welcome but if you don’t own a computer you will find it very difficult but certainly not impossible. After all people had been researching their family history for years before computers were invented