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Haverhill Family History Group open day attracts a record number

Haverhill Local History Group helpers Mary Shipp and Wilma Power on hand during its latest open day, which attracted more than 100 people more than usual

Haverhill Local History Group helpers Mary Shipp and Wilma Power on hand during its latest open day, which attracted more than 100 people more than usual

The most recent open day held by the Haverhill Family History Group drew a bumper attendance, with more than 100 extra people turning up.

Members of the group, supported by professional family historian, Dr Karen Cummings, offered free one-to-one help and advice throughout the event at Haverhill Library.

Attendees made use of the free access to the Find My Past and Ancestry websites, together with the group’s own resources.

Visitors came from a wide area, including Kent, and many were newcomers starting their search for ancestors or stuck at a brick wall.

The group’s project to create a Roll of Honour for everyone named on the town’s WWI memorial was also boosted when Vivienne Bradnam brought a family photo of Private Jackson Bacon, who was killed in action in France in 1917.

The group is hosting an ‘evening of short illustrated talks with members revealing all about a favourite ancestor’ at the Old Independent Church Hall, in Hamlet Road, on Thursday, February 13 at 7.30pm.

All are welcome, especially newcomers.

Refreshments and advice on all areas will be available. Contact Alan on 01440 704157 for more details on this and for the group’s weekly help sessions, held each Wednesday afternoon at Haverhill Library.

 

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