Discover your ancestry with Family History Day event

Eastbourne Family Roots SUS-160630-152938001
Eastbourne Family Roots SUS-160630-152938001

Family Roots is celebrating its 30th anniversary by holding a Family History Day.

Organisers promise something for everyone with talk and information for people interested in starting their family tree or those that need help with a lost ancestor.

The event takes place on July 17 at Ocklynge School in Victoria Drive between 10am to 4.30pm.

During the day there will be two eminent speakers from the world of family history. Nick Barratt will be speaking at 11am on the television programme Who Do You Think You Are. Nick will look at the way genealogy has changed over the last ten years due largely to the internet and television programmes. He will also give visitors an insight into how the programme is made and researched.

Celia Heritage will be speaking at 2pm on the origins and evolution of surnames and how they break down brick walls in family history research.

In addition to the talks there will be a wide variety of stands including several local family history societies, postcards, books, Heritage Eastbourne and Seaford Museum with Kevin Gordon, the well known Seaford and Sussex Historian.

There will also be a help desk available for general enquiries and a free booklet to encourage children to take an interest in their own family history. There is car parking available in the school grounds and in the surrounding streets.

Refreshments, including light lunches, will be available during the course of the day.

Admission to the Family History Day is £3 and £2 per talk, but an inclusive ticket costs £6.

Family Roots started back in 1986. Twelve people, who had attended a local family history class decided that they would like to continue their research and maybe attract others.

Thirty years on and there is now a membership of more than two hundred worldwide with a regular 70 to 80 attending the monthly meetings.

Helen Warren from Eastbourne Family History Society said, “Family Roots hope to welcome many of you to help celebrate their 30th anniversary on July 17, but if you cannot make it on that day the next meeting is on August 4 at Ocklynge School with the speaker, Kathy Chater, on suggested ways to start writing up your family history.”

Doors open at 7pm for the talk at 7.30pm. Admission at the evening meeting is £1.50 for visitors to include a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.

There is a members’ library and a bookstall supplying a variety of books related to family history research and local history.

Helen aded, “Family history is a fascinating hobby and we hope that if you attend the Family History Day or join us at a members’ evening as a visitor, you may have your appetite whetted and even take out a membership of the society.”

To find out more about us see or call Helen Warren on 01323 731792 for more infomation.

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