Meeting Venue & Times
MEETINGS are held 1st Wednesday of the month unless otherwise stated at The Peppercorn Room, Salvation Army Citadel, 1203 Bourges Boulevard (Peppercorn Close), Peterborough PE1 2AU
Our usual format is:
7.00 Doors open
7.00-7.30 Social Time & Help Desk
7.30-8.30 Main Event (Speaker OR Topic + Workshop)
8.30-9.00 Social Time
9.00 Doors close promptly.
3RD JANUARY PROGRAMS FOR FAMILY HISTORY Alan Johnson leads a discussion on various programs.
7TH FEBRUARY FAMILY HISTORY IN HISTORY Vice-President Michael Kennelly will endeavour to bring our family stories to life by linking them to aspects of their contemporary history and culture: e.g. arts, politics, learning, religion, technology and others.
7TH MARCH SHOW AND TELL Members will bring and talk about items relating to their family history.
4TH APRIL STRANGERS IN THORNEY Dorothy Halfhide and Margaret Fletcher will talk about why an unusual group of agriculturalists were invited to settle in a small village on the edge of the fens in the 17th century as well as their families, their struggles and their influence on the landscape.
2ND MAY AGM plus FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE After our (usually short) AGM, Helen Tovey editor of Family Tree Magazine will take a look behind the scenes of the magazine. Family Tree was established in 1984 on a kitchen table (literally) and this decades old genealogy magazine now helps family historians all round the world trace their ancestors' lives. Learn about how it's organised, the team of people who make it happen, the projects in store, the challenges, and future plans - to which Helen will give us a sneak peek!
6TH JUNE RESEARCHING MILITARY MATTERS Paul Bourton will talk about the various case studies he has undertaken on soldiers who served at various times from the 1700s to today.
4TH JULY FAMILY HISTORY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: BEHIND THE SCENES OF WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE In this lecture, Dr Nick Barratt – the original consultant and lead researcher when the hit BBC show was first launched in 2004 – explores the impact of the series on modern family history, along with the rise of the internet as the place to trace your roots. Using examples from the series, he takes the audience behind the scenes to highlight how research takes place, with an emphasis firmly on story-telling and the importance of thinking about the forgotten lives of our ancestors – and how they remain relevant today. Member free, Guests £5 per person
MONDAY 13th AUGUST VISIT TO THORNEY (6pm) Assemble at Thorney Abbey for tea/coffee and home made cakes followed by a guided walk around Thorney and (if time permits) a visit to the Heritage Centre. BOTH Members & Guests £6 per person.
5TH SEPTEMBER BRICK WALLS AND BREAKTHROUGHS Members share their successes and their brick-walls in researching Family History - the meeting includes sharing ideas and possible solutions.
3RD OCTOBER MY ANCESTOR WAS A PAUPER Experienced Genealogist Liz Carter gives us the benefit of her experience in exploring some of our poorer ancestors' lives and how to find them in the numerous records available online and in Record Offices and Archives throughout the UK
7TH NOVEMBER PETERBOROUGH WORKHOUSES Well known for his research in Peterborough, Stephen Perry will share his knowledge of the various workhouses that have housed Peterborough people over the years.
5TH DECEMBER FAMILY CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS & MEMENTOS Members will talk about Christmas customs they remember/ still observe and/or mementos of the festive season. Mince pies & sausage rolls provided.