On Tuesday, 4th December, the Branch stalwarts met at the Three Horseshoes Pub in Pentwynmawr, for lunch. The venue was chosen following the success of our Summer lunch held there and we all enjoyed the fare set before us.
The members were captivated by a talk by Kia Michael and Gareth Thomas from the Gwent Family Archives on 13th November 2018. The amount of information available was truly mind blowing. It was an insight into the social background of people living before census records started in 1841. Continue reading
At our October meeting, we welcomed Branch member Mrs Elizabeth (Betty) Perry who had agreed to give a talk on her family history. Continue reading
Richard, one of the Newport group members, gave his first talk to us on 29th August – and it was a very good one. Continue reading
There was a good turnout for this years AGM on 11th September, 18 members plus 2 guests. Continue reading
The meeting this month took the form of a Treasure Hunt around Blackwood town centre. Four teams took part. Each team comprised of four members, following a list of clues to help them navigate the course. All teams completed the course and returned safely to base. The winning team completed the course in 55 minutes.
All members present were treated to an excellent cream tea of strawberries, cream and shortbread biscuits. Altogether, a very enjoyable evening.
17 hardy souls braved a rather soggy evening for the April meeting. Continue reading
The Blackwood Branch welcomed the County Archivist, Mr Tony Hopkins, to the March meeting on the 13th. Mr Hopkins had chosen to tell us of “Little Used Sources in Family History” and while we were, Continue reading
Blackwood Branch have decided to produce a display about people’s lives affected by the First World War. Not just the service personnel killed in the war but also those who fought and lived. Our families whose lives were affected by living through that time.
Well, the New Year started off with a well-attended gathering. 24 hardy souls braved the weather to hear a talk by Wendy Davies. In it she described the colourful life of her father, who graduated from miner to respected dance band leader & musician. Continue reading