On Saturday 9th April, a small group of us left a rain-soaked Blackwood in a comfortable luxury minibus. We made good time to the NEC at Birmingham, and were soon enveloped in the warm noisy, enticing atmosphere of extreme family history. Continue reading
We all love to hear about other people’s successes with their family history, and know that often they are the result of many hours spent staring at the screen on a little black box. Continue reading
The members of the Blackwood branch are bursting with pride: Anne Vinnicombe, a founder-member and mentor of our branch, has published a most fascinating book, arising out of her extensive searches within her own family. Continue reading
Our excellent February speaker was once more one of our own members, who stunned us with tales of his illustrious antecedents.
We heard how the Paynter family originated in Cornwall, but moved to Pembrokeshire in the early 1600s. There they settled and flourished, Continue reading
Time for our Christmas meeting – officially for research, but we had a fine time with entertainment, clever quizzes ( Continue reading
The Chartists – such a huge story to tell, and so little time, but our speaker, Mr Rey Stroud, delivered a telling account of this important event in our history. Continue reading
In July, once more our speaker was a member of our own branch, who shared the fascinating results of her Family History research. We were surprised by the unusual and interesting history she had found among her husband’s ancestors. Continue reading
The members of the Blackwood Branch were busy on Tuesday 9th June researching and helping each other. Some people were really pleased that they found new families and sorted out Continue reading
In our May meeting, we were very pleased to welcome Rosemary Scadden, author of the recently-published book ‘No Job for a Little Girl’.
Her well-researched talk Continue reading
Kay and Rhona enjoyed helping two members of the public who visited the help desk, managing to trace their family right back to 1803 Continue reading