RESEARCH SESSIONS

Updated 12 Dec 2014

Areas Covered

 

AUDLEY PARISH (Ancient ecclesiastical)

 

Alsagers Bank including Scot Hay and Apedale (part)

Audley Township including Boon Hill (part), Carr, Mill End, Wyn Brook

Bignall End including Boon Hill (part), Dunkirk, Miles Green (part) Wood Lane, Ravens Lane.

Halmer End including Miles Green (part)

Knowl End including Adderley Green, Heighley, Knowl Bank, Shraley Brook

Park End

Eardley End including Brierley Brook

Talke including Butt Lane, Hardings Wood, Peacock's Hay, Red Street (part), Talke Pits

 

ADJOINING PARISHES

 

Barthomley including Alsager, Balterley

Church Lawton including Old Butt Lane

Wolstanton including Apedale (part), Chesterton, Knutton

Keele including Silverdale

Madeley including Leycett

Betley

 

A list of the available records and research material is on the Records page.

The Audley and District Family History Society also produce a number of books and other research material that is available for sale. Please go to the Publications page.

Please note that the Society records are a private collection and cannot be copied without the consent of the Committee. Copying devices are not permitted during Research sessions.

 

 

Who?

 

The meetings are open to members and non-members; free for members. Non-members are welcome to all meetings on payment of £1

If you would like to become a member please visit the Joining Us page. A benefit of becoming a member is that Mrs Christine Huxley will undertake initial enquiries on your behalf (Contact Us). Initial enquiries will be free of charge. However, if you require further information, please consider making a donation to the society. Please be aware that Christine has no access to a microfiche viewer and therefore cannot look through records that are on microfiche.

 

When?

 

First Wednesday aftermoon every month 2.00 - 4.00pm

 

Occaisionally there will be additional research meetings. These will be announced on the News page.

 

Refreshments are served during the meeting.

On rare occasions, a meeting may be cancelled. This will be announced on the News page)

 

Where?

 

Research Sessions are held at St James Church Hall at the corner of Wilbraham's Walk and Church Street, opposite St James’s Church. For a map see here

A microfiche viewer is available at research meetings.

 

What ?

 

A list of records and research material availble at Research Sessions is listed here.

 

 

 

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH

 

Research into family history (genealogy) has become an increasingly popular pastime in recent years. To begin looking into your family history here is a brief guide.

 

Where to start ?

Most researchers choose to trace their father's family history. Tracing other or all branches of the family can be equally rewarding, especially if a branch has lived in the researchers local area for many generations. This allows a better understanding of local records and may lead to research in local history to complement the family history.

 

First Contacts

All research begins by contact with as many known relatives as possible. Start with the generations closest to you and work your way back. Compile a list of questions before you start and take notes during the conversation. The main information required from them will be names of all their relatives, dates of births, marriages and deaths, if known, and where these events took place and where their relatives live or lived.

 

Keeping Records

Keep a full record of all information given by each relative as they will have to be kept informed of details given by other family members. This serves to jog their memories and may result in further information. Try to obtain photocopies of any documents found and copies of old photographs which will help illustrate the history at a future date. Ask relatives if they possess any old diaries or letters that may be of use. Try also to locate any old bibles which have passed down through the family as Victorian bibles contain the names of members of a family and their dates of birth etc. Don't forget first and second cousins, as documents and photographs of ancestors pass through all branches of families especially to females who generally take greater care of such items. If relatives provide enough information on other surviving relatives who may be unknown to you, then contact them in turn.

 

Create a family tree

As information comes to hand, the compiling of a Family Tree can begin. Make out a pedigree chart beginning with you and branch in and out to parents, grandparents and so on. Fill in dates of births, marriages and deaths. If you have been lucky enough with information your family tree may already date back almost 100 years to great grandparents.

 

What next ?

When all contacts have been exhausted it will be time to decide exactly what research you wish to carry out and whether to go it alone or seek help by joining a local Family History Society. Whatever your decision you will then be ready for the actual records. However, this will depend entirely on how far back your initial research has taken you and to where it has taken you. If you can go back as far as 1911 then census returns become immediately available to you, which in turn lead you to parish registers for further details. If you have not been so lucky then the process is a little more involved with the indexes of births, marriages and deaths to consult and the purchase of one or more certificates to start off your research.

 

Sources of Records

With modern copying methods and the use of computers, records are now available in many forms;

- books

- microfilm

- microfiche

- computer discs

 

These records are available from various sources;

- reference libraries

- family history research societies

- libraries run by the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons)

- county record offices

- internet websites.

The records kept by these sources include;

- parish registers

- census returns

- indexes of births, marriages and deaths

The originals of these records are in churches, county record offices and national record offices, along with numerous other records dating back hundreds of years, which form the sources of information for researchers.

 

Books

Many books have now been written on Family History and these explain in detail how to go about consulting records, the type of records which exist and where to find them. In addition help is at hand on internet websites. Take time to study as much as possible to familiarize yourself with these records before attempting to use any of them.

 

Patience

It takes many years of research to piece together a full history of a family so time and patience spent on preparing the basic groundwork should lead to many rewarding years of research, producing many surprises about your ancestors. 

 

 

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