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Interest groups FAQ

What are Interest Groups? Interest Groups have been established to enable members who are researching their families in a particular area, to assist each other with their research and to share their mutual successes and difficulties. Most Groups meet once a month.

What does it cost? To join an Interest Group, a member pays $20.00 (inc GST) per annum ($10.00 for the Bristol Group) in addition to the normal yearly membership fee, although new members  may join one Interest Group at no cost for their first year of membership. Annual memberships are due on 1st January each year;  fees for those joining Groups after 1st July are $10.00 ($5.00 for the Bristol Group). Eighty-five per cent of the interest group membership fees will be donated towards the purchase of material for the Library. Members of the  group decide together what they wish to obtain in order to assist them in further research. In the past, groups have allocated this money to the purchase of specific books, CDs, films and microfiche, pertaining to their particular area.

Where do Interest Groups Meet? Interest Groups normally meet at the library, however, one of the larger groups has decided to meet at a local outside venue.

Current interest groups: Bristol; Early Victoria & Tasmania; Eastern Counties; Ireland; London & Home Counties; Naval and Military; Northern Counties; North West; Midlands; Scotland; South West England and Write Now!. See below for more information

Interest group events

23 Apr 2018;
07:30PM -
Navy & Military interest group
24 Apr 2018;
01:30PM -
North West Midlands interest group
01 May 2018;
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Write Now! interest group
04 May 2018;
02:00PM -
Bristol interest group
05 May 2018;
10:00AM -
Early VIC & TAS interest group
08 May 2018;
01:30PM -
London & Home Counties interest group
09 May 2018;
02:00PM -
Ireland interest group
11 May 2018;
02:00PM -
South West England interest group
13 May 2018;
02:00PM - 05:00PM
Scotland interest group
18 May 2018;
02:00PM -
Northern Counties interest group

Join an interest group

Bristol

Brunel bridge, Bristol

Covering Bristol, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire

Group will meet at 2pm in the library meeting room on the first Friday of alternate months

The meeting months for 2018 are Feb, May, Jun, Aug, Oct & Dec.

Convenor: Lynn Hammet (lynnhammet[at]gmail.com)

Early Victoria and Tasmania

Early Victoria & Tasmania Interest Group

Euroa by Neil Savage

The Early Victoria & Tasmania Interest Group will be: 
 • Discussing the lives and times of our early ancestors in Victoria and Tasmania (including Norfolk Island Convicts sent to Tasmania) 
 • Helping each other with research and brickwalls
 • Sharing stories to help us get a better understanding of the times. 

Eastern Counties

On the Bure

On the Bure

The marshlands of Essex, the wool towns and villages of Suffolk, the fenlands of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, and the wolds of Lincolnshire – these are the eastern counties of England.

Ireland

Gleninaugh

Holy Wells, Gleninaugh - www.pdphoto.org

The Ireland Interest Group is a mutual help group that will, through a shared experience, assist you to unlock, navigate and make sense of available records. The excitement of new discoveries will fuel your research.

London & Home Counties

Our Group covers ancestral wanderings in London and the Home Counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. 

Navy and Military

Naval & Military Interest Group
The group covers the conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries – from the Napoleonic War to the Vietnam War – and the men and women who served in them. Our interests are expanding to cover a longer time period and to cover various auxiliary services. The focus is on the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth, but not exclusively.

Northern Counties

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle © Allan Marshall

Covers the Counties of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland, Yorkshire and Lancashire (North & East)

Our main purpose is to acquire more resources for the Library, particularly those Parish Registers of interest to our members.

North West Midlands

Ironbridge, Shropshire

Ironbridge, Shropshire

Covers South Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
If you have research interests in the counties covered by the North West Midlands Interest Group then maybe we can help.

Scotland

Airth Castle

Airth Castle, Stirlingshire © Euan Crone

Any members wishing to join are welcome to attend this enthusiastic and informed group. The aim of this Interest Group is to help members with their Scottish research.  

Membership fees will be used to purchase records that are not otherwise freely available.

South West England

Shaftesbury Dorset

Shaftesbury, Dorset

Covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset and Wiltshire

The aim of the group is to help each other with research, through problem solving discussions and shared knowledge of resources available for the counties involved.

Write Now!

Write Now! is a discussion group covering all aspects of writing and publishing family history. Any member is welcome to attend. Gold coin donation.

We meet at the library on the first Tuesday each month, February to December 10.30am - 12 noon.