Saturday, 19 January 2013

Caribbean Family History Group - Solihull & Birmingham

Dear Member/Researcher/Group Friend,

Our next General Group meeting is planned for next week, Saturday, 26th January 2013 at Solihull Library - our normal location. (Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG - Entrance Library Square from Touchwood shopping centre and up to first floor (contact number for heritage section = 0121 704 6934. To contact us at the group - try 0121 688 3206)
Two meetings will be involved - a training session covering some aspect of research (between 12 -2pm) and then a research session (between 2-4pm) where you can continue your research and be aided by any group personnel or fellow researchers who are there and able to do so. The end time, of 4pm, will be prompt in terms of assistance because we need to review the session and be sure we leave on time.
Once again their will be a minimum £3 contribution for the training and assistance provided - All funds will go towards us continuing to grow the microfilm collection that is at the library -
We were hoping to deliver a workshop on using Family Search for Caribbean records, but our intended lead instructor is planning an all day birthday celebration! - as you do! ;-) so we are having a rethink! Watch this space for the outcome of that. ...or send us a request - which we will try to act on.
At our last meeting we did a workshop on the beginner's basics: -
  • completing pedigree charts
  • using a free family history software package and
  • being organised to do your research.
This went down well and can be reprised if felt helpful. Another relevant area that could be covered is how to effectively use the birth marriage and death indexes and register microfilms that we have available. I will also be looking at what we can do with still giving a '' session. Jamaican records are well progressed on the site (though they have a long way to go - birth indexes are complete. However there are a number of islands with images of the microfilms online which have not been indexed - essentially viewing complete microfilms online.
Do feel free to come along on that day even if only to do your own unaided research. Also do feel free to come and do your research at the library at any time, once you have found your research 'feet'/confidence.

Carlston Walters
Chair - Core Committee
Caribbean Family History Group - Solihull & Birmingham

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