March 2021: Family History


For our March meeting we were joined by Jackie Depelle, an enthusiastic family history tutor and lecturer who also runs her own genealogy event company. Jackie talked us through the process of tracing our family tree working from the known to the unknown.

She explained that the best places to find evidence are;

  • Certificates; birth, marriage and death
  • Census enumerators book
  • Parish registers; baptisms, marriages and burials

Jackie has a real love for family history and talked about the thrill of the chase and then the satisfaction when she uncovers another clue. She urges anyone who is interested to just have a go! Get a piece of paper and start drawing out your family tree, find evidence and speak to your family to fill out all you can. You can also take a beginners’ course to help build your skills, Jackie is running a 3-week beginners’ course that starts in April.

About Spa Sweethearts WI

A young, fun and diverse WI based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We encourage women to leave their preconceptions of the organisation at the door and find out what the modern WI is really like. Guests are welcome at our meetings - why not give it a try? Spa Sweethearts WI meets on the second Thursday of each month, 7:30pm, at Christ Church on the Stray, Harrogate.

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