Family history day pulls in crowds

Another successful family history exhibition was held at the Long Shop Museum in Leiston on Saturday 7 March. Despite competition from the lovely spring weather, over seventy folk came from as far afield as Norwich, Yarmouth, Beccles, Ipswich, Stowmarket, and even Brightlingsea to see the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group’s displays, and to try to trace their ancestry.

P1270486Frank Huxley brought along his collection of old postcards of the Leiston area, Jackie Linnell displayed her family tree, and Janet Huckle was constantly in demand with her advice on how to date old photographs – several folk brought their own family photos along for her opinion and identification. Visitors and members alike were seen trawling through surveys of graveyards seeking their forebears, while others looked for war heroes in the Group’s comprehensive collection of books about local war memorials. The computers were busy with visitors searching the genealogy websites, and there was much interest in the Leiston Great War Memorial Book which members of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group had researched and produced. And all this was against the backdrop of the Long Shop’s own splendid WW1 exhibition. The Long Shop Volunteers were kept busy providing drinks and delicious homemade soup, and donations raised nearly £120 for Long Shop Museum funds.

P1270472The Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group has a catchment area ranging from Lowestoft and Beccles in the north to Felixstowe in the south, and as far inland as Framlingham, and meets at Leiston Community Centre at 7.30pm on the 3rd Monday of the month – the next meeting is on 16 March when Ipswich Registrars will give a talk on “Registration Through the Ages”. The Group’s Research Centre in the Old Council Chamber in Leiston is free to members and non-members from 10 to 12 on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.

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