family tree for Family History Day

Family History Day – share your memories

family tree for Family History DayWe have started a new ‘tradition’ of Local and Family History extravaganzas here at the John Gray Centre, with two ‘Family History Days’ as part of East Lothian Council’s Local History and Archaeology Fortnight. The first year we had nearly 200 visitors, and the second year that nearly doubled. They explored the resources available to help with their local and family history research, both in the Centre and online, and joined in guided tours behind the scenes at the Centre too. On the second FHD we also had some lively children’s activities and storytelling, which proved very popular.

In the afternoon on both days we held an ‘Ideas Forum’, where we invited people to meet us, and share ideas about how we can make our resources more accessible and useful, and projects where we can work together. Keep a look out here and on our Facebook page for updates on that, and if you have any comments in the meantime, leave a comment below.

If you’d like to join the Friends of the John Gray Centre, contact us at: [email protected] to find out more. They often put on interesting talks in the Star Room – check our What’s On for details of what’s going on there over the next few weeks.

Here are some related links about our Family History events in the past. We’ll definitely be doing this every year during Local History and Archaeology Fortnight (usually late August/early September) – so keep a look-out for our next one!

Family History Day 2013

Family History Day 2014

Ten top tips for family history research

Tracing your family’s history

Talks in the Star Room

Our next Family History Day is on Saturday, 29 August (10.10am–3.50pm), and our Star Speaker will be Alistair Moffat talking about ‘Scotland’s Ancestral DNA’. There will also be a 1-day workshop about family history research on Saturday, 12 September (booking essential, contact [email protected]).




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