Events under 'Reading branch'
Friday, October 19, 2018

Meetings of the Reading branch

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Irish Family History Resources Online by Peter Christian

Irish Family History Resources on the Internet The Irish genealogy world was somewhat slow to embrace the Internet, but the last few years have seen a massive expansion in offerings from all quarters — official, voluntary, and commercial. In addition to the (free) Irish census site, there is an increasing body of church records, both Catholic and Protestant, online. There are plenty of resources, too, to provide help and orientation, especially for those with little first-hand knowledge of Ireland’s geography and genealogy. This talk will provide an overview of the range of resources available online, with a detailed look at the civil registration, census and church records available on the web.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Newspapers for Family History by Ian Waller

We have surely all been sidetracked in our research when looking through the local newspaper.

However, newspapers frequently enable us to put the flesh on the bones and bring our ancestors alive. There is so much information from trade advertisements, court cases, potted histories associated with marriages or obituaries that they are a valuable resource. This talk looks at how to access them in the digital age and examines their usefulness.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Institutions in the Censuses by Kathy Chater

In a change to the previously advertised talk we will be welcoming Kathy Chater to tell us about - 
Institutions in the censuses  An ancestor may seem to disappear between censuses.  There are a number of reasons for this and one of the most common is that the individual was in some kind of institution on the relevant night, depending on their job, their health or even their criminal tendencies. Find out the other possibilities – and get other tips for searching the censuses.
Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Institutions in the Censuses by Kathy Chater

Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Christmas meeting

Reading branch will be having a series of short talks and a quiz, followed by seasonal refreshments.  

Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Telling Tales: bringing the past to life by Mike Swaddling

A retired marketing communications manager living in Sandhurst, after getting his wife to sign his release papers from full time work Mike was able to follow up an idea inspired by his father's memoirs to help retired people with their reminiscences. Over ten years he visited retirement homes and recorded first-hand stories of lives stretching back almost a hundred years. These were compiled into several published anthologies. The stories are as varied as human nature itself, and in his talks he brings a handful of them to life in entertaining fashion and with lots of humour. He will also share some of the techniques he learned on how to get people to talk about their past lives.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The History of Reading's Cinema's by David Cliffe

David will be giving a presentation on the history of Reading's Cinema's, in an evening likely to prompt many memories of times gone by.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Old Photographs: their identification and dating by Tom Doig

Broadcaster, writer and lecturer on aspects of social history, Tom will give us an insight into how to identify and date our old photos.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Photographs and Memorabilia by members and guests

Members and visitors are invited to bring along their favourite photograph or piece of memorabilia with the story behind it for an informal night of discussion. We hope this is going to be a fun, interesting and very informative evening. There will be 10 minute slots for people to show their photo or item, and explain about it.

Maybe you have a photo or unidentified item, but no story behind it, just questions. Bring it along, you never know, help may be at hand with tips and clues to guide your way. Please let me know if you are planning on bringing a photo along.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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