Family history day at Exmouth Library

A DOZEN Exmouth residents had a trip through time and learnt about their ancestors at a family history day at Exmouth Library.

A DOZEN Exmouth residents had a trip through time and learnt about their ancestors at a family history day at Exmouth Library.

Staff from Exmouth Library and the West County Studies Library helped people research their genealogy, free of charge, as part of the recent Adult Learners Week.

In one-to-one sessions visitors were shown how to research using the library's data base and the Ancestral Library Edition, which is connected to 4,000 other data bases, and trawl through parish records, passenger lists of ships and other sources.

Librarian Annette Madeline said: "Some people know of the existence of a family member but couldn't find any trace of them and they thought they weren't looking properly.


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"But some parish records were not written down and many were destroyed during the bombing of Plymouth and Bristol during the war.

"In some cases people found out things about their family they didn't know and some confirmed what they already knew.

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"But everybody found it very useful and enlightening."

Exmouth Library will give users a free half-hour session on their data base and on Thursday mornings there are free computer courses, UK Online. Each visitor is entitled to four sessions of one-to-one tuition. However there is awaiting list.

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