Day: April 2, 2011

A Good Day at the Fair

We had a wonderful time at the family and local history fair in Pudsey today.  I don’t know how the turnout compared to other years but there seemed to be a lot of people.

There was a really good range of exhibitor stands – including several local family history societies, the Guild of One Name Studies and Find My Past.

By the time we arrived there were already plenty of people browsing the various stands.  So we wandered around to get our bearings and see what was on offer.  As you would expect there were any number of different resources available – cd data discs; transcription booklets; books about researching; books about occupations; books about Yorkshire; information leaflets; maps; family history software; charts; storage binders – just about anything you could want.

We spent time chatting with people from Keighley & District Family History Society about my Dawson’s from Cowling and with Wharfedale Family History Group about the area they covered and the resources they had available.

Mum’s family hail from the Red Rose County so the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society had some interesting things to say about their future online information which they hope to launch in the next 12 months.  The Guild of One-Name Studies were of particular interest and we chatted with them for a while about the organisation and the support for one-namers.

There was also a good selection of talks on offer:-

Dating Old Photographs – Colin Harding

DNA and Family History – Chris Pomery

Nineteenth Century Pauper Ancestors – Dr Paul Carter

Starting Your Family History with Find My Past – Amy Sell

Ordnance Survey Maps – Alan Godfrey MBE

Sources for Family History – Leeds Central Library

and the two we chose

Yorkshire Genealogy Online – Jackie Depelle

Managing a One Name Study – Glenys Marriott

Both our talks were really informative and I scribbled loads of notes in my trusty little book, especially about Internet resources that I haven’t fully explored yet.

As predicted my wallet came away a bit lighter.  I bought a Mac version of Family Tree Maker, a copy of the National Burial Index (third edition) and two large wall charts (they will  fit nicely in an IKEA frame).  All these goodies came from My History.

I also purchased a couple of booklets about using postcards to “illuminate” your family history and researching Methodist records.

Also as predicted Jayne ended up carrying the bags!!

All in all a really good day out.  Now looking forward to the fair at York Racecourse in June.