Upcoming Family History workshops at The Hive

  • 18th September 2014

At Worcestershire Archive Service September and October traditionally sees an increase in people coming in and asking staff for advice on how to begin tracing their family history. Therefore we are running our workshops again to help you make a start, or to help you get the most out of the resources we hold. Many key family history sources are held here, and we are experienced in helping people get started, so we are the ideal place to make a start.

There are different options, whether you just a one hour guide to the resources here, a 3 hour workshop on how to begin and the main sources and techniques, or whether you just want to focus on the Ancestry website. All workshops will take place at The Hive, Worcester. You can book for just one of these or more. If you would like to book please email or ring 01905 766352.

Starting Family History

Thu 9th Oct 10am-1pm or Sat 11th Oct 10am-1pm


Want to know how to begin tracing your ancestors and building your family tree? This workshop, will explain how to get started, key tips and the main sources you will need, including census and civil registration records, parish registers and wills.


Ancestry is one of the best family history websites, but how do you get started on it, how do you make the most of it, and what information is available? Our workshops focus on researching family history using the website and participants should already be familiar with computers and the internet.

All Ancestry workshops are £6 and must be booked in advance.

Starting Ancestry – The Census     Wed 8th Oct 2-4pm

Beginners guide to the website focusing on the census records, one of the most important sources for family historians.

Further Ancestry- Beyond the Census     Wed 15th Oct 2-4pm

Find out what else can be found on the website. This is a follow up to Starting Ancestry.

What’s new on      Wed 22nd Oct 2-4pm

Ideal if you already use the website but want to keep up to date with sources that have been added over the past couple of years.

First steps in Family History

First Saturdays in Month 10am – 4th Oct, 1st Nov, 6th Dec

&  First Wednesdays 2pm – 1st Oct, 5th Nov, 3rd Dec

These 1 hour introductions will guide you round the most useful family history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people and are £5 per person. Contact us to confirm dates and reserve your place. 

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