Next week is Local and Family History Week at Poole Libraries and there are a choice selection of talks, workshops and advice on offer. The Dorset Family History Society will be running stalls at Poole Central Library from Monday 13th February to Thursday 16th and at Hamworthy Library on Wednesday 15th and Friday 17th where people can drop in for advice and information on family history in general (not just Dorset!). They are also running a free talk on Getting Started in Family History at Hamworthy Library on Friday 17th 2.30 – 3.30 pm. You can book a place via firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 01202 672750.
Of the talks on offer at Poole Central Library, one is already booked up but there are still places left on the others: On Tuesday 14th 2.30 – 3.30 pm, Paul McDonald, author of Up On Hill, Growing up in Post War Parkstone, will be talking about his childhood, the book, and how he came to set pen to paper to recount his experiences including shops, scouting, railways, motor-bikes and playing in a rock and roll band! Ring 01202 262421 to book your free place.
On Friday 17th February 10-11.30 am at Poole Library there is a free talk and hands-on session from Stuart Tyler of the Dorset History Centre (aka the Dorset Record Office) on Dorset History Online – all about the wealth of records for local and family history now available online. He will be talking about the Dorset archives available via Ancestry and how to search the Dorset History Centre’s online catalogue, plus giving an introduction to Poole History online, the Poole Museum website. There will also be chance to explore some of these records for yourselves. Again book your place on 01202 262421.
Finally, you are invited to delve into the archives of 17th Century Poole in an illustrated talk at Poole Library on Saturday 18th February 2.30 – 3.30 pm showing how the records can be used to build up a picture of the town in Stuart days and also (maybe!) provide information for family history. Book your free place on 01202 262421.