Malvern U3A family history

The latest information on family history group (online) meetings, plus copies of slides, links to video recordings or notes for earlier Zoom sessions.

Other events of interest

Worcester Life Stories launches on Saturday June 26th –11am to 4pm Worcester Guildhall.

Some virtual exhibitions, conferences worth checking out, free unless otherwise stated:

  • A short series of monthly podcasts from AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) is worth checking out – topics include house histories, getting started on research, DNA testing.
  • Herefordshire Family History Society are currently holding monthly meetings on Zoom.

Not a (current) event, an amazing AI enhanced short film ‘A Day at the Beach, c 1899‘ on YouTube (thansk to John Naughton for recommendation).

Online meetings

It is hoped that meetings will resume in the hall from 14th September. The schedule will appear at Malvern U3A website.

So no more Zoom meeting links here! Free use of Zoom has a 40 minutes limit, so we can take a refreshment break at that point and come back 10 minutes later – using the same link. Use this link to John’s contact form if you need any help with downloads, links, or Zoom.

Videos, notes & slides

Gwen has notes available for many of the meetings.

Malvern’s buildings and history

8th June. Download Gwen’s PowerPoint presentation from Google Drive – a fairly large 25MB file, should work for most people.

Notes for Buildings & History of Malvern

Notes from Gwen’s presentation 8th June 2021.

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Version: docx

Researching ancestors’ cities: Liverpool.

25th May. Recordings available on YouTube: Part One (Gwen), 28 minutes; Part Two (Phil), 30 minutes.

Ask the Panel

Link to part one, YouTube video of Ask the Panel, 14th July 2020. Link for part two (you can also click on the “information card” ⓘ which shows in part one, or the video link at the end).

Creating a family history book

Featured software CEWE Creater Software. Gwen’s presentation on 23rd June was recorded for those unable to attend. YouTube links: first part, then click on the video link at the end or direct link for the second part.

John’s ’20/’21 talks

The Selling Game

22 June – from respected establishments to street traders. There is a short article on Cutlock & Co about the department store research for this.

Selling Game

Edited presentation from 22 June 2021 – from respected establishments to street traders.

Size: 2MB
Version: pdf
Newspapers in your research

Key slides with links from presentation 9 March 2021

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Genealogy Software

John’s presentation from 9 Feb 2021 with added notes from the live demos of My Family Tree, Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker. Plus list of other software choices.

Size: 2MB
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All at sea with the Smith family

13th October 2020: From trepidation to learning to love ‘my’ John Smith. Researching common surnames can be fun! Plus finding a maritime family. Recording available on YouTube: Part One (27 minutes) up to the break; Part Two (22 minutes) with research conclusions and 20th century mariners. Plus comments on Jodie’s Whittaker’s WDYTYA programme – the magazine with the same name has a blog with a show run down and useful resources.

Filing and preserving, digital and physical

8th September session: How to manage your records; plus how snipping/screen capture works. Email Gwen for her notes on preserving old documents, photographs and recordings/items.

Keeping things in order

John’s complete slide set. Includes extras on accessing digital records at National Archives for free (while COVID restrictions are in place), Genealogical Proof Standard (as sort of mentioned re aiming your research to be ‘definitive’).

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Independence struggle hits inventing business

This presentation, 26 May 2020, was recorded largely to enable relations of Theo D. Farrall to view. Available on request (via YouTube link).

A Ghastly Story

First presented November 2017, an updated and cut down version was given online for 14th April 2020 test session. A pdf copy of the presentation slides (5.7MB) is available on request or see more info on John’s family history website Cutlock & Co.

Genealogy Websites

The two Zoom meetings on 11th and 25th August (Gwen/John) looked at the main genealogy websites, further useful sites, processing gedcom (transfer) files, adding colour to black and white images.

Videos on YouTube:

Genealogy websites – slides

The full slide set prepared for 11th August 2020. Includes info on site subscription levels and rates, website addresses and some added notes.

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More genealogy websites

Full slide set prepared for 25th August 2020. Includes all web links with an added assortment from John. Colourising old photos, processing gedcoms, plus extra list on computer programs which handle gedcoms.

Size: 750KB
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