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SOR meetings and discussion - 2015 01 Nov 2015 10:06 #1218

The South of the River House Group meet the first Wednesday of every month except in January. We have a meeting topic focus, but members can always bring their own triumphs and difficulties in family history for discussion. Contact the Convenor through the WAGS link for the South Of the River House Group. We hope to see you in 2016!

Here is what we did in 2015:

WAGS House Group South of the River
Topic discussion list for 2015
January – no meeting in January
February – Wednesday 4th – Children’s lives
• Childhood recollections, photos; School attendance; toys, clothing, samplers
• Infant mortality you may know about in the family; hospital records, nurses, confinements
• Working children in your family – what did they do?
March – Wednesday 4th – Searching on TROVE
• Best tips for getting results
• Saving results – cut and paste techniques
• Searching other newspaper archives; access to archives
April – Wednesday 1st – cemeteries, churchyards, plaques and tombstones
• Family information you have found; volunteering to index
• Favourite churchyards and memorial places
• Where and how to find records – don’t forget undertakers records
May – Wednesday 6th – history of Perth zoo presentation by Graham Bown
June- Wednesday 3rd – brick walls
• You can vent all your frustrations at this meeting! Maybe the collective knowledge of the group can help.
July – Wednesday 1st – “In living memory” – researching the period 1920 – 1960
• Where can you find personal records?
• Privacy considerations
• Secondary sources – books, civil/government records, reminiscences
August – Wednesday 5th – Wills
• Where to find them
• How to read and interpret them
September – Wednesday 2nd – Photos
• Dating, storing, restoring etc

October – Wednesday 7th – Writing your family history
• Bring a ‘taste’ of what you have written already to share
• Just starting? Advice and directions.
• Discuss formats, publishing, style, what to include, tailor to the audience etc.
• Your family history – making it safe for the future – upload? Private publishing? Submit to Familysearch?
• Blogs and sites – can your information be used as the basis for a more formal history?

November – Wednesday 4th – Irish family history.
• Anything Irish.
• Please share your Irish family stories too.

December – Wednesday 2nd – Graeme Winters talk on how he manages his website and family history
• For this presentation we hope to have the website ‘live’ and the use of the projector.
• We will also celebrate the year – share your triumphs
• Discussion on our focus for 2016 – topics, focus, format; what does the group want?
• No meeting January
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