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March 2020

Computer Group – Any Questions

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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Moving on from our former Open Forums, we are trying a wider topic. Alan will still try to answer technical computer questions if you e-mail them to him at least 7 days before the meeting at webmaster@dorsetfhs.org.uk . In addition, the assembled group will attempt to help on Family History questions. We usually have a range of expertise present, so you could well be lucky.

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“Mixing DNA Results with a Paper Trail” – a talk by Dr. Penny Walters

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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Penny explains how to merge established paper trails with DNA results, the biology and jargon of which can be overwhelming. Through DNA testing people receive ethnicity estimates, a heritage map, a list of people that DNA matches (overlaps) with, and the opportunity to contact and collaborate if they wish. Many people only focus on that ethnicity result and don't know what to do with the other information. Advantages and disadvantages of different tests are explored, a consanguinity provided and useful…

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Family History Day – Fair

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Parkstone Grammar School, Sopers Lane
Poole, Dorset BH17 7EP United Kingdom
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Free

Join us at our Family History Day which is held every two years at Parkstone Grammar School. If you have attended previous FHDs you will know that it is a great day out at a superb venue with free admission and parking. We have lots of Exhibitors, interesting talks, a Help Desk with access to research resources, a sales area, and refreshments available all day! We are pleased to announce the speakers are Dr Penny Walters talking on 'DNA &…

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April 2020

Computer Group – DNA Further Investigations

April 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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Our October meeting proved very interesting, but some members were away, and others have more to contribute. Hopefully Linda Adams and Ann Bush will be able to join us to share their expertise again.

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“Posted in the Past” – a talk by Helen Baggott

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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Following on from her book "Posted in he Past", Helen uses genealogical skills to reveal the true stories behind postcards from  the early years of the 20th century, and Helen shares these tales through her illustrated talk. A 10 year old servant living in Bath, a soldier who died in the first World War, and even the man who helped prepare Lord Kitchener's last meal, all are connected through postcards. Helen is a freelance writer and editor from Sturminster Newton,…

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May 2020

Computer Group – Facebook for Family History

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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Many members have mentioned finding assistance (and sometimes “new” cousins) on Facebook. This is your opportunity to bring examples of the benefits and show the rest of us how to do it. If you don’t usually come to Computer Group, but have something to contribute to this topic, drop me an e-mail at liaison@dorsetfhs.org.uk and we can slot you in. It will be light evenings by May, so there’s no excuse.

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“Keep It In The Family” – a talk by Heather Wylde

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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Heather tells the true story of love, bravery and tragedy, taken from her mother's diary in 1941, when her uncle's Wellington bomber went missing during a raid on Dusseldorf. After researching the historical sites of the RAF, she has the training records of both her father and uncle, the last flight plan of her uncle, and other relevant documents. With this research, and the pages of her mother's diary, it brings out an unusual and interesting story of a family's…

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June 2020

Computer Group – Some suggested Websites

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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Although we have regularly heard from Celia on this topic, the plan is to invite any member to bring along details of a site you have come across or has been recommended to you. There is no need to bring lots – a few people suggesting one each will happily fill an evening.

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“Naval Records” – a talk by Les Mitchinson

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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Les returns once more to take us through another informative discovery journey. This time explaining how Naval records have evolved from the 18th century, through to the modern day. Les describes the records, explains where they are held, and which ones are available to view on-line. He will also explain the different approach to researching a naval officer from that of a naval rating. Les, after a naval career, became a professionally qualified genealogist. A course tutor with the IHGS…

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July 2020

“Penny Loaves of Corfe Castle” – a talk by Louise Haywood

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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Full Details To Follow In 1999 Louise became "hooked" on church records, and in 2000 became a volunteer transcribing the 1861 Census for Falmouth, becoming an OPC and taking on Corfe Castle and Kimmeridge. in 2010 she gained an Advanced Diploma in Local History through Oxford University. Corfe Castle Charities then asked if Louise would write up their 400 years of history! This took 8 years, as, amongst others, the Bankes Archive had not been catalogued. Louise is currently a…

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