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February 2020

“Family History Sources at The National Archives” – a talk by Susan Moore

February 18 @ 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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Susan's talk will concentrate on the valuable sources held at the National Archives. Bearing in mind that only 5% of the Archives are on-line, she shows the sort of information that can be found by family historians in the other 95%. Subjects will range from Army and Naval personnel, to tax and Manors, and then to records of family disputes and criminal records. The talk will not only illustrate the information in the records, but will include guidance on identifying…

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March 2020

“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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April 2020

“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

“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

“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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September 2020

“The History of Poole High Street” – a talk by Jenny Oliver

September 15 @ 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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This is the story of Poole High Street, which has a long and sometimes surprising history, going back to medieval times. Its buildings have housed poets, pirates, shopkeepers, slave traders, rich merchants, Mayors and poor seamen. It has witnessed celebrations, tragedies, Royal visits, fire, flood and murder! Through its many changes, Jenny guides us along its historic path. Some of you will know Jenny as Reference Librarian at Poole Library. For many years she worked with local history material and…

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October 2020

“Lawrence – Before and After Arabia” – a talk by Colin Van Geffen

October 20 @ 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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The legend of Lawrence of Arabia is well documented in books and films, but what of his life before and after the Desert war? With strong associations to Dorset, he was described as one of the most influential Englishmen of the 20th century - but he wasn't English! There are many myths, but the truth is far more fascinating, a man of many lives------ Colin is a well-known, established artist from the New Forest, and since his first competition success…

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November 2020

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

November 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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December 2020

“A Duffer’s Guide to History” – a talk by Steve Roberts

December 15 @ 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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Steve will give us a whistle-stop tour of British (and a bit of World) history from the Stone Age to the Cold War. It's going to be a bit of '1066 and all that' with some humour along the way, covering the key moments in our history, in chronological order, so you can see where we're going. Lots of questions posed (and hopefully answered) as we go - was there really a King Arthur? Why was Alfred the Great, and…

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