Voyage of discovery

A family photo from the 1950/60s belonging to David Wilson.
A family photo from the 1950/60s belonging to David Wilson.
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A new family-history group in north Northumberland is to hold its inaugural gathering next week.

Alnwick Family History Society has its first meeting at Bailiffgate Museum on Tuesday at 7.15pm.

The Society is eager to help as many people as possible to discover the fascinating story of their family history (and to learn about other people’s).

There will be a talk by Jane Glass entitled Getting to Grips with Family History and the chance to meet fellow researchers.

Entrance is free to members of the Family History Society, but all are welcome for a donation of £2.50.

The Society is also running drop-in sessions at Bailiffgate Museum on certain Saturday mornings when anyone visiting the Museum will be able to request help getting started in their online research or to try to overcome problems they have come across.

The first of these sessions will be on Saturday, March 8, from 10am to 1pm.

They may be able to help those who are trying to trace the background of their family, such as the descendant of the family in the photo above, who contacted the Gazette several weeks ago.

Dudley George, Alnwick Family History Society chairman, said: “This is a service for everyone – local people and visitors to the area.

“Bear in mind that we are using national online databases, so it does not matter if your family was not originally from this area.”

For more information on the new Society, visit or email