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Uncovering family roots

SKILLS TO SHARE: Members of the Friends of North Cemetery, (left to right) Julie Rudge, Irene Cross and Joe Pullman

SKILLS TO SHARE: Members of the Friends of North Cemetery, (left to right) Julie Rudge, Irene Cross and Joe Pullman

A HISTORY group is offering help to people who want to delve into their family roots but do not know where to start.

Hartlepool’s Friends of North Cemetery group is to hold two sessions for anyone keen to trace their family history after staging similar successful events last year.

They will be held at Hartlepool Central Library, in York Road, on Wednesday, January 15 and 29.

The friends group, which was set up to protect and promote the town’s historic North Cemetery, hope the sessions will help their efforts to record the cemetery’s history.

Secretary Julie Rudge said: “We want to give people the skills to start the process of looking into their own family history and, who knows, some people might find out along the way that they have relatives buried in the cemetery. That would certainly be of interest us.”

The free library sessions are aimed at people with no previous experience of family history research and Hartlepool council staff will be on hand.

The friends group is also looking to contact people who have relatives buried in North Cemetery.

“Two members of the group have undergone training in oral history research and we would like to hear from people who are happy to share their family history stories with us in one-to-one interviews,” added Julie.

The plan is to record their stories and include them in a new Book of Interment.

The Friends group is always on the look out for new members and anyone interested is welcome to attend its next meeting at the Wharton Annex, Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, on January 15 at 1pm.

For more details about the history group’s work contact Irene Cross, council community development officer on (01429) 855560 or email irene.cross@hartlepool.gov.uk

 

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