FAMILY ROOTS: Putting a smile on their faces

Sandra McKay (sitting) with (left to right) Linda Hanna (library Assistant), Douglas Sanderson, Sandra O'Connor and Derek Armstrong. Picture By FRANK REID. Picture by FRANK REID
Sandra McKay (sitting) with (left to right) Linda Hanna (library Assistant), Douglas Sanderson, Sandra O'Connor and Derek Armstrong. Picture By FRANK REID. Picture by FRANK REID

THE helping hand of Family Roots is proving to be a real boost for some of our readers.

Family members who have lost touch with each other have been brought back together with our help.

Watch out for stories in the coming weeks on people who have begun correspondence with far-off members of their clan thanks to our help.

There will also be stories about followers of Family Roots who, even now, are making progress on their own ancestry thanks to pieces we published two years ago.

And one man whose past had a military link will also be sharing his own genealogy progress in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, here are some of the ways in which you can advance your own family tree research.

l Hartlepool Central Library has recently taken in thousands of new records relating to Methodist and Catholic families, said Sandra McKay, the reference services officer at the Central Library.

The records, which also include the Monkwearmouth and Bishopwearmouth areas, are linked by the various Gray’s shipyards and their locations.

l The library runs the Tracing Your Ancestors service from 10am to 12pm every Wednesday. Admission is free.

For more information contact the Central Library on (01429) 272905 or email infodesk@hartlepool.gov.uk.

l The Hartlepool Headland Local History Group has around 30 members and holds two monthly meetings, one on general history and one for people interested in family trees.

To find out more, contact David Geen on (01429) 269600.

l Many people will have ancestors in the County Durham area. To help you in your research, the Durham County Record Office at County Hall, in Durham City, has records and other information which stretch back 900 years.

To get in touch, contact (0191) 3833253, (0191) 3833474 or email record.office@durham.gov.uk.