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Trace your own family tree

[Tuesday 12 January 2010]

If you enjoyed the hugely popular BBC2 programme ‘Who Do You think You Are?’ why not have fun tracing your own family tree?

Whilst it is interesting to watch celebrities such as Boris Johnson and Patsy Kensit find out surprising and sometimes shocking history about their families, it is much more rewarding to research your own ancestors say Bradford Council's libraries service and Bradford College.

The two are together organising a course to offer beginners experienced help and support in this addictive hobby, as well as the free use of the many electronic resources and online records. Participants can view ancestry websites, find census and military records, search birth, marriage and death indexes and apply for certificates.

Councillor Anne Hawkesworth, Executive Member for Environment and Culture, said: “It’s fun and it’s not difficult! You don’t need any prior knowledge of computers, so people should not let that put them off! We think this will be a popular course, and we urge people to enrol early as numbers are limited and places are reserved on a first come first served basis.”

Popular demand has meant we are now offering four courses in Keighley Library beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 and Thursday 21st January. Each course will run every following Tuesday and Thursday for 10 weeks. The sessions are from 9.00. 11.00 and 11.15-13.15 in Keighley Local Studies Library, 1st floor Keighley Library.

The full course costs £20. It is free to people in receipt of benefits, but evidence must be provided with enrolment.

For more information and to reserve a place, contact Keighley Local Studies library on 01535 618215

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