MEETINGS & HELP DESKS
Unless otherwise advertised, all meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton. 7.30 - 9.15 pm. For speaker meetings, doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.30 start. For more details visit our Events section or click here to download a pdf version of our 2012/13 pocket sized meetings programme.
The format for our meetings will be a mixture of talks from invited speakers on family history related topics; research and help sessions using the Chilvers Coton Centre’s and the society’s resources; and social evenings. There will be occasional visits to other resource centres e.g. Nuneaton library.
Our monthly meetings are friendly, informal and sociable. Members and non-members, beginners and experienced genealogists - everyone is welcome. You do not have to join straight away but can come along as a guest for up to 2 sessions. Tea and coffee are provided.
Our meeting fee is £2.50 for members and £4 for guests (an increased fee may apply for some speaker meetings).
Research meetings are usually held quarterly in January, April, July and October. At our research meetings you will be able to make full use of the society's and the Heritage Centre's resources - including free use of the Mosedale Computer Suite* - and purchase society publications. Help and advice is available from experienced genealogists and local historians. We can help you to get started in family history, show you how to find and use the records you need, suggest where you can look next and ways that you can break down brick walls that you might have come up against, tell you about local life at the time your ancestors were living here, and put you in touch with others who share your ancestors. You will also have the opportunity to chat to other members and share with them your own experiences and problems. There is a great deal of genealogy on the internet nowadays most of which is uncorroborated. We can help you to confirm or refute what you have been told and to put flesh on the bones of your family tree names by showing you how and where to access original records.
*Please note that a degree of computer competency is required. Our volunteers can help you with your family history but there is not time at these sessions to teach basic computer skills. There is a nominal charge for computer printing.
"We do not offer to complete your family tree for you. We are here to help you to succeed in doing this for yourself."
Family History Help Desks
Help & advice available from friendly family historians drawing on the libraries' and Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre's resources. So if you have ancestors who came from Nuneaton, Atherstone, Kingsbury or the surrounding villages please come along, everyone is welcome.
Atherstone Library hosts family history help sessions on the third Wednesday of each month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm during normal library opening hours. All library records are available for research and the reader/printer plus 3 of the library's computers are available for family history use. For more information contact Val Pickard or phone Atherstone Library on 01827 712395.
Wilnecote Library hosts family history help sessions on the third Monday of each month from 2.15pm to 4.15pm during normal library opening hours. There are computers but no local records e.g. parish registers available for research. For more information please contact Jacqui Simkins.
Baddesley Ensor Community Library (situated in the village hall on Keys Hill) hosts family history help sessions every Monday from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm during normal library opening hours. Computers are available for family history use. There is also a coffee bar. For more information contact Val Pickard or phone Baddesley Ensor Community Library on 01827 718561.
Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre runs their own family history help sessions every Tuesday afternoon. For more information phone the centre on 02476 325822 or visit their website.
Please note that all Warwickshire libraries charge for use of computers after an initial free 30 minutes for library members with a current library card only. There are usually 2 NNWFHS committee members on hand at the Help Desks to provide a free help and advice service as well as the usual library staff. Any charges, other than nominal charges for printing at the Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, are those of Warwickshire County Council, not NNWFHS.
E-Helpdesk If you are unable to attend any of our local Helpdesk sessions, we will try to answer your general and specific queries on all aspects of family history via our E-Helpdesk. We also offer a limited research service, for members only, of the society’s records and those held by Nuneaton library.