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The e-newsletter of the Sussex Family History Group

Explore your archive

Most family history researchers have benefitted from the large amount of data which has gone online in recent years. However convenient this has been, there is a flip side and that is the decrease in visitors to record offices, archives, museums and libraries. Many house vast amounts of information between them and much of this isn't online, yet it is relevant and important for family history researchers and local historians.

Support your local Record Office, Archive and Local Studies!

In the current economic climate, these are all facing cuts or in some cases closure. However, if they can provide proof of their purpose and popularity they have a stronger case and more power to fight cuts and closures. One of the main ways of monitoring use is by footfall so it is a case of 'use it or lose it'! If you want to see your local record office, archive, museum or library continue to provide such a valuable contribution to your local area, then use it!

You can learn more about the variety of records held by archives and how they contribute to every aspect of our lives at Explore your Archive.

The Keep <> West Sussex Record Office

SFHG library now settled in new home

Our Sussex Family History Group room (to be christened the Philip Lucas Room) is now operational in The Keep. The library has been open several times each week since The Keep was first open on Tuesday 19th November, and members and non-members have been helped by our team of volunteers.

There are eight desks in our library (including two with disabled access) and a multi-function machine for microfiche and film so there should be space for everyone. However, if you are travelling far, you can e-mail to reserve a desk.

Future opening dates will be posted on the SFHG Facebook page. The new library catalogue can now be searched online.

Bognor news

The Bognor Regis meeting centre will not be meeting in January and February but from March will have a new venue at the Gallery Room, The Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BL. Their first meeting will thus be on Thursday 13th March.

Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Tea or coffee available.

Uckfield news

The dates for the first three Uckfield meetings in 2014 were previously published incorrectly. The first quarter's programme for the Uckfield meeting centre should then read:
Saturday 11th January: Visit to The Keep (meet there at 10.30am)
Monday 10th February: Peter Bailey, Families in British India
Monday 10th March: Allison Caffyn, Murder in Burwash

The meetings are usually at the Luxford Day Centre, Library Way, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AA on the second Monday of each month, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tea or coffee available.

Conference and AGM

The SFHG Annual Conference will be held at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath on Saturday 12th April. Members, and non-members, are invited to attend what has traditionally been an excellent occasion.

Our three guest speakers are: Les Mitchinson "Nonconformity: The Road to Toleration", Katherine Slay "Graylingwell War Hospital 1915-1919", and Ian Everest "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission from its beginnings to the present day".

Numbers are limited so you are advised to book early. Details and booking form were included with December's Sussex Family Historian and are available on the website.

The Annual General Meeting follows at 4pm. This is an opportunity to have your say in the running of the Sussex Family History Group.

The big show

Advertised as 'the biggest family history event in the world', this year's 'Who Do You Think You Are? Live' takes place at Olympia from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd February. Again incorporated is the Society of Genealogists' Family History Show. Featured will be genealogical experts and numerous workshops to help with your research. Dozens of family history societies will be represented along with museums and libraries.

Standard on the door price of an adult ticket is £22. You can buy advance tickets for £16 each or, quoting code FFHS2426, £26 for two. £2.25 booking fee applies, offer closes 14th February. Visit the WDYTYA website.