Uncover Your Family History in Harrogate

  1. March 22, 2013 8:24 pm

Genealogy has become big business over recent years. With the popularity of programmes like Who Do You Think You Are, Restoration Home and Heir Hunters on the rise, it is no wonder than many people have turned to family history specialists to take a look back into their own past.


Harrogate is a town steeped in history and even if you have never lived here, you may have ancestors that did or visited. With so many archives to trawl through, it can be difficult to research your own family history without expert advice.

Next weekend, Harrogate is to host the Local and Family History Day at the Harrogate Pavillions. On Saturday 16th March, entrants to the fair can talk to family history experts and find out how they can uncover the secrets of their ancestry.

£2 is all it takes to enter the fair and listen to expert talks from royal historian and presenter of BBC Television’s Restoration Home programme, Kate Williams. In addition, there will also be a range of trade stalls run by archaeology and ancestry organisations so you can find all the help and advice you need to get started on your genealogy hunt.

Many genealogy enthusiasts can find themselves at a dead end when an ancestor changes their name or moves across the other side of the world. In a way, it almost becomes a treasure hunt. Family history experts could help you to find a new path to your lost relatives.

Harrogate library is a great place to search the records for people you know lived and worked here. Local parishes also hold records of births, deaths and marriages that may not have been registered elsewhere.

The Fair will be held at the Harrogate Pavilions on Saturday 16 March. Tickets are just £2 each, payable at the door.

For more information, including details of talks and a full list of stallholders, visit  www.northyorks.gov.uk/archives

Places on talks (£5 each) are limited so early booking is recommended: call the County Record Office on 01609 777585 or email archives@northyorks.gov.uk

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