Top tips for Swansea history hunters
Swansea people are being offered workshops on how to conduct research of their own
Bee Gee Robin Gibb is among the latest batch of celebrities finding out about their family history in a hit BBC programme and now Swansea people are being offered top tips on how to conduct research of their own.
The West Glamorgan Archives Service is running a series of expert-led workshops at the Civic Centre in the wake of the success of 'Who do you think you are?' on the TV.
Comedian Alan Carr and Olympic gold medallist Seb Coe are among the other celebrities to have already delved into their family lineage in the current series.
The local workshops are intended as a practical guide to some of the techniques and resources people will need.
Some of the topics include getting the best out of the family history centre and archive searchroom, using original documents, how to begin your research and understanding old handwriting.
Advice will also be on hand to getting the best out of church and chapel records and using workhouse, prison and court records.
Each workshop costs £5 and lasts for two hours and will be split into two parts: the first will focus on theory and the second is where people will put what they've learned into practice.
Cllr Graham Thomas, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said: "The West Glamorgan Archives Service offers top resources and expertise to help people research the history of their families or local areas.
"These workshops will arm history hunters with key skills that will either help them kick-start their research or take their next step in their endeavours."
The workshops will last from 2pm to 4pm on Monday afternoons on the following dates.
* October 31: Understanding old handwriting.
* November 7: Getting the best out of church and chapel records.
* November 14: Using workhouse, prison, court records.
To find out more or call 01792 636589.