Families discover unknown descendants through Barnsley Archives’ virtual service

The hugely popular, Family History Surgeries, hosted by Barnsley Archives are being brought to the homes of people across the borough through their new virtual service.

Keen to reach people during the current situation; once a month they will be using their dazzling detective skills along with remarkable resources to dig deep into family histories.

They will offer tips and guidance on how people can discover fascinating stories of their ancestry and to make the right links along the way. With access to their amazing collection of documents, photographs and film they can help uncover mysteries of the past without people having to leave the safety of their home.

The next session will take place on Wednesday, 24 June and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All they need is a few lines detailing discoveries so far, what people would like to know, and they can leave the rest to them! Details of their findings will be shared the following day via message or email.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Barnsley has one of the busiest archives services in the region and is used by thousands of people across there borough.  The resources which date back centuries are relied on by residents, academics and historians.  To be able to bring the teams skills and expertise to peoples homes during this time is brilliant and I am sure some intriguing stories will be uncovered along the way.”

To find out more about the service or to book a place email at Archives@barnsley.gov.uk.

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