Help with Family Tree

Help with Family Tree


West Sussex Record Office hold  a new programme of workshops for people who want to trace their family tree. The ‘coffee-time’ sessions aimed at beginners will run throughout 2014. 

The workshops will be held at 10.00 am on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on January 8th with an introduction to reading old handwriting.

On February 5th, participants are introduced to the popular family history websites, Ancestry and Findmypast, used by celebrities on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? series and available free-of-charge at the Record Office.

Further sessions will look at the range of archive sources available at the Record Office, which date from as early as 780AD, and how best to use them for family history research.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member Lionel Barnard, who is responsible for the Record Office, commented: “These sessions were extremely popular this year so we’re running them again in 2014. They’re great for anyone who is new to family history and wants to find out what resources are available and how best to use them.”

Anyone interested in signing up for a workshop is advised to book early by calling 01243 753602 or emailing:

Each session costs £7.50 and includes refreshments. For more information, visit the Record Office website and click on ‘outreach and events’.

West Sussex Record Office is at 3 Orchard Street, Chichester.