Programme of Lectures

19-Sep-23An (almost) Yorkshire Story Told through Sixteen CouplesNatasha Houseman

Natasha Houseman imagined as a Saxon 

Outside of being a family story obsessive, I lead charities who work on the environmental challenges we all face and more specifically in support of those people most immediately & directly affected and least able to cope with what our changing climate is meaning. Through my work I work with people living in Africa, Asia, continental Europe and elsewhere and my best connecting conversations always start with family histories. You can find me at

Just two of my 3xg grandparents were not of Yorkshire stock, with one born in Gloucestershire and one in Pembrokeshire. These two, a couple, had met, married and moved to Yorkshire by 1851. Only one other 3x great grandparent was born outside of Yorkshire (in Lancashire). She was illegitimate, I am now convinced she was conceived in Yorkshire and she married back into Yorkshire folks.


Whilst I love sheet thirty-two of the Bartholomew half inch revised map “Wharfedale” from 1932 because it includes the branches from south of Leeds and west of Harrogate, my roots are predominantly in the Nidderdale, Upper Wharfedale and Washburn valleys.


This talk is a whistlestop tour of the sixteen couples (thirty two people) who are my 3xg grandparents. It covers farmers, miners, canal boat people, dressmakers, grocers, gamekeepers and yet more farmers as well as women’s (lack of rights) in the Victorian age, illegitimacy and painful deaths. It’s also about sources and local names. All within that small geographic radius we are all interested in. My intent is to open conversations and (perhaps) new routes to explore your own family history in this area.

Martha Handley       Thomas Wellock

17-Oct-23A Grandmother’s LegacyJenny Mallin
21-Nov-23Yorkshire Resources at the Society of GenealogistsSue Gibbons

Sue GibbonsSue Gibbons was the Librarian of the Society of Genealogists for almost 20 years. During this time she was responsible for managing a major Lottery funded project to convert the old card catalogue into computer form and make it available on the Internet. She has been a member of the Anglo-German FHS since 1987 and is a life member and Fellow of the Society of Genealogists,

She is writing My ancestor was a shopkeeper and a second edition of her book German pork butchers in Britain for the Anglo-German FHS is nearing completion.

Yorkshire sources in the library of the Society of Genealogists

We start with using the library catalogue online.

Next how to find out about the broader jurisdictions for Yorkshire and your target parish, such as the Poor Law unions

Then the talk follows the arrangement of books in the library:

General eg.:  Armed forces, Court records, Education, Manorial records, Occupations, Taxation, Wills etc

 Local histories and local history societies

Registers and other sources for births, marriages and deaths

Monumental (tombstone) inscriptions

Censuses and census substitutes


Poll books and voters registers

Periodicals of county and local record and historical societies etc

Lastly we cover some of the special collections in the library and free access to subscription websites from the library

19-Dec-23Christmas QuizKevin Hawkins

Members Only event.  This year the quiz master will be our chairman, Kevin Hawkins