Family History Helpdesk
Held on the first and third Thursday of the month
between 10am and 12pm
- check our events page for the next sessions
Volunteers from both the East
Yorkshire Family History Society and Let's Grow Family History
Society will be on hand to assist you with your family history
research, whether you have just started or have come across a
stumbling block in your research. There is no need to book but
consultations are on a first-come-first-served basis, so please
arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Each consultation lasts up to 30 minutes, and our experienced
volunteers will gladly assist you with using websites such as
Ancestry and Find My Past, as well as
offering guidance with any further resources which may be of use to
your research. Their advice is not limited to Hull and the
- Read our guide Tips
for Beginners: Tracing your family tree in
Hull (PDF, 530kb) which includes information
about how to get started and key sources held at the History
- Bring any relevant information you have along to the session
with you. It does not necessarily have to be the original
documents, but make a note of birth dates and places along with
parent’s names, for example. Having the information written down
gives a good start to record keeping, which is essential.
- Concentrate on researching only one side of family at a
time to avoid confusion.
- Make sure you notify staff of your arrival so they can put you
on the list of people to be seen.
The website also includes further information on
planning your visit, our enquiry
service, details of the ICT facilities and microfilm
readers, a list of local
groups and societies, and details of events including our
popular lunchtime club talks.