Family History



Contact            marian bangs   email:

Contact            sue broad   email:             

Date and Time    1st Tuesday each month, 2:15pm to 4:30pm (EXCLUDING JANUARY & AUGUST)      


Our group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 2.15pm to 4.30pm in Chesham Town Hall. If you are interested or would like to find out more about how to research your Family History please come along, there is no need to book.

We have a variety of members, books and help sheets to get you started. Our speakers cover a wide variety of subjects and we encourage members to tell their own stories as they usually turn out to be the most interesting. In June a favourite returning speaker Tom Doig will talking on the Militia (a change from the advertised programme) The Militia of Great Britain were the principle military reserve forces after the Union in 1801 of the former Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland. He will also try and date any photographs members may care to bring

If you are just starting out on your research and need help or advice please speak to the Convenors who will introduce you to one of our experienced members who will be more than happy to help, either at the meeting or on a one to one basis. We have a small library and new members information sheets at the meetings.

We usually have speakers at our meetings and occasional members days.

Our website has not been updated for some time however U3a members interested in starting their own Family History will still find a lot of useful information on the Chess Valley U3a Web Site. Look on the left hand side of the page under 'Groups' 'Family History' Follow the instructions.

Information Centre   

Our information page has not been updated recently but the information on it is still applicable. A New Members information pack is available to view at our monthly meetings  

click here to access the information centre


Current Programme

5th december Xmas Social & Members memories of childhood
2nd january 2018

No meeting

6th february Anthony Mar – Civil Registration
6th march

Paul Bourton (enquiries@unknown – Examples of soldier research

3rd april

Doig – Victorian Way of death. (a tongue in cheek view) 

1st May Laura Cotton from Buckinghamshire Archives – Reading old script 
5th june External visit to The Charterhouse – booking required
3rd july TBA
7th august NO MEETING
4th september

Neil Price – From regency London to Bleak House, my Gt Gt Grandfather

2nd october Waller – Study Day on Family Search (Mormon site)
6th November TBA
4th december

Christmas Social