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)      


The Family History Group meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 2.15- 4.00pm in Chesham Town Hall We welcome anyone with an interest in Family History.

If you are just starting out on your research and need help or advice please speak to one of 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 there is an information section on our U3a website page.

Our December meeting was a 'bring and tell' day. This produced some very interesting stories and one visitor came along and told us a fascinating story of how she found her extended birth family after being adopted as a baby.

We started 2017 with a visit from an 'old friend' Colin Oakes who told us a very detailed and interesting history of Southwark, Londons oldest village. He even gave us an impromptu resume of The London Charterhouse, which we are visiting in August this year. The Charterhouse is a historic complex of buildings in Smithfield, London, dating back to the 14th century.

Our meetings are about how ordinary people lived using multiple sources: talks, the personal experiences of our members, books, the internet and visiting speakers.

Information Centre   

This year we are updating our Website, however you can access all the information as most of it is standard advice and is very helpful to all members. It will change over the year to include a pack for beginners, which at the moment is only available in hard copy at the meeting, so keep your eye open for updates.


click here to access the information centre


Current Programme

7th march Else Churchill (SOG) – State Papers 
4th april Ann Ford  - Gypsy History
2nd may


19th June Tom Doig - Military Uniforms
4th July Antony Marr - The work of a Professional Genealogist
1st august

No Meeting - External visit

5th september Julian Hunt                  Workhouses in Bucks
3rd october TBA
7th november TBA
5th december

Members Day Christmas Social