West Lothian 50+ Network – Genealogy Group
Group Leaders: Betty Mooney/ Allan Dungavel
Meet: Wednesday 10.00am to 12.30pm in the I.T. Suite of the Partnership Centre
We take great pleasure in taking people back through the ages to research their Family Tree. In some cases, on this journey, it can pull at your heartstrings. You may find sadness in discovering that one of your Ancestors had ended up with their family in a Poor House. In days gone by, if you lived for example in a “tied” house, such as a miner’s cottage, should your husband be killed in a pit disaster or by natural causes within a few days the family would be put out of the house along with any furniture with nowhere to go. Some had parents who could take them in, along with your children but in many cases their houses were full with their own young children.
On the happier side you may find aunts and uncles, cousins, even in some cases a brother or a sister, which you never knew existed. On getting in touch with them, your family is immediately extended, which can bring great happiness and joy. To aid people on this “trip of a life time” and see the joy, when they find out about their Ancestors, gives us as much pleasure as them. It is also a wonderful thing to pass this information down to the next generation and the next and so on.
Life is full of surprises and many can be found on this journey. One of our past members said “this journey has opened doors I never knew were possible, including meeting family members I never knew I had.”
There is a waiting list at the moment but as one person completes their family tree a vacancy becomes available.