NNWFHS Meetings & Events

Meetings & Help Desks

Unless otherwise advertised, all meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Baptist Church Hall, The Green, Attleborough, Nuneaton, CV11 4JZ [directions] beginning at 7.30 until 9.15 pm. For speaker meetings, doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.30 pm start. 

The format for our meetings will be a mixture of talks from invited speakers on family history related topics; research and help sessions using the Baptist Church Hall’s and the society’s resources; and social evenings. 

Our monthly meetings are friendly, informal and sociable. Members and non-members, beginners and experienced genealogists - everyone is welcome. You do not have to join straight away but can come along as a guest for up to 2 sessions. Tea and coffee are provided.

Our meeting fee is £2.50 for members and £4 for guests (an increased fee may apply for some speaker meetings).

Programme of Events

NNWFHS occasionally publicises events and activities for other groups or organisations that may be of interest to our members.  Please note that events/activities shown as not being NNWFHS-organised are outside the control of NNWFHS. 

A pocket sized pdf version of our programme of meetings for the current year may be downloaded from the About Us page.

Research meetings are usually held quarterly in January, April, July and October. At our research meetings you will be able to make full use of the Society's and the Baptist Church Hall's resources. Help and advice is available from experienced genealogists and local historians. We can help you to get started in family history, show you how to find and use the records you need, suggest where you can look next and ways that you can break down brick walls that you might have come up against, tell you about local life at the time your ancestors were living here, and put you in touch with others who share your ancestors. You will also have the opportunity to chat to other members and share with them your own experiences and problems. There is a great deal of genealogy on the internet nowadays most of which is uncorroborated. We can help you to confirm or refute what you have been told and to put flesh on the bones of your family tree names by showing you how and where to access original records. 

*Please note that a degree of computer competency is required. Our volunteers can help you with your family history but there is not time at these sessions to teach basic computer skills. There is a nominal charge for computer printing.

"We do not offer to complete your family tree for you.  We are here to help you to succeed in doing this for yourself." 

Family History Help Desks

Help and advice is available from friendly family historians, so if you have ancestors who came from Atherstone, Coleshill, Kingsbury, Nuneaton or the surrounding villages please come along, everyone is welcome.

Arley help sessions run by volunteers at St. Michael's Community Centre on Tuesdays between 10 am and 12 noon. Computers available, or bring your own laptop. There is help available for computer software problems.

Atherstone Library hosts family history help sessions on the third Wednesday of each month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm during normal library opening hours.  All library records are available for research and the reader/printer plus 3 of the library's computers are available for family history use. For more information contact Val Pickard or phone Atherstone Library on 01827 712395.

Coleshill Library hosts family history sessions on the third Monday of each month from 10 am to 12 noon during normal library opening hours. Booking essential..contact Val Pickard

Hartshill Community Library  hosts family history help sessions every Monday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm in the Community Centre for Hartshill residents and for others living nearby.   Computers are available, or bring your own laptop. There is also a coffee bar. For more information contact Val Pickard 

Sutton Coldfield Library.   Starting 14th November 2018  this help desk will be on the second Wednesday of each month from 1pm to 3pm. Booking is recommended. There is a cafe within the library which has an extensive local studies collection. FOLIO organises this and other activities to promote this library in the centre of Sutton Coldfield, see http://foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk/

Nuneaton Library hosts family history help sessions every fourth Wednesday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Computers are available, or bring your own laptop. Access to online resources like Ancestry and Find My Past is provided. For more information contact Val Pickard 

E-Helpdesk If you are unable to attend any of our local Helpdesk sessions, we will try to answer your general and specific queries on all aspects of family history via our E-Helpdesk. We also offer a limited research service, for members only, of the society’s records and those held by Nuneaton library.

Heritage Open Days every September

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Free of charge and literally on people’s doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability. For more information visit the Heritage Open Days website.


NNWFHS occasionally publicises events and activities for other groups or organisations that may be of interest to our members.  Please note that events/activities shown as not being NNWFHS-organised are outside the control of NNWFHS. 

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