Unless otherwise advertised, all meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton. 7.30 - 9.15 pm. For speaker meetings, doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.30 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 Chilvers Coton Centre’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).
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 current programme of meetings fmay 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 Heritage Centre's resources - including free use of the Mosedale Computer Suite* - and purchase society publications. 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.
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. For more information please contact Jacqui Simkins.
Hartshill Community Library hosts family history help sessions every Monday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm in the Community Centre. Computers are available, or bring your own laptop. There is also a coffee bar. For more information contact Val Pickard
Wilnecote Library hosts family history help sessions on the third Monday of each month from 2.15 pm to 4.15 pm during normal library opening hours. There are computers but no local records e.g. parish registers available for research. For more information please contact Jacqui Simkins.
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.