Research your roots at new heritage group

Jan Bridget explores her family history at Todmorden Library with help from Roberta Crossley, West Calderdale Libraries' team leader
Jan Bridget explores her family history at Todmorden Library with help from Roberta Crossley, West Calderdale Libraries' team leader

A new family history group will be launched next week to give people the opportunity to research their roots.

Family Heritage, which will hold its inaugural meeting at Todmorden Library on Wednesday, November 27, aims to enable people to share stories and help each other with research projects.

Jan Bridget, who has been involved with setting up the group, will speak about her own family history at the meeting at 1pm.

Jan, an avid fan of popular BBC programme “Who do you think you are?”, has been researching her ancestors for nearly 20 years.

“My interest has become, to be honest, a bit of an addiction, especially when I discovered that one of my ancestors was a role model for Heathcliff and that not only had a booklet been published on the topic but also several academic papers, culminating in a film documentary in 2009,” she said.

Jan will be talking more about her story at Wednesday’s meeting.

She hopes people in the upper Calder Valley with an interest in genealogy will join the new group.

“The aim is to share our stories and help each other with our research,” she said.

“The group will meet on the last Wednesday of every month so that we can access various research sites at the library for free.

“If you want to see if there are any skeletons in your cupboard, do come along.”