Fareham family history fair pulls in crowds

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HISTORY, heritage and genealogy were the big draws at a popular annual event.

Hundreds of people went to Fareham library, in Osborn Road, on Saturday to pick up handy tips on searching family trees and to share a passion for nostalgia.

18/10/2014 (KB)''The annual Heritage and History Fair took place on Saturday at Fareham Library.''Pictured is: Diane Harland (62) from Locks Heath, talking to Hugh Owen a member of the Society of Genealogists, helping Diane look into information about her husbands great-grandfather.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142982-2778) PPP-141019-080351001

18/10/2014 (KB)''The annual Heritage and History Fair took place on Saturday at Fareham Library.''Pictured is: Diane Harland (62) from Locks Heath, talking to Hugh Owen a member of the Society of Genealogists, helping Diane look into information about her husbands great-grandfather.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142982-2778) PPP-141019-080351001

The event is in its tenth year and is organised by Phil Hammond, chairman of Staunton Park Genealogy Centre.

Mr Hammond said: ‘Family history is a big draw but it is very interesting.’

Diane Harland was at the event getting advice on how to trace her husband’s family tree. She was delighted when the Staunton Park Genealogy Centre managed to find birth records from Ireland, which could hold vital bits of information for her research.

Mrs Harland, of Hunts Pond Road, Locks Heath, said: ‘I’ve been looking for 18 months so I am now looking for some help. Today we’ve found two things which I have not been able to find before, so it has been great.

18/10/2014 (KB)''The annual Heritage and History Fair took place on Saturday at Fareham Library.''Pictured is: Phil Hammond, founder and chairman of Staunton Park Genealogy Centre, with a register of South Hampshire's war graves in churchyards and cemetries.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142982-2764) PPP-141019-080541001

18/10/2014 (KB)''The annual Heritage and History Fair took place on Saturday at Fareham Library.''Pictured is: Phil Hammond, founder and chairman of Staunton Park Genealogy Centre, with a register of South Hampshire's war graves in churchyards and cemetries.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142982-2764) PPP-141019-080541001

‘I have got something to work on now. It has been a worthwhile trip.’

Pamela Wenden, from the Fareham Local History Group, which meets at the Westbury Manor Museum, was running a stall.

Mrs Wenden said: ‘It is so nice for people to come and look through our pictures. One lady even spotted her mother in a picture that was nearly 100 years old.’

Assistant library manager Dan Oliver said the event was one of the most popular held at the library.

He said: ‘It is a fantastic event as it brings people in with a range of interests, from social history to family history and local history.’

Mr Oliver said the library was a good place for research as it holds records and it has access to specialist websites that cost to use, as well as keeping copies of The News dating back to 1945.

Groups from the Hampshire Record Offices, the Family Search Team, Portsmouth History Centre, the Fareham and Portchester Model Railway Club, St Peter and St Paul’s Church and Gosport Discovery Centre, plus many more, all held stalls and were offering advice.