This weekend we spent the day at the Doncaster & District Family History Society Fair. Twile is based in Doncaster, so it was great to support our local society.
The event was very well organised and attended and it was great to speak to people in our home town and tell them more about Twile. The programme included talks by Anisha Christison N.C.M on ‘Tracing your Coal Mining Ancestors’ and Karen Walker M.A on ‘Thieves, Drunkards & Undesirables’. The first is an interesting topic in my own family, with several generations of miners in the Doncaster area.
We had some really interesting conversations about how people became interested in family history. For many that we spoke to, recording their own lives is becoming an increasingly important factor – the ability to pass on family stories and make sure that their own grandchildren know more about them – where they were born, where they got married etc.
The one thing that people commented on the most was Twile’s ability to bring together the past, present and future and allow younger generations – who might not necessarily be genealogists – to record their own lives and explore the past, all on one timeline.
It was great to be part of a local event and speak to people in our home county about Twile. Our next event is the Huddersfield & District Family History Fair in November.