Going Back To Your Roots at the Dean Heritage Centre

A freemine at the Dean Heritage Centre
A freemine at the Dean Heritage Centre

Families looking for an entertaining yet informative day out this summer are being encouraged to visit the Dean Heritage Centre (DHC), based in Soudley, as an essential part of any visit to the Forest of Dean.

The Centre, which is under new management, is promoting a varied programme of exciting and educational activities for all the family throughout August.

As part of this fun programme, on Sunday 8th August, visitors who wish to trace their family history are invited to discover their roots at the DHC’s Family History Day.

If your ancestors came from any part of Gloucestershire, whether it’s the Cotswolds, the Severn Vale, or the Forest of Dean then you can learn more about the methods used to trace your ancestry.

Steve Cooper, Chair of the Forest of Dean branch of the Gloucestershire Family History said: “Our team have a wealth of knowledge and a vast enthusiasm for family history and the Forest of Dean is one of the best areas for online parish records which helps our research immensely.

“We will be at the Dean Heritage Centre to advise visitors on tracing family histories from all over the country, not just the county, and providing useful tips on how to overcome hurdles in their investigations.”

Centre Manager, Nathalie Hall, said: “This is the third year Steve and his team will be offering their expertise to our visitors and we are delighted to have them back.

 “We often receive email enquiries from people living overseas who are desperate to trace their origins in the Forest of Dean so to have them onsite showing visitors how to get the best from their own online investigations will be invaluable.”


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