Ryedale Family History Group AGM

Ryedale Family History Group is to hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 19 July at The Village Hall, Hovingham, York, YO62 4LF. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. There will be reports on the activities and finances of the group over the last year, and the meeting will see the election of officers and committee members.

Ryedale Family History Group AGM

Following the AGM, there will be a talk by Carolyn Huston on ‘Death Certificates and the stories they tell’. Carolyn, who is a retired GP, gives an interpretation of the medical terms used on death certificates up to 1950. Bring along a copy of your ancestor’s death certificate for Carolyn to talk about; find out what causes of death such as ‘general dropsy’, ‘Natural Decay’ meant or what was ‘worm fever’.

Peter Braithwaite, Chairman said,

Ryedale Family History Group have had a busy year of activities, with a number of new publications launched, our membership remains constant and we are very grateful to our team of volunteers who work extremely hard in helping members and visitors with their research, along with our many projects throughout the year.

I am greatly looking forward to Carolyn Huston speak at our meeting, as the talk will be a fascinating insight into old medical terms that are no longer in use today and that we are not familiar with. There will be lots of books to browse through about old afflictions that Carolyn will be bringing along.”

For the family historian death certificates give more information about the person, giving their age at death, their occupation and who was present at the time, which was usually another family member, along with the place of death. All this information can confirm your research and can allow you to trace your ancestors back another generation.

The meeting is open to everyone and refreshments will be available along with a raffle. If you live in the area and need transport to this meeting or any future meeting, please contact the office on 01653 628132 or mobile 07813 977613 or email: secretary@ryedalefamilyhistory.org

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