People are being offered the chance to explore their ancestry through a series of free family history sessions at Rutland County Library.
The weekly sessions take place every Thursday from 10am to 1pm and are aimed at anyone who would like help to research their distant relations. People can drop in during the first hour or arrange one-to-one sessions with a volunteer who will guide you through the Oakham library’s extensive online resources.
All Rutland libraries have public computers that offer access to Ancestry.co.uk and Find My Past, giving users the chance to trace their ancestors, both in the UK and abroad.
Budding genealogists can view historical records containing more than 4 billion names to help them build a family tree. This includes national censuses, UK parish and probate records, military records and immigration information.
Chrissie Drumand is one of three volunteers at Rutland County Library and has been helping local people research their family histories for more than three years.
She said: “The facilities and the equipment we have at our libraries are outstanding and, of course, it’s all free to use. People get a real buzz when they start to delve deeper into their past and often get excited to find they have a black sheep somewhere in the family, or relatives abroad that they knew nothing about.”
For more information about the Rutland Library Service and events and activities at your local library, please visit www.rutland.gov.uk/libraries or contact 01572 722918.