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Monthly Meeting

The next meeting on Thursday 17th April will be a talk by Carol Gillions entitled 'Lucy the Tudor' - The life and times of a housewife in Tudor England.

The meeting will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Preston New Road, Southport andwill start at 8pm


Help Desk in Southport Library

Starting on 2nd July, the society will be hosting a help desk on Tuesday afternoons between 2-4pm.  It will be situated in the old 'reference' room of the library.

If you are in the vacinity feel free to pop in and have a chat - you will find us ready, willing, and hopefully able to help.


Joyce Gregson Award

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At the recent AGM, the Joyce Gregson award was presented to Steve Baxter in recognition of all the assistance that he has given the society and its members over the years, particularly in relation to photographing graves in St Cuthbert's churchyard. The photo shows chairman Beryl Jones presenting the award to Steve


Useful Links

Whether you are just starting to research your family history, you have hit a brick wall, or just want to know what is available, visit our Links page to find links to a wide variety of genealogy websites.
The latest site to be added is
Genealogy Specialists - Tracing Our Past, Discovering Our Genes (TOP DOG)


Family Album

A member of Orange & District Historical Society in NSW, Australia, has sent in some photographs from an album belonging to a family in NSW which, besides photos of family members and friends in Australia, contains a number of photos originating in Southport, Liverpool and other nearby places. Two of the family names are Tyrer and Silverlock.

To see if you recognise an ancestor, or can provide any additional information, take a look at them at Family Album

(Updated February 2013)


New Publication

The society has a limited number of local author Harry Foster's new book for sale.

The book,called 'Southport's Inner Suburbs : (Life outside the town centre), tells of the area inland of the township of Southport including the Hesketh Park area, Meols Cop, Blowick and Kew. Also the forgotten hamlets of Hawes Side, Little London, Little Ireland, Westward and Ecclesfield.

This latest publication is available at a cost of 18.00 plus 3.00 p&p in U.K. or 7.50 p&p overseas. It can be ordered using the order form on the inner cover of our magazine, or by downloading the order form from the website. Publications are also available via Genfair and Parish Chest.


Editor Wanted

After many years as editor of the Society's Sandgrounder magazine, Hazel Rimmer has decided that it is time for a change and formally stepped down from her post at the AGM in May. 

If you would like to take on the post of editor, or would like to know more about what is involved then please get in touch with any member of the committee. You do not need any special computer skills, and Hazel is happy to help the new editor to get started.


Family Photos

Go and have a look at the latest family photos that have been added, and see if you recognise anybody. Latest photos added 3rd September 2013.
The photos can be found at
Local Family Photos

Let us know if you have any photos that you think will be of interest to other members. Photos can be e-mailed to



The society has a wide range of publications for sale, including one name extracts from the local parish records for some of the well known local families.

A full list of publications can be found on the Publications for Sale page, where you will also find an order form.

Alternatively they can also be ordered from the Parish Chest or Genfair web sites



Old Photos of Southport

One of our members has sent us some copies of photographs from a 'Southport Official Guide of the Corporation' dated 1908. These show a number of views around Lord Street and the Promenade. Although there have been many changes over the years, most of the locations are still recognisable.

The photos can be found on the Around North Meols page


Articles wanted for The Sandgrounder, the society magazine

Apart from seeing your work in print, have you ever considered that you may actually be helping other members? Contributions to your magazine can sometimes result in new contacts and new research lines for you to follow. Have you ever had a totally unexpected result from your research? Why not share it with us?

I do hope this reminder will spur you on, you have nothing to lose, but other members could gain so much from you. 
Please send articles to Hazel at 


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