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This last week has been rather hectic, as we have been preparing the Spring issue of 'The Sandgrounder' magazine which has just been sent out to members and should be arriving very soon. we have a great programme of events set for 2015, such as our AGM, our 25th birthday celebrations & the return of our Open Day later in the year. 

The new website is still a work in progress and is coming together rather nicely now. Thank you for your patience whilst we have been carrying out the much needed upgrades to the site including adding a new direct link to our Forum site, an excellent place to find help with your research and possibly even connect with other members researching the same lines of ancestry as you are.

We now offer 'The Sandgrounder' in a digital format as well as by Royal Mail Post, if you would like to receive the magazine this way, please let us know to ensure we have the correct contact details.

The 'Links' page has been updated and now has the direct download links to all our available downloads, such as the Publications List, Membership Form, Publications Order Form, and now the Free Members'  Loans Library List 2015.

On Thursday 21st May 2015 the Society will hold its AGM, at this meeting a new committee    will be elected, or re-elected. To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must already be a member of the Society & be willing to serve on the committee for a period of one year. A Nomination Form was included in the Spring issue of 'The Sandgrounder' magazine or you can download a copy from our 'Links' page. Please return your nomination to the Secretary, no later than 24th April 2015 to ensure your nomination is received and accepted before the AGM is held.                             

@Tarleton Library - The Society recently took over the help desk activities from Liverpool & SW Lancs FHS at Tarleton library and have now set up a regular meeting. The help desk is held on the 1st Monday of each month, we can offer help & advice on your research, just pop in and see if we can help. Please call:  01772 816841 for more information.

@ The Atkinson - held in the library within the Atkinson,  the help desk is available on Tuesdays between 2pm – 4pm Fridays  between 10am – 12noon. These help desks are free services and are only possible thanks to our volunteers. If you are in the vicinity feel free to pop in and have a chat - you will find us ready, willing, and hopefully able to help.

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.  

Go and have a look at the latest family photos that have been added, and see if you recognise anybody. (Updated March 2015).         

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, it contains a number of photos originating in Southport, Liverpool & 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 in the Family Album.  (Updated March 2015) 

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. There have been many changes over the years, but most of the locations are still recognisable. These photos can be found on the Around North Meols page.

Apart from seeing your work in print, have you considered that you may be able to help other members? Contributions to the 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? 


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