Our end-of-year meeting was a casual relaxed affair focussing on members' Show and Tell and discussions of topics for 2017 meetings.

It never ceases to amaze when researching our forebears to find what interesting lives they led. Often dangerous and arduous; sometimes criminal, wanton or notorious, our ancestors also achieved much and made significant contributions to our society.

Of course we want to learn as much as we can about our families' pasts and this has led to a desire to help each other break through those "brick walls" that have frustrated us. At our February meeting, members are encouraged to bring along details of their research of their favourite ancestors for the meeting to consider ways of helping to further progress their research.

Our meeting ended with coffee and cake where we wished each other the best for the festive season.