Helping families dig into their past at history fair

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Help is at hand for everyone trying to find out about their family’s past - and folk who love exploring local history.

The Sheffield Family History Society Fair will take place tomorrow and will be bigger than ever.

It is being held in the 1867 Suite in the South Stand complex of Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground – and has grown each year since it started.

Our Retro team will be on hand with old copies of The Star and Sheffield Mercury on display.

You are also invited to bring along your old photos for publication in future editions of Retro.

We will have a range of local history books for sale, including some signed by the authors, and will be offering a 10 per cent book discount to all Retro Club members, as well as the chance to join our club free of charge on the day.

Sharon Lane, of the Sheffield Family History Society, said: “This is a massive event which has grown over the years and has moved to a bigger venue to accommodate more exhibitors.

“Whether you are a beginner or an experienced researcher you will find plenty of resources to help you trace your ancestors. Throughout the day there will be a series of talks including how to get started on your family tree and how to further your research.

“Of course there will also be plenty of experts from Sheffield Family History Society to aid you with your research or do searches to help you break through your ‘brick walls’.”

There will be stalls from lots of local history groups including Hillsborough, Heeley, Gleadless and Bradfield, as well as the Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster societies and some from further afield including Lancashire, Birmingham and the Midlands.

Other organisations include the National Coal Mining Museum, the Evacuees Association, Manor Lodge, the Guild of One Name Studies and groups representing the General, Wardsend and Burngreave cemeteries.

Sheffield Archives will also be there along with Derbyshire and Doncaster Archives, and a photo restoration specialist. Old local maps and postcards will be on sale as well as books and genealogy supplies for the safe storage of photographs and documents.

Adult admission to the fair, 10am to 4pm, is £1. Free for accompanied children.