Family History Help Desk

Oundle Library's free Family History Helpdesk runs on the first Wednesday of each month from 9.30am to 10.30am.
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If you’ve ever read the Genealogy Jottings column in Nene Valley News you’ll know just how much detective work can go into researching a family tree. But did you know that the author, Jan Pearson, also runs Oundle Library’s free Family History Helpdesk, and that she's more than happy to help you search for your family’s history?

Jan likens every piece of research to a real-life detective story, with lots of twists and turns and ancestors hiding and then reappearing where you least expect them to. But it’s the puzzles and secrets that Jan enjoys the most, and she can be a real bloodhound!

Over the years since Jan has been running the helpdesk she’s helped folk discover Cheshire boating families, Cornish tin miners and Irish rebels… to name but a few. The helpdesk is offered free and Jan has even produced guides to help you along the way. There are Factsheets with hints on where and how to start; lists of useful free websites; lists of abbreviations and acronyms that you might stumble across; and even information about Family History Societies. In fact Jan has a wealth of knowledge and useful resources on all sorts of topics.

And if you want to know more about your family’s history but don’t have the time to do the research yourself, Jan also offers a research service. It’s an easy way to discover more about your ancestors, and the bound reports can also make a unique gift for a special family birthday or anniversary. To find out more, pop in to Oundle Library to see Jan on the first Wednesday of the month (9.30am to 10.30am) or email