Welcome to the East Yorkshire Family History Site
It's 2018 ... A Year of Remembrance
It is 100 years since the symbolic end of the Great War for Civilisation (which the American press subsequently re-named World War One) and Ypres, now Ieper, in Belgium is going to be extremely busy for the last post on 11th November 2018. If you wish to grab one of the few available places for this huge commemorative event, Ledger Travel have some places left and they are probably one of the best tour operators for such tours. They are very easy to find on the Internet.
If you prefer doing your own thing, search for my friend's place, Varlet Farm, in Poelcapelle. Three trench lines run through his farm and his driveway is an amazing collection of dug-up bits - but please don't play with the explosives! Nearby is the British Cemetery and the full story of The Battle of is told on Wikipedia. Iepre is about 15 minutes away, by car, and you will drive through a number of important battle sites on each of the alternative routes from A to B. I am not on commission, I simply stayed there once and had an incredible time.
If you have not been to Hull for a while, why not pay us a visit at The Carnegie Heritage Centre, home of the EYFHS and our extensive library of books and publications. We would also recommend that you make time to visit;
- The Hull History Centre, Hull's official archive with an incredible collection of local information on a huge range of topics. Located in Worship Street (HU2 8BG) with adjacent off-street parking and an excellent source of refreshments next door in The Old English Gentleman! www.hullhistorycentre.org.uk
- The Church of Latter Day Saints, as we all know, is an excellent place to visit if you are reaching out to the past in search of your ancestors. In Hull the Family History Centre is located on HoldernessRoad (HU9 3JA) and it should be placed very high on you 'to do' list if your ancestors were part of the mass emigration from Europe to the UK, USA and Canada. With plenty of on-site parking.
- The Hull People's Memorial can be found in Whitefriargate (HU1 2EX), but make sure to leave your car in a long-stay car park as you will spend a lot of time visiting this small city-centre voluntary exhibition and research centre. Relying entirely on donations for their existence, apart from the amazing collection of images, information and artifacts, the research team will share their discoveries about your ancestors with you - wherever you are travelling from. Take the children with you, they will love dressing up and taking a genuine WW1 weapon into 'The Hull Trench' during your visit. Please make sure you take your camera. www.hull-remembers.co.uk
- Beverley Treasure House is the home of the East Riding Archives Service, Located in Champney Road, Beverley (HU17 8HE). Parking around the Treasure House is for Blue Badge holders only, but there are a number of car parks within walking distance and the bus and rail stations are within a ten minutes walk. The archive holds a huge collection of records relating to Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding and there is a small on-site cafe. For something a little more special make your way to Wednesday Market where there are some very enticing eateries to enjoy.
During your visit please check the EYFHS events calendar to discover what is happening at our meetings in Beverley, Hull and Scarborough. Everyone is welcome to join us at any of our meetings, members and non members alike. We also operate a number of free Help Desks across the East Riding so check the dates and times and let's have a crack at those 'brick walls' together.
We really are looking forward to meeting you in 2018!