Family and Social History Group

Family and Social History Group


Co-ordinator:  Allan Jones

Tel:   01565 633435




The Family and Social History group covers a wide area of topics relating to who our ancestors were, and where and when they lived.  So we don’t just record the names and dates of our families, but look into the quality (or otherwise) of what life was actually like for them.

We don’t offer a course in how to “do” family history.  That is done by the Family History Society of Cheshire at Mobberley, although we can give people a basic guide as to how to get started.

We very much welcome new members to our friendly group, so if you are interested please contact Allan Jones on 01565 633435 to find out more. We meet at 2pm each second Friday in the month, in room 4 of the Methodist Church.


 Knutsford U3A Family & Social History Group

Spring programme 2019



11th January 2019                   David Coulston – Brick Walls, Stone Frigates & a Sailor’s story 

David has spoken to us a few times before, and has also over some years investigated the lives of the men of Rostherne Parish in WWI.  Recently David by a stroke of luck, managed to acquire some information on one Rostherne resident of whom he previously knew nothing.  So he’s broken down that brick wall of knowledge, and will I assume end up telling us a naval story.


8th February 2019                   The Kiralfys (apologies Tricia if I’ve spelt the name wrong) 

These folk are (I think) part of Tricia’s family tree.  Currently I don’t have details of exactly what part of their lives Tricia will be talking about.


8th March 2019                       Family Houses 

We’ve probably all got pictures of properties our families lived in or were associated with.  Given our various backgrounds, another 5 minute maximum talk from each of us about a house (or two) we remember, should provide for another intriguing afternoon.  Again just listening is fine.


11th April 2019                        “Who shot Samuel Hunt?”   A late Victorian murder mystery update (provisional date)                  Allan Jones 

Some members were introduced to the unfortunate Samuel Hunt a year or two ago.  Since then there have been “developments” in his story as I’ve been able to do further research!  So come and hear what more is known about the poor man’s story.  And his wife’s………..


10th May 2019                         An outing!!  Tatton Farm 

Tatton Park has recently obtained over a million pounds from the National Lottery which has enabled them to develop new stuff at the Farm, and offer guided tours.  We’ve been offered a free tour in exchange for giving them our thoughts on our experience.  They’re going to run 3 tours, currently called,

  • Pistons and Pulleys
  • Feld to Fork
  • Farm Folk of the Forties

We won’t do all three, and Christine and I are going to see have a visit to Tatton in the middle of January to sort out a more precise afternoon’s entertainment.


14th June 2019                                    Occupations                                  

 My Great Grandfather was a Farmer, my grandfather was an Agricultural Labourer, my Dad ended up as a Railway Signalman, and I ended up as a U3A Family History Group Coordinator…..! So could each of us take a branch of our family tree, follow it forward from a person of their own choosing up to today, outlining what their ancestors did and where?  This should give a picture of how family occupations changed and whether location movements were involved.  5 minutes only please.


Contact:-   Allan Jones 01565 633435