Society Meetings

Our Quarterly and Beginners Meetings

Meetings during the Pandemic

Our meetings are held online via Zoom at present. We look forward to seeing you at our Beginners sessions, quarterly meetings and our AGM and to welcoming our visitors and members from across the world who are finding Zoom a lot easier than travelling! When restrictions are eased we will review our planned meetings - check on this page for the latest information. We are looking at including some meetings at Manchester Central Library again, as soon as possible, so please check the meetings details when deciding whether to attend. 

Our planned Society meetings for 2021


2 Oct 2021 - ONLINE

DNA - Why you and your cousin don't match on Ancestry: Hilary Hartigan

 

You have taken your DNA test. Your cousin has taken a DNA test, both on Ancestry. Ancestry says you don't match - does this mean that you are not related to each other, even though you have the family tree paper trail to prove that you are related? This happens quite often to people who are related to each other. How does this happen? Why does this happen? And how can we use all the tools that Ancestry and other ocompanies, such as My Heritage, provide to resolve this conundrum?

Join Hilary Hartigan at 2pm online on Saturday 2nd October for a lively, informative and fully illustrated look at DNA. This talk is ideal for anyone who is quite new to DNA or simply hasn't had the time to do more than look at their best matches and for whom it's lost its interest a little. 

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

  • Date: 2nd October 2021
  • Saturday, 2.00 pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Hilary Hartigan
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost : Members - Free of charge 
  • Cost: Non-Members - £3.00
20 Oct 2021 - ONLINE

Famous Mancunians: Mighty Men and Wonderwomen: Jean Bailo

 Manchester has long been known for its Victorian buildings and also some of the men responsible for them but Jean will tell us about the women behind these famous men who often became more famous in their own right through the architecture, discoveries made, art and music. 

Hear the stories of radical men and women such as John Bright, Lydia Becker and  Emmeline Pankhurst, scientists from Alan Turing to Brian Cox and more modern trail blazers.

This virtual presentation will be given by Jean Bailo who is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide of Manchester and the North West. 

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

  • Date: 20th October 2021
  • Wednesday, 7.00 pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Jean Bailo
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost : Members - Free of charge 
  • Cost: Non-Members - £3.00
27 Oct 2021 - ONLINE

The Two Irish Wives of Friedrich Engels: Dr. Aidan Beatty

.For much of his adult life, the socialist activst Friedrich Engels maintained close relationships with two women of Irish heritage, born in the Deansgate area of Manchester, which in the 1820s was one of the most Irish cities in Britain. Mary Burns ( 1821- 1863) became Engels' common law wife, and after Mary's death, her sister Lydia " Lizzie" Burns ( 1827-1878) formally married Engels.

Drawing on Marx's and Engels' sprawling correspondence as well as contemporary records, this talk seeks to uncover how much we can really know about these two women. How much of a role did they actually play in Engels' political and literary work? Also, how much have their real liives been covered up with a Marxist romanticising of two proliterian factory workers?

This virtual presentation will be given by Dr.Aidan Beatty who has a PhD from the University of Chicago and teaches at the Honors College of the University of Pittsburgh.

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

  • Date: 27th October 2021
  • Wednesday, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Dr. Aidan Beatty
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost : Members - Free of charge 
  • Cost: Non-Members - £3.00

Our Calendar of Events at Manchester Central Library

"Booking on Eventbrite will be essential for these meetings"

Booking on Eventbrite will be essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so please follow us on this page, on our social media accounts and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings are online at present but will return to Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. 

All meetings are free of charge to members and, in a normal year, it’s quite possible for a member of the MLFHS to attend 62 meetings a year (admittedly you would have to attend beginners’ courses three times – but why not?) for an annual subscription of £15. Meanwhile, web editors will be busy updating the site and adding new content to enhance your subscription further; project managers and volunteers will continue to save, transcribe and make available important records and the office volunteers will keep the membership and the post running smoothly.

Meetings and Venues

Ond day we will be back at the Manchester Central Library! This is something to look forward to and meeting in person will be so good. Please enjoy our Zoom meetings until then, and let us know at the meetings if your joining us from afar - we are enjoying meeting members from all over the world and we want to keep in touch, online, in the future. These are busy times!

Our Meeting Rooms

Our meetings are held in the Performance Space on the ground floor of Manchester Central Library. The rooms are airy and light, with plenty of space for social distancing if that will be required when our meetings are resumed.

Our Venue

Manchester Central Library, convenient for all forms of public transport, is a modernised, comfortable building, designed to offer visitors ease of access, refreshments, a local history library and meeting rooms, all on the ground floor.

Important Things to Know

Our Meetings

The MLFHS usually holds meetings once a quarter; on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable). We try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Manchester heritage.

Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. In the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, and slightly ahead of the Government’s restrictions, all of the society’s public-facing activity ceased in March. We look forward to a time when mass gatherings will be possible again.

Looking Forward

Today we are showing, below, a picture from our 2019 Peterloo event, a taste of the meetings and activities that can take place in the library's Performance Space. We will update this with details of new meetings and events as soon as dates, fixed or provisional. can be arranged.

Peterloo event at MCL: Hilary Hartigan

The wonderful Oakenhoof Performers at the Peterloo Celebrations at Manchester Central Library, August 2019, entertaining visitors at lunch time. The Performance Space (PS) meeting rooms are to left of the musicians, and the Helpdesk is at the top right of the picture. We can’t always guarantee such exciting entertainment on our meeting days, but this is the venue! Arrive early, get a coffee, wander around the displays, say ‘hello’ at the Helpdesk and then take your seats in room PS1 and settle in comfortably for an interesting and entertaining talk.

*Non-members pay £3 per meeting. Some meetings, in particular the summer visit to another venue, may incur additional costs, any such additional costs are paid by all attendees.

The Small Print

The MLFHS usually holds meetings once a quarter; on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Manchester heritage. The Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. In the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, and slightly ahead of the Government’s restrictions, all of the society’s public-facing activity ceased in March. As this beautiful new website was being created other volunteers were making arrangements to cancel meetings, rearrange schedules and planning ahead for the time when mass gatherings will be possible again.

Meetings Archive

From our first online Zoom meetings

All of the Society meetings since November 2020, when meetings recommenced online. Where available, speakers notes are kept by each section. The list includes upcoming meetings and therefore provides a good overview of our meetings programme.

Manchester Meetings Archive

For the Record

Manchester Ancestors delivers a programme of quarterly meetings and beginners sessions throughout the year, occasionally including additional monthly meetings or special meetings for special occasions. This is our archive of past meetings.

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