A new group has been set up for people interested in exploring their own family history and the heritage of North Northumberland. The North Northumberland Genealogy Group held its inaugural meeting on 19 January in Belford and will meet monthly excluding summer months. Amongst the members are some whose ancestry is firmly rooted in North Northumberland and others whose origins lie elsewhere but have now settled in this area.

The programme was launched with a talk by Mike Fraser of Berwick on John Mackay Wilson, writer of Tales of the Borders and Editor of the Berwick Advertiser. The group aims to keep up to date with developments in genealogy by looking at the various DNA tests on the market and what they can tell you.

Membership is available on an annual basis or you may come along for a single session. If you’d like to develop your skills in family history and have a love of the history and heritage of this wonderful part of the world, why not come along and see what this new group has to offer?


Further meetings in 2019 will be: 


Sat 27th April   Duncan Hutt : North East Mills  ( rescheduled due to previous bad weather) 


North Northumberland Genealogy Group will hold their AGM on Sat 18 May 10 am at Bell View and it will be followed by a short session on "from Cradle to Grave" where we look at the key events in the life of one of our ancestors alive in 1881 and the places s/he lived in. 


21 Sept 2019  Pat Littlewood: Postcards – the Social Networking Tool of the Early 20th Century

19 Oct Members’ Stories – Continuing From Cradle to Grave: where our ancestors moved to

16 Nov Carol Griffiths : The Armstrongs of Bamburgh Castle

18 Jan 2020 Members’ Stories: Our experiences with DNA Tests

15 Feb Cameron Robertson: Berwick Photo Centre Revealed!

21 March Linda Bankier: Evidence of Women and Their Lives in Berwick Archives

18 April Members’ Stories

16 May AGM


Further information from Valerie Glass, Secretary email rowan2010@hotmail.co.uk