Category: Local History Group
Published: Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:28
'Family and Place Names of Waringstown' was the topic for the launch of Waringstown Community Development Association's (WCDA) Local History Group on 13 March in the Planters' Tavern.
About 30 people attended to hear Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Society describe the history of Waringstown from the 1600's to the 1900's through maps and documents. Gillian talked about the origins of townland names and revealed the family names recorded over the years in a range of documents. She also gave a lot of tips to those wanting to pursue their own research into their family names. Following the speaker, participants enthusiastically supported the proposal that the Group should meet regularly.
A spokesperson for WCDA speaking after the meeting said, "We are delighted to have had such a good turnout for the launch. It shows how keen the local community is to find out more about the place we live in. Future topics for the Group will be decided by members so anyone interested in the local history of Waringstown so come along to the next meeting and get involved.
The next meeting will take place on 22 May and a programme of activities will be agreed at that stage. Further details of the meeting planned for 22 May will be available shortly through this website.