Relatively Seeking UK, April 2022 Blog Post

Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight

Wirral History and Heritage Association Fair 2022

On Saturday 12th March we were delighted to be back at the Wirral History and Heritage Association Fair. After the cancellation of last year’s event due to the covid-19 pandemic, it returned with a flourish at a great new venue. With the support of many of its regular exhibitors, once again, a great day was had by all those who exhibited and attended the fair at Port Sunlight’s fabulous Hulme Hall.

Relatively Seeking UK was one of the 55 exhibitors, stalls and local friend’s groups attending this year’s WHHA fair which as always offered a wide selection of things and interests for anyone who likes local or family history.

It was great to see all those stands whose staff had dressed up in period uniforms or outfits of the different eras they represented it gave such an exciting feel to the history they were sharing with the visitors.

In addition to the many stands selling new and used books, postcards and other assorted memorabilia, there were many local history societies sharing information about their local interests history of the wars and so much more.

As in previous years fairs, we had exhibited at, it was great to have so many enquiries from the visitors and we were pleased to have sold many of our family history supplies as well as custom made family history jewellery and other items we had for sale.

A very busy day was had by all !!!

Because of health and personal issues, this year we only had 2 members of the Relatively Seeking UK team on hand. which made it more difficult than ever to get a little free time for each of us to take a break and explore the rest of the show. Unfortunately, as in previous shows, we were worked off our feet from the moment the show opened until almost 30 minutes after it officially closed so only got a few minutes to walk around and see who else was there.

Space was limited in this smaller venue so we had a smaller display showing a cross-section of the different categories of services we offer and things sell that can help people out sorting, filing and storing their research.

From our Genealogy research service. Charts and Printing Services. Photo Restoration and Digital Imaging Services Location Photography and Video Production Services. Our specialist in Heraldry and Family Crest Research and Design. Together with information about our Tailor-Made Family History Tours. Here we take people around the localities and areas their ancestors once lived and worked.

As previously we were also showing and selling some of the wide range of, Folders, Binders, Acid-Free Sleeves and Pockets, Various Styles and Types of Charts. we had a wide range of exclusive hand made Family Tree orientated jewellery and other items which sold extremely well and many other accessories to help you with your research and organisation.

Wirral History and Heritage Association Fair 2023

Keep checking for a date to put in your calendars ready for next year’s Wirral History and Heritage Association Fair, which will be held in March or April 2023 at a venue yet to be decided, we will publish the dates and more information as soon as they become available.

Other great News !!!

Since the WHHA Fair, all of our team members have been working hard following up on the hundreds of enquiries we received, building new family trees, searching for specific people or facts and visiting a number of local cemeteries to check and photograph graves and their headstones where able. They have also been busy updating the family trees of some of our existing clients.

I have personally enjoyed spending time working on dozens of wonderful old photographs in various states of distress we get submitted for different levels of restoration. They ranged from a basic tidy up and enlargement to total rebuilds and restoration projects.

Finally got back to visit Liverpool’s fabulous Central Library and Archives !!!

On Saturday 23 April, after more than 2 years away thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, I finally made it back to Liverpool Central Library to visit colleagues and clients. Although we have continued to be extremely busy building and researching family trees online during the lockdown, there is nothing better than getting together with colleagues and clients and seeing some of the familiar staff and friends we have made over the years while researching there.

Although the library is still running on a reduced timetable, it is now open 6 days a week at varying hours depending on the day of the week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday its open from 9 am until 5 pm with Tuesdays and Thursdays opening at 12 midday until 8 pm.

We already have many client meetings scheduled over the coming weeks and months so let’s just hope things continue to improve and we can get back to searching some of the amazing records and microfilms for answers in many of our research projects.