KATHRYN DOW became interested in the family history from her mother who had already made a start a year or two earlier and her father who had been doing his family.
In the last 15 years she has become very active in family history matters building up a large portfolio of cases. She is also an active member of the NW Lancashire FHS and serves on the committee of the Southport branch.
She assisted her father when he became involved with running courses and talks on genealogy and family history and now gives talks and demonstrations on her own.
Together with other members of the FHS provides advice to members of the public who regularly attend various “Help Desk” sessions at local libraries and special events.
MICHAEL DOW BA became interested in his family tree after been given family papers which had been originally collected by his great uncle. This was in the 1960s when undertaking family history research could be difficult, time consuming and expensive especially as most of the work was in Scotland!
Working as a Probate and Trust clerk took an interest in the process of Wills and Probate administration including the tracing of beneficiaries. Eventually, he became fascinated not just building a family tree but in family history and the social background of the time.
Began to help others in their family quest which culminated in developing structured courses for beginners. To complete his skills started studying at the IHGS for their Diploma. His main area of interest is in pre-19th C research.