Discovering ancestors with Cornwall Library Service

Cornwall Library Service has held a series of fun and friendly sessions to inspire and support off-liners.

Family history sessions in Helston, Fowey, St Austell and Saltash and Camborne libraries have helped encourage internet beginners to go online to uncover more about their relatives, making it really easy for them to find out if they’re connected to kings, related to bakers or have a ‘black sheep’ in the family.  So far, 10 learners have discovered an amazing 115 new additions to their family trees.  The sessions have also encouraged learners to discover more about what they can do on the net.  One learner, A Monks from Truro, explained how he’s found the sessions: “I enjoyed learning about how to use the Library computer resources to the best effect & how and why to research at County Records Office.”

Discovering family history is only one of the ways that Cornwall Library Service has been supporting life-long learning.  In May, Libraries across the county also took part in Adult Learners’ Week and people from Leedstown (one of the first locations in Cornwall to get super-fast broadband) and beyond, have been learning more about using the computer and accessing the net.

At Leedstown Village Hall, BT’s Get IT Together and Cornwall Library Service, with support from Superfast Cornwall, have also delivered beginner IT taster sessions.  According to Rosemary Payne, Cornwall Library Service Senior Study Support Officer, “the taster sessions that we have delivered here at Leedstown have helped people gain confidence and improve their computer skills with using the internet and sending emails.”  These fun and friendly sessions have helped people use the internet and learn new skills, focusing on the benefits – from keeping in touch with family and friends to saving money online.

CLS has lots planned for the future and we can’t wait to hear more!

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