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The County Record Office at Newport will be offering a free session for new users on Tuesday 10th March from 10:00 to midday.

The County Record Office, at 26 Hillside, Newport, holds a wealth of archive material and the free session is perfect for anyone just starting out with researching local, house or family history.

The material held spans the 12th to 21st centuries and includes records of parish churches, estates, families, businesses, schools and local government. The archive is invaluable for anyone studying family history and those studying the history of their house, or with an interest in a whole range of local history topics.

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On the day, there will be an introduction to what is available at the Record Office; including ideas on how to use the records and resources to get you started with your research.

The council’s Heritage Service manager, Richard Smout, said:

“Once again we are offering a free introductory session for new users, following on from the success we had last year, where we were able to help new users unlock the key to connect with one of their ancestors.

“Whether it is identifying the place of burial or locating the house where a grandparent was born, there is an element of detective work to the role, finding evidence, assessing its reliability, and looking for the missing pieces in the jigsaw. If you have never been before, I definitely think you should come and see the wealth of documents we have and start piecing together your own family jigsaw.”

Booking for this free session is essential as places are limited – contact 01983 823820. For more information on the service, visit

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