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Local and family history classes - East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust

Local and family history classes

A range of friendly classes to help you get started with your family tree or local history research

Please note: spaces are limited and advanced registration is required for all classes.

You can book by calling 0141 577 4956 or visit Eastwood Park Theatre reception in person to secure your place.

We regret that we are unable to offer refunds on payments for performances or classes.

Discovering Local History

Curious about the history of your local area? Interested in learning how to uncover the past yourself? Join us for the first in a new series of local history courses. Explore history on the ground as we begin with a guided walk (optional) then come along to three classes where you will find out about the development of your local area over the last 300 years. Classes will be informal and interactive using historical evidence to inspire questions and discussion. We are starting with Netherlee as we chart its journey from the 18th century to present day with our expert tutor Dr. Stuart Nisbet. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

Day/TimeClass DescriptionLocationStandard60+Concession

Mon 3 Sep -
Mon 1 Oct

(no class on 24 Sep)


Discovering Netherlee

Clarkston Halls

*The 1st session only (3 Sep) will now meet at Netherlee Pavilion*

Online Family History for Fearties

Is terror of technology stopping you accessing all the amazing family history resources that can now be found online? Then this course is perfect for you! 

Over a series of six sessions you will gain the skills and confidence that you need to use a PC and surf the web. Along the way, you will explore different family history sites and then progress to more detailed sessions on the Ancestry Library Edition website.

*Please note: this class is for those who have little or no experience of using a computer. For an informal chat to discuss your suitability for this course prior to booking call 0141 577 3872.

Day/TimeClass DescriptionLocationStandard60+Concession

Thursday 25 Oct -
Thursday 29 Nov

10 - 11.30am

Online Family History for FeartiesMearns Library£63.60£52.20£32.40
Introduction to Ancestry

Family history is a hobby that is booming in popularity and is becoming easier as more records go online. This session will introduce you to the Ancestry Library Edition website and soon will have you searching though millions of records with ease. You can then enjoy free access to the website from East Renfrewshire Libraries allowing you to track down those elusive ancestors.

*Please note, to take part in this class you must be confident in using a PC and the internet.

Day/TimeClass DescriptionLocationStandard60+Concession

Tuesday 4 Sep

10 - 11.30am

Introduction to AncestryGiffnock Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Tuesday 11 Sep

6 - 7.30pm

Introduction to AncestryGiffnock Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Wednesday 26 Sep

10 - 11.30am

Introduction to AncestryBarrhead Foundry£10.60£8.70£5.40

Wednesday 10 Oct

2.30 - 4pm

Introduction to AncestryMearns Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Wednesday 24 Oct

10 - 11.30am

Introduction to AncestryNeilston Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Tuesday 20 Nov

6 - 7.30pm

Introduction to AncestryGiffnock Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Tuesday 4 Dec

10 - 11.30am

Introduction to AncestryClarkston Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Amazed, I have progressed more this morning than all the times I've tried it myself


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