Monthly Meetings


The last Wednesday of each month, except December.


7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Normally it is 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, but people do start arriving from about 6:30pm. However we can always do with a hand setting up!


Doncaster Deaf Trust
Race Course Roundabout
Leger Way, Doncaster
South Yorkshire, DN2 6AY
(opposite the Doncaster Race Course Exhibition Centre).


There is adequate free parking and facilities are available for the disabled.

  • Meetings are free to members; Visitors £3, from January 2017, (refunded if you join on the night).
  • It’s a good chance to meet with other members with the same hobby. You will be able to talk to others, obtain advice and be part of a vibrant Family History Society.
  • Each month there is a speaker, and the talks are all so varied.
  • On the Bookstall you will be able to purchase the Society’s and other publications. We have over 400 publications, most of which will be available at the meeting.
  • At the the Exchange Journal Table you can borrow journals form one of our fellow societies.
  • Our Journal, the Doncaster Ancestor, is also available every quarter, February, May, August and November.



30 January

Two Queens and a Countess
This is not the life story of 3 ladies but an in depth talk on the interaction between the 3 the most colourful and charismatic women in Elizabethan history. Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick. A unique insight into a predominantly man’s world entered into and conquered by these 3 powerful women.

David Templeman

27 February

AGM followed by Fraud & Bigamy in mid Victorian Britain The case of the Italian Imposter, Count Borromeo.
Though this is just one of a number of names he would use, he spent most of his life defrauding individuals and businesses, and marrying or propositioning women. He was also well educated, multi lingual, well-travelled, a showman and British.

Richard Axe

27 March

Winwaedfield, Whitby and Dracula
Come along and hear Eric’s talk with a difference.

Eric Houlder

24 April

Dead Interesting - Stories from Graveyards Around the World
To a lot of people this might be considered macabre! But as with every other part of our existence, there are stories to be told from around the world, of the final resting places of the world's famous citizens. There are also differing customs in other countries, relating to the disposal of their dead.

Noel Moroney

29 May

Reflections on a Great War

Paul Grimley

26 June

The History of Mining

Pat McLoughlin

31 July

Story Tellers from the Workhouse
Come & listen to more of the tales of the workhouse with the story tellers in costume acting the parts.

The Workhouse Storytellers




25 September

The History of Liquorice
Hear his story of the Wilkinson family the biggest growers of liquorice in the country. He was one of the last apprentice liquorice boilers to the firm.

Tom Dixon

30 October

A Funny Kind of Coffee Shop
Jane will tell the story of a unique kind of coffee shop, how it started and what is it all about? Come along and find out more.

Jane Price

27 November

Pit Banners
Hear all about the origins of mining banners, from their links to the trade unions, to their use on gala day. The talk covers the development of commercial banners, symbolism and meaning of how the ones are cared for by the National Coal Mining Museum where Anne is from.

Anne Bradley




Please Note – There will occasionally be a change to the pre-advertised speaker due to circumstances beyond our control. If you are coming to hear a specific talk, please check our website before you travel or contact the Programme Secretary