21st birthday cake for Malvern Family History Society 2016We celebrate our 21st birthday this year, so at the AGM on 6th July we marked it with a birthday cake suitably decorated for the occasion.

Frank Townsend was invited to cut the cake. He is one of the founders of the society and also its first chairman. We were also joined by several of the other founder members for the meeting.

After we had all tucked into the cake, he gave a short talk on the history of the society.

It had come about from one of his family history courses at Malvern Hills College. When the course came to an end, everyone wanted to stay in touch and involved in helping each other with their research. The result was Malvern Family History Group, later renamed as a society.

It was formed in the days before internet family history research was possible, so there were outings to the various record offices around the country so people could look up records for their ancestors.

And how the society has grown! We now have over 200 members and are still growing. We still do trips to the National Archives as well as other places of interest, even though the internet has made so much more possible from the comfort of our own home. The monthly meetings are attended by between 40 and 70 people and Tree Tappers still goes out once a quarter and is still full of good stories, tips and interesting information.

Roll on the next 21 years!

Frank Townsend cutting MFHS 21st birthday cake
Frank Townsend, founder member and first chairman, cutting our 21st birthday cake