Todmorden Family History group to hold exhibition to mark anniversary

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To celebrate its third anniversary, the Todmorden Family History Group will be holding an exhibition in Todmorden Library next week (November 14 - 22).

Over the past three years, around 30 people have attended the monthly sessions.

Only a handful originate from Todmorden and members are searching their family histories all over the globe from Britain and Canada to Australia and Bermuda.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, the Mayor of Todmorden, will open the exhibition at 10am on Monday.

Members of the group will be present to talk about their family journeys and share prized possessions including photographs and medals.

Following the opening Jan Bridget, founder of the group, will give a talk about discovering that one of her ancestors could be the role model for Heathcliff.

Jan said, “There have been several publications and academic papers suggesting the story of my great, great, great, great, grandfather, Richard Sutton, is the basis for the beginning of Wuthering Heights.

“There has even been a half-hour documentary film made. I only discovered all this after I contacted Sedbergh History Society, then the whole story unfolded.”