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A family history open day will take place between noon and 8pm on Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ and Latterday Saints on Woodbourne Road, Douglas.

The event is supported by the Isle of Man Family History Society and the Manx National Heritage’s iMuseum.

Visitors will be able to learn about and access various resources free of charge.

In the early part of the afternoon, there will also be presentations given on a variety of related subjects.

FamilySearch, an online based service provided by the Church, is the largest genealogy organisation in the world and will be the main feature of the event.

FamilySearch provides a service to all at no cost with three billion names from all over the world and is used by millions of people each year as a way of learning more about their family history.

Visitors to the event will be able to log on and access these resources, as well as a large database of records on ancestry.co.uk.

Additionally, the iMuseum have provided a free subscription for the event so that visitors can make use of their online Manx newspaper records from 1792 through to 1960, and other records including parish registers and registered deeds indexes.

There will be plenty of displays set up for visitors to view, many of which have been provided by the Isle of Man Family History Society.

With the event being organised on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, the availability of a range of Manx and British World War Records will also be featured in the displays and the open day will present the ideal opportunity for visitors to reflect and observe Remembrance Day.

Anyone wanting to enquire more about the event should contact the Church at familyhistoryopenday@gmail.com.

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