The current coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly-developing international situation and one that will continue to affect us all. For the society important decisions have been made by your executive committee. The one that will have the greatest impact is closing the research library. In consequence, our secretary Laurence Smith is now working from home and the office telephone has been re-routed to his mobile. The email address is monitored. This way we can maintain some connection between our members and the Society.
The website is still up and running which I am sure you will all agree is a great source of information. The Cornwall Family History Society is committed to operate during this enforced closure however, one concern is whether there will be an increase in online research as those isolated decide to revisit their family trees. We have put a contingency in place for such an eventuality.
Please take this time to use the website. The March journal is now online which, as usual, is packed full of interesting and useful articles. We would love to have some articles for future editions, so please tell us about your own research and/or an aspect of Cornish history that you have encountered. Congratulations to Dean, who, I am sure you will all agree, has done an excellent job in pulling this edition together. The next edition is in June, so please get writing.
This is a difficult time for all of us as facilities close down and events are halted. We will continue to share any changes as they are confirmed, please keep an eye on our website, our Facebook page and the journal for updates. Thank you for bearing with us during this set of exceptional circumstances. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the committee who are so dedicated and loyal to our society. It is because of them that we all reap the benefits of membership.
It only seems like yesterday that we were partying in Lemon Street, celebrating Christmas, talking about our own research interests and presenting Jeannette Merritt with the prestigious Frances Dunstan Memorial Cup. Who would have thought that things would change so quickly? These are difficult times for all of us. Please keep safe and happy research.
Paul Holden (28032)