During 1983 the Adult Education Group organised and held classes in genealogy. As a result several enthusiastic people decided that to pursue their new-found interest, the best avenue would be to form a genealogy group of their own. A meeting was held in August 1983 and as a result the Young & District Family History Group was formed. The first committee was elected and comprised Ann Bell (President), Jan Ward, Neil Gow, Robin Crawford and Allen Crowe. These people were the Group's pioneers – they set about the task of finding suitable premises for use as a research centre and then started the arduous task of fundraising, for without the required funds they could not purchase the necessary resource materials.