A chance to learn how to find your ancestors that lived in the county of Dorset, including those that left for other places.
If you have people in your family tree living in Dorset, then Jane Ferentzi-Shepard wants to help you find records that could help you to understand more about their lives. It might be a rural, agricultural place but Dorset has had its share of excitement: a long history of smuggling activity along its coast; the six Tolpuddle Martyrs who formed one of the first unions in Britain, were outlawed and transported, naval bases that were extremely important before D-Day in the Second World War.
You could find you have ancestors that made cloth, bonelace or stockings, sail cloth, linen and silk and Jane can explain why these trades declined. You might be able to follow your ancestors along the new railway lines that brought mobility, increased communications and tourism.
Jane looks at:
The resources available for family history research;
Where to find the resources;
How to use the records;
Why some people left Dorset and others stayed.
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