In this first presentation Julie Goucher will deliver a broad overview enabling research in Europe. A continent spanning more than thirty countries and has been subjected to wars, political unrest and border changes. Europe is a Continent with different languages, cultures and religions, all of which play a part in family history research. We look at the obstacles and pitfalls a researcher may encounter, and the major historical events – those that have had a marked effect on family history – are identified, especially the impact of the world wars and regional conflicts, border changes and movements of populations. We also explore the concept of researching European Surnames and how that might link into European DNA projects.
In the second presentation of the day we will be featuring key resources, some well-known and others less so for researching European ancestry. Enabling researchers to not just explore ancestral and family history sites, but also great resources for embracing the cultural, social, economic and political lives of our European ancestors. Researching them in the historical context of the time – Your people in their place in their time. Understanding that is vital to successful European research and enables you to bring your ancestors to life so that they become more than just names.
At the end of the two presentations there will be an opportunity for attendees, if they wish to develop a broad work plan for exploring going forward.
15/10/2020 11:00 - 15:30
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