Fraud, Forgery, Feuding: The Coming of Civil Registration - A One-Hour Lecture on 1 March

We will look at pre-1837 records in the light of the evidence presented to the 1833 Select Committee on Parochial Registration.  It covers the keeping of the records, the information included, the legal standing of Anglican & Dissenters' records, the difficulties of proving identity, descent and entitlement, opportunities for forgery and fraud, attitudes to change, who wanted it and why.  It argues that an understanding of how BMD records were collected and transmitted is helpful when faced with deficiencies in the GRO indexes.

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Coffers,Cauldrons,Comfrey and Coifs:Lives of our 17th Century Ancestors -A Half-day Course on 25 Feb

Why do you need a bum roll? What colour were carrots in the C17th? What did the Cavaliers use for deodorant? Can you think of 47 uses for urine? Supplying the answers to the above (well maybe not all 47 uses), this presentation is a light-hearted but informative, insight into the domestic life of our C17th ancestors and what they ate and drank. The emphasis is on providing the context against which to set the documentary evidence for this period.

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The 19th Century Cemeteries of London & Graveyard Symbolism - A Half-day course on 18 February

We will learn more about the extraordinary period of change that London experienced in the 19th century saw a parallel upheaval in burial practices. Many ancient churchyards closed forever and an impressive array of garden cemeteries open in the suburbs. We will also look at Graveyard Symbolism and uncover the meaning of the signs, symbols and other representations found on funerary monuments of the 19th century.

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