My Ancestor Came from Birmingham - A One-hour Live Online Talk on 28 November

Do you have ancestors who spent all or part of their lives in Britain’s second city?  Join Doreen Hopwood as she explores and explains the numerous family history sources available so that you can discover how your ancestors lived, worked and played in ‘The City of a Thousand Trades’.

This talk explains how the wealth of resources can enable you to discover how people lived, worked, worshipped and played.  It also shows you how to access records held in Birmingham and beyond, including online sources...

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Nonconformity in Wales - A Live Online Talk on 14 November

Are records relating to your Welsh ancestors missing from Parish Registers? The answer could lie in them being chapel members. The 1851 Religious Census in Wales revealed that almost 80% of the population worshipped as part of non-conformist congregations.

We will examine online and offline resources available in researching Welsh non-conformity, be it Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Congregationalist or Society of Friends. Non-conformist worship in Wales has been a feature of Welsh culture for hundreds of years - open-air revival meetings; song and culture celebrated at Gymanfa Ganu and the Eisteddfod - the chapel has been the core of many communities in a uniquely Welsh way.

Understanding how our Welsh ancestors worshipped is an essential key to our family histories...

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