Whitechapel 1600 - 1800:  A One-hour Lecture on 4 March 2020

Join the author, Derek Morris, for this useful and interesting talk on the life and times of Whitechapel between 1600 and 1800. Anyone who had ancestors living in the area and everyone with an interest in local London history will find this a fascinating hour.

Derek has been researching London's eastern parishes for more than 30 years. In this talk, based on his book ‘Whitechapel 1600-1800: A Social History’, Derek covers a broad range of material that gives us a picture of a complex, ever changing area, with lots of information on the communities and individuals that lived there...

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Parish Registers Online - A One-hour Lecture on 20 Feb 2020

Parish registers are the most important resource for family history before the start of civil registration in 1837. There are now increasing numbers of indexes, transcriptions and images online.

In this talk, Peter Christian looks at the wide range of resources available, both free and commercial, for all parts of the British Isles. He covers:

- How to find out whether the registers for a particular parish are online;

- The great advantages and the significant shortcomings of these resources, to help you make the most of them...

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Marriage Law - Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved & Breach of Promise - A Full-day course on 29 Feb

It’s Leap Year. You know what that means? Yes, a whole extra day! Spend it with us, on our full-day course, with three expert speakers, and find out more about the laws surrounding marriage.

We’re holding our full-day course on Leap Day so it’s appropriate that we explore marriage. The words ‘birth, marriage and death’ are used all the time as though they are just one concept. Family historians often just refer to these three events as ‘BMD’.  We look for a birth, then we look for a marriage and later we look for a death. Sometimes, we work backwards, looking for the three events in the opposite order. Yet, all three are not really the same. People are born and later die – that’s life. But people don’t necessarily marry.

Some people appear to be married but actually there’s no legal evidence to show that the event happened. Other people stop being married. They may divorce or their partner may die. In fact, researching our ancestors’ marriages is complicated. Not to mention the way Britain’s marriage laws have changed over the centuries and the rights of women have expanded. That’s why a whole day devoted to learning more about how to research marriage is an excellent way to spend Leap Day...

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