Guidelines and Standards- How to avoid mistakes in Genealogy - A One-hour Lecture on 22 June

‘It fits, so it must be right!’ is an all too common a fallacy adopted by budding tracers of ancestry. It is sadly very common, for those accepting of this precept, later to discover an error which renders

Months, even years, of intermediate research little more that a waste of time. It must be accepted that little research can be claimed to be one hundred percent accurate. However the lecturer will set out methods for the critical evaluation and recording of data used in compilation of a pedigree which minimise the likelihood of error.

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Fleshing out your Family Tree - A Full-day Course on 11 June

In this course we will investigate some of the sources that will help you see behind the scenes in your ancestors' lives, learning about incidents that happened to them and gaining an understanding of what everyday life was like for them.

We cover a range of centuries and will look at records produced in connection with nearly every stage of a person's life from infant to adult and the grave. Topics covered include school and workhouse records (in particular those relating to workhouse staff), trade directories, apprenticeships and guilds, Ordnance Survey maps, churches and gravestones and finally – court records where nearly all of our ancestors would have featured at some point in their lives either for civil or criminal misdemeanours or as witnesses. These records can be the most revealing and show you what your ancestors were really like!

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