Washday Blues, Charwomen and Washerwomen - A One-hour Lecture on 13 February

The first thing women on the Mayflower did when they disembarked in America was the washing!

Laundress and charwoman were the survival employments for any impoverished widow.  Join Adele Emm for a social history of mangles, possers, dollies, washboards and flat irons. Find out about the Soap Tax and soap making, soapwort, bleach and starch - before Sunlight soap, Proctor & Gamble soap and candles, and Reckitt’s blue bags...

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February 2019 Book of the Month - My Ancestor was Jewish

A 20% Discount on our Book of the Month 

A revised, up-to-date version of the original 1982 publication by Isobel Mordy, Dr Anthony Joseph’s 2008 edition takes the researcher through eleven distinct areas relating to Jewish genealogy. Beginning with the emancipation of Jews in England, providing a general history to Britain’s Jewish community, it then goes on to provide in depth, detailed pointers and advice on the best avenues to research your Jewish ancestors, including a handy ‘Where to start’ chapter as an introduction. Births, deaths, burials, marriages, censuses, naturalization, and communities are a handful of the areas covered in this guide...

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Getting the Best Use of Online Catalogues - A Half-day Course on 2 February

‘The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom’ (Jon Stewart).

Simon Fowler is a professional researcher, who wants to help you be better at getting information, finding those notes from others but not relying on them. Simon is an expert at this. He spends many hours each day trying to make sense of online catalogues - easy to use but bizarrely organised - and the dreaded CALM software used by local record offices...

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