In Search of Our Ancient Ancestors Using Records, Surname Origins and DNA - Lecture 20 July

Anthony Adolph will show how record-based research, oral history, study of surname origins, archaeology, fossil-hunting, genetic testing, ancient origin myths and even the science of the Big Bang all stem from our fundamental desire to understand who we are and where we come from, and are all tools that can be brought together for tracing our ancestry as far back as possible. 

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My Ancestor Came from Cornwall - A Half-day Course on 16 July

West Country expert Kirsty Gray will highlight fascinating details that can be uncovered above the Cornish places where your ancestors lived, their occupations and the distinctive features, identity and character of the county itself. This session will be practical and informative with specific reference made to research sources, along with some notable characters of the region and some individuals who hit the headlines for a variety of Cornish reasons.

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Researching Brewery & Publican Ancestors - A One-hour Lecture on 13 July

Until fairly recently the public house in its various guises was a centre of the community and innkeepers were often respected figures locally. In addition most towns and villages had a brewery or two providing beer to slake the throats of everybody from princes to paupers. This lecture will discuss the major sources you will need to use if you have a publican or brewer on your family tree. We will also look at the changing nature of the tavern from the simple beer house to gaudy gin palace. Unfortunately, there will be no free samples!         

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