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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Using Handheld Technologies for the Family Historian - A Half-day Course on 9 July

Find out how to make use of tablets and smartphones to record and manage your family history research. We will look at specific family history apps for smartphones and tablet computing devices. We will also cover some non-family history tools that can enhance our workflows.

The mobile technologies covered will include iPhone, Android Phone and Windows Phone and tablet computing devices like the iPad, Android tablets and Windows tablets

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Breaking Down Brick Walls Series of Summer Workshops – Thursday Evenings 6-7:45pm

This series of workshop sessions will offer an opportunity to tackle genealogical brick walls and conundrums in a group environment. After all two heads (or more) are usually better than one!  Facilitated by a tutor the introduction will look at a topic or problem that commonly arises during the Society’s regular consultations or advice sessions and make sure you know what you need to know to tackle the problem. After the initial presentation the tutor will open up the session to group questions and discussions about your genealogical queries that may (but not exclusively) be related to the topic under discussion.

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