Tracing Your European Ancestors: East and West - A Half-day Course on 18 May

The history of Britain is full of stories about people arriving from Europe. Often they came as refugees, with few possessions. So, many of us face the challenges of tracing our ancestors back across a continent, frequently riven with war, famine and revolution. Join us for Julie Goucher’s half-day course and begin to understand how to add your European ancestors to your family tree.

Session 1: Julie delivers a broad overview of research in Europe. A continent spanning more than 30 countries, subjected to wars, political unrest and border changes. Europe is a Continent with many languages, cultures and religions, all of which play a part in family history research.

Session 2: Julie describes the key resources, some well-known and others less so, for researching European ancestry. They enable you to explore ancestral and family history sites. But they are also great resources for embracing the cultural, social, economic and political lives of your European ancestors...

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Newspapers for Family Historians - A One-hour Evening Lecture on 9 May

How many times have you wondered what your ancestor was actually like and what he or she got up to? Newspapers and journals are an excellent way of exploring your ancestors' lives: not only discovering incidents that affected them but also gaining an understanding of the times in which they lived.

While Celia's talk concentrates on local newspapers, she will also explain how to use national newspaper collections and what to expect from these as well as how to determine which local newspapers covered which localities and how to access both digitised and undigitised copies...

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May Discounted Book of the Month - Greater London Cemeteries & Crematoriums

Finding an ancestor’s burial place, maybe a surviving headstone or plaque can be a very moving experience. If your 19th century ancestors lived and died in Greater London, actually finding them can be a difficult task. During the 1950s burials in inner London were discontinued, at various dates, and the local parishes involved stopped maintaining parish burial registers. The burials moved from inner London out to other areas of Greater London. Non-denominational cemeteries were used, owned by commercial companies or local government bodies.

This book aims to help you find where your ancestors were buried in London...

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