Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved - Marriage Law for Genealogists - A Half-day Course on 28 May

It’s very likely that some of your ancestors married more than once over their lifetime. But why precisely? and what can their remarriages tell us? How likely was remarriage after a bereavement, and what social and legal factors affected that decision? Was divorce an easy way out of marriage? If people committed bigamy, what were the likely consequences for all concerned? Drawing on thousands of cases, from the Old Bailey to magistrates’ courts, this talk provides new research findings on the nature and extent of remarriage in past centuries and decades to help family historians interpret their ancestors’ lives

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Nursing through Shot and Shell: Medical Women at the Front - A One-hour Lecture on 25 May

When War was declared in August 1914, many British women demanded the right to serve their nation.  Had Kitchener’s sister called for a million women, recruitment would have been as easy as for her as for her brother.  Many women assumed that Red Cross First Aid and other Proficiency certificates would provide an entrée into the charmed circle of military nursing.  Others believed the War Office would welcome their professional skills as doctors and surgeons and send them on Active Service overseas.  Still others imagined that their birth, breeding and total confidence in their own usefulness to the Allied cause would be as self-evident to the military authorities as to themselves.  However, in 1914 the War Office believed that, apart from the small exclusive corps of professional military nurses, in wartime, women should quite simply ‘go home and sit still’. 

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