American Research for British Researchers: County and State Records - Live Online Talk on 5 December

The Vital Records Act of 1836 made compulsory the registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales. In the US, there is no such national registration. Vital records are recorded in each individual state, and often at the county level. In some cases, county or community records predate those kept by the state.

American research often involves the creative use of extant records such as national census returns, used in conjunction with county-level courthouse records to assemble a family's genealogy. Studying a Yorkshire family which crossed the ocean in 1873, we will compare some of the available records which exist in the UK and in the US...

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Dr Janet Few:  Certificate of Recognition

Dr Janet Few was selected from among this year’s nominees as a recipient of the Society’s Certificate of Recognition.  The citation on her certificate reads:

 “For long-term services to family and local history and encouraging the involvement of young people in history and heritage.”

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My Ancestor Came from Birmingham - A One-hour Live Online Talk on 28 November

Do you have ancestors who spent all or part of their lives in Britain’s second city?  Join Doreen Hopwood as she explores and explains the numerous family history sources available so that you can discover how your ancestors lived, worked and played in ‘The City of a Thousand Trades’.

This talk explains how the wealth of resources can enable you to discover how people lived, worked, worshipped and played.  It also shows you how to access records held in Birmingham and beyond, including online sources...

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