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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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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