Researching Displaced People - An Online Tutorial on 13 February

Do you have missing ancestors on your family tree? Perhaps you already know that they lived through events in the 19th or 20th centuries that resulted in large numbers of people being 'displaced'. If you haven't thought about this, it's still possible because British military, civil servants, businesses and missionaries were often in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In this tutorial, Julie Goucher describes how displacement has occurred during the 19th and 20th centuries and how family historians might discover their displaced ancestors. Julie explores: what displacement means; its causes; and the historical context that might indicate that someone was displaced.

Julie also covers what to focus on when you want to research those that were displaced: the organisations; the records, archives, and resources to use.

She uses case studies to illustrate what you can do. And she finishes off with some tips for progressing your research on displaced people.

The case studies:

- the Rohingya people, from 2014

- Europe at the end of WWII

 -the Far East at the end of WWII

- WWII: Germans, Italian and Japanese in Australia, Japanese POWs in Russia

- overseas prisoners 1803-1815 

There will be plenty of time to ask questions. 

About the speaker:  Julie Goucher has been researching her family history since the late 1980's and has an interest in Italian ancestry. She is a well-known speaker, presenting both live and electronically, also writing for a number of genealogical magazines. She is conducting One-Name studies for the surnames of Butcher and Orlando; and an administrator for several DNA projects. Julie is the tutor for all the One-Name Studies course run by Pharos Tutors, is a Trustee for the Guild of One-Name Studies and has lectured for our own society as well as serving as an expert at our family history shows.

An online tutorial using Zoom on Saturday, 13 February (2-3:35pm UK) cost £15.00/£12.00 SoG members. Places must be booked through our website by the morning of 12 February.

Are you new to Zoom? You can find our Zoom guide on the events website. Do you have a question? email the events department.

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