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.

Julie looks at:

The obstacles and pitfalls you may encounter;
The major historical events that have had a marked effect on family history, especially the impact of the world wars and regional conflicts, border changes and movements of populations;
The concept of researching European surnames and how it might link into European DNA projects.

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.

Julie covers:

How to research in the historical context of the time;
How to put your people in their place in their time;
Why this is vital to your successful European research;
How to bring your ancestors to life so that they become more than just names.

A half-day course on Saturday, 18 May (2-5pm) with Julie Goucher. Cost £20.00/£16.00 SoG Members. Places should be pre-booked, through our website or by telephone: 020 7251 8799 (Tue-Thu & Sat). Do you have a question? email the events department. 

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