Getting the Most from the Society of Genealogists - A One-hour Free Lecture on 23 January

Since 1911, when we were founded, we have been collecting family history documents, long before the arrival of local record offices. As the National Family History Centre we are the UK-wide repository for family history documents and records. So, we have items that you might not expect to find.  Many documents are originals and some are beautiful to look at.

Within our collections you can find marriage settlements, deeds, certificates, wills, photographs, newspaper clippings, probates, family coat of arms and letters. They give us a tremendous insight into what life was like for our ancestors. Where do you start?......

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The 18th Century History and Archives of East London - A Half-day Course on 19 January

Develop a much better understanding of the lives and occupations of East Enders in the 18th Century.  Derek Morris offers a detailed analysis of a wide range of archives. He places particular emphasis on the Sun Fire Office insurance policies, the land tax, freemasonry and the 1750s tax on silver and carriages. The information from all these sources challenges the stereotypical association of East London with poverty, crime and anarchy. Derek shows how we now have a much better understanding of the importance of the local industries and networks to the economy of London and overseas trade...

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